Racing; `He didn't know he was a 66-1 shot'

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"It's a great day and we're really chuffed. He's in absolutely everything - the National, Irish National, you name it." David Nicholson, trainer of Go Ballistic.

"I'm delighted for the horse more than anything. He deserved this and he didn't know he was a 66-1 shot." Sheila Lockhart, owner of Go Ballistic.

"Richard said that the horse might not have been as supple over one or two fences as he has been in the past and that used up a lot of his energy. He's a young horse and, as we've set out to come here for the next couple of years, hopefully he'll be good enough. Today was tremendous experience for him. It's the first time he's really come under pressure in a race." Willie Mullins, trainer of Florida Pearl.

"He broke a blood vessel." Tony McCoy, rider of Unsinkable Boxer.

"It was a great run and on that he must be a serious Grand National prospect." Adrian Maguire, rider of Addington Boy.

"If he could breathe properly he'd win a Gold Cup. I had a lot of horse under me until he made a mistake at the top of the hill. After that he couldn't breathe, but he gave everything. He's so brave. He was given oxygen afterwards." Lorcan Wyer, rider of Simply Dashing.

"He was wrong in himself and hopefully something will show up." Richard Johnson, rider of Escartefigue.

"His jumping was just not great." Paul Carberry, rider of Dorans Pride.

"He just wasn't good enough on the day." Carl Llewellyn, rider of Senor El Betrutti.

"He jumped as if the track was too sharp for him." Graham Bradley, rider of Suny Bay.

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