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Aintree Grand National 2005 result

Ruby Walsh was the punters pal again as he gave the favourite Hedgehunter a masterful ride to make amends for last year's last-fence fall. He hunted up the leaders just off the pace throughout before taking it up with three to jump, and from then on was always in command. Carrie Ford, bidding to become the first woman to win the Grand National in its 166-year history, finished a gallant fifth on Forest Gunner.

Carrie Ford
What the Jockeys said
"It was brilliant to get round, and it was only at the last that we found out that he didn't stay, but guts and determination saw him through to the end." - Carrie Ford. "He gave Valentines first time a fair old clout, but after that he was going super all the way. I thought to myself that whatever happens I wouldn't move until the elbow. When we got there, away he went - brilliant." - Ruby Walsh.
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Amberleigh House
Grand National 2004 Result
Amberleigh House and Graham Lee win the Grand National for Ginger McCain. Clan Royal finishes second, with Lord Atterbury third and Monty's Pass fourth. Hedgehunter fell at the last when a close-up third. Thirty-nine horses set off, but only 11 finished.
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Grand National Winners 1839 -
On Tuesday February 26, 1839, Lottery became the first winner of The Grand National. In those days the field had to jump a stone wall (now the water jump), cross a stretch of plough land and finish over two hurdles.
bindaree
2004 Racing Review
Clan Royal's owner JP McManus admitted he thought his charge had done enough to win the Grand National. Rhinestone Cowboy got up in the shadow of the post to land the Martell Cognac Aintree Hurdle.
aintree racecourse
Aintree redevelopment plans
Aintree have announced major plans for a 30 million redevelopment which will include new grandstands, a parade ring and winner's enclosure for the home of the Grand National. The project will be completed in two phases and the whole job is expected to be finished in time for the 2007 National fixture.
First Gold
2004 Aintree Reports
Rhinestone Cowboy got up in the shadow of the post to land the Martell Cognac Aintree Hurdle. Deposed champion Moscow Flyer began his climb back to the top with a scintillating win in the Martell Cognac Melling Chase at Aintree on Friday. Tiutchev foiled First Gold's attempt to win a third Martell Cognac Cup with victory in the hands of Tony McCoy at Aintree.
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