The 2008 Grand National took place at Aintree Racecourse in England, on 5 April 2008 and offer combined prize money of around £450,000, a marked drop from previous years.
The 2008 Grand National winner was the longstanding joint-favorite Comply or Die, ridden by gifted and success-focused Irish jockey – Timmy Murphy. Murphy was well known for wanting a National win and so winning here was the realisation of a dream.
Timmy Murphy finihed the race four lengths ahead of the hotly pursuing King John’s Castle who finished second, and the similarly unrelenting chaser – Snowing Morning steered by David Casey. The first three slots were thus occupied by Comply or Die/Timmy Murphy, Kings John’s Castle/ Paul Carberry, Snowy Morning/David Casey.
Timmy Murphy’s victorious horse was owned by David Johnson, a prominent English stable owner and equestrian investor. The trainer was David Pipe.
Most interestingly a total of three riders were marking their thirteenth run. These included Mick Fitzgerald who had won the same title in 1996 riding Rough Quest, Paul Carberry who had achieved top honors in 1999 atop Bobbyjo and also the trailblazing racetrack sensation Tony McCoy.
Richard Dunwoody, a once terrific racer himself, acted as the guest presenter for the BBC coverage. Jim McGrath, the profoundly skilled and experienced veteran commentator wowed millions of anxious watchers, as his trademark thundering beckoned the winner home – for the eleventh consecutive Grand National.