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The complete Grand National winners list

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The Grand National has been run almost every year since the first race in 1839, with every rider eager to make their way onto the prestigious winners list.

The only exceptions were in the war years. During the First World War the race continued, but was run at Gatwick on a substitute course. During World War Two the race was abandoned between 1941 and 1945. In 1993 after 30 of the 39 runners failed to recognise a false start and ran anyway the race, in which Esha Ness came first, was declared null and void by the Jockey Club.

Since its inception over 175 years ago, the jockey with the most Grand National wins is George Stevens. The Cheltenham-born rider won the famous race an astounding 5 times, peppering the Grand National winner list between 1856 and 1870. In the modern era, Richard Dunwoody, Carl Llewellyn, Ruby Walsh, and Leighton Aspell have all won it twice. Steeplechaser Red Rum holds the record for most Grand National wins for a horse. Ginger McCain’s star won a remarkable treble of races in 1973, 1974, and 1977.
Today, the Grand National draws a worldwide audience and a flurry of horse racing bets from casual and expert fans alike.

The below table shows the winners of every Grand National from 1839 to the present day, with the Gatwick races and void race highlighted in red.

Year Horse Jockey Winning time
2018 Tiger Roll Davy Russell 9:40.1
2017 One For Arthur Derek Fox 9:30.5
2016 Rule The World David Mullins 09:29
2015 Many Clouds Leighton Aspell 8:59.1
2014 Pineau De Re Leighton Aspell 9:09.9
2013 Auroras Encore Ryan Mania 09:12
2012 Neptune Collonges Darly Jacob 9:05.1
2011 Ballabriggs Jason Maguire 9:01.2
2010 Don’t Push It Tony McCoy 9:04.6
2009 Mon Mome Liam Treadwell 9:32.9
2008 Comply or Die Timmy Murphy 9:16.6
2007 Silver Birch Robbie Power 9:13.6
2006 Numbersixvalverde Niall Madden 09:41
2005 Hedgehunter Ruby Walsh 9:20.8
2004 Amberleigh House Graham Lee 9:20.3
2003 Monty’s Pass Barry Geraghty 9:21.7
2002 Bindaree Jim Culloty 9:08.6
2001 Red Marauder Richard Guest 11:00.1
2000 Papillon Ruby Walsh 9:09.7
1999 Bobbyjo Paul Carberry 9:14.1
1998 Earth Summit Carl Llewellyn 10:51.5
1997 Lord Gyllene Tony Dobbin 9:05.9
1996 Rough Quest Mick Fitzgerald 9:00.8
1995 Royal Athlete Jason Titley 9:04.1
1994 Miinnehoma Richard Dunwoody 10:18.8
1993 Esha Ness Race Void Race Void
1992 Party Politics Carl Llewellyn 9:06.4
1991 Seagram Nigel Hawke 9:29.9
1990 Mr Frisk Marcus Armytage 8:47.8 record
1989 Little Polveir Jimmy Frost 10:06.9
1988 Rhyme ‘n’ Reason Brendan Powell 9:53.5
1987 Maori Venture Steve Knight 9:19.3
1986 West Tip Richard Dunwoody 09:33
1985 Last Suspect Hywel Davies 9:42.7
1984 Hallo Dandy Neale Doughty 9:21.4
1983 Corbiere Ben de Haan 9:47.4
1982 Grittar Dick Saunders 9:12.6
1981 Aldaniti Bob Champion 9:47.2
1980 Ben Nevis Charlie Fenwick 10:17.4
1979 Rubstic Maurice Barnes 9:52.9
1978 Lucius Bob Davies 9:33.9
1977 Red Rum Tommy Stack 9:30.3
1976 Rag Trade John Burke 9:20.9
1975 L’Escargot Tommy Carberry 9:31.1
1974 Red Rum Brian Fletcher 9:20.3
1973 Red Rum Brian Fletcher 9:01.9
1972 Well to Do Graham Thorner 10:08.4
1971 Specify John Cook 9:34.2
1970 Gay Trip Pat Taafe 09:38
1969 Highland Wedding Eddie Harty Sr 9:30.8
1968 Red Alligator Brian Fletcher 9:28.8
1967 Foinavon John Buckingham 9:49.6
1966 Anglo Tim Norman 9:52.8
1965 Jay Trump Tommy Smith 9:30.6
1964 Team Spirit Willie Robinson 9:46.8
1963 Ayala Pat Buckley 9:35.8
1962 Kilmore Fred Winter 09:50
1961 Nicolaus Silver Bobby Beasley 9:22.6
1960 Merryman II Gerry Scott 9:26.2
1959 Oxo Michael Scudamore 9:37.8
1958 Mr What Arthur Freeman 9:59.8
1957 Sundew Fred Winter 9:42.4
1956 E.S.B. David Dick 9:21.4
1955 Quare Times Pat Taafe 10:19.2
1954 Royal Tan Bryan Marshall 9:32.8
1953 Early Mist Bryan Marshall 9:22.8
1952 Teal Arthur Thompson 9:21.5
