The 2015 Grand National has come to an end, and Many Clouds has won the race to give jockey Leighton Aspell his second consecutive championship.
Aspell was able to guide his horse to victory despite holding 25-to-1 odds to win, as Shutthefrontdoor was favored with 6-to-1 odds.
Jockey Tony McCoy announced his decision to retire from horse racing before the Grand National, but Aspell proved to be a savvy jockey once again as McCoy’s attempt to go out in style was foiled.
Aspell himself retired once before in 2007 before deciding to return to racing in 2009.
He had previously guided Pineau de Re to a Grand National title despite the horse having 25-to-1 odds. Aspell’s victory with Many Clouds makes him the first jockey since Brian Fletcher to win two consecutive Grand National races.
Fletcher accomplished this rare feat in 1973 and 1974, but doing so on two different horses has not been pulled off since Bryan Marshall achieved this in 1953 and 1954.