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Aintree, 5 April, 2008



Statue of Red Rum

Punters take in the early morning atmosphere by the statue of Red Rum as Grand National day gets under way

Punters and bookmakers

Crowds and bookmakers at Aintree enjoy all the trackside tension and action from the morning races

Coleen McLoughlin (l), Anna Perez (r)

Anna Perez wins the best dressed racegoer contest at Aintree, presented by Coleen McLoughlin, fiancee of Wayne Rooney

Richard Johnson on Pearl King

Richard Johnson, later riding Turko in the Grand National, steers Pearl King to victory in the John Smith's Smooth Handicap Hurdle

Ruby Walsh

Meanwhile Ruby Walsh, riding Hedgehunter in the Grand National, survives a fall from Poqulein in the same race

Denis O'Regan on Tidal Bay

And Denis O'Regan, later riding Bewley's Berry, wins the Maghull Novices Steeple Chase on Tidal Bay as Grand National day warms up

Al Eile ridden by Timmy Murphy

Al Eile, ridden by Timmy Murphy, jumps the last hurdle and wins the Aintree Hurdle Race

Aidan Coleman, on Astarador, and Jason Maguire, on Khachaturian

JS Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle: National riders Aidan Coleman, on Astarador, and Jason Maguire, on Khachaturian, go head-to-head

Forest Pennant ridden by Ruby Walsh

Forest Pennant (left), ridden by Ruby Walsh, wins the Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle from William Kennedy on Superior Wisdom

Grand National start

The 40 runners and riders start the 2008 Grand National at Aintree, with Cloudy Lane and Comply or Die 7-1 joint favourites

Comply or Die, D'Argent

Comply or Die, ridden by Timmy Murphy, and D'Argent, ridden by Robert Thornton, are making the early running by Becher's Brook

Comply or Die, Snowy Morning, Contraband and Hedgehunter

By the open ditch, fence 11, Comply or Die, Snowy Morning, Contraband and Hedgehunter are all part of the leading pack

Tony McCoy on Butler's Cabin, JR Barry

JR Barry is thrown from No Full while Tony McCoy struggles to stay on the much-fancied Butler's Cabin at Becher's Brook

The second Canal Turn at the Grand National

By Canal Turn, fence 24, the race is anybody's from Mon Mome, Comply or Die, Knowhere, Slim Pickings, King Johns Castle, and Simon

Simon (left), Knowhere (right)

Joe Tizzard falls from Knowhere, as does Dominic Elsworth from Simon, at the second jump of Valentine's Brook

Timmy Murphy on Comply or Die (left), David Casey on Snowy Morning (right)

At the front of the runners Comply or Die leads David Casey on Snowy Morning over the last fence and heads for the home straight

Comply or Die (right), King Johns Castle (left)

Comply or Die holds the lead from King Johns Castle's strong challenge to win the 2008 Grand National

Comply or Die

Comply or Die wins by four lengths from King Johns Castle, one-and-a-half lengths from Snowy Morning, with Slim Pickings fourth

Davy Russell (left), Timmy Murphy (right)

Davy Russell on Chelsea Harbour congratulates Timmy Murphy, riding Comply or Die, on a great win at Aintree

David and Martin Pipes

David Pipe, trainer of Comply or Die, celebrates with the Grand National trophy and his father, Martin, after his horse's win




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