1951 Nickel Coin John Bullock 9:48.8
1950 Freebooter Jimmy Power 9:24.2
1949 Russian Hero Leo McMorrow 9:24.2
1948 Sheila’s Cottage Arthur Thompson 9:25.4
1947 Caughoo Eddie Dempsey 10:03.8
1946 Lovely Cottage Captain Bobby Petre 9:38.2
1940 Bogskar Mervyn Jones 9:20.6
1939 Workman Tim Hyde 9:42.2
1938 Battleship Bruce Hobbs 09:27
1937 Royal Mail Evan Williams 9:59.8
1936 Reynoldstown Fulke Walwyn 9:37.8
1935 Reynoldstown Frank Furlong 9:20.2
1934 Golden Miller Gerry Wilson 9:20.4
1933 Kellsboro’ Jack Dudley Williams 09:28
1932 Forbra Tim Hamey 9:44.6
1931 Grackle Bob Lyall 9:32.8
1930 Shaun Goilin Tommy Cullinan 9:40.6
1929 Gregalach Robert W. H. Everett 9:47.4
1928 Tipperary Tim Bill Dutton 10:23.4
1927 Sprig Ted Leader 10:20.2
1926 Jack Horner William Watkinson 09:36
1925 Double Chance Major John Wilson 9:42.6
1924 Master Robert Bob Trudgill 09:40
1923 Sergeant Murphy Captain Tuppy Bennett 09:36
1922 Music Hall Lewis Rees 9:55.8
1921 Shaun Spadah Fred Rees 10:26
1920 Troytown Jack Anthony 10:20.4
1919 Poethlyn Ernie Piggott 10:08.4
1918 Poethlyn Ernie Piggott Not recorded
1917 Ballymacad Edmund Driscoll Not recorded
1916 Vermouth Jack Reardon Not recorded
1915 Ally Sloper Mr Jack Anthony 9:47.8
1914 Sunloch Bill Smith 9:58.8
1913 Covertcoat Percy Woodland 10:19
1912 Jerry M Ernie Piggott 10:13.4
1911 Glenside Jack Anthony 10:35
1910 Jenkinstown Robert Chadwick 10:44.2
1909 Lutteur III Georges Parfrement 9:53.8
1908 Rubio Henry Bletsoe 10:33.2
1907 Eremon Alf Newey 9:47.5
1906 Ascetic’s Silver Aubrey Hastings 9:34.4
1905 Kirkland Frank Mason 9:48.8
1904 Moifaa Arthur Birch 9:58.6
1903 Dumcree Percy Woodland 10:09.4
1902 Shannon Lass David Read 10:03.6
1901 Grudon Arthur Nightingall 9:47.8
1900 Ambush II Algy Anthony 10:01.4
1899 Manifesto George Williamson 9:49.8
1898 Drogheda John Gourley 9:43.6
1897 Manifesto Terry Kavanagh 09:49
1896 The Soarer Lieutenant David Campbell 10:11.2
1895 Wild Man From Borneo Joe Widger 10:32
1894 Why Not Arthur Nightingall 9:45.4
1893 Cloister Bill Dollery 9:32.4
1892 Father O’Flynn Captain Roddy Owen 9:48.2
1891 Come Away Harry Beasley 09:58
1890 Ilex Arthur Nightingall 10:41.8
1889 Frigate Tommy Beasley 10:01.2
1888 Playfair George Mawson 10:12
1887 Gamecock Bill Daniels 10:10.2
1886 Old Joe Tommy Skelton 10:14.6
1885 Roquefort Ted Wilson 10:10
1884 Voluptuary Ted Wilson 10:05
1883 Zoedone Count Karel Kinsky 11:39
1882 Seaman Lord Manners 10:42.4
1881 Woodbrook Tommy Beasley 11:50
1880 Empress Tommy Beasley 10:20
1879 The Liberator Garrett Moore 10:12
1878 Shifnal J. Jones 10:23
1877 Austerlitz Mr Fred Hobson 10:10
1876 Regal Joe Cannon 11:14
1875 Pathfinder Tommy Pickernell 10:22
1874 Reugny J. M. Richardson 10:04
1873 Disturbance J. M. Richardson Watch stopped
1872 Casse Tete John Page 10:14.5
1871 The Lamb Tommy Pickernell 9:35.7
1870 The Colonel George Stevens 10:10
1869 The Colonel George Stevens 11:00
1868 The Lamb George Ede Not recorded
1867 Cortolvin John Page 10:42
1866 Salamander Alec Goodman 11:05
1865 Alcibiade Captain Henry Coventry 11:16
1864 Emblematic George Stevens 11:50
1863 Emblem George Stevens 11:20
1862 The Huntsman Harry Lamplugh 09:30
1861 Jealousy Joseph Kendall 10:14
1860 Anatis Tommy Pickernell Not recorded
1859 Half Caste Chris Green 10:02
1858 Little Charley William Archer 11:05
1857 Emigrant Charlie Boyce 10:06
1856 Freetrader George Stevens 10:09.5
1855 Wanderer John Hanlon 10:25
1854 Bourton John Tasker 09:59
1853 Peter Simple Tom Olliver 10:37.5
1852 Miss Mowbray Alec Goodman 9:58.5
1851 Abd-El-Kader T. Abbott 09:59
1850 Abd-El-Kader Chris Green 9:57.5
1849 Peter Simple Tom Cunningham 10:56
1848 Chandler Captain Josey Little 11:21
1847 Mathew Denny Wynne 10:39
1846 Pioneer William Taylor 10:46
1845 Cure-All William Loft 10:47
1844 Discount John Crickmere Under 14:00
1843 Vanguard Tom Olliver Not recorded
1842 Gaylad Tom Olliver 13:30
1841 Charity A. Powell 13:25
1840 Jerry Bartholomew Bretherton 12:30
1839 Lottery Jem Mason 14:53

