It was another thrilling display over the Aintree Grand National fences and with Pineau De Re reigning victorious in the first £1m Grand National. It was a huge win for trainer Dr Richard Newland and jockey Leighton Aspell, who almost seemed unfazed by the win when interviewed on Channel 4.
With a false start and Battle Group that refused to run the start was delay by a few minutes but then it was all systems go as the 39 runners took their chances over the fences.
Double Seven went off as joint favourite and duly rewarded the each-way backers, coming home in 3rd place behind Balthazar King who got close but couldn’t catch Pineau De Re on the run-in so once again Johnson & Hobbs have to be content with 2nd place.
Teaforthree, a front runner in the betting since the horses were entered was a faller.
Nicky Henderson, who fielded a strong hand of four runners – Long Run, Triolo D’Alene, Hunt Ball and Shakalakaboomboom didn’t even get one of them in the top 5.
Of the 40 runners that lined-up, 18 completed the course and all horses returned home safe and sound.
How they finished
1st – Pineau De Re (25/1)
2nd – Balthazar King (14/1)
3rd – Double Seven (10/1 JF)
4th – Alvarado (33/1)
5th – Rocky Creek (16/1)
6th – Chance Du Roy (33/1)
7th – Monbeg Dude (20/1)
8th – Raz De Maree (50/1)
9th – Swing Bill (66/1)
10th – Kruzhlinin (100/1)
11th – Buckers Bridge (66/1)
12th – The Package (16/1)
13th – Vesper Bell (50/1)
14th – Across The Bay (50/1)
15th – Mr Moonshine (25/1)
16th – Prince De Beauchene (18/1)
17th – Hunt Ball (50/1)
18th – Hawkes Point (50/1)
How The Rest Faired:
Fence One: Twirling Magnet (fell)
Fence Two: Burton Port (unseated)
Fence Three: Big Shu (fell)
Fence Six: (Becher’s Brook): Last Time D’Albain (unseated)
Fence Eight: Tidal Bay (unseated), Our Father (unseated), Golan Way (fell)
Fence Nine: Long Run (fell), The Rainbow Hunter (unseated), Mountainous (fell)
Fence 15: (The Chair): Teaforthree (fell)
Fence 20: Shakalakaboomboom (pulled up)
Fence 21: Quito De La Roque (pulled up)
Fence 22: One In A Milan (fell), Triolo D’Alene (pulled up)
Fence 25: Colbert Station (pulled up)
Fence 26: Rose Of The Moon (fell), Vintage Star (pulled up)
Fence 27: Lion Na Bearnai (pulled up)
Fence 28: Wayward Prince (fell)
Fence 29: Walkon (pulled up)
Refused to race: Battle Group
Picture by: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images