Grand National 2014: As it happened - Live coverage - The Independent

Grand National 2014: As it happened



BY JACK DE MENEZES

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the 167th Grand National, brought to you live from Aintree.

Last year 66/1 shot Neptune Collonges shot to an unlikely victory, and we could see another outsider claim victory this year with wide uncertainty over the field. Teaforthree and Double Seven head the field, with Long Run and Monbeg Dude also in contention.

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  • 4/5/2014 2:05:46 PM
  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the 2014 Grand National, brought to you live from Aintree.
    4/5/2014 2:02:49 PM



  • 4/5/2014 2:12:12 PM
  • Tony McCoy got his day off with a win. His horse, Double Seven, is now in to 10/1 joint-favourite having been as far as 33/1:
    Lac Fontana benefited from a typically power-packed Tony McCoy ride to clinch the Pertemps Network Mersey Novices' Hurdle, the opening race on Crabbie's Grand National day at Aintree.
    To read more on the day's action so far, CLICK HERE.
    4/5/2014 2:32:10 PM
  • There was a worry for Monbeg Dude jockey Paul Carberry after a fall on Friday, but he has been passed fit to race the Mike Tindall co-owned horse:
    Paul Carberry has been cleared to ride Monbeg Dude in this afternoon's Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree. Carberry was hurt following a fall from Kauto Stone in what turned out to be an eventful renewal of the Topham Chase on Friday.
    To read more on the early drama, CLICK HERE.
    4/5/2014 2:35:33 PM

  • AP McCoy has certainly been busy today, having just lost out aboard At Fishers Cross in the Silver Cross Stayers' Hurdle to Whisper, ridden by Barry Geraghty

    4/5/2014 2:39:13 PM
  • Latest result: The Betfair TV Handicap Chase

    1. Duke Of Lucca (R Johnson) 12-1

    2. Vino Griego (J E Moore) 25-1

    3. Gullinbursti (N Fehily) 10-1

    4/5/2014 2:40:31 PM
  • So who are you backing for victory?

    4/5/2014 2:52:49 PM
  • There's a lot of talk regarding Prince De Beauchene, the favourite for the past two year's that was forced to pull out with injury both times. Somewhat under the radar, he can certainly mount a charge, and his odds of 20/1 are certainly appealing on an e/w bet alone.
    4/5/2014 2:59:30 PM
  • The horses have bee paraded, and here come the jockeys from the locker room. One of these men will be tasting the champagne in 30 minutes time, with the other 39 left to console themselves over what could have been.
    4/5/2014 3:00:50 PM
  • Mrs Rooney's here...
    But where's Wayne? The Manchester United striker is absent from the United side playing in Newcastle due to a toe injury, but he hasn't yet been spotted at Aintree.

    4/5/2014 3:02:12 PM
  • Katie O'Brien is attempting to become the first female jockey to win the National, riding 50/1 shot Vesper Bell. She told Channel 4:
    "It is fantastic to be asked. I have ridden him at home, I know him well and fingers crossed. I have ridden Seabass here and this guy is different. We have to give it a go anyway. This is the National, I hope to follow something that jumps well, doesn't fall and who knows?"

    4/5/2014 3:04:03 PM
  • Market movement:
    Double Seven has drifted slightly to 12/1, leaving Teaforthree as the favourite with just 10 minutes to go. 
    Money is also going on Mr Moonshine, in to 20/1 from 28/1.
    4/5/2014 3:06:16 PM
  • So many horses, so many potential winners...

    4/5/2014 3:07:02 PM
  • Long Run's jockey Sam Waley-Cohen talking to Channel 4:
    "We train, practise and he has been very good but in this environment it is very different. You need luck. Long Run has been at the very top for six years, that is incredibly rare. A race like the National will hopefully freshen him up and bring out his best."

    4/5/2014 3:10:49 PM
  • Long Run, the 12/1 shot, is looking racey and a right handful as he goes down to the post. Just 5 minutes to go.
    4/5/2014 3:11:43 PM
  • The horses are away to warm-up. Lets hope we don't get a repeat of last year when Synchronised, who sadly didn't survive the race, broke away from AP McCoy at the start and caused a lengthy delay.
    4/5/2014 3:13:32 PM
  • Final preparations being put into practice. Goggles adjusted, whips at the ready. take a deep breathe...
    4/5/2014 3:14:29 PM
  • The 2014 Grand National is underway!
    4/5/2014 3:15:44 PM
  • No its not! A false start! Typical!
    4/5/2014 3:16:10 PM
  • Battle Group caused a right problem, and the horses charged the tape with Battle Group still refusing to move. Second attempt...
    4/5/2014 3:16:46 PM
  • The 2014 Grand National is underway...again!
    4/5/2014 3:17:42 PM
  • Fence 1: Burton Port down
    4/5/2014 3:18:33 PM
  • Fence 2: All over
    4/5/2014 3:18:51 PM
  • Fence 3: Twilight Magnet down
    4/5/2014 3:19:17 PM
  • Fence 4: All over
    4/5/2014 3:19:30 PM
  • Fence 9: Long Run falls out of the lead!
    4/5/2014 3:20:07 PM
  • Fence 10+11: All horses over
    4/5/2014 3:20:33 PM
  • That's all from us for the 167th Grand National. Congratulations to Pineau De Re and jockey Leighton Aspell on their brilliant victory. You can read the race report and all the fallout from Aintree HERE. Thanks for joining us.
    4/5/2014 3:52:18 PM
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