Grand National 2015: Many Clouds and Leighton Aspell's victory in pictures

Aspell secures a second straight Grand National victory

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The Independent Online

Leighton Aspell celebrated a second straight victory at the Grand National as he powered Many Clouds to the finish line.

A year ago, Aspell won riding 33-1 shot Pineau De Re, but this time around he had elected to ride Many Clouds who set off at 40-1. The focus had surrounded the final outing in the National of AP McCoy, who was riding favourite Shutthefrontdoor, before he retires at the end of the season.

Rebel Rebellion led from the early stages, but as Ryan Mahon faded The Druids Nephew hit the front and looked to be gaining strength. However, The Druids Nephew fell at the 26th fence of 30, with Many Clouds hitting the front, and it was suddenly a shootout to the finish with McCoy urging Shutthefrontdoor on.

Soll faded on the inside, and was soon joined by the favourite in heading backwards as Saint Are and a surging Monbeg Dude took up the challenge.

But Many Clouds held on, and gave Aspell his second consecutive victory to mark a rare achievement for the jubilant jockey.

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Saint Are finished second with Monbeg Dude third, while Alvarado came home in fourth ahead of Shutthefrontdoor.