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Betting tips and advice for the Grand National 2018

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Get all the Grand National tips for 2018!

The 2018 Grand National is nearly upon us. It is one of the most prominent sporting events of the entire year. And arguably, it’s the biggest and most famous horse race of the year.

This year’s race takes place at Aintree Racecourse at 5:15 pm on April 14th.

Around 600 million viewers worldwide will tune in to watch this year’s renewal. That’s more than the Super Bowl and the UEFA Champions League final combined.

And a significant number of that 600m will also have a bet, too. It’s the event more than any other that will draw in the casual punter for their annual flutter.

But how do bettors place a bet on Grand National? Well, there are a number of different combinations. Seasoned horse racing experts like to go on things like course, distance, and form. The more amateur punter might back a horse on its silks or its name.

Favourites don’t tend to win this race, however. So you might need some help. Here’s a guide to Grand National Tips that will aid your bets.

Don’t forget the form

When it comes to the Grand National and trying to pick a winner, there are many boxes a bet must tick. Seasoned horse racing punters will check on everything from ground conditions to the jockey’s form.

Horses are foremost in many racing observers’ minds, however. It’s a long jumps season and many of the favourites have raced in a lot of renewals up until now.

Some will have been rested specifically for this huge race. This year’s Grand National favourite, for example, Blaklion, didn’t run at Cheltenham so he’d be nice and fresh for Aintree.

It’s important to look at the form of the various trainers and stables involved. Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins had exceptional Cheltenham Festivals and could be big players here.

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Keep an eye on the Grand National trends

Analysing the trends of past winners can, a lot of the time, give the punter an edge over the bookies. It gives bettors a pattern of the most important statistics that make up a Grand National winner.

Here are just a few ahead of the 2018 Grand National:

  • 23 of the last 27 winners were aged 9-years-old or older
  • 5 of the last 12 winners came from Irish-based stables
  • 5 of the last 27 runnings have been won by the favourite
  • 15 of the last 27 (56%) market leaders were placed
  • 8 of the last 15 winners came from the top eight in the betting
  • 26 of the last 27 winners ran no more than 55 days ago, while 21 of the last 27 raced no more than 34 days ago

It used to be thought that weight was a crucial factor, with very few winning horses weighted at 11st or more, but in recent years this trend has turned.6 of the last 11 winners have been weighted at 11st or more, with the change being attributed to the race attracting a better standard of horse.

Applying these statistics to a bet won’t give you any guarantees, but it will give you a good chance of ensuring your bet is sound and your horse has a good chance. Get to grips with these numbers, and you can enjoy picking the horse that you think will emerge victoriously.

2018 Grand National favourites

So, bearing in mind the form, and analysing the trends, who are the favourites for the 2018 Grand National?

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ Blaklion and Willie Mullins’ Total Recall currently head the betting jointly at 10/1.Blaklion went off as favourite here last year, but finished a disappointing fourth. Davies’ nine-year-old charge was also beaten by Yala Enki at the Grand National Trial at Haydock back in February.

Total Recall originally opened at 16/1 but has shortened significantly since. Mullins’ star has won the Munster National, the Ladbrokes Trophy, and the William Fry Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown.

Elsewhere, Anibale Fly, Cause Of Causes, Minella Rocco, The Last Samuri, and Cheltenham winner, Tiger Roll, are all at 16/1.

