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Grand National photos

Ginger McCain soaks up the Aintree atmosphere

Ginger McCain, trainer of the legendary Red Rum, soaks up the atmosphere ahead of his final Grand National before retirement

Two racegoers are forced to take shelter under an umbrella

Two racegoers are forced to take shelter as a mixture of sunshine and showers spread across the course

Wellbeing romps to victory in the opening race of the day

Paddy Brennan guides Wellbeing to victory in the opening race of the day - winning by nine lengths from Noble Request

Tony McCoy and Foreman win the Maghull Novices' Chase

Tony McCoy is rewarded in the second race of the day as Foreman lands the Maghull Novices' Chase

Ruby Walsh and Asian Maze win the Aintree Hurdle

Ruby Walsh and Asian Maze lead from start to finish to claim the Aintree Hurdle from Hardy Eustace and Sky's The Limit

McCoy claims his second win of the day on board Refinement

McCoy claims his second win of the day when the favourite Refinement wins the John Smith's Extra Cold Handicap Hurdle

Official repair the tape after the false start

The National gets underway but Ross Comm breaks the tape and the starter is forced to call them back

 Jack High comes to grief at the Chair

Darren Casey hits the deck after the well-fancied Jack High comes to grief at the Chair with the race under way

Ballycassidy falls at Valentines

Leighton Aspell and Ballycassidy depart at Valentines leaving favourites Hedgehunter and Clan Royal leading the field

Niall 'Slippers' Madden celebrates after leading Numbersixvalverde to victory

After pacing the race to perfection, Niall 'Slippers' Madden leads Numbersixvalverde to victory from Hedgehunter

Madden is greeted by hoards of Irish racing fans

Madden is greeted by hoards of Irish racing fans after guiding the 11-1 shot to victory ahead of just eight other finishers





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