Pineau De Re, the 2014 Grand National winner at Aintree, was the winner of the 2013 Toals Ulster Grand National at Downpatrick when trained by Philip Fenton writes Joe Kavanagh.[caption id="attachment_48684" align="alignleft" width="390"] Pineau De Re in the ring in Downpatrick last year after winning the 2013 Toals Ulster Grand National in Downpatrick.[/caption]
This eleven year old horse has now triumphed in the world’s greatest chase when winning the 167th Aintree Grand National in style at 25/1 by five lengths today for his new connections, trainer GP Dr Richard Newland and owner, John Provan.
Jockey 37-year old Leighton Aspell, having retired from riding returned to the saddle last year said post-race: “ A ride in the Grand National is great but this is something else.”
The winning owner said: “It was amazing to have a national runner but to win is unbelievable”.
Pineau De Re won the Ulster National at Downpatrick by 23 lengths and again was a wide margin wide at Aintree.
The winning trainer and owner, both former amateur riders bought the horse after seeing him win the Downpatrick feature on a beautiful sunny spring day with the hope he might make an Aintree Grand National horse. And he certainly did romping home in tremendous style.[caption id="attachment_48686" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Pineau De Re in action in 2013 at the Toals Ulster Grand National in Downpatrick. (Photo by Irishracingpx)[/caption]]]>