Another Cheltenham winner, Rathvinden, is currently at 25/1. Willie Mullins’ charge ran a brilliant race at Prestbury Park to win the National Hunt Challenge Cup.

Types of bets available

Each-way bet

An each-way bet is a bet that consists of two separate bets. You bet both on the win, and on a place. For the win part of the bet to return you money, the selection must obviously finish first.

For the place bet, your pick must either win or finish in one of the leading places of the race.

Betting on Grand National Favourite

By betting on the favourite, you are placing money on the horse that the bookies think is most likely to win the race.

The odds of this horse are shorter than any other. Depending on how open a race is, or how strong a horse is fancied, a favourite’s odds could be quite short.

What does a handicap mean?

A handicap race in horse racing is a race in which horses carry different weights.

Essentially, the best-rated horse in the race will be given the most weight to carry in the race, allocated by the handicapper.

This essentially evens up the race and allows the perceived less-inferior races a chance of winning the race. In the absence of weights, the best horses would almost certainly win most races at a canter.

 How does the Aintree course going affect the result?

Course conditions are vitally important to race meetings. Certain horses will favour certain conditions over others.

For example, a horse might hugely enjoy soft conditions. Therefore rain, or even heavy rain, before the race, will favour his chances of running a better race.

On the flipside, a horse might prefer good running ground. And if rain and soft ground is forecast, he or she could be pulled from the race.

Course conditions include: good, good to soft, soft, and heavy.

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Grand National Runners List 2018

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There’s no other race in the calendar quite like the Grand National.

The renewal, run over 4m2f at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, is one of Britain’s sporting crown jewels and as such carries a £1m first prize for the winner. Up to 40 runners will line-up for the 2018 edition at 5:15pm on Saturday 14th April hoping to emulate the achievements of last year’s winner One For Arthur.

Over 70 horses are currently pencilled in to tackle Europe’s most prestigious steeplechase. But factors such as ground, weight and trainer decisions will whittle the field down before final declarations are made at 10am on Thursday 12th April.

Then the build-up can really begin for the race that will be live on ITV two days later. Let’s go through the Grand National runners and riders for 2018…

Total Recall

Willie Mullins has not trained a National winner since Hedgehunter in 2005.

However, hopes are high for Ladbrokes Trophy and Munster National victor Total Recall. The Irish-bred raider fell when in a good position in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last time out. But the rest of his form looks good.

Though questions to remain over whether the current ante-post favourite can handle the step-up to 4m2f for the first time. You can bet on Total Recall by clicking here.


Trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, Blaklion certainly has the quality to win this race.The nine-year-old finished fourth in the 2017 Grand National and landed the Becher Handicap Chase last December.

He’s a horse who has shown time and time again that he has the stamina to stay the trip. Another National tilt looks to be on. Bet on Blaklion here.

Anibale Fly

A third-place finish in the 2018 Gold Cup was an encouraging result for A J Martin’s 33/1 shot. So the pair should take great encouragement ahead of the Aintree showpiece. He enjoys the soft ground and usually carries a heavy weight, so 11-07 from the handicapper won’t bother the French-bred raider.

Keep an eye out, though, he’s also entered into the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on 2nd April. Bet on Anibale Fly here.

Tiger Roll

Tiger Roll was one of eight winners for Gordon Elliott at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.

He’ll send the Cross Country Chase victor to Aintree as he hopes to continue his stunning 2018 success.

The son of Authorized will want a bit of rain ahead of the Merseyside renewal, although his chances are boosted by a prior win over the 4m distance.

Cause of Causes

Last year’s runner-up and a three-time Cheltenham Festival winner.

He’s already proved that he has the staying power for this distance and a handy weight of 11-1 won’t hurt his chances.

Minella Rocco

Second to Sizing John in the 2017 Gold Cup and has been aimed at this race for a while.

Jonjo O’Neill’s star underwent wind surgery in February and has previously shown the required stamina on soft and heavy ground.

He won over 4m as a six-year-old. He should be capable of more two years on, albeit under a 11-10 weight.

The Last Samuri

Kim Bailey’s star has come up short twice before in the Grand National. He finished 2nd in 2016 and 16th in 2017.

It’s third-time lucky for the 10-year-old who has finished second in the Becher Chase and third in the Cross Country at Cheltenham this season.


An interesting contender and another for the Mullins camp. Has done well over in Ireland and has been gradually stepped up in trip, too.

The son of King’s Theatre can handle any ground and is lightly raced this season having only returned to action at Fairyhouse in February. He’ll carry a comparatively low-weight of 10-10.

Gold Present

In good form prior to pulling up in the Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in March. He’s won gamely at Ascot and Newbury this season having been stepped up in trip each time.

