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  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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  1. Goodnight

    On that note, it's time for me to sign off. Thanks for your company today and hopefully you picked a winner. If you won the sweepstake, make sure you're in work on Monday.

    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


  2. Post update

    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)."

  3. '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."

  4. Just champion

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

    Oliver Sherwood
  5. Post update

    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.

  6. Post update

    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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    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."

  10. Non-finishers (fences 19-29)












  11. Non-finishers (fences 1-8)



    UR 1) AL CO







  12. Finishing order (11-19)


    12) PINEAU DE RE

    13) OWEGA STAR


    15) OSCAR TIME




    19) DOLATULO

  13. Finishing order (1-10)


    2) SAINT ARE







    9) SOLL


  14. Better Leighton never

    Leighton Aspell
  15. Post update

    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."

  16. Post update

    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."

  17. Post update

    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."

  18. Post update

    Leighton Aspell

    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."

  19. Post update

    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."

  20. Get involved - tweet #bbcracing

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

  21. Post update

    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."

  22. '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."

  23. Post update

    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.

  24. Post update

    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.

  25. Get involved - tweet #bbcracing

    Gary Neville
  26. Post update

    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.

  27. 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

  28. Well done, bud

    McCoy and Aspell

    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.

  29. Post update

    Many Clouds ridden by Leighton Aspell clears the Water Jump

    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!

  30. Get involved - tweet #bbcracing

    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!

  31. Post update

    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."

  32. Post update

    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.

  33. Post update

    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. "

  34. Post update

    AP McCoy

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

  35. Post update

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

  36. Post update

    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."

  37. Get involved - tweet #bbcracing

    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.

  38. Post update

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

  39. Post update

    Leighton Aspell

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

  40. Get involved - tweet #bbcracing

    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.

  41. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Winning jockey Leighton Aspell: "That was awesome. Many Clouds is a tired boy, he gave his all like he always does but what a wonderful ride round. It was all guts. We went around the canal turn and AP McCoy was full of running but he pricked his ears and was in front. I could hear a couple of horses but I couldn't see anything and I was hoping for a couple to push us on because it is a lonely place."

  42. Post update

    The horses didn't take on Canal Turn for the second time because Balthazar King took a nasty fall. Thankfully, the horse appears to be OK.

  43. Get involved - tweet #bbcracing

    Nikki Blythe: Woo hoo, got 1st place in the National, horse chosen simply because of jockey's name 'Leighton' - same as my boy.

  44. Post update

    Luke Harvey

    Former jump jockey on BBC Radio 5 live

    Many Clouds is soaked with water

    "There was a slight bit of concern about Many Clouds at the end. They took the saddle off him pretty early, he was pretty distressed. I just saw him jig jog and he looks good now. It is exhausting when you put everything into it. They have cooling tents here, and he's currently in there getting sprayed down."

  45. Post update

    The winning owner - Trevor Hemmings - now has three Grand Nationals: Hedgehunter, Ballabriggs and now Many Clouds. He's also the owner of Preston North End. Could he be celebrating a League One promotion in a few weeks too?

  46. Get involved - tweet #bbcracing

    Actor Jon Culshaw on Twitter: Enormous respect to whoever's typing the subtitles of the commentary on the Grand National.

    What about your humble live text commentator, Jon?!

  47. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Many Clouds trainer Oliver Sherwood: "I can't put it into words. It is the best moment of my life, bar marrying my wife. I can't believe it. I watched it on my own. Rainbow Hunter fell and then we were in front. It was some spin. I am delighted."

  48. Post update

    The winning horse - Many Clouds - is given a well-deserved drenching with buckets of water. And what about his jockey Leighton Aspell? He's only gone and won two Grand Nationals in a row!

  49. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Many Clouds owner Trevor Hemmings: "It is an incredible feeling. I was shouting and shouting and shouting I am sure everyone around me was ducking out of the way, what a feeling!"

  50. Post update

    Andrew Thornton

    Welsh and Scottish Grand National winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    "AP McCoy had a clear passage all the way round, the only mistake was on the third last and maybe the petrol was starting to run out there, he could not have done any more."

  51. Grand National 2015 result

    1. Many Clouds (L P Aspell) 25-1

    2. Saint Are (P J Brennan) 25-1

    3. Monbeg Dude (L Treadwell) 40-1

    4. Alvarado (Paul Moloney) 20-1

  52. Post update

    I'm just catching my breath. What an incredible and dramatic race. The bookies are happy about the lack of a fairytale ending.

  53. Post update

    Shutthefrontdoor finished fifth. A pay-out for AP fans, at least. Not the fairytale win though.

  54. Post update

    I'll get you the full result shortly.

  55. Winner

    Many Clouds wins the 2015 Grand National.

    Many Clouds Wins
  56. Post update

    Leighton Aspell riding Many Clouds

    Many Clouds, then Saint Are, Monbeg Dude storms through the field.

  57. Post update

    Final fence.. Shuthefrontdoor is third.

  58. Post update

    Many Clouds

    Pineau De Re - last year's winner - is making a late bid. Still Many Clouds in the lead.

  59. Post update

    Two to jump and AP McCoy is second. The roof is about to come off Aintree. Off Liverpool. Off Britain.

  60. Post update

    The Druids Nephew and Rainbow Hunter are both down at the 26th fence!

  61. Post update

    Many Clouds

    Many Clouds is now taking control of the race. Shutthefrontdoor is on the outside, this could be the perfect race by AP. Three to jump.

  62. Post update

    Soll, The Druids Nephew and Saint Are lead heading into Valentine's Brook. Five to go.

  63. Post update

    Eight fences to go. Shutthefrontdoor continues to jump well, expertly steered towards the front by AP McCoy.

