Former Grand National winner Comply Or Die is retired

Comply Or Die at the 2008 Grand National
Comply Or Die held off King Johns Castle to take the 2008 Grand National

The 2008 Grand National winner Comply Or Die has been retired after being pulled up in this year's race.

The David Pipe-trained and David Johnson-owned 12-year-old won eight of his 31 races.

He will be retired to the stables of jockey Timmy Murphy, who rode him to victory three years ago.

"He's been great for Pond House, for me and for David Johnson and his family and everyone involved with him," said Pipe.

"Obviously winning the Grand National is a dream for every owner, trainer and jockey and it was a day I'll never forget. It's great that he retires happy and in one piece."

Comply Or Die gave Pipe and Johnson their first National win when he beat King John's Castle by four lengths, but in this year's race the veteran horse pulled up two fences from the end.

"It will be a pleasure to have him back here and when they retire safe and sound it's always great," said Murphy.

"He's a great character and he'll have some fun here. We'll keep him occupied, he doesn't like doing nothing.

"Hopefully he can pass on some traits to some up and coming stars."

He won almost £800,000 in his career.

Top Stories