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Neptune Collonges, an unfancied 33-1 shot, won a thrilling renewal of the John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday near Liverpool, England.

Heavily-backed 8-1 joint-favorite Seabass led over the final fence under Katie Walsh, but tired on the run to the Elbow and it was Sunnyhillboy who took up the running under Richie McLernon.

Sunnyhillboy looked to have the race in the bag when two lengths clear with just 100 yards left to run, but Neptune Collonges, under a determined Daryl Jacob, gradually closed in and grabbed the verdict by a nose right on the finish line in one of the closest finishes in the history of the race.

Seabass held on for third, five lengths adrift, with Cappa Bleu fourth for each-way backers.

Expect some noise from PETA and the like as two horses died as a result of falls at Becher’s Brook including former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Scynchronised. 

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