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Toals Ulster Grand National 2013 Winner Clears The Post At Aintree
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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.

Pineau De Re in the ring in Downpatrick last year at the 2013 Toals Ulster Grand National in Downpatrick.

Pineau De Re in the ring in Downpatrick last year after winning the 2013 Toals Ulster Grand National in Downpatrick.

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.

Pineau De Re in action in 2013 at the Toals Ulster Grand National in Downpatrick. (Photo by Irishracinpx)

Pineau De Re in action in 2013 at the Toals Ulster Grand National in Downpatrick. (Photo by Irishracingpx)