Kilmessan jockey wins Aintree Grand National

Story by John Donohoe

Saturday, 9th April, 2011 5:00pm

Kilmessan jockey wins Aintree Grand National

Jason Maguire celebrates his Grand National win.

Kilmessan jockey Jason Maguire won the Aintree Grand National on Donald McCain Junior's Ballabriggs in the horse's debut over the Grand National fences.

The 14/1 shot, owned by Trevor Hemmings, who also owned 2005 Aintree National victor Hedgehunter, was very tired after the tough race in extremely warm temperatures, and Maguire dismounted immediately after coming home.

It was the first time in memory that the victorious jockey returned to the parade ring on foot.

Maguire, nephew of trainer and former jockey Adrian, was delighted with the win and paid tribute to his parents watching the race at home in Kilmessan.

Trainer McCain was following in the footsteps of his father, Ginger, of Red Rum and Amberleigh House fame.

Summerhill trainer Martin Lynch's Oscar Time (14-1) finished second, last year's winner Don't Push It (9-1) third, State Of Play (28-1) fourth and 2009 Fairyhouse Grand National winner, Niche Market (16-1), was fifth.

The only other two Meath riders to finish the National where the Carberry siblings, Paul, on Gordon Elliot's Backstage, at tenth, and Nina, on Character Building, at 15th, one ahead of Adrian Maguire's Golden Kite.

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