Somerset trained horse finishes 2nd in Grand National

Balthazar King, trained by Somerset's Philip Hobbs, came second in the Grand National at Aintree. The race was won by the 25-1 shot - Pineau De Re.

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Somerset trained horse finishes 2nd in Grand National

Balthazar King, trained by Somerset's Philip Hobbs, came second in today's Grand National. Credit: Pete Byrne/PA Wire

There was some success for the West Country in this afternoon's Grand National at Aintree.

Balthazar King, trained by Somerset's Philip Hobbs, came second. The race was won by the 25-1 shot - Pineau De Re.

Rocky Creek, trained by Paul Nicholls in Somerset, came fifth.

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Somerset trainer hoping for Grand National success

The most famous event in the horse racing calendar takes place this weekend - and there are high hopes that the West Country might produce a winner. This year's Grand National has a top prize of a million pounds.

Somerset trainer Philip Hobbs has never won the big race. But after a successful Cheltenham Festival, expectations are high for the two horses he has running.

Bob Cruwys went to meet him at his stables near Minehead:

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