  64. Post update

    Rocky Creek is going under the radar, letting the race pan out and sitting on the shoulders of the leaders. The Rainbow Hunter is looking in fine fettle at the front.

  65. Post update

    Thirteen of the 30 fences to go...

  66. Post update

    Nina Carberry on First Lieutenant is struggling. We're one circuit down. Soll is now leading, with Tom Scudamore on board.

  67. Post update

    Ballycasey (25-1) is an early faller, as is Corrin Wood with 16 of the 30 fences down.

  68. Post update

    Across the Bay is travelling well. The dream is still alive for AP McCoy too, while The Rainbow Hunter is beginning to catch the eye.

  69. Post update

    Action from Aintree

    What's the best tactic? Avoid the fallers from the front? Or sit behind at the back like Super Duty? Soll is moving up on the inside.

  70. Post update

    Oh it is a big one! Balthazar King, joint 8-1 favourite, has fallen and it out of the Grand National. Gas Line Boy and Unionist have also gone.

  71. Post update

    The field is bunched together but Portrait King and Rebel Rebellion continue to look in fine form.

  72. Post update

    A couple of early fallers, among them Rubi Light, Ely Brown and River Choice.

  73. Post update

    Rebel Rebellion is now in front, just ahead of Rocky Creek and Shutthefrontdoor.

  74. Post update

    Portrait King is travelling well, while Bob Ford is jumping nicely. Heading towards Becher's.

  75. Post update

    Bob Ford storms out early on and AP McCoy's Shutthefrontdoor is also at the front.

  76. We're off

    The say the Melbourne Cup stops a nation in Australia. Here in the UK, you can almost hear a pin drop before the almighty roar which accompanies the start of the 2015 Grand National. Good luck everyone - and safe travels for both horses and jockeys.

    The start of the 2015 Grand National
  77. Post update

    The biggest race in the country and the competitors wait behind a piece of ribbon. The horses are gathering.

  78. Post update

    Andrew Thornton

    Welsh and Scottish Grand National winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    On 10-1 shot Soll: "He is a little slow out of the gates but if he can get into a good rhythm he has form over the fences."

  79. Post update

    Let's be honest. The start of the Grand National always looks a bit chaotic. Almost like the scramble to the bar at last orders. Heads and legs everywhere. Almost set now though.

    Grand National runners and riders
  80. Post update

    Unioniste, a grey horse, is being calmed down by jockey Noel Fehily. Most of the jockeys have taken their rides to the first fence.

  81. Post update

    Bob Ford and The Druids Nephew are getting a bit lively as the horses make their way to the finishing line. Shutthefrontdoor looks relaxed.

  82. Post update

    Andrew Thornton

    Welsh and Scottish Grand National winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    "All the owners just want a last glimpse of AP McCoy and Shutthefrontdoor. If that is what the owners are like, what will the public be like!"

  83. Post update

    AP McCoy looks intently around Aintree, almost as if he's consciously soaking in the sight before him as he prepares for retirement. He's aboard Shutthefrontdoor.

  84. Post update

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Aintree

    Grand National

    "Grand National favourite Shutthefrontdoor."

  85. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Anthony Coyne, co-owner of 40-1 shot Across the Bay, who led the National last year but finished 14th: "We just hope that if we can get that little bit of luck our fella can come home better than he did last time. Anything could happen."

  86. Post update

    The bell goes, meaning jockeys have to stop the pre-race chin-wagging and begin to board their mount. The nerves must be kicking in now. In the stands, it's hard to see daylight. Everyone is huddled together waiting to watch what could be the end of an era.

  87. Post update

    Local children sing the national anthem The sun is shining. The stage is set. Splendid.

  88. Post update

    Right. If you've not put your bet on now... you better hurry. The Grand National is about to start - possibly one of the few UK sporting events which sees entire families crowd round the TV. Almost set.

  89. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Trainer Warren Greatrex on 66-1 shot Tranquil Sea: "Tranquil Sea I have kept fresh, he is a class animal. He is not going to be as good as he was but the National can spark riders up."

  90. Post update

    Mike Tindall, the co-owner of Monbeg Dude, offers some last-minute encouragement to his jockey Liam Treadwell. The horse looks nice and relaxed. It was highly fancied last year but is priced at 50-1 with some bookies today.

  91. Touch of the Cantonas

    Eric Cantona

    One of my favourite pieces of AP McCoy-related material is the article we've got on the BBC Sport website - listing the 10 favourite horses he ever rode. I won't spoil the surprise as to the contenders, but this little nugget made me smile: "He had a little bit of the Eric Cantona about him." Who was AP talking about? Find out here.

  92. Ballycasey is Mullins' big hope

    In-form trainer Willie Mullins is relying on 25-1 shot Ballycasey for the chance of a second Grand National victory at Aintree. Mullins withdrew his other two National entries - Prince De Beauchene and Boston Bob - last month.

    It means stable jockey Ruby Walsh, the only current rider to have won the race twice, is on a 33-1 outsider.

    "I am looking forward to running him," said Mullins of Ballycasey. "I think the spring ground will be better for him and his breeding suggests he will stay the trip."

  93. Post update

    Time for a quick picture before the big race. Hardly a word is muttered by the jockeys who seem to have rehearsed who sits where on the photo.

  94. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live


    Trainer Paul Nicholls, speaking about Rocky Creek: "You want to keep winning races, that is why we do it. You always look forward and hopefully we will hit the jackpot again. Aintree is magic, this year has been brilliant, everyone is enjoying themselves and the weather is good."

  95. Post update

    The colourful sight of the jockeys file out of the weighing room. They are led out by men in uniform.

  96. Nervous owners

    Robert Atwell, part-owner of The Druids Nephew, admits there are a lot of nerves ahead of the big race. The eight-year-old is among the favourites in the 39-strong field.