Nicky Henderson’s charge does his best work on the sounder surfaces and will be hoping the rain doesn’t come ahead of the National.

Vieux Lion Rouge

The Old Red Lion will take a third tilt at the National in 2018 after finishing 7th in 2016 and 6th in 2017.

He’s finished out of the places in the Charlie Hall, Becher Chase and Swinley Chase already this season.

But with the experience he has, it’s impossible to rule out David Pipe’s nine-year-old.

Recent Records and Trends

  • One For Arthur won the National for Scotland in 2017 for the first time since 1971.
  • Nine-year-olds and 11-year-olds have enjoyed the most success in the last decade, winning three apiece.
  • Horses carrying under 11st have won four of the last five renewals.
  • Nine of the last 10 Grand National winners have come at an SP of 10/1 or above.

The below table shows a complete list of 73 Grand national runners for 2018, plus additional information like weight, age, trainer and owners:

 Horse  Age   Wgt    Trainer   Owner
TOTAL RECALL 9 11-04 Willie Mullins IRE Slaneyville Syndicate
BLAKLION 9 11-09 Nigel Twiston-Davies Simon Such & Gino Paletta
MINELLA ROCCO 8 11-10 Jonjo O’Neill J P McManus
ANIBALE FLY 8 11-07 Tony Martin IRE J P McManus
THE LAST SAMURI 10 11-07 Kim Bailey Paul & Clare Rooney
VALSEUR LIDO 9 11-06 Henry de Bromhead IRE Gigginstown House Stud
ALPHA DES OBEAUX 8 11-03 Mouse Morris IRE Gigginstown House Stud
GOLD PRESENT 8 11-03 Nicky Henderson John & Barbara Cotton
PERFECT CANDIDATE 11 11-02 Fergal O’Brien ISL Recruitment
CAUSE OF CAUSES 10 11-01 Gordon Elliott IRE J P McManus
SHANTOU FLYER 8 11-01 Richard Hobson Carl Hinchy
TENOR NIVERNAIS 11 11-00 Venetia Williams Boultbee Brooks Ltd
CARLINGFORD LOUGH 12 11-00 John Kiely IRE J P McManus
VICENTE 9 10-13 Paul Nicholls Trevor Hemmings
GO CONQUER 9 10-13 Jonjo O’Neill Paul & Clare Rooney
TIGER ROLL 8 10-12 Gordon Elliott IRE Gigginstown House Stud
REGAL ENCORE 10 10-12 Anthony Honeyball J P McManus
VIEUX LION ROUGE 9 10-12 David Pipe Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent
RATHVINDEN 10 10-12 Willie Mullins IRE Ronnie Bartlett
ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS 8 10-12 Willie Mullins IRE Slaneyville Syndicate
A GENIE IN ABOTTLE 7 10-11 Noel Meade IRE Gigginstown House Stud
CHASE THE SPUD 10 10-11 Fergal O’Brien Christine Banks
WARRIORS TALE 9 10-11 Paul Nicholls Trevor Hemmings
SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT 10 10-11 Sandy Thomson Quona Thomson
AS DE MEE 8 10-11 Paul Nicholls The Stewart Family & Judi Dench
GAS LINE BOY 12 10-10 Ian Williams The Three Graces
THE DUTCHMAN 8 10-10 Colin Tizzard SprayClad UK
PLEASANT COMPANY 10 10-10 Willie Mullins IRE Malcolm Denmark
BELLSHILL 8 10-10 Willie Mullins IRE Andrea & Graham Wylie
UCELLO CONTI 10 10-09 Gordon Elliott IRE Simon Munir/Isaac Souede
SAINT ARE 12 10-09 Tom George David Fox
BEEVES 11 10-09 Jennie Candlish Paul & Clare Rooney
RAZ DE MAREE 13 10-08 Gavin Cromwell IRE James Swan
I JUST KNOW 8 10-07 Sue Smith Michael Scholey & the late Ray Scholey
VIRGILIO 9 10-07 Dan Skelton C Edwards, D Futter, A Rushworth
BAIE DES ILES 7 10-07 Ross O’Sullivan IRE Zorka Wentworth
MAGGIO 13 10-07 Patrick Griffin IRE Douglas Pryde/James Beaumont
PENDRA 10 10-07 Charlie Longsdon J P McManus
BUYWISE 11 10-07 Evan Williams T Hywel Jones
CHILDRENS LIST 8 10-07 Willie Mullins IRE Susannah Ricci
HOUBLON DES OBEAUX 11 10-06 Venetia Williams Mrs Julian Blackwell
LORD WINDERMERE 12 10-06 Jim Culloty IRE Dr Ronan Lambe
CAPTAIN REDBEARD 9 10-06 Stuart Coltherd Stuart Coltherd
BLESS THE WINGS 13 10-05 Gordon Elliott IRE Adrian Butler/S P O’Connor
MILANSBAR 11 10-05 Neil King Robert Bothway
FINAL NUDGE 9 10-05 David Dennis Corbett Stud
DOUBLE ROSS 12 10-05 Nigel Twiston-Davies Options O Syndicate
ROAD TO RICHES 11 10-04 Noel Meade IRE Gigginstown House Stud
DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR 8 10-04 Sue Smith McGoldrick Racing 3
THUNDER AND ROSES 10 10-04 Mouse Morris IRE Gigginstown House Stud
WALK IN THE MILL 8 10-03 Robert Walford Baroness Harding
VINTAGE CLOUDS 8 10-03 Sue Smith Trevor Hemmings
WOUNDED WARRIOR 9 10-01 Noel Meade IRE Gigginstown House Stud
GENERAL PRINCIPLE 9 10-01 Gordon Elliott IRE Gigginstown House Stud
VIC DE TOUZAINE 9 10-01 Venetia Williams Andrew Brooks & G Moore
SPLASH OF GINGE 10 10-00 Nigel Twiston-Davies John Neild
BONNY KATE 8 10-00 Noel Meade IRE Patricia Hunt
COGRY 9 10-00 Nigel Twiston-Davies Graham and Alison Jelley
SIR MANGAN 10 10-00 Dan Skelton Frank McAleavy
MYSTEREE 10 10-00 Michael Scudamore Lynne Maclennan
MINELLA DADDY 8 9-13 Peter Bowen Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar
BRAQUEUR D’OR 7 9-13 Paul Nicholls Corsellis & Seyfried
RELENTLESS DREAMER 9 9013 Rebecca Curtis Nigel Morris
KNOCK HOUSE 9 9012 Donald McCain Tim Leslie
THE YOUNG MASTER 9 9011 Neil Mulholland Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters
HENRI PARRY MORGAN 10 09-09 Peter Bowen Ednyfed & Elizabeth Morgan
PHIL’S MAGIC 8 09-09 Tony Martin IRE Lyreen Syndicate
ALFIE SPINNER 13 09-09 Kerry Lee Alan Beard & Brian Beard
DANCING SHADOW 9 09-08 Victor Dartnall The Dancing Shadows
ROGUE ANGEL 10 09-08 Mouse Morris IRE Gigginstown House Stud
OUT SAM 9 09-06 Gordon Elliott IRE D Charlesworth
KRACKATOA KING 10 09-03 Kerry Lee J Harrison Lee & T Howard P’ship
GOODTOKNOW 10 09-02 Kerry Lee Burling Lee MacEchern Nolan Potter


