Grand National winner Comply or Die gone at 17

David Pipe

Pipe said Comply Or Die gave him ‘the highlight of my career to date’

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COMPLY OR DIE, the 2008 Grand National hero, has died at the age of 17, his former trainer David Pipe has revealed.

The son of Old Vic, who raced in the famous silks of the Johnson Family, came home four lengths clear of King Johns Castle at Aintree in April 2008 and ultimately contested four Grand Nationals.

His final outing came when he was pulled up in the 2011 renewal, won by Ballabriggs, bringing the curtain down on a career that saw him win eight races and £798,809 in prize-money.

‘A horse I will always hold dear’

Writing in his blog, Pipe paid tribute to Comply Or Die, who became a flag bearer for the Retraining of Racehorses charity during his retirement, as well as working as a lead-horse for Timmy Murphy.

“He provided me with the highlight of my career to date when winning the 2008 Grand National at Aintree and ran another fantastic race when runner-up the following year,” Pipe said.

“He was a tough, genuine and loveable horse and I was delighted to see him looking so well at the Grand National parade of former winners only last month.

“He is a horse I will always hold dear in my heart and I am greatly saddened to hear of his loss.”


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