    "It is the classic case of looking relaxed and paddling like mad underneath," Atwell told BBC Wiltshire. "I read all the articles in the paper, the things on television, BBC radio come around and it really lets you know what you are letting yourself in for.

    "We love the horses and the worry about having The Druids going round the Grand National is enormous."

  97. Court By Surprise

    Hampshire trainer Emma Lavelle says she "couldn't be happier" with her Grand National hope Court By Surprise.

    The 10-year-old will be a first runner in the world-famous steeplechase for Lavelle, who is based near Andover.

    Currently available around the 40-1 mark, Court By Surprise will be favoured by the drying conditions at Aintree and has not run since November, to avoid softer ground.

    "He definitely likes nice ground," Lavelle told BBC South Today. "The good weather has been a big bonus for him. They do a fantastic job at Aintree of keeping the ground safe, so I imagine it'll be spot on for him."

  98. Post update

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent at Aintree on BBC Radio 5 live

    Racegoers watch the action

    "The odds are no reflection on McCoy and Shutthefrontdoor. It is a reflection of Rocky Creek. He is one of four horses here trained by Paul Nicholls, he has got some really strong form. Rocky Creek ticks many, many boxes this afternoon, sop nothing against Shutthefrontdoor."

  99. Get on Ely Brown?

    If you put a fiver on the nose of 100-1 shot Ely Brown today, and he wins, let us know where the party is at later. In all seriousness, though, his trainer Charlie Longsdon believes the bookies have overpriced his horse.

    "When you look at the season we've had with him you can see why he's got such long odds," he told the Telegraph. "But if you knew him like I do, if you knew what he can do, you'd price him much keener. To my mind, if he can show the sort of form he is capable of, he's a 33-1 shot, not 100-1. He's a lovely horse, Ely."

  100. Get involved - tweet #bbcracing

    Ravi Shah: I will be backing Rocky creek and Soll.

    Andy Baxter: Gone for Rocky Creek & Soll.

    Rocky Creek is getting plenty of backing and is now joint 8-1 favourite alongside Shutthefrontdoor. AP McCoy might not even start as favourite...

  101. Post update

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Aintree

    "'I'm feeling grand. The horse is in great form' - Jonjo O'Neill, trainer of Grand National favourite Shutthefrontdoor."

  102. 'The McCoy element'

    Trainer Paul Nicholls, speaking to Channel 4 Racing about Rocky Creek: "On a normal day he would be favourite but it is a Grand National and there is the McCoy element. He has had a good year and he will be there or thereabouts."

  103. Post update

    Remember, if AP McCoy's Shutthefrontdoor wins today it could cost the bookies £50m. Eye-watering, isn't it?

  104. Experts' tips

    Chris Dixon, Racing UK: "Well handicapped and an improving strong chaser, The Druids Newphew comes from a yard I rate highly."

    Verdict: 1. The Druids Nephew, 2. Godsmejudge, 3. First Lieutenant, 4 Rocky Creek.

    Check out more tips here.

  105. Market leaders

    Shutthefrontdoor: 7-1; Rocky Creek: 8-1; Balthazar King 10-1; The Druids Nephew 12-1; Soll: 12-1;

    Cause Of Causes: 16-1; Godsmejudge: 16-1; Al Co: 20-1; Royale Knight: 20-1; Alvarado: 22-1;

    Night In Milan: 25-1; Many Clouds: 25-1; Saint Are: 25-1; Spring Heeled: 25-1; Pineau De Re 25-1; Ballycasey: 25-1; Ballycasey: 25-1; Oscar Time: 25-1;

    Chance Du Roy 33-1; Court By Surprise: 33-1.

  106. 'I lost £40,000 in 10 minutes'

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Aintree

    Bookmaker Keith Johnson

    "Bookmaker Keith Johnson says late money could come for favourite Shutthefrontdoor in Grand National.

    'When AP McCoy won on Don't Push It in 2010, an army of men in macs placed money on it from the big High Street firms like Ladbrokes and William Hill to hedge any potential losses,' he said.

    "'I reckon I lost £40,000 in 10 minutes. In all my 42 years of bookmaking, it was by far worst the worst - it was about 16p for every inch they ran in the race.'"

  107. Post update

    The horse I'm tipping - Across the Bay - has been backed in from 40-1 from 66-1. Seriously, got a good chance that fella.

  108. Post update

    Hello! Rocky Creek has been backed into 8-1 alongside Shutthefrontdoor. Interesting.

  109. Bowen looks to hit the bullseye

    What were you doing when you were 17? Talking awkwardly to members of the opposite sex? Spending too much time playing computer games?

    You certainly weren't riding a horse in the Grand National like today's showpiece debutant Sean Bowen. He will ride Mon Parrain, just 12 years after getting over an allergy to… horses!

  110. Radio coverage under way

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tune into BBC Radio 5 live now on the radio, or by clicking the 'Live Coverage' tab on this page for live commentary on the Grand National.

  111. One to watch?

    Perhaps one horse which could sneak under the radar today is Cause of Causes. He's owned by JP McManus and has been overlooked by AP McCoy in favour of Shutthefrontdoor. Has the 19-time champion chosen right? Best odds now? 20-1.

  112. From 10 to 66 to 39

    Grand National
  113. Get involved - tweet #bbcracing

    Dave Jets London: Grand National bets placed! Let's hope it's a brilliant event & all horses make through safely. Good luck everyone.

    Nick Jones: Hoping First Lieutenant wins for Nina Carberry.

  114. The Druids Nephew

    Jockey Aidan Coleman talking about his mount The Druids Nephew on Channel 4: "It's a great ride. Officially he's the best-handicapped horse in the race, which fills me with confidence. We'll need a bit of luck like everybody, but if he gets a clear round he'll take some beating."

