Now, there was no repeat of last year's win on Aurora's Encore for Yorkshire trainer Sue Smith and jockey Ryan Mania in this year's Grand National.
Today Mania was aboard Mr Moonshine, and led seven fences from home, but couldn't quicken in the run-in.
Mr Moonshine finished well behind the winner Pineau de Re. Mrs Smith's other entry, Vintage Star, and Rose of the Moon, trained near Thirsk, both failed to finish.
Zara Philips prepares to cheer on Monbeg Dude, owned by her husband Mike Tindall, in the big race at 4.15pm.
Thousands of racing fans will watch and bet on the Grand National today, as an estimated 500 to 600 million people watch the race in over 140 countries, according to Aintree.
Saturday is the biggest day in the horse racing calendar - Grand National day. And for one stable in West Yorkshire it's a very special first anniversary.
Trainer Sue Smith, from Bingley, celebrated her first ever winner at the Grand National last year, and this time around she is aiming to ensure lightning can strike twice as she enters two horses into this year's showpiece event at Aintree.
Chris Dawkes went to see their preparations:
Big hats and fancy frocks are the order of the day today at York's Knavesmire Racecourse. It is Ladies Day at the Ebor Festival and here are some of racegoers in their finery.
It will be all about posh frocks and big hats at York Racecourse today as Ladies Day is held as part of the Ebor Festival, which continues until Saturday.
The Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania returned to a parade around the streets of his home town of Galashiels last night.
The 23-year-old has had a week of ups and downs after a fall just one day after his big win, but he is now out of hospital and resting.
Jenny Longden was there on a night to remember - you can watch her full report below.
After being discharged from hospital Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania said he was, "feeling a bit tired and a bit sore, but other than that I'm doing OK. Nothing serious."
He also described what he could remember from his fall in the Hexham on Sunday:
Asked if he should have been riding so soon after his National win Mania said: "it's my job to ride"