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Grand National Result 2007

Story of 2007 Grand National: Silver Birch wins at 33-1

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2007 Grand National Result: 1 Silver Birch (33/1); 2 Mckelvey (12/1); 3 Slim Pickings (33/1); 4. Philson Run (100/1).

The sickest man on Grand National day 2007 must have been Champion trainer Paul Nicholls. He had let Silver Birch go at the sales for a mere 20,000gns after, he claims, listening to vet's advice that the horses tendons would always let him down.

Rookie Irish trainer Gordon Elliott was the lucky beneficiary. Though Elliott made his own luck where The Grand National 2007 was concerned. He had subjected Silver Birch to expensive stem-cell treatment to try to cure those all-important legs. Then he had hunted the old chaser properly to sweeten him up.

Not too many people fancied Silver Birch this time. Nobody who follows the game could fault his talent though, Having lifted the Becher Chase around the formidable National fences in 2004. Silver Birch had hit the deck at The Chair the previous year (2006) and the common consensus was the ground was not soft enough for him.

Nobody had told the horse, who jumped like a stag to beat Mckelvey (12/1) in second and Slim Pickings (33/1) in third. Philson Run belied odds of 100/1 to come home fourth, beating Liberthine (40/1) with the amateur Sam Waley-Cohen in fifth. The previous year's hero Numbersixvalverde was a commendable sixth.


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