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Summary

  1. Many Clouds, ridden by Leighton Aspell, wins
  2. Back-to-back triumph for jockey Aspell
  3. Third win for owner Trevor Hemmings
  4. AP McCoy on Shutthefrontdoor comes fifth in last National
  5. 2nd) Saint Are 3rd) Monbeg Dude 4th Alvarado

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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I'll leave you with a picture of the man of the moment. We thought he might be wearing green and gold, but not that green and gold...

Leighton Aspell
EPA

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Trainer Jonjo O'Neill said of AP McCoy's mount Shutthefrontdoor: "He ran a blinder. He did everything right, he was following the right horses but unfortunately he wasn't good enough on the day.

"At least I've got AP (McCoy) for a couple more weeks (before retirement)."

'I couldn't get past him'

AP McCoy speaking after coming fifth in his final Grand National before retirement: "I was very happy all the way, but just between the fourth and the third-last I was following Many Clouds and I knew he was a dour stayer.

"I was behind him in the Hennessy and thought I might get past him, but he stuck at it well there. I thought from the third-last I was struggling. I got a great ride off him and Jonjo (O'Neill) had him in great shape. He jumped fantastic and I wouldn't mind riding him next year!

"I'm going to miss riding horses like that and in races like that. I got a great buzz out of it and I thought for a long way he could win.

"It's my last National, but it was a very enjoyable one. I just want to say well done to Leighton Aspell and Oliver Sherwood and Trevor Hemmings. It's great for them."

Just champion

Here's a nice little picture which has been tweeted by The Jockey Club:

Oliver Sherwood
Thejockeyclub

Saint Are was second while Monbeg Dude produced a barnstorming finish to come in third. The winning jockey, Leighton Aspell, now has two consecutive National wins.

So, let's just recap on what's happened today. The stage was set for AP McCoy, who said he would retire on the spot if he won the 2015 Grand National on board Shutthefrontdoor. The horse travelled beautifully through the field but ran out of gas at the end and could only watch as eventual winner Many Clouds pulled away to win at odds of 25-1.

Result (Aintree 5.10)

1. Astre De La Cour (D J Mullins) 10-1

2. Fethard Player (Mr R P Quinlan) 33-1

3. The Game Changer (L P Dempsey) 15-2

4. Baltimore Rock (Kieron Edgar) 5-1

Balthazar King

Just to give you an update on Balthazar King. He had a bad fall and got back up on its feet, but is being assessed at the track.

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Winning jockey Leighton Aspell, who is about to race in another race after winning the Grand National: "It [back-to-back wins on different horses] hasn't happened since the 1950s. You could ride 10 favourites in a row and not win. It is a one-off race. We always knew we had a very good horse and we had him spot on today.

"I wasn't getting the buzz out of it briefly [when I took time out of racing]. I had a little time out and freshened my batteries up. I got myself a nice little job but quite soon after I realised I had made a mistake and drummed up the courage to change my mind."

Non-finishers (fences 19-29)

PU BEF 19) COURT BY SURPRISE

PU BEF 25) ACROSS THE BAY

PU BEF 25) SUPER DUTY

PU BEF 25) LORD WINDERMERE

FELL 26) THE RAINBOW HUNTER

FELL 26) THE DRUIDS NEPHEW

PU BEF 27) REBEL REBELLION

FELL 28) PORTRAIT KING

PU BEF 29) GODSMEJUDGE

PU BEF 29) WYCK HILL

PU BEF 29) BOB FORD

Non-finishers (fences 1-8)

FELL 1) ELY BROWN

FELL 1) GAS LINE BOY

UR 1) AL CO

UR 3) RUBI LIGHT

PU BEF 4) CORRIN WOOD

FELL 5) UNIONISTE

FELL 6) RIVER CHOICE

FELL 8) BALTHAZAR KING

HAMP & UR 8) BALLYCASEY

Finishing order (11-19)

11) MON PARRAIN

12) PINEAU DE RE

13) OWEGA STAR

14) SPRING HEELED

15) OSCAR TIME

16) FIRST LIEUTENANT

17) ROCKY CREEK

18) NIGHT IN MILAN

19) DOLATULO

Finishing order (1-10)

1) MANY CLOUDS

2) SAINT ARE

3) MONBEG DUDE

4) ALVARADO

5) SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR

6) ROYALE KNIGHT

7) TRANQUIL SEA

8) CAUSE OF CAUSES

9) SOLL

10) CHANCE DU ROY

Better Leighton never

Leighton Aspell
Leighton Aspell

Alvarado was fourth for the second successive year for Fergal O'Brien, who said: "He's a horse that's given his heart and soul again today.

"There's no real hard luck stories. We are very lucky. He got baulked a bit at the Canal Turn and Paul (Moloney) said it put him out of his rhythm a little. We're over the moon again."

Monbeg Dude delighted his connections by improving on last year's seventh-place finish and finishing third. Jockey Liam Treadwell, who won the 2009 National aboard Mon Mome, said: "I thought I'd win after the last, his run just flattened out but everyone's delighted. The horse has enjoyed it, I've enjoyed it and I'm very pleased."

Trainer Michael Scudamore said: "To run a race like that is absolutely amazing. I'm so proud of the horse and so pleased for him."

