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Grand National at Aintree 2016: Rule the World wins for jockey David Mullins and trainer Mouse Morris

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  David Mullins celebrates as he enters the Winners' Enclosure after riding Rule The World to victory in the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: David Mullins celebrates as he enters the Winners' Enclosure after riding Rule The World to victory in the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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(From left to right) The Last Samuri ridden by David Bass, 
Vics Canvas ridden by Robert Dunne and Rule the World ridden by David Mullins lead the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 9, 2016. See PA story RACING National. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

(From left to right) The Last Samuri ridden by David Bass, Vics Canvas ridden by Robert Dunne and Rule the World ridden by David Mullins lead the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 9, 2016. See PA story RACING National. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

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Jockey David Mullins on Rule The World after winning the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 9, 2016. See PA story RACING National. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

Jockey David Mullins on Rule The World after winning the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 9, 2016. See PA story RACING National. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

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(From left to right) The Last Samuri ridden by David Bass, 
Vics Canvas ridden by Robert Dunne and Rule the World ridden by David Mullins lead the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 9, 2016. See PA story RACING National. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

(From left to right) The Last Samuri ridden by David Bass, Vics Canvas ridden by Robert Dunne and Rule the World ridden by David Mullins lead the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 9, 2016. See PA story RACING National. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

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Owner Michael O'Leary (left) and jockey David Mullins celebrates with Rule The World after winning the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 9, 2016. See PA story RACING National. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

Owner Michael O'Leary (left) and jockey David Mullins celebrates with Rule The World after winning the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 9, 2016. See PA story RACING National. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

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Jockey David Mullins celebrates on Rule The World after winning the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 9, 2016. See PA story RACING Aintree. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

Jockey David Mullins celebrates on Rule The World after winning the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 9, 2016. See PA story RACING Aintree. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

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Jockey David Mullins celebrates on Rule The World after winning the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 9, 2016. See PA story RACING Aintree. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

Jockey David Mullins celebrates on Rule The World after winning the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 9, 2016. See PA story RACING Aintree. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

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Saint Are ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan (right) and Aachen ridden by Henry Brooke clear a fence during the  Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 9, 2016. See PA story RACING Aintree. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

Saint Are ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan (right) and Aachen ridden by Henry Brooke clear a fence during the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 9, 2016. See PA story RACING Aintree. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

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The runners and riders assemble at the start of the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 9, 2016. See PA story RACING National. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

The runners and riders assemble at the start of the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 9, 2016. See PA story RACING National. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

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Jockey David Mullins celebrates on Rule The World after winning the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 9, 2016. See PA story RACING Aintree. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

Jockey David Mullins celebrates on Rule The World after winning the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 9, 2016. See PA story RACING Aintree. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  David Mullins poses in the Winners' Enclosure after riding Rule The World to victory in the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: David Mullins poses in the Winners' Enclosure after riding Rule The World to victory in the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  The Last Samuri ridden by David Bass and Vics Canvas ridden by Robert Dunne clear the last fence as eventual winner Rule The World ridden by David Mullins jumps it in third position during the Crabbie's Grand National Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: The Last Samuri ridden by David Bass and Vics Canvas ridden by Robert Dunne clear the last fence as eventual winner Rule The World ridden by David Mullins jumps it in third position during the Crabbie's Grand National Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  Owner Michael O'Leary kisses his wife Anita Farrell as David Mullins smiles in the Winners' Enclosure after riding Rule The World to victory in the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: Owner Michael O'Leary kisses his wife Anita Farrell as David Mullins smiles in the Winners' Enclosure after riding Rule The World to victory in the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  Rule The World ridden by David Mullins clears the last fence on their way to victory in the Crabbie's Grand National Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: Rule The World ridden by David Mullins clears the last fence on their way to victory in the Crabbie's Grand National Steeple Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  David Mullins clears the water jump on Rule The World on their way to victory in the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: David Mullins clears the water jump on Rule The World on their way to victory in the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  David Mullins celebrates as he rides Rule The World to victory in the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: David Mullins celebrates as he rides Rule The World to victory in the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  David Mullins celebrates as he rides Rule The World to victory in the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: David Mullins celebrates as he rides Rule The World to victory in the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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Saint Are ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan (right) and Aachen ridden by Henry Brooke clear a fence during the  Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. David Davies/PA Wire

