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The Aintree Grand National that proved to be jockey John White's darkest day

Before today, other than during the wars, the only time there was no winner of the Aintree Grand National was in 1993 when Esha Ness passed the post first after the race had been voided.

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A distraught John White leaves the Aintree course. PA Photo

A distraught John White leaves the Aintree course. PA Photo

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A distraught John White leaves the Aintree course. PA Photo

Sportspeople often toil their whole career without reaching the pinnacle but the difference between jockey John White and his namesake Jimmy, the perennial snooker bridesmaid, is that he had that elusive taste of success, albeit briefly, only to have it prised from his grasp just as quickly.

Crossing the finish line of the Aintree Grand National in front is the National Hunt racing dream but White's cheers quickly turned to tears in the 1993 edition when it became apparent that all was not right just seconds after guiding 50/1 chance Esha Ness to victory.

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Finishing first past the post aboard Esha Ness before being told the 1993 renewal of the race was void. PA Photo

Finishing first past the post aboard Esha Ness before being told the 1993 renewal of the race was void. PA Photo

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Finishing first past the post aboard Esha Ness before being told the 1993 renewal of the race was void. PA Photo

One moment he was a Grand National-winning jockey who had forged his place in jumps history forever, the next he was a trivia question and remembered as the successful pilot in 'The National that never was'.