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Auroras Encore wins the Grand National at 66-1

2013-04-06 18:06:00

The 66-1 chance Auroras Encore gave jockey Ryan Mania and trainer Sue Smith a shock victory in the 2013 Grand National.

It was Mania's first ride in the race and his horse finished strongly to win by nine lengths.

They finished ahead of Welsh-trained pair Cappa Bleu (12-1) and Teaforthree (10-1) with Oscar Time fourth and Rare Bob fifth.

The race favourite Seabass, ridden by Katie Walsh, faded late on.

Auroras Encore finished second in last year's Scottish Grand National at Ayr under Mania - and the 11-year-old never looked like losing this time after fighting off his rivals and putting in a superb jump at the last of the 30 fences.

"There are no words to describe it," said the 23-year-old Scot afterwards. "I got a dream ride round, I couldn't believe my luck.

"I couldn't fault the horse. I had a choice of two but he was second at Ayr last year so I thought I better stay loyal to him. He loved every second of it. He was just class."

Smith, the wife of former international showjumper Harvey, is the the third woman to train a Grand National winner after Jenny Pitman (Corbiere and Royal Athlete) and Venetia Williams (Mon Mome).

More to follow.


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