Big outsider Auroras Encore won the 166th Grand National at Aintree cruising to a comfortable victory in the world's most famous jumps race.
Sent off as a 66-1 shot, Auroras Encore, ridden by Ryan Mania, burst clear after jumping the last of 30 fences. Cappa Bleu finished strongly to grab the runner-up spot, with Teaforthree and Oscar Time third and fourth respectively.
Speaking shortly after crossing the finish line, jockey, Ryan Mania said:
Before the race Ryan Mania wrote on his Twitter account:
Here where they all finished:
- 1st Auroroas Encore (66-1)
- 2nd Cappa Bleu (12-1)
- 3rd Teaforthree (10-1)
- 4th Oscar Time (66-1)
- 5th Rare Bob (16-1)
- 6th Swing Bill
- 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
Speaking to Channel 4 Racing, winning trainer Sue Smith said:
Cappa Bleu's trainer Evan Williams, who has also seen State Of Play go so close in the race, said if she:
The race passed off incident-free, with all 40 horses returning unscathed after only 17 finished the course.
A sell-out crowd of more than 70,000 in Liverpool was joined in watching the contest by an estimated 600 million television viewers across the globe.
Bookies said before the race that betting could top £150 million - with people expected to wager more cash than usual, as this year's spectacle was the only major sporting event of the weekend. The Grand National usually coincides with the US Masters and FA Cup semi-finals.