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A history of female jockeys in the Grand National

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Horse racing is one of a still very limited number of sports where men and women are able to compete against each other on a level playing field.

Since the Sex Discrimination Act was passed in 1975, the sporting world has made few moves to bring women and men together to compete alongside each other in the same disciplines.

Horse racing bucks the trend somewhat. As far back as 1977, jockey Charlotte Brew made history as the first ever female rider to compete in the Grand National. Almost 40 years later we are still awaiting a first female winner of the Aintree showpiece. But with more female jockeys on the scene than ever before, a first victory is surely not far away.

Bryony Frost is one of those who will be gunning for success in the 2018 renewal. The daughter of the Grand National winner Jimmy Frost, Bryony has enjoyed a breakthrough season as a professional. She rode a first Grade 1 winner aboard Black Corton in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase in December and could take a ride at Aintree for Paul Nicholls.

Lizzie Kelly may also pick up a ride. The Briton has tasted Grade 1 success with Tea For Two and also rode Coo Star Sivola to success in the 2018 Cheltenham Festival. Bridget Andrews and Harriet Tucker also tasted victory at the 2018 Festival and could now pick up rides at the Grand National.

Here we take a look at the female jockeys that have plied their trade in the Grand National from 1977 to the present day.

Charlotte Brew:

Brew entered the race aboard 200/1 shot Barony Fort in 1977. The pair made it as far as the fourth last fence before a refusal took the duo out of the race. Red Rum would go on to win the contest for legendary trainer Ginger McCain. Brew had another go in 1982 on Martin stown, but was unseated once again

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Geraldine Rees:

1982 proved a landmark year as Geraldine Rees became the first female jockey to complete the Grand National course. Rees rode Cheers to an eighth place finish at Aintree before returning the following year on 500/1 shot Midday Welcome. The pair lived up to their lengthy odds by failing to make it past the first fence.  

