Grand National 2014

Aintree plays host to the 167th Grand National

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Jockeys boycott inquiry into Grand National false start

An inquiry into the start of the Crabbie's Grand National has been referred on to the British Horseracing Authority after jockeys chose not to participate in the on-course hearing. The BHA released the following statement on their website:

Officials called an inquiry after the starter reported the riders had lined up despite being advised by the assistant starter, who was positioned in front of the field, that it was not yet race time, and then proceeded towards the start.

The stewards report said that when the riders moved forward towards the start they knocked down the assistant starter, thereby compromising the welfare of an official.

After taking initial evidence from the riders and the starting team, the stewards adjourned the inquiry to consider the matter.

The report said that in attempting to reconvene the inquiry after the last race, the riders, who had not been given permission to leave the course, refused to attend the inquiry.

The only rider not involved was Brendan Powell, whose mount, the Johnny Farrelly-trained Battle Group, planted himself at the start and refused to race.

– British Horseracing Authority
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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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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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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.

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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.


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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.

Grand National Day at Aintree in pictures

Coleen Rooney (second right) has her photo taken with her mother Colette McLoughlin (centre) during Grand National Day Credit: Pete Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Sir Cliff Richard (centre) enjoying Grand National Day at Aintree Credit: Pete Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Minutes applause from Grand National crowd in memory of 25th Anniversary of Hillsborough disaster Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Lac Fontana ridden by Tony McCoy wins the Pertemps Network Mersey Novices' Hurdle Race during Grand National Day Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The crowd cheer on the runners in the first race during Grand National Day at Aintree Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Balder Success ridden by Wayne Hutchinson on their way to victory in the Doom Bar Maghull Novies' Steeple Chase Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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