Top Ville Ben represents North Yorkshire at 2022 Grand National

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Tommy Dowson riding Top Ville Ben at Wetherby in October 2021. Credit: Tim Goode/PA Wire/PA Images

North Yorkshire was represented in today's Grand National at Aintree Racecourse by Top Ville Ben and his jockey, Tommy Dowson.

Trained at Philip Kirby Racing, based near Catterick, the 10-year-old should have run the race two years ago but it was cancelled due to Covid.

The horse then suffered a hairline fracture which left him sidelined for a year.

Ben - as the team call him - finally got his chance to run in the world's most famous steeplechase this afternoon.

The 5:15 Grand National race at Aintree was won by 50-1 runner Noble Yeats.

Ahead of the 16 fences at Aintree, the team had been practicing jumps at a training ground in Malton.

Around 150,000 racegoers descended on Aintree over the course of the event which started on Thursday. It is the first time since 2019 that the Grand National Festival has had a live crowd.

The three-day race meeting was cancelled in 2020 for the first time since the Second World War as the country went into lockdown.

An estimated 70,000 spectators attended for the Grand National itself.

Top Ville Ben carried 10st 10lb and ran with number 22. Jockey, Tommy Dowson, wore a striped yellow and red jersey and matching hat.

The race took place at 5:15pm and was shown on ITV.