Saint Are's trainer Tom George on his charge's second place: "I'm delighted with him. He looks as fresh as paint after it.

"Stamina is not a problem and he's a run a great race. He got close to a couple of fences but everything went right. He has been beaten by a better horse on the day. You can't fault him.

"I thought for a second he might get there. It was all very exciting."

Leighton Aspell
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Winning jockey Leighton Aspell, speaking on Channel 4 Racing: "I was a tiny bit surprised but from last year's experience it is a long, lonely run and I was trying to keep the horses' momentum to the line."

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent at Aintree

"Oliver Sherwood was one of the bright things in the 1980s, then there were some quiet times. This is the first time one of his horses has got round - and it wins."

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Steve Brown: Oh yea! Picked the Grand National winner Many Clouds purely based on what I could see out of my window!

Paddy Brennan, who finished second, speaking on Channel 4 Racing: "It is not nice to be second but I was second to a true gentleman."

'I thought he could win' - McCoy

AP McCoy, who finished fifth, speaking on Channel 4 Racing: "I thought from the third last fence I was running on empty. I will miss riding horses and races like that. I thought for a long way he could win. It was my last National but was a very enjoyable one."

Surprised by the victory of Many Clouds? I suspect the experts are - none of them

we surveyed had the horse in their top four ahead of the race. Goes to show it's a lottery at times.

The replays continue to be played out on television, and one such shot captures a couple of jockeys without a ride urging their colleagues on at the winning post. The best seat in the house. Apart from on the winner, of course.

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Gary Neville
Twitter

Did you know winning jockey Leighton Aspell has an official fan club? The fan club's website says he is the only jockey to have such a thing. It's amazing what a search engine throws up.

Grand National 2015

A reminder of the Grand National result:

1. Many Clouds 25-1

2. Saint Are 25-1

3. Monbeg Dude 40-1

4. Alvarado 20-1

5. Shutthefrontdoor 6-1 fav

Well done, bud

McCoy and Aspell
Reuters

The best bit about winning the National? The money? The glory? Nope... it's got to be the seal of approval from the greatest jockey we've ever seen. Priceless.

Many Clouds ridden by Leighton Aspell clears the Water Jump
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Winning trainer Oliver Sherwood: "I didn't see my horse come back in, so I was a bit worried, but I gather he was just a bit wobbly and he's OK.

"Jumping the last I couldn't watch. I watched the race on my own and the poor people beside me - I lost it completely!

"It gave me a bit more confidence this week when (Silviniaco) Conti ran so well and Holywell didn't run badly, so the Gold Cup form was working out.

"Luckily this year there's an extra week from Cheltenham to Aintree, which has made a huge difference. I'm going to really enjoy this one - I'm in cloud cuckoo land!

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Matilda Reid: So happy all 39 horses are okay.

Linz Dee: Always pick a horse based on a pretty name, thanks Many Clouds.

Beth Thatcher: A random choice of Many Clouds won me £16 from 40p!

And some more from winning trainer Trevor Hemmings: "Seriously, it was incredible. You come to the National and you dream that you win it.

"When a third comes along, that is something special. It is a wonderful, wonderful feeling. For years and years this race has captured my heart. What a wonderful feeling, you can't express it.

"Thank you Oliver Sherwood, thank you Leighton and all the staff, and, of course, Aintree."

Now AP McCoy has completed his final Grand National, does Leighton Aspell becomes the most sought-after rider in the big race? He also finished second on Supreme Glory in the 2003 National.

Here's more from the winning jockey Leighton Aspell: "It was wonderful and we will certainly celebrate tonight. I asked some big questions, but he dug deep.

"We really refreshed and recharged his battery, and I tried to conserve energy. He is all heart - all season he has had hard races.

"Win lose or draw, that's the best ride I have had in the National. I just hoped his battery life lasted out and it did. "

AP McCoy
PA

AP looks disappointed. He shouldn't be... what a career.

Channel 4 Racing have tweeted that all 39 horses have returned safely from the National. The biggest relief of all.

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport at Aintree

"Trainer Oliver Shewood is in tears after the triumph of Many Clouds vindicated his decision to run the horse.

"The eight-year-old was sixth in last month's Cheltenham Gold Cup after winning the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury in November and scoring at Cheltenham in January.

"Jockey Leighton Aspell, who also triumphed on Pineau De Re last year, is the first rider to secure back-to-back victories in the National since Brian Fletcher on Red Rum in 1973 and 1974."

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Andrea Snowdon: Leighton Aspinall what a ride. One for the history books now. Back to back national winner.

Andrew Brooks: Well my girlfriend just won £26 on a random choice of Many Clouds, so lucky.

Racing Post editor Bruce Millington: Ruby Walsh one of the heroes of the race acting as flag man in front of the Canal Turn.

Leighton Aspell
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Winning jockey Leighton Aspell is the first to win back-to-back Nationals since Brian Fletcher on Red Rum.

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Joules' Saddlery: What an amazing Grand National well done Leighton Aspell!

Andrew Priestley: Back-to-back Grand National victories for Leighton Aspell, that takes some doing! Great to see AP McCoy in the mix too.