Leighton Aspell became the first jockey for 61 years to win the Grand National on different horses in successive years as he powered Many Clouds to victory the world’s most famous steeplechase on Saturday.
Aspell, victor on Pineau De Re last year, rode another magnificent race on the brave Oliver Sherwood-trained 25-1 shot to win from runner-up Saint Are and third-placed Monbeg Dude in the 168th running of the race.
The 38-year-old Aspell emulated the achievement of Bryan Marshall who earned victories in the 1953 National on Early Mist and 1954 on Royal Tan. It was also a record-equalling third Grand National triumph for Many Clouds’s owner Trevor Hemmings.
There was, though, to be no fairytale farewell to the race for 19-times champion jockey A.P. McCoy, who had promised to retire on the spot, instead of at the season’s end, if he won on Shutthefrontdoor.
Instead, despite a fine effort in which Shutthefrontdoor make a concerted bid for victory, he eventually faded to fifth off the final fence.