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Neptune Collonges wins Grand National at Aintree, victory overshadowed by death of race favorite

Grand National pre-race favorite Synchronised died Saturday after collapsing during the world's toughest steeplechase, which was won by Neptune Collonges in one of the race's closest finishes.

Synchronised, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup last month, suffered a fatal injury after falling early in the Aintree race, owner J.P. McManus announced.

- Reported by the Associated Press

Daryl Jacob celebrates winning the Grand National Steeple Chase aboard Neptune Collonges.
Daryl Jacob celebrates winning the Grand National Steeple Chase aboard Neptune Collonges.Nigel Roddis / Reuters

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