Bindaree wins 2002 Grand National

The courage with which Bindaree found the extra strength to renew his challenge against What’s Up Boys on the long run-in to the National finish provided a thrilling climax to this great race.

Winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies watched the race standing by the winning post with his great friend Phillip Hobbs, trainer of runner-up What’s Up Boys, who was beaten 1 3/4 lengths.

“Of course I’m, thrilled. Delighted,” said the winning trainer, adding: “But you have to spare a thought for poor Philip. He must feel gutted.”

“I really did think that What’s Up Boys had it won two out because he always stays on so strongly, but it just wasn’t to be,” said Phillip Hobbs afterward.

“It’s a bit hard to get beaten when you think you’ve got the race won, but that’s how things happen sometimes.”

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