Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Pineau De Re wins Grand National

Pineau De Re ridden by Leighton Aspell jump the final fence as they win the Crabbies Grand National during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National 2014 Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool
Pineau De Re ridden by Leighton Aspell jump the final fence as they win the Crabbies Grand National during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National 2014 Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool
Runners and riders start The Crabbie's Grand National Steeple Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National 2014 Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool
Runners and riders start The Crabbie's Grand National Steeple Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National 2014 Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool
Runners and riders wait to start The Crabbie's Grand National Steeple Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National 2014 Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool
Runners and riders wait to start The Crabbie's Grand National Steeple Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National 2014 Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool

Pineau De Re claimed Crabbie's Grand National glory at Aintree for trainer Dr Richard Newland and jockey Leighton Aspell.

 

The 11-year-old was a 25-1 shot after finishing third in the Pertemps Final over hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival and moved into the race travelling powerfully.

He jumped the final fence in a clear lead and his pursuers never looked like bridging the gap as he galloped all the way to the line to secure a momentous five-length victory.

Balthazar King ran a fine race to finish second, ahead of champion jockey Tony McCoy aboard Double Seven.

Alvarado stayed on from a long way back to finish fourth.

Aspell, who at one stage had retired from riding, said: "It's a wonderful day, this is what we do it for.

"I've been watching the National since I was a very young boy.

"As much as you enjoy sharing everyone's success, you crave a bit too.

"To get a chance to ride in the National is a great thing, and to get on one with a chance is even better."

Aspell went on: "I was very conscious that I didn't want to be in front too soon over four and a half miles.

"He's a small horse, so he finds jumping hard enough.

"When I got a bit of daylight I knew I'd be fine because that was my only worry, a lack of daylight.

"Once he was in daylight he really enjoyed that part of the race."

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