Vautour falls as God’s Own triumphs


Vautour had been slated for the Gold Cup at Cheltenham but was switched – successfully – to the Ryanair Chase

Overwhelming favourite Vautour fell as God’s Own claimed a surprise win in the Melling Chase on the second day of the Grand National meeting at Aintree.

Leader Vautour, a 1-5 shot ridden by Ruby Walsh, appeared in control before misjudging a jump.

God’s Own jockey Paddy Brennan took advantage as he held off the challenge of Al Ferof.

Earlier in the day, Richard Johnson guided Native River to victory in the Mildmay Novices’ Chase.

More to follow.

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