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Last Updated: Saturday, 14 April 2007, 09:31 GMT 10:31 UK
Aintree, 14 April, 2007

Water is sprayed on the finishing line at Aintree

The racetrack gets a Saturday morning watering as final preparations are made at Aintree for the Grand National

Racegoers at Aintree

A warm day is forecast in Liverpool and punters arrive early for the first race - the inaugural running of the People's Race

Kevin Old wins the first People's Race on Hoo La Baloo

It is a race for ordinary people who have trained to be riders and pawnbroker Kevin Old wins on Hoo La Baloo

Ruby Walsh on Twist Magic jumps a fence in the Maghull Novices' Chase

King's Quay wins the Handicap Hurdle before Ruby Walsh takes the Maghull Novices' Chase on Twist Magic

Timmy Murphy rides Al Eile over the last in the Aintree Hurdle

Timmy Murphy produces a well-timed ride to guide Al Eile to the Aintree Hurdle for the second time in three years

Albertas Run, ridden by jockey Noel Fehily leads over the final fence

And the final race before the National, the John Smith's Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle, is won by Noel Fehily on Albertas Run

The runners and riders set off on the Grand National

The starter finally gets the big race of the day underway after one false start and several further failed attempts

Point Barrow and jockey Phillip Carberry fall at the first

Two horses fall at the first including co-favourite Point Barrow while outsider Naunton Brook is the leader after 11 fences

the Outlier (centre) falls at the open ditch

Another co-favourite, Monkerhostin, also fails to complete a circuit while early leader, The Outlier, falls at the open ditch

Silver Birch (left) and Slim Pickings jump the last in the Grand National

Silver Birch and Slim Pickings are battling for the lead over the last with McKelvey and Liberthine also in contention

Silver Birch (front) wins the Grand National with Slim Pickings in third

McKelvey is finishing fast round The Elbow, but Silver Birch gamely hangs on up the finishing straight to win the National

Robbie Power celebrates winning the Grand National on Silver Birch

Robbie Power's mount, a 33-1 outsider, becomes the sixth Irish horse to win the Grand National in the last nine years

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