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Grand National quiz answers: Check out how you did

| 18.02.2022

We tested your knowledge with 20 questions about the world’s greatest steeplechase and here are our Grand National quiz answers.

1. Tom Scudamore is set to ride Cloth Cap at the Grand National once again. His grandfather Michael was the winning jockey in 1959 – on which horse?


2. Cloth Cap’s former owner, the late Trevor Hemmings, won the race three times. Name his Aintree heroes, and their glory years.

Hedgehunter (2005), Ballabriggs (2011), Many Clouds (2015)

3. Hemmings’ boss also owned a National winner – name him, his horse and the year.

Fred Pontin, Specify, 1971

4. Who was the celebrity owner of 1994 winner Miinnehoma?

Freddie Starr (comedian)

5. Which topically-named National winner of the 1990s was successful at Aintree five days before a General Election?

Party Politics (1992)

6. Who was the clerk of the course at the Grand National meeting for the first time last year?

Sulekha Varma

7. Who links shock 2009 winner Mon Mome and 1988 faller Marcolo?

Venetia Williams – she trained Mon Mome, and rode Marcolo

8. Rachael Blackmore become the first woman to win the Grand National on Minella Times last year. Who was the first female jockey to take part in the race, in which year and on which horse?

Charlotte Brew, in 1977 on Barony Fort

9. Name the former prisoner of war who rode the 1951 Grand National winner.

Johnny Bullock, on Nickel Coin

10. What is the connection between the National and Gatwick Airport?

The race was run at Gatwick for three years while Aintree was out of commission during World War I. Gatwick racecourse was closed in 1940, and construction of the airport began on the site in 1950

11. Aldaniti was a fairytale winner in 1981 – but which hunter-chase great finished runner-up?

Spartan Missile

12. What was remarkable about the effort of Mely Moss as runner-up in 2000?

It was the nine-year-old’s first run since winning at Cheltenham almost a year earlier

13. What sets National winner Peter Simple apart from the rest?

He was the oldest, officially aged 15, when he won the race for the second time in 1853 – one of the only three teenage equines to prevail in the National

14. In which year did an American amateur scale the National peak on a Scottish landmark?

1980 (Charlie Fenwick rode Ben Nevis to victory)

15. In 1990, why could trainer Kim Bailey be forgiven for feeling a little tired by the time his horse Mr Frisk came home in front?

He gave up his room at Liverpool’s Adelphi Hotel the night before when owner Lois Duffey made a last-minute decision to fly from her home in America to watch the race

16. What was unusual about 2016 winner Rule The World?

It was the only steeplechase he ever won

17. Who is the oldest jockey to win the race?

Dick Saunders, on Grittar in 1982, aged 48

18. Which horse was remounted to snatch third in the 1982 Grand National?

Loving Words

19. Name the former Triumph Hurdle winner who took out 10 horses when he declined to jump the Canal Turn while loose in the 2001 National.

Paddy’s Return

20. Which were the only two horses to beat Red Rum over the Grand National course?

L’Escargot and Rag Trade, winners in 1975 and 1976.

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