Aintree Grand National 2003

Forty horses went to post in what was considered the most competitive Grand National ever held with Shotgun Willy going off the 7/1 favourite for the race.

The 2003 Grand National was won by Monty's Pass trained in Ireland by James Mangan. Monty's Pass was trained especially for the race and all his run in the build up to this race were on right handed tracks in order to keep his weight to a level that the owner Mike Futter was a good won. He knew that his horse was almost a stone better going left handed and as such came into this race on a very good weight at 10 stone 7 pounds.

Mike Futter a Bingo Hall owner has a very good understanding of the betting game and also that he had a horse that fitted the profile of previous winners. Many Grand National winners are between eight and ten years of age and carry no more than 11 stone round the Aintree Grand National course of four and half miles. He also made sure that Monty's Pass came into the race in prime condition having has only two previous races in the season, both over the smaller obstacles a month or so prior to the big day in April. His plan worked out to perfection with Monty's Pass winning by 12 lengths at odds of 16/1.


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