Bobbyjo became the first Irish-trained winner of the National since L’Escargot in 1975 when scoring at Aintree for father and son team Tommy and Paul Carberry in 1999.

In his Aintree win, he was lightly weighted at 10 stone, 14 pounds under the handicap, and ran the race close behind the leaders, passing them on the run-in to win by ten lengths.

BobbyJo was six months old when he was bought “over a drink” by publican Bobby Burke from a building contractor who was getting out of racing, and Burke owned him to the day he died, in 2001, when he was euthanized at age 11, after failing to recover from a broken bone in his knee.