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Racing: Grand National winners

Recent Grand National winners after Saturday's renewal at Aintree racecourse (year, horse, age, jockey, trainer, owner, odds): 2014: Pineau de Re 11 Leighton Aspell Dr Richard Newland John Provan 25/1 2013: Auroras Encore 11 Ryan Mania Sue Smith Jim Beaumont 66/1 2012: Neptune Collonges 11 Daryl Jacob Paul Nicholls John Hales 33/1 2011: Ballabriggs 10 Jason Maguire Donald McCain Trevor Hemmings 14/1 2010: Don't Push It 10 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill JP McManus 10/1 2009: Mon Mome 9 Liam Treadwell Venetia Williams Vida Bingham 100/1

Racing: Pineau de Re wins Grand National

Pineau de Re, trained by Doctor Richard Newland, sprang a 25/1 shock in the world's greatest steeplechase the Grand National at Aintree racecourse on Saturday. Given a brilliant ride by 37-year-old Leighton Aspell, who gave up riding over jumps in 2007 before returning to the code, he came home clear of the gallant 14/1 shot Balthazar King, which saw his rider Richard Johnson finish second for the second time and yet to win in 18 rides.

Racing: Pineau de Re just what the doctor ordered in National

Pineau de Re, trained by Doctor Richard Newland, sprang a 25/1 shock in the world's greatest steeplechase the Grand National at Aintree racecourse on Saturday. Given a brilliant ride by 37-year-old Leighton Aspell, who gave up riding over jumps in 2007 before returning to the code, he came home clear of the gallant 14/1 shot Balthazar King. "I've been watching the National since I was a young boy," said Aspell, whose predecessor as winning jockey Ryan Mania also won the National on his return from self-imposed retirement.

Racing: Pineau de Re just what the doctor ordered in National

Pineau de Re, trained by Doctor Richard Newland, sprang a 25/1 shock in the world's greatest steeplechase the Grand National at Aintree racecourse on Saturday. Given a brilliant ride by 37-year-old Leighton Aspell, who gave up riding over jumps in 2007 before returning to the code, he came home clear of the gallant 14/1 shot Balthazar King, which saw his rider Richard Johnson finish second for the second time and yet to win in 18 rides.

Racing: McCoy waits to decide Grand National mount

Multiple champion jockey Tony McCoy will delay a decision on his mount for Saturday's Grand National until the last moment, reports said Tuesday. McCoy, who won the Aintree spectacle in 2010 on Don't Push It, is deliberating between Irish challengers Colbert Station and Double Seven. Both run in the Don't Push It colours of Irish owner J.P. McManus and were among the 65 horses left at Monday's declaration stage for the gruelling four-and-a-half mile (7.2 kilometer) steeplechase.

Walsh hoping for Grand National 'fairytale'

A place in sporting folklore awaits Katie Walsh if, with a slice of luck, a clear round and a willing partner in Seabass, she can become the first female jockey to win the coveted Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.Since the gruelling steeplechase's inception in 1839, only two women have trained National winners -- Jenny Pitman twice -- with Corbiere in 1983 and Royal Athlete in 1995 - and Venetia Williams with Mon Mome in 2009.

Racing: National Mania for outsider Aurora

Ryan Mania won on his first ride in the Grand National here on Saturday just two years after giving up riding as he guided outsider Auroras Encore to a shock victory at Aintree racecourse. The 23-year-old Scottish jockey gave a perfect ride to the 66/1 chance - trained by Sue Smith, wife of former leading showjumper Harvey - who beat home Welsh duo Cappa Bleu (12/1) and Teaforthree (10/1) while the 2011 runner-up Oscar Time was fourth. Smith was becoming the third woman to win the gruelling world famous steeplechase after Jenny Pitman and Venetia Williams.

Racing: Grand National winners

Grand National winners this century after Saturday's renewal of the 4 1/2 mile race over 30 fences at Aintree racecourse (year, horse, age, jockey, trainer, owner, odds): 2013: Auroras Encore 11 Ryan Mania Sue Smith Jim Beaumont 66/1 2012: Neptune Collonges 11 Daryl Jacob Paul Nicholls John Hales 33/1 2011: Ballabriggs 10 Jason Maguire Donald McCain Trevor Hemmings 14/1 2010: Don't Push It 10 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill JP McManus 10/1

Racing: Another Aintree horse fatality ahead of National

The run-up to Saturday's Grand National was overshadowed on Friday after the death of a horse following a fall on the Aintree course, the second such case in successive days, British media reported. Animal rights campaigners slammed Grand National organisers after Battlefront became the 23rd horse to die on the Liverpool course since 2000.

Racing:Reformed National set for Walsh v Welsh battle

The racing world will hope this Saturday's Grand National will see all 40 horses come home unscathed in a renewal likely to be a battle between the Walsh family and a strong challenge from Wales. There is a huge amount riding on this year's race with the racecourse authorities having implemented several changes after outrage following four horses dying in the last two runnings. The Walsh's look well placed to win the first National of what everyone hopes is a new era for the world's greatest steeplechase.
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