Clouds At Sunny Aintree

No joy for AP McCoy on his final try

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Dual Grand National winning jock Leighton Aspell and Many Clouds

Many Clouds won the 2015 Grand National after a superb performance in the Aintree sunshine.

The 33-1 shot, ridden by Leighton Aspell and trained by Oliver Sherwood, triumphed to give the jockey back-to-back Grand National wins.

Saint Are was a close second, Monbeg Dude third and Alvarado fourth.

But there was no luck for AP McCoy, despite riding well on Shutthefrontdoor, finishing fifth.

Thousands packed the terraces at Aintree on Saturday as this year’s Grand National took place.

McCoy was the pre-race favourite – looking to go out a winner on Shutthefrontdoor, the 6-1 favourite.

All of the best jump jockeys had a ride at the famous course, as the bookies held their breath on one of their biggest days of the year.

Millions tuned in to the race on television, as seasoned punters and once-a-year hopefuls alike roared their horses over the jumps.

Betfred, Aintree’s official betting partner, was happy with the result.

The betting industry had been bracing themselves for an avalanche of support for the eventual 6/1 favourite Shutthefrontdoor as the horse aimed to give the soon-to-retire champion jockey A P McCoy the perfect send off.

Although the expected weight of money didn’t quite materialise, a victory for the favourite in the world’s most famous race is never a good result for the bookmakers and Betfred founder and chairman Fred Done was breathing a sigh of relief following Many Clouds’ success.

“After a nationwide gamble on the greatest jockey A P McCoy, Many Clouds was a silver lining for us bookies,” said Done.

“I’m delighted to hear that all 39 horses and jockeys are okay after another dramatic Grand National.”

Grand National 2015 result:

  • 1 Many Clouds (L P Aspell) 25-1
  • 2 Saint Are (P J Brennan) 25-1
  • 3 Monbeg Dude (L Treadwell) 40-1
  • 4 Alvarado (Paul Moloney) 20-1
  • 5 Shutthefrontdoor (AP McCoy) 6-1f
  • 6 Royale Knight (Brendan Powell) 25/1
  • 7 Tranquil Sea (G Sheehan) 33/1
  • 8 Cause of Causes (P Carberry) 14/1
  • 9 Soll (T Scudamore) 9/1
  • 10 Chance Du Roy (TJ O’Brien) 40/1
  • 11 Mon Parrain (Sean Bowen) 33/1
  • 12 Pineau De Re (DA Jacob) 25/1
  • 13 Owega Star (RM Power) 50/1)
  • 14 Spring Heeled (Nick Scholfield) 25/1
  • 15 Oscar Time (Mr S Waley-Cohen) 20/1
  • 16 First Lieutenant (Ms N Carberry) 14/1
  • 17 Rocky Creek (Sam Twiston-Davies) 8/1
  • 18 Night In Milan (J Reveley) 20/1
  • 19 Dolatulo (D C Costello) 66/1

Part report by www.mirror.co.uk

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