Saint Are ridden by jockey Paddy Brennan (right) and Aachen ridden by Henry Brooke clear a fence during the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. David Davies/PA Wire

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The runners and riders at the start of the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.  David Davies/PA Wire

The runners and riders at the start of the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. David Davies/PA Wire

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Jockey David Mullins celebrates on Rule The World after winning the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. David Davies/PA Wire

Jockey David Mullins celebrates on Rule The World after winning the Crabbie's Grand National Chase during Grand National Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. David Davies/PA Wire

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: David Mullins celebrates as he enters the Winners' Enclosure after riding Rule The World to victory in the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree Racecourse on April 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Rule the World, trained by Mouse Morris and ridden by David Mullins have won the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree.

Steadily working his way through the field, the 33-1 shot was sitting a close third as The Last Samuri and Vics Canvas jumped the last together.

The Last Samuri battled on at the elbow but could not quite hold off the strong-finishing Mouse Morris-trained nine-year-old, who was remarkably winning for the first time over fences.

Forging on inside the final 100 yards under 19-year-old David Mullins - on his first ride in the race - the Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding eventually crossed the line six lengths ahead of 8-1 joint-favourite The Last Samuri.

Vics Canvas was third at 100-1 and Gilgamboa (28-1) fourth.

Jockey David Mullins called it "unbelievable" as he reacted to the win.

He said: "It's unbelievable. I couldn't expect things to have gone any better, it all went to plan. I'm very grateful for being given the chance to ride this horse.

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Graphic shows colours of runners in the 2015 Grand National

Graphic shows colours of runners in the 2015 Grand National

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Graphic shows colours of runners in the 2015 Grand National

"There was one little mishap at the fourth-last, but thank god I came out (the other side). Everything went to plan really.

"Credit to Mouse, he's produced this horse without having won over fences. Then there's me, who's never even walked around the Grand National track.

"Mouse is a genius and he's the best man in the world for preparing a horse for one day.

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Many Clouds ridden by Leighton Aspell won the 2015 Grand National.

Many Clouds ridden by Leighton Aspell won the 2015 Grand National.

Many Clouds ridden by Leighton Aspell won the 2015 Grand National.

"I'm very thankful to Michael and Eddie O'Leary (of Gigginstown) for giving me the chance.

"That's the best ride I've ever got off a horse and it's the best feeling to come back into a place like this.

"It was just brilliant."

Morris was almost lost for words after the race, but paid tribute to his late son, Christopher, who tragically died last summer from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning while travelling in South America.

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary who owns Rule The World told Channel 4 Racing that he was "lost for words".

He said: "I am delighted for Mouse this horse has had two broken pelvises and he has brought him back each time. It was a great ride by David Mullins. I am just lost for words and that does not happen for very often."

Speaking ahead of the race AP McCoy said Saturday's event had the best ever line-up.

Ulster great McCoy - who retired last April at the age of 40 after 20 successive champion jockey titles and a record 4,358 winners - had to wait until his 15th attempt before finally winning the Grand National.

McCoy triumphed on Don't Push It at Aintree in 2010, becoming the only jockey ever to be crowned BBC Sports Personality later that year.

"It's a classy Grand National," McCoy said.

"There are a lot of good horses but Many Clouds (8-1) deserves to be the favourite - his performance (in winning) at Kelso (last month) was great and the one thing he does is he stays and stays and stays."

McCoy rode Shutthefrontdoor to fifth in his final Grand National last year.

Belfast Telegraph


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