Geraldine-Rees female jockey

Venetia Williams, Penny Ffitch Heyes and Gee Armytage:

1988 saw the highest number of female entrants to a Grand National ever, with three ladies taking up rides for the renewal. The trio, aboard Hettinger, Marcolo and Gee-A, all failed to finish the course. Armytage, in particular, can consider herself extremely unlucky having been forced to call it a day at the 26th fence after pulling a back muscle. She had won two races at the Cheltenham Festival the previous year.   1988 saw the highest number of female entrants at the Grand National ever, with three women riding. Unfortunately, not one managed to finish the race, despite previous good form.

Gee Armytage (sister of Marcus Armytage, who went on two years later to record the fastest Grand National winning time on Mr Frisk), had won two races at the Cheltenham Festival the previous year. However, injury in the form of a pulled back muscle led her to pull up at the 26th fence.

gee armytage woman jockey

Nina Carberry:

Irish jockey Nina Carberry holds the record for Grand National attempts by a female jockey. The 33-year-old has participated in the event six times, coming closest with Character Building in 2010, who finished seventh. She finished ninth on Forest Gunner in 2006, 15th on Character Building in 2011 and 16th on First Lieutenant in 2015.

She has been unseated twice aboard Organised confusion (2012) and Sir Des Champs (2016). However, Carberry did win the Irish Grand National in 2011 and has also tasted success at the Cheltenham Festival on numerous occasions. She also won at Aintree in 2015 aboard On The Fringe in the Fox Hunters’ Chase.

Nina Canberry female jockey

Katie Walsh

Sister of double-Grand National winner Ruby Walsh, Katie holds the record for the highest place finish by a female competitor in the race. In 2012 she rode Seabass and was just seven furlongs off taking home the first ever female victory, finishing in third. Walsh rode Seabass again the following year but could only manage 13th place. Other finished include 13th with Vesper Bell in 2014, UR aboard Ballycasey in 2016 and 19th with Wonderful Charm in 2017.

A female jockey has yet to win the Grand National. But with more promising young stars emerging from the world of racing, a first female win in one of the world’s most famous races is surely just around the corner.

Katie Walsh woman jockey

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The A-list owners and trainers of the Grand National

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The horses and jockeys may well be the stars of the Grand National in the eyes of the public, but behind the scenes are the owners and trainers who make the event possible.

Grand National owners include members of the Royal Family and celebrities from the world of film and sport, and throughout history certain trainers have also become legends in their own right.

Take a look at some of the most famous trainers and owners who have made an impact at the Grand National over the years.

Royal owners

Horse racing is a noble sport and has long been a passion of the British Royals. From James I who brought the sport under royal patronage to the current Queen, the Royal Family has almost always owned and trained horses.

Ambush II, the horse that won the National in 1900, was owned by the then Prince of Wales, who would later be crowned King Edward VII. The Queen Mother famously witnessed her entrant Devon Loch, who looked like a sure thing for victory in 1956, leap a phantom jump in the home stretch and fall. She famously shrugged the incident off with the comment “that’s racing”.

Celebrity owners

Various celebrities have owned racehorses over the years that have run in the Grand National and some have even produced winners. Comedian Freddie Starr was over the moon when his horse Miinnehoma romped home first in 1994.

Actor Gregory Peck owned Different Class, the starting favourite in 1964, while celebrity hairdresser Raymond Bessone part-owned two winners – Ayala in 1963 and Rag Trade in 1976.

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Famous horse trainers

There are to date three trainers sharing the record for most Grand National winners at four apiece – George Dockeray, Fred Rimell and Ginger McCain.

Of these, Ginger McCain is undoubtedly the most legendary for his training of Red Rum, who famously and record-breaking won the race three times between 1973 and 1977, coming a close second in the two intervening years. McCain also trained Amberleigh House, who won in 2004.

Jenny Pitman made history as the first female trainer to enter a winning horse in the Grand National with Corbiere in 1983. Pitman went on to train another National winner, Royal Athlete, who took the prize in 1995.

Vincent O’Brien was voted in the Racing Post’s 2003 worldwide poll as the Greatest Influence in Horse Racing History. He trained three horses who won the Grand National in three consecutive years from 1953-1955 – Early Mist, Royal Tan and Quare Times. He also trained Cottage Rake, who may not have won the National but who took home the Cheltenham Gold Cup for three successive years.

In recent years, bettors on the Grand National have begun watching out for those horses owned by businessman Trevor Hemmings. Hemmings has had three Grand National winners since 2005 with Hedgehunter, Ballabrigs and 2015’s winner Many Clouds.

In addition to the horses and their jockeys, the owners and trainers of Grand National runners play a huge part is securing a victory at this famous race. From Royals to hairdressers, the people behind the scenes are a huge influence in one of horse racing’s most thrilling events.

The most infamous Grand National’s Fences

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The four mile, three-and-a-half-furlong Grand National race is often billed as the ultimate test of horse and rider due to the difficulty of the course.

