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Pineau De Re tired but well after National heroics

John Provan left with Dr Richard Newland right at Market Rasen 06042014 the day after their Grand National win
10:43am 6 Apr 2014

CRABBIE'S GRAND NATIONAL winner Pineau De Re, described as tired but well the morning after his Aintree heroics, will bid to become the first horse since Red Rum to win back-to-back Nationals.

Grand National: Pineau De Re triumphs at 25-1

Leighton Aspell riding Pineau De Re C white clear the Chair before winning The Crabbie's Grand National
4:27pm 5 Apr 2014

PINEAU DE RE landed a Grand National shock for jockey Leighton Aspell and trainer Dr Richard Newland, coming home clear of Balthazar King, Double Seven and Alvarado before a sell-out crowd at Aintree.

Grand National: Jockeys mutiny after stewards' inquiry

The starter waves his flag
7:16pm 5 Apr 2014

JOCKEYS staged an extraordinary mass revolt on Saturday as 39 of the 40 Crabbie's Grand National riders collectively refused to leave the weighing room to hear the outcome of a stewards' inquiry into farcical scenes at the start.

Grand National: Heartbreak for Brooke after defeat

Sam WaleyCohen falls from Long Run at Valentine's during the Crabbie's Grand National Steeple Chase
5:49pm 5 Apr 2014

JOCKEY Henry Brooke was ruing what may have been after his mount was taken out of the Crabbie's Grand National in the most dramatic fashion.

Grand National: Whisper sees off Cross challenge

WHISPER Ridden by Barry Geraghty wins at Aintree 5414
2:57pm 5 Apr 2014

CORAL CUP winner Whisper got the better of At Fishers Cross in a nail-biting finish to the Stayers' Hurdle at Aintree.

Grand National: Channel 4 figures take another tumble

Channel 4 Racing Clare Balding
2:28pm 5 Apr 2014

THE wisdom of handing Channel 4 exclusive terrestrial rights to British racing looks set to come under further scrutiny after Friday's Aintree viewing figures suffered another major hit.

Grand National: Balder hands King more success

2:00pm 5 Apr 2014

IT WAS one for the horses who didn't run at Cheltenham in the Maghull Novices' Chase as 7-2 shot Balder Succes gave trainer Alan King a third winner of the meeting in the hands of Wayne Hutchinson

Grand National: McCoy stars on Lac Fontana in Mersey

LAC FONTANA Ridden by A P McCoy left wins from SPLASH OF GINGE Ridden by Sam TwistonDavies at Aintree 5414
1:35pm 5 Apr 2014

COUNTY HURDLE winner Lac Fontana recorded his first top-level triumph in the Mersey Novices' Hurdle thanks to a power-packed finish from champion jockey Tony McCoy.

Grand National: David Carr's blog - live from Aintree

12:28pm 5 Apr 2014

SOAK up the Aintree atmosphere at the three-day jumps extravaganza with our roving reporters.

Grand National: Teaforthree holding firm as favourite

11:37am 5 Apr 2014

TEAFORTHREE, described by Ladbrokes as a "horror result" in today's Crabbie's Grand National, is holding firm as favourite for the world's most famous jumps race.

As sporting sights go, few match the sheer excitement of 40 horses thundering towards the first fence at Aintree for the John Smith's Grand National.

A race steeped in history that always provides a story, the Grand National is the ultimate test of endurance and skill for both horse and jockey, as the pairing must navigate 30 treacherous fences, and then still have enough stamina to make a challenge on the run-in.

To manage a clear round in the 4m4f epic is no mean achievement, with the fences notoriously difficult and offering unique challenges.

Over the years, there have been countless memorable moments, Devon Loch's phantom leap in the 1956 contest, Foinavon's shock 100-1 win in 1967 and the brilliance of Red Rum, who took the chase on three occasions in 1973, 74 and 77.

In 1981 Aldaniti and Bob Champion completed a heartwarming tale when winning the race, as Aldaniti had recovered from a career-threatening injury while jockey Champion had battled back from cancer.

In 2011 the race provided another fairytale story as Donald McCain emulated his father and Aintree legend Ginger when winning with Ballabriggs - and that came just a year after champion jockey Tony McCoy finally gained victory in the race at the 15th time of asking.