The start of the Grand National

The runners and riders set off at the start of the 2013 Grand National

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

2013 Grand National: where they finished

1st Aurora's Encore 66-1
Trained by Sue Smith, ridden by Ryan Mania

2nd Cappa Bleu 12-1
Trained by Evan Williams, ridden by Paul Moloney

3rd Teaforthree 10-1
Trained by Rebecca Curtis, ridden by Nick Scholfield

4th Oscar Time 66-1
Trained by Martin Lynch, ridden by Sam Waley-Cohen

5th Rare Bob 16-1
Trained by Dessie Hughes, ridden by Bryan Cooper

6th Swing Bill 80-1
Trained by David Pipe, ridden by Conor O'Farrell

7th Soll 
8th Tarquinius 
9th Saint Are 
10th Always Waining 
11th Major Malarkey
12th Join Together 
13th Seabass 
14th Across The Bay
15th Balthazar King
16th Quiscover Fontaine
17th Any Currency

8th fence
Treacle, Big Fella Thanks and The Rainbow Hunter unseated

11th fence
Ninetieth Minute pulled up

12th fence
Tatenen fell

15th fence 
Colbert Station unseated, Viking Blond pulled up

17th fence
Lost Glory pulled up

19th fence
Joncol and What A Friend pulled up

21st fence
Becauseicouldntsee pulled up

22nd fence
Imperial Commander pulled up

24th fence
Forpadydeplasterer and Quel Esprit pulled up

25th fence 
On His Own Fell, Weird Al and Ballabriggs pulled up

26th fence 
Harry The Viking pulled up

27th fence
Mr Moonshine pulled up

30th fence 
Chicago Grey pulled up, Mumbles Head refused, Roberto Goldback and Sunnyhillboy unseated

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.