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Graduate of Northern Racing College in Grand National

Dominic Elsworth and Backboard
Image caption Dominic Elsworth is riding Skippers Brig in the Grand National

A former student of the Northern Racing College in Doncaster rode in the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.

Dominic Elsworth rode on the 40/1 shot Skippers Brig.

The horse, trained by Nicky Richards, made it into the race following the withdrawal of three horses earlier in the week.

Mr Elsworth, who has ridden in the Grand National before, said before the race he was expecting it to be "testing" but "unique".

'Cup final buzz'

He said: "It is like nothing you have ever experienced before, it is a tremendous buzz.

"Anything can happen, there was a hundred to one winner a few years ago.

"When you walk around at the start all you can hear is people saying good luck to you, there is a cup final buzz to it."

Mr Elsworth had more than a year out of racing after suffering the effects of concussion following a fall in August 2009 on Keepitsecret.

The fall left him in hospital with bruising on the brain, which led to problems with his balance.

He returned to racing in October 2010.

Northern Racing College, at Rossington Hall in Doncaster, opened in 1994 and provides training for young people wanting to work in the horse racing industry.

Paul Howard, senior training instructor at the Northern Racing College, said: "It is great for any former student to do well but this is a big race so it is great for Dominic and great for us."

About 100 students attend the college each year from all over the country.

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