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Grand National won by unpunctuated horse

[6 April 2013] Today’s Grand National winner Auroras Encore romped home unencumbered by the apostrophe that purists might have demanded in its name – unlike the excellent hurdler Big Buck’s, which gallops around the country carrying an apostrophe it doesn’t seem to need.

Auroras Encore’s success at 66–1 was a triumph for the bookies. And it meant there was no first-ever Grand National victory for a woman, or – and this would have been even more unusual – for a woman riding a four-legged fish, because the favourite Seabass, piloted by Katie Walsh, finished a distant thirteenth.

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