Win on the National means I can go on a riding weekend

Karel Doubleday, who used her mum's blue badge so she could park close to her workplace

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Y ou may love it or hate it, but the Grand National is a British institution.

My mum always had a sneaky wager and I’ve carried on the tradition.

This year was no exception and as rare as the glorious sunshine that shone down on the big day, 66/1 chance Auroras Encore romped home the winner – a brilliant result for the bookies and an equally brilliant one for me.

With the statue on top of the Kings Theatre and my moggie both being called Aurora, how could I not have backed it?

But for me the best news was that all 40 runners made it home safely.

My winnings? Well, I’m splashing out on a Western riding weekend in the New Forest.

At least I won’t have to tackle Becher’s Brook!