The Long Mile passes away
The Long Mile has passed away after falling during the Grand National. Jockey Bryony Frost has been taken to hospital.
Trainer Henry De Bromhead
“It’s amazing – it’s what you dream of,” De Bromhead tells ITV Racing
“Rachael is brilliant. I am so lucky to have her. She’s just brilliant.”
Rachel Blackmore after winning the Grand National
“I just cannot believe it,” Blackmore said. “He was absolutely sensational.
“I am so lucky to be riding them and I can’t believe I have won the Grand National.
“He was just incredibly. He jumped beautiful. When we jumped the last and I asked him for a bit he was there.
“I don’t feel male or female right now, I don’t even feel human.”
ALL OVER: Minella Times wins the Grand National! Rachel Blackmore is the first female rider to win the Grand National!
Fence 29: Oh wow, Jet lets his eight-length lead slip and Minella Times is now the leader!
Fence 24: Jet is well clear and it would take a gigantic effort to catch him now. Minella Times is among the leaders of the chasing pack. Potters Corner and Chris’s Dream are out.
Fence 18: Mister Malarky pulls up as Jet begins to open up a sizeable gap at the front of the pack. Cloth Cap trying to close the gap in second but he is about six lengths behind.
Fence 12: Oh no a big fall! Minellacelebration looks like the one who’s taken a tumble. Fortunately he gets back up.
Jett is leading with Yala Enki not far behind.
Fence 6: Mister Malarky is quick from the start as Yala Enki is close behind. Magic of Light and Minella celebration are out early on.
5.15: And he we go…. actually, no we don’t. The horses are approaching the tape too quickly and are sent back to do start all over again.
5.10pm: A rundown of the latest odds;
Cloth Cap – 6/1
Any Second Now – 10/1
Burrows Saint – 11/1
Minella Times – 12/1
Mister Malarky – 14/1
Takingrisks – 16/1
Magic Of Light – 16/1
Farclas – 18/1
Kimberlite Candy – 20/1
5.05pm The Irish jockeys are making their way to join their British counterparts for the the traditional photo shoot.
Irish jockeys have been using a different changing room from the home-grown jockeys.
We will then have the national anthem before the horses are mounted.
5pm: A common theme at Aintree over the past three days has been the British vs Irish battle between the trainers.
There has been an Irish-trained winner in three of the last four Grand Nationals and they could be on course for another if there is anything to read from the betting market.
The four frontrunners; Cloth Cap, Any Second Now, Burrows Saint and Minella Times, are all trained in Ireland.
4.35pm: The main event is next up now the Betway Handicap Chase has been completed – Happygolucky the winner.
It will be interesting to see how Rachel Blackmore copes after building her entire career up for this moment.
“My first memory of racing is watching the Grand National,” she said.
“Some friends of mine, it was at their house, I remember they did a sweepstake and watching it. I can’t remember who won or who was riding it but I can remember the buzz that was in the house that day when that race was on.
“The Grand National captures everyone’s imagination and I think any kid on a pony, out hunting or jumping anything that resembles a bit of a hedge, you’re thinking about the Grand National.”
4.10pm: We’re just over an hour away from the main event at Aintree and there is just one race left before the big one.
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has his own entry into this year’s Grand National with Give Me A Copper.
“I’ve always thought this race would suit him,” said the 11-time champion trainer Paul Nicholls.
Can the Scot get another success in Liverpool? His entry is 33/1.
3.45pm: Good afternoon and welcome to Express Sport’s live updates from the Grand National at Aintree.
Cloth Cap has been the early favourite and is continuing to be heavily backed. The nine-year-old finished third in the 2019 Scottish National and has the pedigree to take home the spoils.
Another name on many people’s lips is Rachel Blackmore, who shone at Cheltenham Festival last month.
She mounts Minella Times, which is trained by Henry de Bromhead and is a strong contender for the £1million prize.
If you want to know who to avoid then I’ve gone with Takingrisks, who is jockeyed by Sean Quinlan, which has come down from 20/1 to 14/1 this morning.
Grand National LIVE stream
Grand National programming has today’s big race starting at 5.15pm from Aintree racecourse in Liverpool.
People can watch on via ITV1 or its dedicated streaming services as it begins.
The races resume this year, more than a year after the last Grand National day in March 2020.
Back then, organisers were forced to cancel the occasion due to the coronavirus lockdown.