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Pineau De Re wins Grand National 2014 at Aintree

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

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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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