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Pineau De Re wins Grand National

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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