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Pineau De Re wins 2014 Grand National

ESPN staff
April 5, 2014
Pineau De Re stayed on well to finish five lengths clear of Balthazar King © Getty Images

Pineau De Re rallied to a surprise 25/1 Grand National win in an incident-packed race at Aintree on Saturday.

The 11-year-old stayed on under Leighton Aspell, who retired from the saddle in 2007 only to return in 2009, to cross the line five lengths ahead of Balthazar King and joint favourite Double Seven, the mount of AP McCoy.

The other joint-favourite Teaforthree, a much fancied 10/1 shot for Rebecca Curtis' yard, fell at The Chair as only 18 horses finished the four miles three furlongs and 110 yard race. Despite the amount of fallers, there were no fatalities in the race and all jockeys returned unharmed.

"It's a wonderful day - this is what we do it for," winning jockey Aspell said. "I've been watching the National since I was a very young boy.

"As much as you enjoy sharing everyone's success, you crave a bit too. To get a chance to ride in the National is a great thing, and to get on one with a chance is even better."

Winning trainer Dr Richard Newland was full of praise after the 167th edition of the race, saying: "John [Provan, owner] is one of my oldest racing friends, we've been coming her for over 20 years, before I started training - he had horses before me and taught me a lot about it.

"For us to have one running in the National was a dream and to win it is unspeakable really.

"Leighton is a top-class jockey, he had a plan and delivered it superbly. One of the reasons I put him on the horse was because he's had a bit of a comeback season, he was second here on Supreme Glory all those years ago and I just thought maybe, with his confidence high, he could go one better."

Aspell finished second on Supreme Glory in the 2003 National.

33/1 shot Alvarado finished fourth and Rocky Creek claimed fifth for 2012 winning trainer Paul Nicholls.

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