Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

National winner makes pub Encore

Auroras Encore with trainer Harvey Smith outside their local pub the Dick Hudsons

Grand National winner Auroras Encore has been welcomed at his local pub following his triumphant return home.

The 66-1 outsider visited the Dick Hudsons pub, near his West Yorkshire stables, where he was greeted by customers, staff and other well-wishers.

The 11-year-old is the first Yorkshire winner of the world's most famous steeplechase for 53 years.

Winning jockey Ryan Mania is racing again on Sunday so assistant trainer Ryan Clavin led the horse down to the pub from his yard at Craiglands Farm, near Bingley.

But the jockey found time to pose with the horse at the stables earlier, along with trainer Sue Smith and her husband, the champion show-jumper Harvey Smith.

Mrs Smith said: "We're past the stage of partying all night, so we made sure we got to bed.

"The horse has come out unbelievably well this morning. His legs are sound and he's quite chirpy considering he raced for nearly four-and-a-half miles."

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