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Corach Rambler wins National after activists’ protests

Corach Rambler, the 8-1 favourite, has won the Grand National after the world-famous steeplechase was delayed for 15 minutes because animal rights activists scaled fences around the perimeter of the course and got onto the track.

The win gave trainer Lucinda Russell a second victory in the National in its 175th edition at Aintree on Saturday.

Corach Rambler and jockey Derek Fox jumped the last in front and came home in front of Vanillier. Gaillard Du Mesnil was third.

The race took place after three people were arrested in connection with a plan by the activists to disrupt the race, which they succeeded in doing.

All three were arrested on “suspicion of conspiracy to cause public nuisance”, Merseyside Police said.

With about 30 minutes to go until the scheduled start of 5:15 pm, some of the activists from an estimated group of 300 climbed the high fences around Aintree racecourse and got onto the track.

Some apparently attempted to handcuff themselves to the obstacles before being taken away by police and security officials, who were seen shaking the perimeter fences to prevent other activists mounting them.

The race was briefly delayed as a result and the 39 horses were kept in the parade ring.

The winning jockey Fox had sat out the first two days of the Aintree meeting in order to recover from injury in time to ride Corach Rambler.

He said: “He is just the most wonderful thing ever, he deserved to win this.

“I got a fall last week and banged my shoulder, it was far from ideal. I was worried all week. I thank God I was back in time because it was the thrill of my life to ride him.”

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