P392 CEEFAX 392 Sun 9 Apr 02:37/00  1/4  GRAND NATIONAL REVIEW:  ATHLETE'S ROYAL DISPLAY  Jenny Pitman, the only woman to train a National winner, landed the big race for the second time, with the 40/1 outsider Royal AthleteN Jason Titley, having his first ride for the Lambourn handler, punched the air with delight on crossing the line in front of Party Politics The 1992 hero battled valiantly to close the gap on the leader but Royal Athlete forged clear after the last for a famous 7L victoryN 100/1 shot Over The Deel claimed third place with Dubacilla fourth  Source:William HILL Organization Ltd Timeform Nat Jocks GNat Res Bradley
P392 CEEFAX 392 Sun 9 Apr 02:31/00   GRAND NATIONAL REVIEW:  DREAM FOR TITLEY 2/4  "This was my first ride in the National and to win it is unbelievable," beamed Jason Titley after Royal Athlete had won the Martell Grand NationalN "I was very nervous at the start but the horse got into his rhythm at the first and jumped supfrbly. "I knew he had to be relaxed and he wasN The horse was absolutely brilliant out thereN "On the run-in I could hear Party Politics coming at us but I knew we weren't going to get beat," he said  Source:William HILL Organization Ltd Timeform Nat Jocks GNat Res Bradley
P392 CEEFAX 392 Sun 9 Apr 02:34/00   GRAND NATIONAL REVIEW:  PITMAN'S DELIGHT 3/4  It was an emotional Jenny Pitman who greeted Royal Athlete after her injury-prone veteran had won the Martell Grand NationalN She said: "I told the owners that they were stupid to run him here as he would win the Scottish National doing handstands, so I was wrong againN "People will say that this makes up for Esha Ness winning the void race but you can't dwell on yesterdayN "This horse ran that year, falling on the first circuitN He has been a mightmare to train over the years but this was something special."  Timeform Nat Jocks GNat Res Bradley
P392 CEEFAX 392 Sun 9 Apr 02:24/05   GRAND NATIONAL REVIEW:  OWNER CAN'T WATCH 4/4  Libby Johnson, who owns Royal Athlete in partnership with his brother Gary, had an unconventional way of watching his horse's finest hour, as he explainsN "I simply couldn't watch the race and sat on the grass with my head in my hands all the way. "Mrs Pitman has been brilliant with the horse after all his problems." "A lot of people have written this horse off, saying he was a light of former years and that he couldn't jump The old horse has spoken for himself here," said Gary JohnsonN  Timeform Nat Jocks GNat Res Bradley