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Second National victory for Aspell

Published 11/04/2015

AP McCoy chats to trainer Jonjo O'Neill after exercising Grand National runner Shutthefrontdoor
AP McCoy chats to trainer Jonjo O'Neill after exercising Grand National runner Shutthefrontdoor

Jockey Leighton Aspell has stormed to success in the 168th Grand National for a second year in a row on his horse Many Clouds.

The win would have come as a disappointment to the huge numbers who backed champion AP McCoy and Shutthefrontdoor to take the title.

Bookies had predicted £150 million would be bet on the race at Liverpool's Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool today, with McCoy the most backed Grand National jockey in recent history.

Many Clouds was described as "wobbly" after the race and taken away to cool down but quickly recovered.

All 39 horses are said to be fine following the tough race despite a number of falls and only 19 horses finishing, according to Channel Four which broadcast the race.

The shocked trainer of Many Clouds, Oliver Sherwood, said after the win: "I can't believe it.

"I thought it was a year too early and that Many Clouds might have gone over the top. What do I know about horses?"

Many Clouds' win has been hailed as a "cracking result" for bookies who feared a bumper payout if favourite Shutthefrontdoor came in at number one.

But despite the expectation piled on the favourite and champion jockey AP McCoy, the pair came only fifth.

David Williams of Ladbrokes said: "It's been another cracking Grand National for us.

"We were cheering every runner apart from Shutthefrontdoor. He was the only one we were sweating about and when he started to tire we were able to relax.

"As Many Clouds raced up to the line we knew we were on the right side of a £30 million windfall across the entire betting industry."

Paddy power estimated that a win for McCoy would have cost the Irish bookmaking industry close to 12 million euros.

Feilim Mac An Iomaire, a spokesman for Paddy Power, said: "We were sweating bullets towards the end of the race as a win for McCoy in his final National would have hit us harder than Jeremy Clarkson hits a producer.

"However, it wasn't to be and we breathed a huge sigh of relief once Many Clouds romped home."

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