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Leighton Aspell: 'This is what we do it for'

Leighton Aspell retired from racing in 2007 but returned and is now a National winner. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Leighton Aspell has hailed his Grand National win on Pineau De Ray, saying: "This is what we do it for."

"I've been watching the National since I was a very young boy," said the jockey, who quit the saddle in 2007 before returning.

The 11-year-old horse jumped the final fence in a clear lead and his pursuers never looked like bridging the gap as he galloped all the way to the line to secure a momentous five-length victory.

Aspell said he had "craved" success in the famous race after watching others succeed, adding: "To get a chance to ride in the National is a great thing, and to get on one with a chance is even better."

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Grand National: No horses injured during race

The British Horseracing Authority has said there are no immediate signs of injuries to either horses or jockeys from today's Grand National, in which Pineau De Re came first.

Pineau De Re beats pre-race favourites

Pineau De Re won the Grand National 2014. Credit: Reuters

Pineau De Re came into today's Grand National as a 25-1 shot with bookmakers, but beat more fancied tips Balthazar King (14-1) and Double Seven (10-1) to the finish line in the famous race.

The pre-race favourite, Teaforthree, fell mid-way through the race while a number of other fancied horses also failed.

Pineau De Re wins Grand National 2014

Pineau De Re, ridden by Leighton Aspell, has won the Grand National 2014 at Aintree.

Balthazar King came in second place, while AP McCoy's Double Seven finished third.

Alvarado came fourth and Rocky Creek finished in fifth place.

Pineau de Re (R) ridden by Leighton Aspell wins the Grand National Steeple Chase at Aintree Credit: Reuters

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Sports stars give their tips for the Grand National

Sports stars have gone onto Twitter to give their tips for today's Grand National race at Aintree.

Bookies are also looking forward to a booming payday as the nation prepares for the world's most famous steeplechase.

Excitement builds for the Grand National

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.

Grand National: Bookies set for busiest day of year

Bookies are looking forward to a booming payday as the nation prepares for the world's most famous steeplechase.

Punters are set to wage as much as £250 million on the 167th Grand National.

All eyes will be on Aintree today for the 167th running of the Grand National

This year there's a record prize fund of £1 million.

Teaforthree, which came third last year, is among the favourites, alongside Long Run, Monbeg Dude and Tidal Bay.

William Hill took more than five million bets on the National last year and is expected to accept over £30 million in wagers in 2014.

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