Carrie Ford, who was seeking to become the first woman to win the Grand National, was delighted with fifth place on board Forest Gunner.
"I loved it - it was the thrill of a lifetime. Generally, Forest Gunner was brilliant," she said.
"It was a better class of race than when he was here the last two times and he was never able to just fiddle away.
"A couple of times Forest Gunner had to reach for a fence and we just scraped over the Chair."
"It was all down to his courage that he kept up with them to the last fence," she continued.
"But he was up and down on the spot from the last and didn't quite get home."
Meanwhile, Tony McCoy was rueing a 10th failure at trying to land the coveted Aintree crown.
His ride, Clan Royal, threw McCoy on to the turf after two loose horses swerved in front them as they approached Becher's Brook.
"He was always jumping well and travelling well but when we were going to Becher's for second time I could see the loose horses in front of me," said the champion jockey.
"They seemed to be going one way and then the other but basically to the right so I went to the left to try to avoid them and then they turned left and cut right across me.
"How would you feel? It's the Grand National, the biggest race in the world."
Despite the misfortune, Clan Royal's trainer Jonjo O'Neill did see his another of his stable horses, Simply Gifted, take third.
"We were very sweet all along about Simply Gifted," he added.
"He's had a nice preparation with a couple of good prep-runs behind him."
The trainer of second-placed Royal Auclair, Paul Nicholls, was pleasantly surprised with his horse who carried 11st 10lb and paid tribute to jockey Christian Williams.
"Brilliant, wasn't he? And didn't he give him a great ride in his first National?" said Nicholls.
"At 40-1 he was a massive price for a horse who had finished fourth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
"With the National it's just nice to get one in the frame and with the weight, he's done brilliantly."
Trainer Martin Pipe hinted that It Takes Time, who finished fourth, may be given another chance to win the National next year.
"I'm delighted with that," said the champion trainer.
"It was a great ride and a great performance. I was always worried about the trip."