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Grand National result: Victory for Pineau De Re at 25-1

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

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Pineau De Re won the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree today at odds of 25-1.

Riddden by Leighton Aspell and trained by Dr Richard Newland, he scored by five lengths from Balthazar King (25-1), with Double Seven (10-1 joint favourite) third and Alvarado (33-1), trained by Fergal O'Brien near Northleach, in fourth.

Aspell said: "He's only a small horse so he has to try very hard over the fences. He 'guessed' a few but jumped the last two fences very well.

"It's a wonderful day. This is what we do it for."

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Monbeg Dude, owned by Gloucester Rugby stars James Simpson-Daniel and Mike Tindall, went well for a long way and finished seventh.

No horses or jockeys were injured in the race.

Result: 1 Pineau De Re (25-1); 2 Balthazar King (14-1); 3 Double Seven (10-1 joint favourite); 4 Alvarado 33-1; 5 Rocky Creek 16-1.

Countdown replay:

11am: The big day has finally arrived for trainers and jockeys in Gloucestershire and Gloucester Rugby stars James Simpson-Daniel and Mike Tindall.

At 4.15pm today the tapes will go up for the £1 million Crabbie's Grand National and one horse will be around 10 minutes away from winning their place in sporting folklore.

The well-backed Monbeg Dude carries the hopes of Simpson-Daniel, Tindall and their former Kingsholm team-mate Nicky Robinson and bookmakers have predicted that he could start as favourite because of his royal links through Tindall's wife Zara.

Simpson-Daniel admitted: “People talk about the changes to the fences – fine – but there are still 40 horses running four-and-a-half miles and scary fences, in my opinion, still and anything can happen.

“I should arguably be less nervous because I know it is an open race but I’m the most nervous I’ve ever been about a race. It’s quite incredible.”

Hilary Parrott is hoping a practice run over Grand National-style fences will help Wayward Prince's chances over the famous fences at Aintree, including Becher's Brook and The Chair.

The Redmarley owner/trainer said: "He goes well fresh, and he’s flying at home.”

Jonjo O’Neill will have two runners from his Temple Guiting base, the well-fancied Burton Port and likely outsider Twirling Magnet, as he looks to win the race for the second time.

Andoversford trainer Kim Bailey aims to win it for the second time himself with The Rainbow Hunter, while Alvarado carries the hopes of Fergal O’Brien’s stable near Northleach.

Jockeys Sam Twiston-Davies and Andrew Tinkler, who live just outside Cheltenham, will ride Tidal Bay and Hunt Ball respectively.

Long Run will carry the colours of the chairman of Cheltenham Racecourse, Robert Waley-Cohen.

11.30am: Jockeys Noel Fehily, who rides Rocky Creek, and Andrew Tinkler, aboard Hunt Ball, have been passed fit to ride in the Grand National after being injured in falls on Friday.

11.31am: Paul Carberry expects to be fine to ride Monbeg Dude in the Grand National after suffering a fall on Friday. "All systems go" he tweeted.

11.32am: Katie Walsh (Ruby Walsh's sister) will replace the injured Mikey Fogarty on Vesper Bell in the Grand National.

12.06pm: Just under an hour and a half to go before the first race at Aintree on Grand National day, the Pertemps Network Mersey Novices' Hurdle at 1.30pm. A chance for jockeys to get the eye in and calm their nerves.

12.40pm: As expected, Paul Carberry has been passed fit to ride Monbeg Dude in the Grand National.

1.36pm: First race on card goes to Lac Fontana (9-2 favourite), ridden by AP McCoy. Nice boost for the champion jockey ahead of his ride on Double Seven in the Grand National and trainer Paul Nicholls, who runs Tidal Bay and Rocky Creek in the big race.

2.09pm: Balder Succes (7-2) is a good winner of the second race. Jockey Wayne Hutchinson and trainer Alan King team up with Walkon in the Grand National. Next race due off at 2.50pm.

2.56pm: Whisper (4-1) takes the third race under Barry Geraghty in close finish with At Fishers Cross. Can Whisper's trainer Nicky Henderson win the Grand National for the first time with Long Run, Shakalakaboomboom, Hunt Ball or Geraghty's mount Triolo D'Alene? Fourth race due to start at 3.25pm.

3.31pm: Perfect preparation for the Grand National for jockey Richard Johnson and trainer Philip Hobbs as Duke Of Lucca (12-1) battles to victory in the third race. Johnson and Hobbs team up with Balthazar King in Grand National, which is up next at 4.15pm. Johnson says Balthazar King is "perfect horse" for the race.

3.35pm: Don't be surprised if the odds of lots of horses shorten before the Grand National. Bookmakers on course at Aintree make a habit of it on this day.

3.45pm: About half an hour before the start of the Grand National. About 45 minutes between one horse and a famous win.

3.48pm: Bookmakers' predictions that Monbeg Dude would challenge for favouritism are proved well wide of the mark. He's 20-1.

3.50pm: Liverpool football legend Kenny Daglish spotted chatting to Monbeg Dude's co-owner Mike Tindall in the parade ring before the Grand National.

4.01pm: Jockeys in the paddock getting aboard their horses before the Grand National.

4.05pm: Jockeys and horses going out on to the track.

4.10pm: Horses parading in front of the stands. Start now only minutes away. Teaforthree is 10-1 favourite.

4.13pm: Runners at the start

4.16pm: False start

4.17pm: And they're off......Battle Group refuses to race.

4.27pm: Pineau De Re (25-1) wins the Grand National! Ridden by Leighton Aspell and trained by Dr Richard Newland. Result: 1 Pineau De Re (25-1); 2 Balthazar King (14-1); 3 Double Seven (10-1 joint favourite); 4 Alvarado 33-1; 5 Rocky Creek 16-1.

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