  115. Post update

    The excitement is growing as the 2015 Grand National ticks ever closer. It looks like somebody has already had a winner though...

    Grand National
  116. Gunners gunning for AP


    Arsenal FC: Everyone at Arsenal Football Club would like to wish AP McCoy good luck in his final Grand National #GoodLuckAP

  117. Good luck Tony, AW

    Arsene Wenger

    Of all the messages of good luck AP McCoy has received this week, perhaps none have been as special to the man himself as one from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

    The champion jockey is a big Gunners fan, and Wenger said: "I wish him good luck and he will have enough time afterwards to support us. I want him to finish well and hopefully he will have no accidents, touch wood, because it's quite a dangerous race. Longevity is a sign of top quality."

    Now, how do I zip this coat up?

  118. Britain's unluckiest punter?

    atkinson & mcccoy

    Never had a National winner? Perhaps you've not had any return for a couple of years? At least you've not had to wait seven decades for an Aintree showpiece winner.

    George Atkinson, who is 104, has been dubbed Britain's unluckiest punter by the newspapers after failing to pick a winner every year since the 1940s.

    After meeting AP McCoy this week, he threw his lot in with the champion jockey, saying: "How fitting would it be if Tony won his last National in what could well be my last chance of winning too.

    "It would be a dream come true."

  119. Betting update

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Aintree

    "The support is coming now for AP McCoy's mount Shutthefrontdoor in the Grand National - down to 6-1 favourite in places, having been 8-1 earlier.

    "Rocky Creek is 9-1 second favourite with Balthazar King next on 11s. There are a few moves among bigger-price horses with 14-year-old Oscar Time and the Ruby Walsh-ridden Ballycasey as low as 25-1 from 40-1."

    Grand National odds
  120. 'Amazing to win'

    Richard Johnson, speaking to Channel 4 Racing after triumphing on Duke of Lucca: "It is amazing to have a win, I keep getting horse after horse to ride and the team is fantastic."

    On riding 11-1 shot Balthazar King in the Grand National: "He is in great form. Everything has to suit him, so fingers crossed."

  121. Post update

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Aintree

    Frank Keogh

    "It is a sell-out crowd of +70,000 enjoying the sunshine on Grand National day."

  122. Result (Aintree 3.25)

    1. Duke Of Lucca (R Johnson) 9-2

    2. Your Busy (D J Casey) 12-1

    3. Wonderful Charm (Sam Twiston-Davies) 9-2

  123. BreakingWinner

    Duke of Lucca wins the Betfred Handicap Chase for a second successive year.

  124. Post update

    Your Busy and Duke of Lucca go clear. Wonderful Charm looking good too.

  125. Post update

    Duke of Lucca, sat in third, is primed to make a bid too.

  126. Post update

    Your Busy has come from nowhere to stake a claim. Still Vino Griego in the lead though.

  127. Post update

    It's looking all too easy for Vino Griego. Has he gone too early though? Seven to jump.

  128. Post update

    Wonderful Charm jumps badly and drops towards the back of the field.

  129. Post update

    Ben Smith

    BBC reporter Ben Smith: "Less than an hour until the Grand National and I've finally found the horse I'm backing."

  130. Post update

    Mart Lane is second, Duke of Lucca fourth. The gap between the leader Vino Griego and the rest is half a length.

  131. Post update

    Josh Moore's Vino Griego is setting the early pace, jumping well and looking pretty serene.

  132. We're off

    We're under way in the final race before the National: the Betfred Handicap Chase. Duke of Lucca is hoping to defend his crown from last year.

  133. Sweepstake

    Who did you get in the office sweep? Hopefully not Carlito Brigante who was withdrawn lame yesterday. There's still time to print out a sweepstake kit. You'd have to get everyone from the street involved to sell 39 strips at this late stage though. Or just give Grandma 20.

  134. A winner again for Brendan?

    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool have been training today ahead of their game against Newcastle on Monday, but manager Brendan Rodgers and his players will be gathered around a television set, and no doubt following this live text on their phones, to follow the Grand National.

    So who has Brendan got in the office sweepstake?

    He said: "We're preparing for the game, but we'll watch it on TV. I've got Portrait King. I was lucky enough to get the winner last year - we'll see how we go this year."

    Portrait King is 66/1 to win. Pints on Brendan later?

  135. 'AP will be missed'

    Jockey Aidan Coleman, who will ride The Druids Nephew in today's Grand National, speaking to BBC News: "The sport will miss AP McCoy, he's done no end of good for putting our sport in the spotlight. We're grateful for everything he has done."

  136. Experts' tips

    Darren Owen, BBC Radio 5 live commentary team: "Winner of last year's Scottish National, Al Co stays, appreciates good ground and has a nice racing weight."

    Verdict: 1. Al Co, 2. Unioniste, 3. Night In Milan, 4. Shutthefrontdoor.

    Check out more tips here.

  137. Get involved - tweet #bbcracing

    A bookmaker prices up the Grand National

    At The Races on Twitter: A bookmaker at Aintree prices up the #GrandNational the old fashioned way.

  138. Shutthefrontdoor

    Of course, the horse tasked with writing the fairytale script is Shutthefrontdoor. He's nicknamed Rupert (after the bear) by stable staff as he's "a little bit cheeky". He won the Irish National last year and missed Cheltenham in preparation for this race. He is owned by JP McManus and trained by Jonjo O'Neill.

  139. Flashback

    Take That
  140. Rocky Creek

    Rocky Creek is being backed to provide the stiffest challenge to AP McCoy and Shuthefrontdoor. He wasn't born when AP won his first race in 1992. Paul Nicholls is his trainer, and that will tempt plenty of punters. Won at Kempton last time out. Best odds? 10-1.

