Auroras Encore won the 2013 Grand National giving long shot backers across the nation something to celebrate as Ryan Mania guided the 66/1 shot home past the finishing post first with Cappa Bleu and Teaforthree left to battle it out for second and third place. A huge win for trainer Sue Smith and a debut win for jockey Ryan Mania who had never ridden in the race previously.

With one of the best starts in years, the race started on time, with no false starts and for the first time in 174 years all 40 horses cleared the first seven fences much to the delight of the Aintree crowd who cheered with every successful jump including Bechers Chase!

Katie Walsh, riding Seabass, was attempting to become the first female jockey to win the race and went off as race favourite, followed by her brother Ruby Walsh on the 2nd favourite On His Own. However the best that she could manage was 13th spot.

The first fallers came at fence 8 – the Canal Turn – when three runners went out and they were The Rainbow Hunter, Treacle and Big Fella Thanks.

How they finished

1st – Auroras Encore (66-1)
2nd – Cappa Bleu (12-1)
3rd – Teaforthree (10-1)
4th – Oscar Time (66-1)
5th – Rare Bob (16-1)
6th – Swing Bill (80-1)
7th – Soll (33-1)
8th – Tarquinius (100-1)
9th – Saint Are (50-1)
10th – Always Waining (33-1)
11th – Major Malarkey (50-1)
12th – Join Together (25-1)
13th – Seabass (11-2f)
14th – Across the Bay (40-1)
15th – Balthazar King (16-1)
16th – Quiscover Fontaine (40-1)
17th – Any Currency (100-1)

And how the rest faired:

Fence 8: The Rainbow Hunter, Treacle, Big Fella Thanks (all unseated)
Fence 11: Ninetieth Minute (pulled-up)
Fence 12: Tatenen (fell)
Fence 14: Viking Blond (pulled up)
Fence 15: Colbert Station (unseated)
Fence 17: Lost Glory (pulled up)
Fence 19: Joncol, What A Friend (pulled up)
Fence 21: Becauseicouldntsee (pulled up)
Fence 22: Imperial Commander (pulled up)
Fence 23: Forpadydeplasterer, Quel Esprit, Weird Al (pulled up)
Fence 24: Ballabriggs (pulled up)
Fence 25: On His Own (fell), Harry The Viking (pulled up)
Fence 27: Mr Moonshine (pulled up)
Fence 30: Mumbles Head (refused), Sunnyhillboy (unseated), Roberto Goldback (unseated), Chicago Grey (pulled up)