This was run on the 5th April 2008 and it was cloudy and showery. The winner won by 4 lengths with 1 1/2 lengths to the 3rd. There were 40 runners and 15 finished.


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The BBC Sports website and bank of film clips provide excellent coverage of the Grand National. The link below is a 9 minute 48 seconds clip of the Grand National.

Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer
1 COMPLY OR DIE T J Murphy D E Pipe
2 KING JOHNS CASTLE P Carberry A L Moore (Ire)
3 SNOWY MORNING D J Casey W Mullins (Ire)
4 SLIM PICKINGS B J Geraghty T Taffe (Ire)
5 BEWLEYS BERRY D O'Regan J Howard Johnson
6 CLOUDY LANE J M Maguire D McCain jnr
also HEDGEHUNTER R Walsh W Mullins (Ire)
also HI CLOY T Doyle M Hourigan
also KNOWHERE J Tizzard N A Twiston Davies
also MR POINTMENT S Thomas P F Nicholls
also TURKO R Johnson P F Nicholls
also MADISON DU BERLAIS T Scudamore D E Pipe
also SIMON D Elsworth J L Spearing
also ARDAGHEY D England N A Twiston Davies
also IRON MAN C Williams P Bowen
also FUNDAMENTALIST P J Brennan N A Twiston Davies
also BUTLER'S CABIN A P McCoy Jonjo O'Neill
also CHELSEA HARBOUR D N Russell T Mullins (Ire)
also VODKA BLEU P Moloney D E Pipe
also L'AMI M A Fitzgerald F Doumen
also CONTRABAND K Mercer Paul Murphy
also MCKELVEY T J O'Brien P Bowen
also JOAACI J W Farrelly D E Pipe
also POINT BARROW A Dobbin P Hughes (Ire)
also D'ARGENT R Thornton A King
also NO FULL J R Barry E Doyle (Ire)
also BAILY BREEZE P W Flood M Morris (Ire)
also BOB HALL N Fehily Jonjo O'Neill
also MON MOME A Coleman Miss V Williams
also CORNISH SETT Mr N Schofield P Nicholls
also NAUNTON BROOK A Tinkler N A Twiston Davies
also TUMBLING DICE T G M Ryan T Taffe (Ire)
also BACKBEAT K Renwick J Howard Johnson
also IDLE TALK B Harding D McCain jnr
also KELAMI F Keniry F Doumen
also MILAN DEUX MILLE T J Malone D E Pipe
also NADOVER R M Power C Mann
also BLACK APALACHI A J McNamara D Hughes (Ire)
also PHILSON RUN D Jacob Nick Williams
also DUN DOIRE R McGrath A J Martin (Ire)
7/1 co/fav Cloudy Lane
7/1 co/fav Comply or Die
10/1 Slim Pickings
10/1 Hedgehunter
10/1 Butler's Cabin
16/1 Snowy Morning
20/1 King John's Castle

Tom O’Brien on McKelvey in the 2008 Grand National. These are the titles of chapters from Chris Pitt’s book ‘Go Down to the Beaten’, which looks at personal stories by connections of horses which failed to win the Grand National, a copy of which can be purchased by clicking the link below:-