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Ballabriggs romps home in National

Ballabriggs romped to victory in warm sunshine at Aintree marking yet another success story for the McCain family whose name appears on the Grand National trophy for a fifth time.

Winning trainer Donald McCain Jnr is the son of legendary Ginger McCain, the race's most successful trainer.

Nearly half the adult population of Britain gambled on the big race with William Hill estimating the industry took around £150 million.

Sadly, the event was marred by the deaths of two horses.

Donald McCain, who is based in Cholmondeley, Cheshire, said: "It's amazing, simply amazing." His father was responsible for coaching Red Rum to three wins and, 30-years-later, Amberleigh House's success in 2004.

Jockey Jason Maguire, 30, said: "I still can't believe it. I'm looking at the replay and it's not sinking in."

A sell-out crowd at the Liverpool racecourse roared as Ballabriggs crossed the line two-and-a-quarter lengths ahead of Oscar Time, ridden by amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen.

The 28-year-old, who owns a dental company, narrowly missed out on a remarkable treble for an amateur after winning the King George VI Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup earlier this season.

Sam said: "It has been a phenomenal season and it's been an honour to be riding in such big races."

The bookmakers escaped serious losses after favourites, last year's winning duo AP McCoy and Don't Push It, came third and The Midnight Club, ridden by Ruby Walsh, finished sixth.

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