2013 Grand National

Race Summary

The 2013 Grand National came under intense media scrutiny after the much publicised changes to the famous Aintree fences that were intended to increase safety to horse and jockey.

Thankfully the new softer fences were a resounding success on the safety front, with a noticeable reduction in the number of fallers during the race.

Another change to the Grand National this year has been the repositioning of the start of the race and that too was a success with the runners starting the race at the first time of asking.

Once the race was underway it was obvious the race was going to be run at a ferocious pace with Balthazar King and Across The Bay setting a scorching gallop over the early fences.

The two front runners kept the lead for a long way with Donald McCain’s Across The Bay only giving up first place as the field crossed the Melling Road for the second time.

At that point Welsh National runner-up Teaforthree took over at the head of affairs, closely pursued by 2011 Grand National runner-up, Oscar Time . These two strong stayers kicked on towards the second-last and appeared to have the race between them but one horse had quietly crept into a promising position; Auroras Encore .

Ryan Mania on Auroras Encore appeared to be confident he had plenty left on his horse and brought Sue Smith’s eleven-year-old gelding to challenge for the lead at the last fence. Mania’s timing was perfect and he had conserved more energy than his his two main opponents.

Auroras Encore powered clear for an eventual nine length success from a fast finishing Cappa Bleu with the gallant Teaforthree and Oscar Time filling the minor places.

Auroras Encore, Oscar Time and Teaforthree in the 2013 Grand National

Auroras Encore

Auroras Encore provided a 66/1 shock when winning the 2013 Grand National, although as a former runner-up in the Scottish National perhaps he shouldn’t have been allowed to go off at such inflated odds.

The Sue Smith trained gelding obviously enjoyed a return to good ground and benefited from the modifications to the Aintree fences that saw all the forty runners make it as far as the seventh fence. Auroras Encore had fell or unseated on six previous occasions in his career prior to Aintree but he handled the new softer obstacles here with aplomb.

Jockey Ryan Mania gave the winner a lovely patient ride producing his mount at the last fence to scoot away from long time leader Teaforthree and the fast finishing Cappa Bleu.

Winner Comments From Owners, Trainer and Jockey

Douglas Pryde, Jim Beaumont and David Van Der Hoeven

“We bought him at Christmas and his first run for us was in the Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby, but the plan to run him here was made when we bought him. His form when second in last year’s Scottish National was in our mind and we have just been waiting for this better ground.”

“In all my time in horse racing I’ve always wanted to bring a horse to the Grand National, and it’s just very nice to win it.”


Auroras Encore

Sue Smith

“I should be in tears, like Harvey,” said Mrs Smith, 65. “Ryan (Mania) gave the horse such a good ride. We knew the ground was right, we knew everything else was and it was. “He had a bit of luck in running but he didn’t have much weight so that helped. But it was no fluke. The horse has plenty of miles on the clock and is very sensible, he’s a brilliant ride.”

“Ryan has given the horse a magnificent ride”

Grand National runners jumping a fence in the Aintree Grand National 2013

Ryan Mania

Mania said: “It’s unbelievable - people keep telling me to look happy and I am, but I just cannot believe it’s happened. It’s a dream and you cannot explain what it’s like.”

“I was happy with my early position and he jumped really well over the early fences, with just the odd mistake here and there. He was on his head a bit, but he learned from those mistakes and learned to back off the fences a bit. He was always travelling so well.”

“I got a blow into him after Becher’s, and having ridden here in November I remembered that I probably kicked on a bit soon then and realised you have to give them a chance to get their breath."

“I was sixth or seventh and had a bit of daylight and a clear run - I was very lucky and that’s what you need in the National."

“My only ambition was to get round, although I knew he stayed the trip. He hasn’t been himself all season and has needed this better ground and sun on his back. He’s not had the sunshine, but he got the better ground and he’s class on his day."

“Coming to the second-last I was delighted because I realised I was going to be placed, and I thought ‘this is great, let’s just jump home’, then the front two [Teaforthree and Oscar Time] stopped in front of me at the last and I said to myself ‘this isn’t happening’. So I got down and gave him a shove and he quickened on past them."

“I heard the commentator say there was a loose horse behind me but I didn’t dare look round and just kept going.”

2013 Full Result



Finishers
1Auroras Encore1110-3Sue SmithRyan Mania66/1
2Cappa Bleu1110-11Evan WilliamsPaul Moloney12/1
3Teaforthree911-3Rebecca CurtisNick Schofield10/1
4Oscar Time1210-11Martin LynchMr Sam Waley-Cohen66/1
5Rare Bob1110-6Dessie HughesBryan Cooper16/1
6Swing Bill1210-8 David Pipe Conor O’Farrell80/1
7Soll810-0Jo HughesMark Grant33/1
8Tarquinius1010-2Gordon ElliottWilson Renwick100/1
9Saint Are710-8Tim VaughanDougie Costello50/1
10Always Waining1210-10Peter BowenTom O’Brien33/1
11Major Malarkey1010-0Nigel Twiston-DaviesTom Scudamore50/1
12Join Together811-2Paul NichollsDaryl Jacob25/1
13Seabass1011-6Ted WalshMs Katie Walsh11/2F
14Across The Bay911-2Donald McCainHenry Brooke40/1
15Balthazar King910-12Philip HobbsRichard Johnson16/1
16Quiscover Fontaine910-7Willie MullinsDavid Casey40/1
17Any Currency1010-0Martin KeighleyIan Popham100/1
Did Not Complete:
UR 8thBig fella Thanks1111-6Tom GeorgeDenis O’Regan33/1
UR 8thTreacle1210-4Tom TaaffeNoel Fehily33/1
UR 8thThe Rainbow Hunter910-6Kim BaileyAidan Coleman50/1
PU before 11thNinetieth Minute1010-3Tom TaaffeNiall Madden80/1
Fell 12thTatenen910-10Richard RoweAndrew Thornton100/1
PU before 14thViking Blond810-0Nigel Twiston-DaviesAdam Wedge66/1
UR 15th(The Chair)Colbert Station911-1Ted WalshAP McCoy12/1
PU before 17thLost Glory810-8Jonjo O'NeillMark Walsh10/1
PU after 18thJoncol1010-13Paul NolanRobbie Power50/1
PU after 18thWhat A Friend1011-9Paul NichollsSam Thomas33/1
PU before 21stBecauseicouldntsee1010-6Noel GlynnMJ Ferris66/1
PU before 22ndImperial Commander1211-10Nigel Twiston-DaviesSam Twiston-Davies11/1
PU before 24thBallabriggs1211-4Donald McCainJason Maguire20/1
PU before 24thForpadydeplasterer1111-0Tom CooperAndrew McNamara66/1
PU before 24thQuel Esprit911-7Willie MullinsPaul Townend40/1
PU before 24thWeird Al1011-8Donald McCainTimmy Murphy66/1
PU before 25thHarry The Viking810-6Paul NichollsRyan Mahon40/1
Fell 25thOn His Own911-0Willie MullinsRuby Walsh8/1
PU before 27thMr Moonshine910-5Sue SmithPeter Buchanan66/1
PU before lastChicago Grey1010-7Gordon ElliottPaul Carberry11/1
UR lastRoberto Goldback1111-6Nicky HendersonBarry Geraghty25/1
UR lastSunnyhillboy1011-4Jonjo O’NeillRitchie McLernon20/1
Refused lastMumbles Head1210-4Peter BowenJamie Moore100/1