Rule The World is the 33/1 winner of the 2016 Grand National after fending off The Last Samuri and Vics Canvas
We had yet another big price Grand National winner on Saturday 9 April as Rule The World obliged for Gigginstown at odds of 33/1.
It was a celebrated result by the bookies after a spate of short-price favourites had previously won at Aintree during the meeting, with Rule The World pipping The Last Samuri and Vics Canvas as the horses battled it out past The Elbow.
Rule The World did blunder at the 27th fence although David Mullins stayed on board to steer the Mouse Morris-trained horse home and the bookmakers were left to breathe a sigh of relief.
“You could not win it with a nicer person or someone more deserving than Mouse,” owner Michael O’Leary said. “He’s been an amazing horse, but what a trainer Mouse is. He doesn’t have a big number of horses but, when he gets them there on the day, they tend to perform extraordinarily well. I am delighted for Mouse, he has had a difficult year and I think this will be the cream on top.
“I would have been delighted if he had finished third,” he said. “It’s just Disneyland, fairytale stuff.
“What an aptly-named horse,” jockey David Mullins said. “I’ve never had a feeling like this. Everything just went to plan.
“Credit to Mouse, he told me before that this is probably one of the best horses he’s ever had, he’s just had small problems, so to get the call to ride this one was amazing. It’s his first win over fences, which is even more amazing than me having a first ride over them.”
The Last Samuri had been very well backed, with the Grimthorpe Stakes winner going off at 8/1 and a win for the Kim Bailey-trained charge would have seen the punters claim the spoils.
Vics Canvas would have been a Mon Mome-style victory for Venetia Williams and the horse ran a blinder to finish third, while Gilgamboa was carrying more weight when finishing fourth and Goonyella was a well-backed fifth.
Many Clouds was the other joint-favourite at 8/1 and last year’s winner was prominent for the first half of the race, although the Oliver Sherwood horse hit the 26th fence and started to go backwards.
Sixteen horses finished the race, with all thirty-nine horses coming home safely on what was soft ground at the National in 2016.
1. Rule The World 33-1 (David Mullins)
2. The Last Samuri 8-1 (David Bass)
3. Vics Canvas 100-1 (Robert Dunne)
4. Gilgamboa 28-1 (Robbie Power)
5. Goonyella 12-1 (Jonathan Burke)
6. Ucello Conti 25-1 (Daryl Jacob)
7. Vieux Lion Rouge 66-1 (James Reveley)
8. Morning Assembly 16-1 (Davy Russell)
9. Shutthefrontdoor 12-1 (Barry Geraghty)
10. Unioniste 28-1 (Nick Scholfield)
11. Le Reve 50-1 (Harry Skelton)
12. Buywise 33-1 (Paul Moloney)
13. Pendra 50-1 (Aidan Coleman)
14. Triolo D’Alene 50-1 (Jeremiah McGrath)
15. Just a Par 40-1 (Sean Bowen)
16. Many Clouds 8-1 (Leighton Aspell)
Fence 1: Hadrian’s Approach (unseated)
Fence 2: First Lieutenant (fell), Holywell (fell)
Fence 8: The Romford Pele (unseated)
Fence 12: Rocky Creek (pulled up)
Fence 14: Silviniaco Conti (pulled up)
Fence 15: Sir Des Champs (pulled up), On His Own (fell)
Fence 18: Gallant Oscar (unseated)
Fence 19: Ballynagour (unseated)
Fence 21: Wonderful Charm (pulled up), The Druids Nephew (pulled up), Black Thunder (pulled up) Soll (pulled up), Home Farm (pulled up)
Fence 22: Onenightinvienna (unseated), Katenko (fell), Boston Bob (pulled up), Aachen (pulled up)
Fence 26: Double Ross (pulled up)
Fence 27: Kruzhlinin (pulled up)
Fence 29: Ballycasey (unseated)
Fence 30: Saint Are (pulled up)
Non-runner: O’Faolains Boy (lame)