Which horse won the Grand National that never was?
#45795. Asked by jemimah. (Mar 28 04 9:00 AM)
Esha Ness, ridden by John White, trained by Jenny Pitman, in 1993|
Grand National ends in 'shambles'
The Grand National has ended in chaos after a series of events at the start which reduced the world-famous horse race to a shambles.
An estimated 300 million people around the world were watching the race, held at the Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, live on television, when 30 of the 39 riders failed to realise a false start had been called and set off around the racetrack.
The Jockey Club was forced to declare the race void after several riders completed both laps of the gruelling 30-obstacle course and passed the finish line before they realised their mistake.
Aintree has said it is unlikely the race will be re-run, and bookmakers are faced with repaying the £75 million in bets placed on the race.
Esha Ness, a 50-1 outsider trained by Jenny Pitman and ridden by John White, crossed the line first. "I could see there were only a few horses around, but I thought the others had fallen or something," White said after the race.
Mrs Pitman, who became the first woman to train a first Grand National winner in 1983 with Corbiere, was devastated.
"This is no Grand National, even though I have won it," she said.
The owner of Esha Ness, Patrick Bancroft, is understood to be considering suing Aintree over the £76,000 prize money for first place.
[Edited to add reference - McG]
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