Horse Racing

Pineau De Re wins Grand National

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Pineau De Re, ridden by Leighton Aspell, was the surprise winner of the 167th Grand National at Aintree.

The 25/1 shot was relatively unfancied in the market prior to the race, but was given a terrific run to charge clear at the line ahead of Balthazar King (14/1) and joint-favourite Double Seven (10/1). Fourth place went to Alvarado (33/1), whilst Rocky Creek (16/1) completed the places for those who got the first with the bookmakers.

Victory for jockey Aspell, who finished second in the famous race on Supreme Glory back in 2003, tasted even sweeter given the fact that he'd retired from racing back in 2007 - only to change his mind and come back a couple of years later.

It proved to be a fine decision on this showing, and he was one of 18 who made it across the line in yet another pulsating race over four miles.

The other joint-favourite, Teaforthree, was a victim of the chair as his jockey was unseated, although that was a better effort than Battle Group who failed to get going at all.

Another well fancied horse, Tidal Bay, was unfortunate to be led in the wrong direction by stray horses, whilst Long Run took a heavy fall at Valentine's Brook - which also stopped Mountainous and The Rainbow Hunter in their tracks.

Despite the falls, there were no fatalities for the second year running, suggesting safety improvements are making a big difference over the national fences, with excitement remaining but the welfare of the horses paramount.

That meant everyone can go home happy, although none more so that Aspell and Dr Richard Newland, the trainer who only stopped practicing at a private surgery earlier this year.

The pair will remain in the history books forever, along with the name Pineau De Re, who is already available at the same price of 25/1 to repeat the trick in the 168th version of the Grand National next year.

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