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Firemen rescue horse stuck in the mud the day before the Grand National

London Fire Brigade pulled out all the stops to rescue a horse that fell into a ditch a day before the Grand National.

Cody the horse got stuck in the mud in Belvedere this afternoon Credit: London Fire Brigade
He was quite distressed by the incident but thankfully not injured Credit: London Fire Brigade

Firefighters said the horse, called Cody, was distressed by the accident but didn't seem to have any injuries.

They were called just before 1.30pm this afternoon to Anderson Way in Belvedere, and it took an hour and a half to pull Cody out, who by then was covered head to hoof in mud.

Cody was finally pulled out safe and sound around 3pm Credit: London Fire Brigade

Cody is now back with his owners and being checked over by a vet - but definitely won't be joining in the race tomorrow.

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