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The Grand National seeps into the consciousness of Britain and Ireland like no other horse race.
From Devon Loch’s dramatic collapse just yards from certain victory at Aintree in 1956, to the 23rd fence being named Foinavon after the 100/1 winner in 1967 avoided chaos and confusion at that obstacle to land the most unlikely of successes, the race has provided moments of triumph and tragedy.
Red Rum’s three victories during the 1970s helped to secure the race’s future when its existence was under threat, while it’s difficult to forget the agony etched into the face of jockey John White who passed the post first on Esha Ness in 1993 only for the race to be declared void after an embarrassing false start.
With last year’s winner Tiger Roll heading the market in his attempt to become the first horse to win back-to-back Grand National, since Red Rum in 1974, let’s look at some of the leading contenders who could be fighting out the finish at Aintree on April 6th.