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Grand National 2000: Addington Boy delights Murphy with gallant fifth.

Addington Boy, who has run with distinction in the last two Martell Grand Nationals, will be aimed at the race again next year, writes Graham Cunningham.

Ferdy Murphy's 12-year-old, fourth behind Bobbyjo

12 months ago, finished a gallant fifth, about 20 lengths behind Papillon, on Saturday.

``We're over the moon with him,'' Murphy said yesterday. "He's come back bucking and squealing. We've just turned him out now and he's so well we could run him again today.

"He's high enough in the handicap and those who finished in front of him in the National were all getting weight from him."

Addington Boy looked sure to be placed as the field crossed the Melling Road for the final time, but made a couple of errors. Murphy added: "He just didn't get his height at one or two, but Adrian [Maguire] got a tremendous buzz from the ride."

An attempt had been made to retire Addington Boy to Ireland earlier this season, but he failed to settle and worked well on the beach at Wexford for

local point-to-point trainer Liz Doyle, prompting connections to go for the Grand National.

"He'll go back to Wexford, then the plan is to run him at Kelso in February 2001, followed by another go at the National,'' Murphy added.

Call It A Day, one place in front of Addington Boy when he finished third in 1999, was one behind this time in sixth.

Jockey Barry Geraghty said: "He gave me a brilliant ride and jumped marvellously. He didn't have the best of runs, and if I'd had a clearer passage he might have run into fourth or fifth-he was staying on."

Djeddah, a major fancy on the drying ground, faded in the closing stages to finish ninth under Thierry Doumen, who said: ``He gave me a lovely ride. He was about 10th when we went out for the second time, but from Valentine's he was getting tired. He had a lot of weight and it was just too much for him in the end."
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Cunningham, Graham
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 10, 2000
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