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Grand National winning jockey describes 'magical' race

Grand National winning jockey David Mullins has described the experience as "magical".

The 19-year-old came storming through on 33-1 Rule The World to win the chase in his first ride in the race.

"It hasn't sunk in at all, and there are no real words to describe it. But it is magical," he said.

Mullins admitted he didn't think he was in with a chance until the second to last fence, adding "there were big green things in front of me before to be thinking about anything else."

Rule The World wins 2016 Grand National

Rule the World wins the 2016 Grand National. Credit: Reuters

Rule The World has won the 2016 Grand National at Aintree for trainer Mouse Morris and ridden by 19-year-old jockey David Mullins.

Joint favourite The Last Samuri finished second, with Vics Canvas coming in third. Fourth and fifth places went to Gilgamboa and Goonyella respectively.

All 39 horses have reportedly returned safely from the race.

Racing Post: 'Very few horses with no chance of winning'

As the calibre of horses at the Grand National has improved the race has become "less of a lottery", according to Racing Post's Lee Mottershead.

However, "there are very, very few [horses] you can say 'that has no chance of winning'".

Many Clouds sets sights on racing history in Grand National

Many Clouds won last year's Grand National at Aintree. Credit: PA

The biggest betting day for UK horse racing has arrived as the world's most famous steeplechase race is set to take place at Aintree Racecourse.

Forty runners and riders will be participating in the four-mile, four-furlong (7.2km) course.

Last year's winner Many Clouds will lining up once again in a bid winning the race back-to-back emulating the feat of legendary Red Rum who won in 1973 and 1974.

Twice winning jockey Ruby Walsh will miss the showpiece after fracturing his wrist on Friday, trainer Willie Mullins said.

In a change from tradition, the famous race will start an hour later than usual at 17:15 BST.

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