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2014 Grand National

OLBG - 2014 Grand National

2014 Race Summary

An increase in fallers and unseated riders this year from last year. The easier fences resulted in just 8 horses either falling or unseating in 2013 but that number increased to 13 this time around.

The weights were headed by 2 Grade 1 winners marking this down as one of the classiest renewals of the race in years. There was no real plunge horse with bookies going 10/1 the field. Teaforthree and Double Seven would eventually go off 10/1 joint favourites. Teaforthree would go on to unseat his rider at the Chair with Double Seven running a gallant race in 3rd under Tony McCoy.

Across The Bay and Mr Moonshine made the early running, the former was almost carried out by a loose horse after the 16th fence which then handed the initiative to Mr Moonshine who led until 4 out before fading badly to 15th.

Also racing handily were the well fancied pair Balthazar King and Rocky Creek. Both would eventually finish in the top 5, the former never actually led but eventually finished second to the easy winner whilst Rocky Creek put in a remarkable performance considering his inexperience, leading until the approach to the penultimate fence before fading very late on to 5th.

The race was won by 25/1 shot Pineau De Re, giving his trainer Dr Richard Newland a winner of the Grand National at his first attempt. The horse raced in mid division until just after the half way stage when he was allowed to bowl long closer to the pace by rider Leighton Aspell after the 16th fence. Pineau De Re took the lead up 2 out and eventually drew clear to win by a very comfortable 5 lengths. He did make a couple of mistakes with his jumping but none were too serious.
Pineau De Re had finished third in the 3 mile Pertemps hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival just 22 days earlier.
The first 4 home in the 2014 Grand National all carried less than 11 stone with 9 year old Alvarado filling 4th spot carrying just 10-2. The Fergal O'Brien trained runner finished well, coming from 10th to 4th after the final fence. Perhaps the lack of run since January just cost him a bit.

2014 Full Result

Finishers
1 Pineau De Re 11 10-6 Richard Newland Leighton Aspell 25/1
2 Balthazar King 10 10-13 Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson 14/1
3 Double Seven 8 10-11 Martin Brassil AP McCoy 10/1JF
4 Alvarado 9 10-2 Fergal OBrien Paul Moloney 33/1
5 Rocky Creek 8 11-5 PaulNicholls Noel Fehily 16/1
6 Chance Du Roy 10 10-6 Philip Hobbs Tom OBrien 33/1
7 Monbeg Dude 9 10-9 Michael Scudamore Paul Carberry 16/1
8 Raz De Maree 9 10-3 Dessie Hughes Davy Condon 50/1
9 Swing Bill 13 10-1 David Pipe Conor OFarrell 66/1
10 Kruzhlinin 7 10-6 Donald McCain Wilson Renwick 100/1
11 Buckers Bridge 8 10-10 Henry De Bromhead A E Lynch 66/1
12 The Package 11 10-4 David Pipe Tom Scudamore 14/1
13 Vesper Bell 8 10-5 Willie Mullins Katie Walsh 40/1
14 Across The Bay 10 10-11 Donald McCain Henry Brooke 50/1
15 Mr Moonshine 10 10-12 Sue Smith Ryan Mania 20/1
16 Prince De Beauchene 11 10-10 Willie Mullins Paul Townend 20/1
17 Hunt Ball 9 11-7 Nicky Henderson Andrew Tinkler 50/1
18 Hawkes Point 9 10-6 Paul Nicholls Ryan Mahon 50/1
Did Not Complete:
UR Our Father 8 10-8 David Pipe Denis O’Regan 25/1
FELL Rose Of The Moon 9 10-3 David O’Meara Jake Greenall 50/1
UR The Rainbow Hunter 9 10-7 Kim Bailey Aidan Coleman 25/1
UR Burton Port 10 10-8 Jonjo O’Neill Brian Harding 16/1
Fell Wayward Prince 10 10-13 Hilary Parrot Jack Doyle 66/1
PU Lion Na Bearnai 12 10-10 Thomas Gibney Davy Russell 33/1
PU Vintage Star 8 10-7 Sue Smith Brian Hughes 50/1
PU Walkon 9 11-0 Alan King Wayne Hutchinson 33/1
UR Teaforthree 10 10-12 Rebecca Curtis Nick Scholfield 10/1JF
PU Shakalakaboomboom 10 10-3 Nicky Henderson David Bass 16/1
FELL Mountainous 9 10-7 Richard Lee Jamie Moore 40/1
RR Battle Group 9 10-10 Johnny Farrelly Brendan Powell 40/1
UR Last Time DAlbain 10 10-2 Liam P Cusack Robbie Colgan 50/1
PU Triolo D’Alene 7 11-6 Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty 16/1
PU Colbert Station 10 11-0 Ted Walsh Mark Walsh 33/1
UR Twirling Magnet 8 10-5 Jonjo O’Neill Richie McLernon 100/1
PU Quito De La Roque 10 11-1 C A Murphy Brian O’Connell 40/1
FELL Big Shu 9 10-8 Peter Maher Peter Buchanan 14/1
FELL Long Run 9 11-9 Nicky Henderson Sam Waley-Cohen 12/1
FELL Golan Way 10 10-5 Tim Vaughan Michael Byrne 66/1
FELL One In A Milan 9 10-2 Evan Williams Adam Wedge 40/1
UR Tidal Bay 13 11-10 Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies 16/1
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