April 11, 2015

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Andy Murray and Kim Sears wedding: Hundreds of wellwishers flood Dunblane –
Hundreds of people turned out to see Andy Murray wed Kim Sears in Dunblane Cathedral this afternoon. The couple, who turned down all offers from celebrity magazines to cover their wedding, made sure that their wedding remained a private affair – with Sears’ careful arrival granting onlookers the barest of glimpses of her dress. Murray and Sears, an artist, married in Dunblane’s 12th century cathedral at 4pm before attending a small reception with family and friends. The pair met in 2005 when they were introduced by Sear’s father Nigel, a tennis coach. [The Independent]
Andy-Murray-Kim-Sears-copyright-Stirling-CouncilKim Sears and Andy Murray (Photo by Stirling Council)

Grand National 2015: Many Clouds wins as McCoy finishes fifth –
Many Clouds won the 2015 Grand National to give jockey Leighton Aspell his second consecutive victory in the race. Champion jockey AP McCoy was denied a fairytale Aintree farewell, finishing fifth on favourite Shutthefrontdoor. The Northern Irishman had said he would retire immediately if he had won, but the 40-year-old could now race on until the Sandown meeting at the end of April. [BBC]
Tony-McCoyA P McCoy

Boat Races 2015: Oxford women and men beat Cambridge –
Heavy favourites Oxford beat Cambridge to win the historic first staging of the Women’s Boat Race on the same course and same day as the men. They finished six-and-a-half lengths ahead over the four-mile, 374-yard stretch from Putney Bridge to Chiswick Bridge in London on Saturday. The Dark Blues were half a length up after the first minute and pulled away ruthlessly to finish 19 seconds clear. Oxford also won the men’s race for the sixth time in eight years. In doing so, president Constantine Louloudis became just the 15th man to triumph for a fourth time. [BBC]

Capitol Building on lockdown after shots fired –
Shots were fired near the front of the US Capitol Building in Washington, according to police. The seat of Congress was immediately put on lockdown.
It later emerged that a man had committed suicide by shooting himself, sparking the alert. “The suspected shooter has been neutralised but the US Capitol Building has been locked down as a precautionary measure,” said Lt Kimberly Schneider of the Capitol Police, adding that no-one was being allowed to enter or exit. Police said they were also investigating a suspicious package on the lower West Terrace of the building, believed to be the man’s suitcase. [Daily Telegraph]

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Grand National Winners since 1946  (List from Wikipedia)

