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Aintree Festival Day 3 – Grand National Day

The Grand National

Saturday 14 April 2012

 

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The Grand National course:

The 1st & 17th fence, looking back

towards the Lord Sefton (left)

and Earl of Derby stands (right)

 

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The Grand National course:

The 2nd & 18th fence,

Currently cordoned off by tape.

 

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The Grand National course:

The 3rd and 19th fence

– an open-ditch

 

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The Grand National course:

Becher’s Brook (6th and 22nd fence)

 

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The Grand National course:

That will be the Fionavon fence then!

(7th and 23rd fence)

 

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The Grand National course:

The Canal Turn

(8th and 24th fence)

 

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The Grand National course:

Valentines Brook

(9th & 25th fence)

 

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The Grand National course:

Another open-ditch

(11th & 27th fence)

 

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Centre course:

A helicopter comes in to land.

 

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The Grand National:

The Alan King trained West End Rocker,

ridden by Wayne Hutchinson

 

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The Grand National:

The entries numbered 1 to 20.

In the foreground is West End Rocker, followed

By According To Pete, On His Own, Cappa Bleu,

Synchronised, Ballabriggs, Weird Al,

Neptune Collonges and Calgary Bay

 

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The Grand National:

The entries numbered 21 to 40.

 

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The Grand National:

Having examined the first fence,

the horses are now at the starting gate

 

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The Grand National:

Synchronised arrives at the start

having been re-united with AP McCoy

 

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The Grand National:

The on his toes West End Rocker

is led around at the start

 

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The Grand National:

Following another effort to begin the race,

officials attempt to extricate

West End Rocker from the starting tape

 

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The Grand National:

And they’re off!

 

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The Grand National:

One circuit to go, right to left -

Planet of Sound; Shakalakaboomboom,

Seabass, Hello Bud, According To Pete,

Calgary Bay, Sunnyhillboy, Neptune Collonges,

Quiscover Fontaine, Midnight Haze, and Ballabriggs

 

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The Grand National:

The 2012 winner – Neptune Collonges,

trained by Paul Nicholls and

ridden by Daryl Jacob

 

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The Grand National:

Ditto

 

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The Grand National:

Sunnyhillboy finishes 2nd,

Seabass in 3rd

 

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The Grand National:

Cappa Bleu finishes 4th

 

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The Grand National:

Having found the temporarily

‘lost’ West End Rocker,

Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson

attempt to unsaddle him

 

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The Grand National:

Appearing none the worse for his exit at the 2nd fence,

West End Rocker is led back to the stables

 

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