Great weather attracted crowds of punters to the racecourse, and even caused some disruption and delays for the train-users flocking to Aintree racecourse. Thousands of bettors put faith into Shutthefrontdoor's ability to win the single most important betting event of the year.
On the race day bookmakers feared that Tony McCoy, in his last Grand National before retirement, would win the race on the well-backed favourite Shutthefrontdoor (6/1). It was Tony McCoy’s 20th Grand National. The legendary jockey already won Grand National in 2010. Bookmakers were keeping fingers crossed that the race is won by any horse but Shutthefrontdoor.
Luckily for the betting industry the favourite managed to finish on the 'safe' fifth place. Bookmakers breathed a sigh of relief in what later proved to be a record-breaking Grand National in terms of number of bets. The winning horse Many Clouds put tremendous effort into winning this exciting Grand National. According to many experts it was the best Grand National performance since 1998. Many Clouds is now the favourite to win the next Grand National.