  141. Balthazar King

    There's a lot of love for Balthazar King today, who is being ridden by perennial bridesmaid Richard Johnson. Can RJ rip up the script on today of all days? Balthazar King will enjoy the good ground at Aintree and was impressive in finishing second in last year's showpiece. One to consider. Best odds? 11-1 and drifting.

  142. Across the Bay

    Right, here is where my reputation gets shredded. I'm going for Donald McCain-trained Across the Bay to win. Henry Brooke is on board and the McCain family certainly know what it takes to win at Aintree. Red Rum etc. He's finished the last two Nationals, which I see as half the battle. He was 14th both times - only being checked by fallen horses.

    Now's his time, folks. Now's his time. And he's aged 11...

  143. Back the 11-year-old...

    If you, like me, have a look at stats as pointers towards the big race then you might know the last three race victors have been 11 years old. So that narrows down your options to five: Balthazar King, The Rainbow Hunter, Across the Bay, Wyck Hill and Chance Du Roy. You heard it here first. Mine's a pint.

  144. Experts' tips

    Gary O'Brien, At The Races & BBC Radio 5 live: "Spring Heeled will have conditions in his favour, is a prominent racer and boasts top handicap form - all of which points to a big run from Jim Culloty's diminutive eight-year-old."

    Verdict: 1. Spring Heeled, 2. Rocky Creek, 3. Balthazar King, 4. Royale Knight.

    Check out more tips here.

  145. Selfie alert

    Racegoers take a selfie
  146. Post update

    Judging by the roar of the crowd, there's a few punters on their way to collect their winnings on the back of 5-1 shot Whisper.

  147. Result (Aintree 2.50)

    Whisper ridden by Nico de Boinville wins

    1. Whisper (Nico de Boinville) 5-1

    2. Cole Harden (G Sheehan) 2-1 Fav

    3. Un Temps Pour Tout (T Scudamore) 15-2

  148. BreakingWinner - Whisper

    Jockey Nico de Boinville

    Yep, it's a second successive Stayers' Hurdle for Whisper. What a strong finish that was.

  149. Post update

    Whisper ridden by Nico de Boinville clears the final fence

    Cole Harden digging deep. Whisper's got this though.

  150. Post update

    Cole Harden and Whisper neck and neck. Zarkander drops out.

  151. Post update

    Here we go. Whisper is staking a claim, as is Zarkander.

  152. Post update

    Cole Harden is bossing this. Does he have the finish. Jetson is pulled up.

  153. Post update

    Jetson is having a stinker. Ruby Walsh won't be adding to that victory he had on Nichols Canyon earlier.

  154. Post update

    Six more to jump, and the crowd cheers as the field heads off for another circuit.

  155. Post update

    Cole Harden still in the lead, with Zarkander, with Sam Twiston-Davies on board, travelling well in third.

  156. Get involved - tweet #bbcracing

    Imran Wood: I've gone for First Lieutenant and Oscar Time 25/1. Also Monbeg Dude 50/1 each way is worth a punt.

    Jack Simpson: Got Royale Knight for 33/1 on Thursday - look how much he's come down!

    Jamie McCourt: Night in Milan for the big one!

  157. Post update

    Cole Harden deposes Jetson in the lead, a steady pace being set at the moment as the field slowly fans out.

  158. Post update

    We're off in the Stayers' Hurdle, a Grade 1 race. Jetson moves into an early lead.

  159. Get involved via the BBC Sport Facebook page

    Glenn Mitchell: I'm having an each-way flutter on Court By Surprise. He's an improving horse and he's won up to 3m5. If he gets that half mile & gets round ok I feel he could be in the top four!

    David Charlton: The Druids Nephew: The absence of a possessive apostrophe stops me backing this one.

  160. Post update

    We're almost set for the Silver Cross Stayers' Hurdle now. World Hurdle champ Cole Harden, with Gavin Sheehan on board, is the 9-4 favourite. Ruby Walsh's Jetson is a tasty-looking 14-1.

  161. Soll

    Soll... the name of this horse reminds me of a nightclub which used to be in Bury. Let's leave that memory in the past though.

    So, what's making punters pile into Soll? A low weight is a definite bonus - only two horses are carrying less - and his trainer, David Pipe, has previous after overseeing Comply Or Die to success in 2008.

    Or maybe everyone's just following the hot tip of our very own, Frank Keogh?

  162. Latest on the odds

    Channel 4 Racing on Twitter: Soll is the big market mover on the day. The David Pipe-trained horse is a general 14-1 clear fourth favourite now.

  163. Such a lovely day...


    Clear blue skies, lush green turf - it's picture-esque at Aintree today. Overnight rain has given way to some sunshine. Just the job.

  164. Good luck, AP

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Aintree

    Fans write on an AP McCoy tribute wall

    "Retiring champion jockey AP McCoy has ridden more than 4,300 winners, competing in about 15,000 races and taken an estimated 1,000 falls.

    "Punters at Aintree have been leaving messages for the 40-year-old Northern Irishman on a special tribute wall."

  165. Pineau De Re

    Ah, Pineau De Re. Can he become the first horse since Red Rum 40 years ago to win back-to-back Nationals? He's rated a 33-1 chance today. Good odds for a past champion, surely?

    Since last year's success, in the Worcestershire village where the horse lives there is a proud sign - Claines: Home of the 2014 Grand National winner Pineau De Re.

  166. Fond memories

    2014 National-winning jockey Leighton Aspell on Channel 4: "It's been a wonderful year, and coming back here just rekindles all the memories. It's been great reliving it all. It's a big call to get off a National winner, but I've ridden Many Clouds in every race this season and we've enjoyed his progression."

    Aspell rode Pineau De Re to glory last year, but this year he saddles 40-1 shot Many Clouds. Daryl Jacob rides Pineau De Re today.

