Grand National 2015

Many Clouds, the winner of this year’s thrilling Crabbie’s Grand National has been given a hero’s welcome in the racing town of Lambourn, Berkshire.

Over a thousand people turned out to cheer the horse who gave jockey Leighton Aspell back-to-back wins in the race and his trainer Oliver Sherwood a first Grand National win.

Speaking at his Lambourn yard, Sherwood said, “I was worried about what happened in the Gold Cup so even yesterday I was going in blind because he didn’t run his race then. It was Trevor Hemmings (the owner) who persuaded me to run in the Grand National so he deserves a lot of the credit.

“I couldn’t give a monkey’s about next year, I am just going to enjoy this moment. The whole community has come out to embrace him today. It’s ridiculous. It’s so sublime and very humbling.”

Nathan Horrocks, who is Many Clouds’ regular work rider said, “He’s a warrior you could take to war, he never leaves anything out there, he never leaves a stone-unturned. We’re absolutely over the moon with him.

“As you can see today there’s been an amazing turnout for him, he’s a real community horse. When horses start to win these big races they start to get a fanbase. It’s lovely riding out in Lambourn and when he won the Hennessy, even the other yards in the town started asking after to him, wanting to know how he was.

“The decision was made by Trevor, thank god, to run him in the National and as you can see, after his win it’s unbelievable in Lambourn today. It’s great for the community, for the town and for racing.

“Hopefully, he’s only an eight-year-old so he’s got a big future and it will be great looking forward to him running next year.”

Following a reception at Sherwood’s stables, Many Clouds paraded to Lambourn village where over a thousand people noisily welcomed him. Having enjoyed exuberant celebrations last night, the party looks set to go on for a while yet for his delighted team.

Photograph courtesy of John Grossick.

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