The 162nd running of the Grand National took place on 4th April 2009 and the famous steeplechase was won by a 100/1 outsider in the form of Mon Mome. The French-bred runner won by an impressive twelve lengths ahead of second-placed Comply Or Die, winner of the previous year’s renewal. Indeed Mon Mome was the first 100/1 winner of the Grand National since Foinavon in 1967 and he was also the first winner to have been bred in France for 100 years.
Mon Mome was partnered by jockey Liam Treadwell and he completed the circuit in a time of 9 minutes 34 seconds. Trained by Venetia Williams, Mon Mome was certainly one of the less considered outsiders in the race despite a decent racing pedigree which had resulted in him bering sent-off as favourite in the Welsh Grand National a few months earlier. A somewhat disappointing run at Chepstow, coupled with a subsequent drop in form, led the general public to largely ignore his credentials.
The BBC provided live TV coverage of the Grand National for the 50th year and the eventual winner, Mon Mome, wasn’t actually mentioned at all in the commentary at any point in the first circuit.
The bookmakers were understandably delighted with the outcome of the race. The sun shone on the racecourse and it certainly shone brightest on the bookmakers who recorded big profits on the day.
Eight riders were making their Grand National debuts on this day, these including winning jockey Liam Treadwell who was only the second rider since the turn of the century to win at the first attempt.
1: Mon Mome
2: Comply Or Die
3: My Will
4: State Of Play
6: Big Fella Thanks
7: Butler’s Cabin
8: Southern Vic
9: Snowy Morning