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13th April 2024 Aintree


Saturday 13th April

Danny Mullins, rider of Meetingofthewaters (7th), said: “I had a great run. He travelled into it well enough but he just flattened out, but I Am Maximus is a very good winner.”

Jack Kennedy, rider of Delta Work (2nd), said: “He ran a cracker and I’m delighted with him. He made a couple of mistakes, but he travelled into it well enough.”

Donagh Meyler, Farouk D’Alene (PU), said: “I got a great spin off him. He jumped and travelled well, but unfortunately he just ran out of a bit of steam late on.”

Rachael Blackmore, rider of Minella Indo (3rd), said: “It was a brilliant run and he run a super race. He was in against younger legs, but it was a brilliant run, and congratulations go to Paul Townend, JP (McManus) and Willie (Mullins).

"I got a nice passage around, and had plenty of space where I wanted it. It was still a massive race to ride in.”

Sam Ewing, rider of Galvin (4th), said: “He ran a blinding race. He jumped, and travelled, and I had a lovely position the whole way around. I was very happy with his run. I was staying, but I was never getting to the first couple.”

Henry de Bromhead, trainer of Minella Indo 93rd) and Ain’t That A Shame (6th), said: “He (Minella Indo) is a warrior isn’t he. He is brilliant, and I am delighted with him. He is amazing. I thought we were going to win it there. She travelled so well, and they were brilliant. They were both brilliant together. To get horses like him is incredible, and we have had so much fun with him.

“We were trying to turn a negative into a positive (with the cross country chase being abandoned), but maybe with how the ground had gone (at Cheltenham) it might have taken the edge off him. We will enjoy today and see (about next year). "He owes us absolutely nothing, and all we want to do is look after him. The way he jumped he around there it looked like he loved every minute of it.

“David (Maxwell) gave him (Ain’t That A Shame) a super ride. He was brilliant the whole way on him. I’m delighted for him as he got such a thrill.”

Jack Tudor – rider Kitty's Light (5th)

"He ran an unbelievable race, he jumped really well. It was great fun, he just wasn't quite good enough to win a Grand National.

"He ran brilliantly. No hard luck stories, he's just not good enough to win the Grand National.

Trainer Christian Williams said: "It was great, it was wonderful to watch him. He finished fifth. We are very proud of him.

"It was a nice clear round, and we hoped he was in the shake up and we were very privileged to watch him there and see him jump around. It's great.

"He took to it early and he enjoyed it then.

"I thought we had a chance. A long way out he was travelling sweet and jumping well.

"I was trying to be calm, but I was getting quite excited.

"He's a wonderful horse - he's great. We're very lucky to have him."

Asked how his daughters Betsy and Tilly felt watching Kitty's Light run in the Grand National:

"They were great. I didn't actually watch it with them, I watched it in the Parade Ring but we all ran over to see him after the race.

"It was great to get to him and have a few pictures. I think he was pleased to see us."

Asked if Kitty's Light could come back to the National next year:  "Maybe, he might struggle to get in off ratings.

"It's tricky now, where do we run him in the Scottish Nationals and Bet365s that he's capable of winning, or come back to the Grand National, where he might finish fourth, fifth or sixth."

Mark Walsh - Limerick Lace (10th)

"She ran OK, she didn't jump it well enough. She was a bit too long in the air, and she got waved out. No chance after that."

Keith Donoghue - Capodanno (16th)

"We had a good run, just don't think he could get home."

Harry Cobden - Noble Yeats (19th)

"Very pleased. It never travelled, never helped me out too much, but jumped well. Thought I'd run OK halfway. I had Paul on the favourite in front of me and Vanillier. I just think the ground being tacky stopped him."

Sean O'Keeffe - Adamantly Chosen (21st)

"Ran well, jumped really well, just got a bit tired in all that distance."

Brendan Powell - Eldorado Allen (20th)

"He gave me a good spin for three and three-quarter miles and then got tired."

Darragh O'Keeffe - Eklat De Rire (15th)

"I got a good spin, jumped well. Happy enough."

Danny Gilligan - Chemical Energy (PU)

"I got a great spin off him for a long way. He jumped well for his first run over those fences, and he hadn't run in a long time, so hopefully they'll be some improvement off that, and hopefully back again next year."

James Reveley - Roi Mage (9th)

"Ran well, just didn't quite get home over the excessive trip. Made one little mistake. Ran well, he's a 12 year old."

Sean Bowen - The Goffer (13th)

"It travelled and jumped great and I thought he'd run a big race, and then didn't stay. Big run."

Gavin Brouder - Foxy Jacks (PU)

"Ran a brilliant race. If the ground was nice, good ground I would've been able to let him roll away and he would've got farther. When the pace started increasing on that ground he lost confidence and he was done."

Derek Fox- Corach Rambler (UR)

“I hit the first and he unseated me. That is the long and the short of it.”


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