The Grand National is a highly prestigious annual event on the National Hunt horse racing calendar. First run in 1839, this yearly race has had more than its fair share of momentous historic moments.

Here are ten of the most memorable experiences from throughout the history of the Grand National.

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  1. The first winner of the Grand National in 1839 was a horse called Lottery ridden by Jem Mason. Lottery won by three lengths after maintaining his lead from the First Brook.
  2. The only year in history when the Grand National was run not on a Saturday, but on a Monday. An IRA bomb scare evacuated 60,000 Aintree racegoers and the site was not declared safe for 48 hours afterwards. Lord Gyllene ridden by Tony Dobbin is therefore the only horse who has ever won the National on a Monday, coming in at 14/1.
  3. In one of the most bizarre turns of events in Grand National history, race leader Devon Loch was five lengths ahead as he approached the finishing post. Before he got there, however, the horse leapt a phantom fence, resulting in his landing on his belly and losing the race. Devon Loch was owned by the Queen Mother, whose only comment on the event was said to be the philosophical “that’s racing”.
  4. Popham Down, racing loose after unseating his jockey at the first fence, caused havoc at the 23rd fence, veering wildly in front of the other riders and causing a mass pile-up which meant that 27 of the remaining 28 horses could not jump first time. Lagging way behind was 100/1 shot Foinavon, who had time to locate a gap and jump first time. While 17 jockeys managed to re-mount and give chase, none were able to make up Foinavon’s lead. The outsider’s success resulted in a record 444/1 Tote payout.
  5. Red Marauder won but was one of only four horses to actually finish the race due to heavy conditions causing way more than the average rate of falling.
  6. Victory for Esha Ness was declared null and void in 1993. The Jockey Club were forced to declare the entire race void after 30 of the 39 jockeys failed to realise a false start had been called.
  7. Jockey Jenny Pitman made history on Corbiere as the duo charged to victory. Pitman was the first ever female jockey to win the Grand National.
  8. Neptune Collonges won by just a nose, the shortest ever victorious distance. He was also the first grey to win the National in more than half a century.
  9. As Bob Champion, cancer survivor, rode Aldaniti to victory there was hardly a dry eye in the land. Their tale has since been turned into a hit John Hurt film, Champions.
  10. 1973-1977. Red Rum, perhaps the most famous racehorse of all time, steals victory not once, not twice, but three times in five years, creating some of the most memorable moments in Grand National history and breaking a record that no-one has yet been able to challenge.