  167. Post update

    Spectators young and old are getting ready for the Grand National at Aintree this afternoon. Remember, the big race is at 16:15 BST.

    Grand National
  168. Get involved

    Your tips are flooding in on the BBC Sport Facebook page:

    Kevin Stokes: Royale Knight for me, counting the cash already!

    Spencer Medcalf: Mon Parrain or Portrait King for my money this year...

    Pauline Ross Jones: Oscar Time and Shutthefrontdoor for my choice!

    James Mills: Going with Unioniste and Godsmejudge

  169. It could be you...

    Mon Mome
  170. Betting superstitions

    Wearing your lucky boxer shorts? Perhaps you ate your bacon before your egg? Or did you drink in the same pub as last year on the eve of the big race?

    What's your Grand National superstition? The Liverpool Echo ran the results of a survey in the city which listed rituals such as using the same betting shop, always sitting in the same chair and having the same family and friends round for the race.

  171. Experts' tips

    Lee Mottershead, Racing Post: "Fairytales do come true and this one very possibly will. Connections have an unusual degree of confidence in Shutthefrontdoor's claims and that confidence can prove justified, allowing AP McCoy to bid farewell in a manner befitting the greatest of the greats."

    Verdict: 1. Shutthefrontdoor, 2. Unioniste, 3. Night In Milan, 4. The Druids Nephew.

    Check out more tips here.

  172. I'm over here

    Crowds at Aintree

    Try finding your friends in this crowd...

  173. 'The Disney effect'

    Queen Elsa

    What would be the best way of describing today's race if AP McCoy is on the winner? I think Katie Walsh has it right when she says: "The Grand National's a fairy tale anyway - it's got that Disney effect to it. If AP was to win, that would be the ultimate fairy tale."

    Step aside Queen Elsa. It's about a 40-year-old bloke from Northern Ireland today.

  174. Experts' tips

    Brian Flanagan, Irish Daily Star: "The Druids Nephew is 10lb well-in at the weights and was very impressive in his cosy Cheltenham Festival success last month."

    Verdict: 1. The Druids Nephew, 2. Balthazar King, 3. Cause Of Causes, 4. Owega Star.

    Check out more tips here.

  175. Get involved - tweet #bbcracing

    AP McCoy's son Archie

    AP McCoy's wife Chanelle on Twitter: Hold tight today Daddy #GoodLuckAP

  176. Returning heroes

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Aintree

    Winners parade at Aintree

    "Earlier Lord Gyllene (1997) led a parade of 13 previous Grand National winners at Aintree.

    "Trevor Hemmings, who owns both Hedgehunter (2005) and Ballabriggs (2011), was present to see his two horses.

    "'They are both at home with me now on the Isle Of Man and are really enjoying life. It is great to see all the old winners look so well,' he said."

  177. Result (Aintree 2.05)

    1. Sizing Granite (J J Burke) 9-2

    2. God's Own (P J Brennan) 15-8 Fav

    3. Traffic Fluide (L P Aspell) 7-2

  178. Winner

    Sizing Granite

    Nope... Sizing Granite, trained by Henry de Bromhead and ridden by Johnny Burke, hangs on to win at odds of 9-2. Full result to follow.

  179. Post update

    Here comes God's Own.

  180. Post update

    Sizing Granite is coming through the field to lead now. One to jump.

  181. Post update

    God's Own is the 2-1 favourite in this six-horse race. Art Mauresque is setting the early pace.

  182. We're off

    We're under way in our second race of the day: the Doom Bar Maghull Novices' Chase.

  183. 'A woman can win National'

    So can a female win the Grand National? Of course. Just ask Katie Walsh, who doesn't have a ride today but finished third on Seabass in 2012.

    "Trying to get the right combination of everything - it's like baking a cake, isn't it?" Walsh said to BBC Sport's Frank Keogh.

    "You need to have the horse, and if you don't have the horse you are not going to win the National. But the female's ability isn't the problem. It's to get the horse, and the association for it to happen."

  184. Nina looks to make history

    Nina Carberry

    While much of the focus is on McCoy today, there is plenty of other interest in the marathon contest.

    Sharing in the spotlight is Nina Carberry, who will bid to become the first female jockey to triumph in the 168th running of the race.

    The 30-year-old rides 20-1 chance First Lieutenant for Irish trainer Mouse Morris two days after she won the Foxhunters' Chase over the National fences with On The Fringe.

  185. Seedling

    Unfortunately, I bring to you the sort of news we all hate to hear. Seedling has died following a fall in the opening race of the day. Terribly sad news.

  186. The champion speaks

    Champion jockey AP McCoy, speaking on Channel 4: "I always lived in the fear of carrying on too long and not being as good as I once was. I'm not looking forward to retirement, I'm going to miss the horses, the thrill of winning, everything about it.

    "I've been lucky to work with great people, with Jonjo O'Neill and JP McManus I've had a lot of enjoyment in the saddle. I'll be forever indebted to those two men for helping me achieve my dreams.

    "It's the best race in the world for the unpredictable reason that no-one knows what's going to happen. You need a lot of luck to win the Grand National. Anything is possible."

    AP McCoy ahead of the Grand National
  187. Post update

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Aintree


    "A big crowd gathered to see 19-time champion jockey AP McCoy unveil a new name for the racecourse's old weighing room bar - McCoy's, in his honour.

    "Even in retirement you won't find the Northern Irishman getting tipsy, however. He is teetotal."

  188. McCoy's rich vein of form

    Of course, AP McCoy has been in good form already in this meeting. He says he will retire if he wins the Grand National for a second time today, and he can fall back on victories on feature races in each of the last two days.

