Pineau De Re Storms To Victory In 2014’s English Grand National!

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Pineau De Re won The Grand National today at the Aintree race course!

With jockey Leighton Aspell aboard the 11-year-old horse steered clear of rivals to win by 5 lengths to second-placed Balthazar King. He is trained by Dr Richard Newland who looks after 12 horses as a ‘hobby’. Newland studied medicine at Cambridge University and he is a medical practitioner in a village called Claines which is in central England. He took out a licence to train horses in 2006. Pineau De Re was his very first runner in the Grand National and lucky for him it was also the very first year that prize money made it to $1.65 million. Happy days indeed! 

Newland said,

“This is a hobby for me really. I’m lucky enough to be able to do this (train horses) and enjoy it but if you do it as a full-time job, there’s a higher level of stress and less fun.”

Coming in at 25-1 the horse seen off many more fancied opponents in a perfection display by both Pineau De Re and Aspell who previously finished second in his first Grand National in 2003 and retired in 2007. However he missed racing and the camaraderie  with the other jockeys so came back within two years. 

Organisers announced that every horse and jockey made it around safely thank God despite there been many falls in the course of the race.

The top five finishers were:

1. Pineau De Re

2. Balthazar King

3. Double Seven

4. Alvarado

5. Rocky Creek

Well done Pineau De Re and all concerned! 🙂

Roll on the Scottish National …

 

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