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Mon Mome - Aintree - Grand National 04.04.2009

Mon Mome: produced one of the biggest shocks in Grand National history

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Grand National winner Mon Mome retired

VENETIA WILLIAMS has paid tribute to Mon Mome as she announced the retirement of her 2009 Grand National winner at the age of 13.

The French-bred, who carried the colours of Vida Bingham, won six of his 53 races and will always be remembered for recording one of the biggest shocks in Aintree's long history when providing National debutant Liam Treadwell with a fairytale success at odds of 100-1.

Mon Mome had not visited the winner's enclosure since, despite several gallant efforts in defeat, and was pulled up on what proved to be his last appearance at Warwick on March 10.

Williams said: "He's been an amazing horse to train and gave me the best day of my career when winning the Grand National.

"I would have loved for him to have been the first horse since Bindaree [2002] to win again after landing the National, but it was not to be.

"He showed a bit of form at Wincanton earlier this year, but has not run anything like that since and we've decided to retire him, as that was going to be the plan at the end of this season anyway."

Treadwell said: "Mon Mome gave me a fantastic day when he won the Grand National, but it was not just that; I was also second on him as a conditional in the Welsh National and at my first Cheltenham Festival I was fourth on him in one of the handicaps, so he meant a great deal to me for all sorts of reasons.

"He was a brilliant horse to ride, a real gentleman, and I owe him a lot. He still has his old zest at home, tugging his way up the gallop at the front of the string, and he's fit and well, but I can understand why Venetia and the owner have come to their decision."

 
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