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Winning time
1946 Lovely Cottage 9 Capt. Bobby Petre Tommy Rayson John Morant 9m 38.2s
1947 Caughoo 8 Eddie Dempsey Herbert McDowell John McDowell 10m 3.8s
1948 Sheila’s Cottage 9 Arthur Thompson Neville Crump John Procter 9m 25.4s
1949 Russian Hero 9 Leo McMorrow George Owen Fearnie Williamson 9m 24.2s
1950 Freebooter 9 Jimmy Power Bobby Renton Lurline Brotherton 9m 24.2s
1951 Nickel Coin 9 John Bullock Jack O’Donoghue Jeffrey Royle 9m 48.8s
1952 Teal 10 Arthur Thompson Neville Crump Harry Lane 9m 21.5s
1953 Early Mist 8 Bryan Marshall Vincent O’Brien Joe Griffin 9m 22.8s
1954 Royal Tan 10 Bryan Marshall Vincent O’Brien Joe Griffin 9m 32.8s
1955 Quare Times 9 Pat Taaffe Vincent O’Brien Cecily Welman 10m 19.2s
1956 E.S.B. 10 David Dick Fred Rimell Mrs Leonard Carver 9m 21.4s
1957 Sundew 11 Fred Winter Frank Hudson Mrs Geoffrey Kohn 9m 42.4s
1958 Mr. What 8 Arthur Freeman Tom Taaffe, Sr. David J. Coughlan 9m 59.8s
1959 Oxo 8 Michael Scudamore Willie Stephenson John Bigg 9m 37.8s
1960 Merryman II 9 Gerry Scott Neville Crump Winifred Wallace 9m 26.2s
1961 Nicolaus Silver 9 Bobby Beasley Fred Rimell Charles Vaughan 9m 22.6s
1962 Kilmore 12 Fred Winter Ryan Price Nat Cohen 9m 50s
1963 Ayala 9 Pat Buckley Keith Piggott Pierre Raymond 9m 35.8s
1964 Team Spirit 12 Willie Robinson Fulke Walwyn John Goodman 9m 46.8s
1965 Jay Trump 8 Mr Tommy Smith Fred Winter Mary Stephenson 9m 30.6s
1966 Anglo 8 Tim Norman Fred Winter Stuart Levy 9m 52.8s
1967 Foinavon 9 John Buckingham John Kempton Cyril Watkins 9m 49.6s
1968 Red Alligator 9 Brian Fletcher Denys Smith John Manners 9m 28.8s
1969 Highland Wedding 12 Eddie Harty, Sr. Toby Balding Thomas McCoy, Jr. (USA) & Charles Burns (CAN) 9m 30.8s
1970 Gay Trip 8 Pat Taaffe Fred Rimell Tony Chambers 9m 38s
1971 Specify 9 John Cook John Sutcliffe Fred Pontin 9m 34.2s
1972 Well to Do 9 Graham Thorner Tim Forster Tim Forster 10m 8.4s
1973 Red Rum 8 Brian Fletcher Ginger McCain Noel Le Mare 9m 1.9s
1974 Red Rum 9 Brian Fletcher Ginger McCain Noel Le Mare 9m 20.3s
1975 L’Escargot 12 Tommy Carberry Dan Moore Raymond R. Guest (USA) 9m 31.1s
1976 Rag Trade 10 John Burke Fred Rimell Pierre Raymond 9m 20.9s
1977 Red Rum 12 Tommy Stack Ginger McCain Noel Le Mare 9m 30.3s
1978 Lucius 9 Bob Davies Gordon W. Richards Fiona Whitaker 9m 33.9s
1979 Rubstic 10 Maurice Barnes John Leadbetter John Douglas 9m 52.9s
1980 Ben Nevis 12 Mr Charlie Fenwick (USA) Tim Forster R. C. Stewart, Jr. (USA) 10m 17.4s
1981 Aldaniti 11 Bob Champion Josh Gifford Nick Embiricos 9m 47.2s
1982 Grittar 9 Mr Dick Saunders Frank Gilman Frank Gilman 9m 12.6s
1983 Corbiere 8 Ben de Haan Jenny Pitman Bryan Burrough 9m 47.4s
1984 Hallo Dandy 10 Neale Doughty Gordon W. Richards Richard Shaw 9m 21.4s
1985 Last Suspect 11 Hywel Davies Tim Forster Anne, Duchess of Westminster 9m 42.7s
1986 West Tip 9 Richard Dunwoody Michael Oliver Peter Luff 9m 33.0s
1987 Maori Venture 11 Steve Knight Andrew Turnell Jim Joel 9m 19.3s
1988 Rhyme ‘n’ Reason 9 Brendan Powell David Elsworth Juliet Reed 9m 53.5s
1989 Little Polveir 12 Jimmy Frost Toby Balding Edward Harvey 10m 6.9s
1990 Mr Frisk 11 Mr Marcus Armytage Kim Bailey Lois Duffey (USA) 8m 47.8srecord
1991 Seagram 11 Nigel Hawke David Barons Sir Eric Parker 9m 29.9s
1992 Party Politics 8 Carl Llewellyn Nick Gaselee Patricia Thompson 9m 6.4s
1993 race void [c]
1994 Miinnehoma 11 Richard Dunwoody Martin Pipe Freddie Starr 10m 18.8s
1995 Royal Athlete 12 Jason Titley Jenny Pitman G. & L. Johnson 9m 4.1s
1996 Rough Quest 10 Mick Fitzgerald Terry Casey Andrew Wates 9m 0.8s
1997 Lord Gyllene 9 Tony Dobbin Steve Brookshaw Stan Clarke 9m 5.9s
1998 Earth Summit 10 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies Summit Partnership 10m 51.5s
1999 Bobbyjo 9 Paul Carberry Tommy Carberry Bobby Burke 9m 14.1s
2000 Papillon 9 Ruby Walsh Ted Walsh Mrs J. Maxwell Moran (USA) 9m 9.7s
2001 Red Marauder 11 Richard Guest Norman Mason Norman Mason 11m 0.1s
2002 Bindaree 8 Jim Culloty Nigel Twiston-Davies Raymond Mould 9m 8.6s
2003 Monty’s Pass 10 Barry Geraghty Jimmy Mangan Dee Racing Syndicate 9m 21.7s
2004 Amberleigh House 12 Graham Lee Ginger McCain Halewood Int. Ltd 9m 20.3s
2005 Hedgehunter 9 Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins Trevor Hemmings 9m 20.8s
2006 Numbersixvalverde 10 Niall Madden Martin Brassil Bernard Carroll 9m 41.0s
2007 Silver Birch 10 Robbie Power Gordon Elliott Brian Walsh 9m 13.6s
2008 Comply or Die 9 Timmy Murphy David Pipe David Johnson 9m 16.6s
2009 Mon Mome 9 Liam Treadwell Venetia Williams Vida Bingham 9m 32.9s
2010 Don’t Push It 10 Tony McCoy Jonjo O’Neill J. P. McManus 9m 4.6s
2011 Ballabriggs 10 Jason Maguire Donald McCain, Jr. Trevor Hemmings 9m 1.2s
2012 Neptune Collonges 11 Daryl Jacob Paul Nicholls John Hales 9m 5.1s
2013 Auroras Encore 11 Ryan Mania Sue Smith Douglas Pryde, Jim Beaumont and David P van der Hoeven 9m 12.0s
2014 Pineau De Re 11 Leighton Aspell Richard Newland John Provan 9m 9.9s
2015 Many Clouds 8 Leighton Aspell Oliver Sherwood Trevor Hemmings 8m 59.1s

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