Pineau De Re
The 167th running of the Grand National took place on Saturday 5th April 2014, a maximum permitted field of 40 horses competing for a share of the prize fund of £1 million. For the first time, the three-day meeting was sponsored by ginger beer producer Crabbies with this company taking over from John Smiths as sponsor. The live television coverage was provided by Channel 4 for the second time and the winner of the race was Richard Newland-trained Pineau De Re, a 25/1 shot ridden by Leighton Aspell and the sixth French-bred runner to win the famous steeplechase. Of the forty starters, eighteen completed the course and all returned to their stables safely.
Grand National entries were needed by no later than 28th January 2014 and on that date there were 115 runners entered for consideration, the highest number since 2009 and an increase of 31 on 2013. The BHA handicap weights were announced in London on February 11th. Following two scratching deadlines on February 25th and March 18th, the number of horses going forward was reduced to 73 and this was reduced further to 65 at the five-day confirmation stage. These remaining contenders were subsequently ranked according to the ratings and the final forty runners were declared on 3rd April 2014.
The race was due to start at 4:15pm, however there was a false start and at the second attempt, Battle Group refused to start.
Channel 4’s coverage of the race was presented by Nick Luck and Clare Balding with support provided by Mick Fitzgerald, Graham Cunningham and Jim McGrath. The race was beamed into UK and Ireland bookmakers by Racing UK.
The majority of betting on the 2014 Grand National was placed with online bookmakers and broadcaster Channel 4 provided punters with a downloadable online app so that backers could track their chosen runner throughout the race.
1: Pineau De Re
2: Balthazar King
3: Double Seven
5: Rocky Creek
6: Chance Du Roy
7: Monbeg Dude
8: Raz De Maree
9: Swing Bill