    He was aboard 3-1 shot Jezki in the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle on Thursday and the similar-priced Don Cossack in the Betfred Melling Chase on Ladies' Day. The second of those victories was by 26 lengths. Not a bad warm-up.

  189. AP merchandise

    Aintree has gone mad for AP McCoy this afternoon, and there's plenty of merchandise knocking about bearing the 19-time champion jockey's famous green and yellow colours.

    AP McCoy
  190. Experts' tips

    Chris Cook, The Guardian: "The Druids Nephew looks very well weighted after his storming Cheltenham Festival success and has been enormously improved by his talented young trainer, Neil Mulholland."

    Verdict: 1. The Druids Nephew, 2. Soll, 3. Saint Are, 4. Royale Knight.

    Check out more tips here.

  191. Where's Moiffa?

    There's dozens of famous tales about the Grand National. One of the best concerns 1904 winner Moiffa, who seemingly rose from the dead to win! He disappeared a year before the race and it was assumed he drowned on the sunken ship which transported him from New Zealand to Liverpool. Nope, not Moiffa. He was found in Ireland a while later and the rest is history. That was one to tell the grandfoals.

  192. Celeb spot

    Bob Champion

    Here's our first celeb spot of the day - racing legend Bob Champion who won the 1981 Grand National on Aldaniti.

  193. Post update

    Ruby Walsh

    Any early winners? Ruby Walsh informs television viewers that the owner of Nichols Canyon is out in Augusta caddying for Lee Westwood at the Masters. Canyon is trained by Willie Mullins, who looks chuffed to get his first winner of the day.

  194. Full result (1.30 Aintree)

    1. Nichols Canyon (R Walsh) 3-1 Fav

    2. Parlour Games (A P McCoy) 4-1

    3. Three Musketeers (Harry Skelton) 7-1

  195. Result

    Nichols Canyon ridden by Ruby Walsh

    Strike one to Ruby Walsh on the opening race of National Day - riding Nichols Canyon to victory ahead of AP McCoy's Parlour Games who just didn't have the kick at the end.

  196. Get involved - tweet #bbcracing

    Andrew Priestley: Won the office sweep last year with Pineau De Re, this year I've drawn Druids Nephew and Saint Are. Will lightning strike twice?

    Martin Jones: Come on Oscar Time. Warrior horse that deserves a fitting end to his Grand National exploits!

    Who are you backing? Let us know on Twitter at #bbcracing, by text on 81111, or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  197. Racing up and running

    AP McCoy

    We're just about getting ready for our first race of the day from Aintree - the Just Eat Mersey Novice Hurdle. There's 14 runners, with AP McCoy on Parlour Games. No falls, AP..

  198. Bumper weekend of sport

    What a weekend of sport we've got ahead of us. It's one of those days where you don't know what to watch, all you do know is that you're camping in front of your television... and the BBC Sport website!

    There's the Grand National, Masters, the first ever Women's Boat Race, oodles of football - including the Manchester derby, Formula One, county cricket. I'm sure I've missed something?

    Ah yes... the big wedding.

  199. Get involved - tweet #bbcracing

    Peter Crouch scores against AC Milan

    Stoke City and ex-Tottenham striker Peter Crouch on Twitter: One night in Milan for the National.

    Night in Milan, ridden by James Reveley, is a 25-1 shot.

  200. Expert tips

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Aintree

    "My hunch is the winner will come from the lowest-weighted horses as per the last two runnings. I'm a Soll man, but feel there are plenty with chances down the bottom including Royale Knight. Rocky Creek and Balthazar King are class horses, while I wouldn't want to jinx the fairytale farewell by plumping for Shutthefrontdoor."

    Verdict: 1 Soll, 2 Royale Knight, 3 Balthazar King, 4 Rocky Creek, 5 Spring Heeled.

    Check out more tips here.

  201. Over there, just behind the tree

    He's behind there somewhere...

    AP McCoy
  202. Indian burgers are on the menu

    Simon Rimmer

    If you're at Aintree today and feeling a little peckish, there's a treat in store for you. The course has teamed up with celebrity chef Simon Rimmer to set up 12 different 'street food' trailers.

    Forget munching down on a cheeseburger.. it's all about Belgian waffles, Indian burgers on fresh flatbreads and sushi wraps at Liverpool's top racecourse this weekend.

    Can anyone bring me a doggy bag back?

  203. Check out the jacket...

    They say you never see a skint bookmaker. I wouldn't know about that, but you won't see a bookmaker at Aintree today with a better jacket than this effort from Guy Faber...

    Aintree bookie
  204. Experts' tips

    Malcolm Tomlinson, BBC Radio 5 live commentary team: "Godsmejudge is well handicapped on his best form and will get every yard of the trip."

    Verdict: 1 Godsmejudge, 2. Rubi Light, 3. Rocky Creek, 4. Balthazar King.

    Check out more tips here.

  205. Look, it's me, on that building over there...

    Liver Building

    AP McCoy's head must be spinning, considering the amount of media coverage which has come his way this week. Perhaps one of the most memorable tributes was the giant image of the champion jockey which was beamed on to Liverpool's Royal Liver Building on the eve of the Grand National meeting.

    The projection on the landmark was accompanied by the words "the greatest jockey" and "the greatest race".

    McCoy was also inducted into Aintree's Hall of Fame, alongside late trainer Toby Balding, on Thursday.

    Not a bad start to any weekend.

  206. Out, but not forgotten

    All eyes will be on AP McCoy this afternoon, but no doubt the retiring legend will spare a brief moment of thought for colleagues Barry Geraghty and Davy Russell, who miss the big race because of injury.

    Geraghty is recovering from a fractured leg - like colleague Jamie Moore - and Russell a broken arm. Jason Maguire is also missing for a second successive year because of a back injury. I've already mentioned the withdrawal of Robbie McNamara.

    This jockeying lark is a tough gig, you know.

