Golden Bear's John Hales celebrates Grand National success

Chairman sees Neptune Collonges ride to victory at Aintree.
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Chairman of Golden Bear, John Hales and his family are celebrating victory for their horse Neptune Collonges at the Grand National at the weekend.

Hales (pictured) - who is known in the industry for his passion for racing - was at the course to watch his horse win what is being called the closest finish in the race's 176-year history.

A photograph was required before Neptune Collonges and jockey, Daryl Jacob, were declared the winners.

Hales commented: "We are naturally delighted to have won the Grand National. After the race, my wife was in tears and my daughter was overcome with emotion, as we all know it is one of the most memorable successes we will ever experience on the race course.

"But despite our own celebrations, our thoughts go out to the stables that have lost horses, as for them it is the saddest of occasions and we understand what they will be feeling at this time."

Hales had previously lost a horse due to fatal injuries at Aintree.

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