Williams: "I'll keep trying to win"
Last Updated: 06/04/13 6:04pm
Cappa Bleu masters Teaforthree for second on the run-in
Reaction from connections of the beaten horses in the John Smith's Grand National.
Cappa Bleu's trainer Evan Williams, who has also seen State Of Play go so close in the race, said: "I'm getting closer and if I had to finish second to anybody then to finish second to Sue and Harvey - they are legends in my eyes and I couldn't think of anyone better to finish second to.
"I think it's good for the North that they've won. I'll get there one day. I can't say how much it means to people like us to compete in this race.
"Second, third and fourth, they matter. To see everyone come back safe and sound and happy, that's what matters.
"We haven't won, but great people have won. Sue and Harvey Smith are great people for National Hunt racing and great people for the north of England.
"The race went well except that we finished second. I'll do all in my power to get there, but we will enjoy the race.
"Of course winning is what we are here for, but I am happy. I can't knock the horse or the jockey - we've finished second.
"Fantastic for Becky (Rebecca Curtis) to finish third (with Teaforthree). She's had a fantastic season and has really upped the ante as far as Wales is concerned. I'm very proud to be part of it.
"Hopefully we'll be back next for another crack. Winning the Grand National is my ambition."
Rebecca Curtis has vowed to bring Teaforthree back next year. "He stayed all the way to the line and just got pipped for second. Nick (Scholfield) said he went on to try to win the race," said the Welsh trainer.
"He's run a blinder and I'm really pleased with him.
"He'll come back here next year, all being well, and go for the Welsh National again first probably.
"Third in the Grand National at my first attempt is not bad and we'll try again."
Robert Waley-Cohen, owner of the Martin Lynch-trained Oscar Time, who was ridden by his son Sam Waley-Cohen, said: "That was an incredible thrill.
"The horse ran brilliantly and Sam was fantastic.
"He's now run in two Nationals and has been second and fourth. He obviously goes really well here.
"To run like that after a slightly interrupted preparation reflects greatly on Martin Lynch.
"I couldn't be more proud of the horse, it was a wonderful race to watch."