  207. Get involved - tweet #bbcracing

    Grand National winning post

    Channel 4 Racing's Oliver Brett on Twitter: The owner of the horse standing here at about 4.40 will have banked £561,300.

  208. Hats off to Rosie

    Ever been to the races? If so, you'll know it's the perfect excuse to wear your best clobber. And for the ladies, that means a hat to complement their outfit.

    Which is where Liverpool milliner Rosie Olivia comes in. She was tasked with creating headwear for the Queen's granddaughter, Zara Phillips, at Cheltenham and she's been busy in the build-up to a big race meeting a little closer to home.

    "At Aintree and Ascot events the hats you see are unbelievable," she told the Liverpool Echo. "Everybody loves them because they get the opportunity to wear a hat and unless you're going to a wedding there's not that many other chances."

    Nice. But does anybody admit to making hats for John McCririck?

  209. Get involved via the BBC Sport Facebook page

    Truffs Magee: Going for Shutthefrontdoor as AP McCoy was mum's favourite jockey, and I am going for Godsmejudge, it's anyone's race really so good luck everyone for today and most of all hope everyone completes the course.

    Paul Coffield: A tenner on Alvarado. Wouldn't normally bet at all, let alone horse racing, but you can always make an exception on the National.

    Christopher McClenaghan: Can't be an expert on the Grand National, anything can win it, just hope it's mine The Druids Nephew.

  210. Hold on to your hats

    It's been a windy start to the day at Aintree...

    Grand National
  211. Experts' tips

    John Hunt

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    Unioniste has limitless potential. Put in a tremendous run behind subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree at Newbury. A class act.

    Verdict: 1. Unioniste, 2. Balthazar King, 3. Godsmejudge, 4. Alvarado.

    Check out more tips here.

  212. Stat's made you think!

    Grand National punters

    Having a dabble today? Thinking about backing the favourite? What if I told you only seven favourites have won the race since Red Rum's first victory 42 years ago. That's a 17% success rate.

    As Jon Wilde points out on, that's way below the average of around 33% for all horse races in a standard year. The last three winners were priced at 33-1, 66-1 and 25-1. Food for thought…

  213. #bbcracing via Twitter

    Trainer Donald McCain on Twitter: Grand national day today with 4 runners! #bringiton! Here's hoping that all the horses and jockeys come back safe and sound.

    Trainer David Pipe on Twitter: The big day is here! Hoping for luck in running in the #GrandNational, but most of all, hoping all horses & jockeys come back safely.

  214. Post update

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Aintree

    "Much of the talk in days leading to the Grand National has centred on the possibility of Shutthefrontdoor going off the lowest-priced favourite since Red Rum at 7-2 back in the 1970s.

    "But AP McCoy's mount is now 8-1 in places (from 7s) with money coming for other horses, including the general 9-1 chance Rocky Creek.

    "Soll, which has the inconvenience of being my selection, has shortened to 14-1 from 20-1.

    "First Lieutenant trades at 16s as Nina Carberry bids to become the first female jockey to win in the 168th running of the famous race."

  215. Glancing through the papers

    Of the newspapers I've seen today, this one from The Sun caught my eye more than most - especially when you consider that potential £50m pay-out:

    The Sun
  216. Money on the line

    AP McCoy
  217. Fences

    There are 30 fences in the grand old race, some of which are more famous than others. Fence six, Becher's Brook, is perhaps the most famous of them all because of its size and the drop on the other side of it. Meanwhile Fence eight, Canal Turn, is also one to look out for because of the sharp left-hand turn that immediately follows it.

    The biggest fence is The Chair which begins with a 6ft ditch, stands 5ft 2in in height and is 3ft deep.

  218. Post update

    Aintree staff prepare the fences ahead of the Grand National

    Racing UK on Twitter: Hard working staff @AintreeRaces put the finishing touches to the fences for the world's most famous race.

  219. Experts' tips

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent at Aintree

    Balthazar King, last year's runner-up, jumps really well and has been trained for months with this race in mind; the stats give mixed messages about his chances, but what a story if jockey Richard Johnson, perennial championship runner-up to AP McCoy, stole the limelight on this of all occasions.

    Verdict: 1. Balthazar King, 2. Soll, 3. Shutthefrontdoor, 4. Night In Milan.

  220. A quick guide to weights

    Weights…what are they and how do they affect my horse? Well, unlike the Cheltenham Gold Cup where horses race off level weights, the Grand National is a handicap.

    Horses are ranked according to their previous form, with the best given top weight. The handicapper's ultimate (although in practice unfeasible) aim is for the horses to pass the winning post in a dead heat.

    The closest finish came in 2012 when Neptune Collonges denied Sunnyhillboy by the shortest possible distance - a nose. Lord Windermere, trained by Jim Culloty, is carrying the top weight today while Royale Knight has the lightest load.

    Check out all the weights here.

  221. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Struggling to get near a television this afternoon? Don't fret - BBC Radio 5 live will be bringing you live commentary from the big race. And, speaking as a man who once cheered Don't Push It over the winning line in the car park of a shopping centre, it's just as good as watching the race. In fact it's probably better in terms of excitement! Give it a go this afternoon.

  222. Weather forecast

    Steve Cleaton, a forecaster for BBC Weather Centre: "A weather front moved across the area overnight into Saturday morning, which brought around 3 or 4 mm of rain. Skies have now cleared, and conditions are expected to remain dry and sunny for the majority of Saturday afternoon, but the fresh westerly breeze and temperature of 11 Celsius will make for a significantly cooler feel than of recent days. There will be a few isolated blustery showers in the area though, so a passing shower is not out of the question during the race itself."

  223. Post update

    Remember, if you're on your way to Aintree... wait for the green horse before crossing the road!