There are sixteen fences in total, fourteen of which get jumped twice, with the Chair and the Water Jump being missed on the second circuit as the horses veer off to the home straight.

Many of the fences are almost as infamous in their own right as the race itself and each has its own history. Here, we will take a look at some of the most iconic ones that make this race so intense and dramatic.

The Chair (Fence 15)

The Chair is the tallest fence at Aintree, standing at 5’3”, although the tricky part is that the take-off side is 6 inches lower than the landing side, resulting in feeling like the ground is heading up to meet the horses.

Since the first ever Grand National in 1839 there have been three equine fatalities here. This fence is most infamous, however, for causing the only human casualty in the long history of the Grand National. In 1862 jockey Joseph Wynne was badly injured after falling at The Chair, dying just hours later.

Valentine’s Brook (Fence 9 and 25)

Valentine’s Brook was so named after an incident in the 1840 Grand National, where the runner Valentine is reputed to have managed to jump what was then called the Second Brook hind legs first.

With no video cameras it is impossible to prove this, but nevertheless the fence has been named for that horse ever since.

Canal Turn (Fence 8 and 24)

The Canal Turn is one of the trickiest fences on the course at Aintree due to the fact that horses and riders must make a 90 degree turn almost immediately upon landing.

There have been seven fatal falls at Canal Turn over the years and the fence is renowned as a game-changer, with many instances in which the expected outcome of the race has been dramatically altered.

Foinavon (Fence 7 and 23)

One of the smallest fences on the course at just 4’6”, this fence was re-named Foinavon in 1984 in honour of the 100/1 outsider who won the Grand National in a shock result in 1967. A loose horse darted along the fence causing every single other horse to stop or fall: except Foinavon, that is, who was so far behind the pack he had time to readjust and jump first time, gaining a lead of thirty lengths that was enough to take him first over the finish line.

Becher’s Brook (Fence 6 and 22)

This fence is notoriously difficult due to the vast difference in height on take-off and landing: the five-foot fence actually has a drop of between six and 10 inches lower.

It was named after the first ever Grand National in 1839, when jockey Captain Martin Becher came unseated and famously sheltered right in the brook for safety. Many amendments have been made to this fence over recent years after pressure from animal rights groups, with fourteen recorded equine fatalities in total.

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Grand National Runners

The most legendary Grand National runners

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The Grand National has showcased many legendary horse and jockey teams throughout history. Victories snatched at the last second, outsiders surprising the nation – there is rarely a sure thing at the National.

When an exceptional horse meets an exceptional jockey, magic can happen.

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Red Rum and Brian Fletcher

No tale of legendary Grand National winners can forget Red Rum, the greatest Grand National winner of all time. Red Rum holds the record for the most Grand National wins of any horse, storming to victory in 1973, 1974 and 1977 and coming in second in the intervening races.

Red Rum

Ridden to victory by Brian Fletcher in 1973, Red Rum pulled off one of the most spectacular wins in race history as he came from fifteen lengths behind at the last fence to beat Crisp by three-quarters of length.

Fletcher again rode Red Rum to victory the following year, although for his historic third win Red Rum was partnered with jockey Tommy Stack after Fletcher had a disagreement with trainer Ginger McCain.

Glenside and Jack Anthony

In 1911, gelding Glenside was entered for the race and given a price of 20/1. Very few punters thought the horse had much chance of success, being blind in one eye and described as ‘broken-winded’ the previous year.

Torrential rain made for a treacherous course and caused many falls, but young jockey Jack Anthony kept Glenside up and running. Glenside came from behind and managed to win by a fairly comfortable 20 lengths.

Jack Anthony would go on to become one of the most celebrated jockeys of his day and win the National two further times, on Ally Sloper in 1915 and Troytown in 1920.

The Colonel and George Stevens

By the time he came to ride The Colonel, jockey George Stevens was already making a name for himself as one of the greatest Grand National jockeys of all time.

Stevens came to the field in 1869 with three previous wins under his belt, on Freetrader, Emblem and Emblematic in 1856, 1863 and 1864 respectively. Partnering The Colonel, George Stevens cemented his position as in Grand National history as he rode the horse to victory in two consecutive years, 1869 and 1870.

To this day Stevens remains the record holder for the most Grand National wins for any jockey ever.

Mr Frisk and Marcus Armytage

Mr Frisk may only have won the Grand National once, but his 1990 victory ridden by Marcus Armytage broke the record for the fastest win time ever.

The duo completed the race in just 8 minutes and 47.8 seconds, and were the only team to win the race in under nine minutes ever until Many Clouds just scraped in at 8 minutes and 56.8 seconds in 2015.

Mr Frisk and Armytage went on to take home the Whitbread Gold Cup just three weeks after their National win.

As one of the most prestigious events in the racing calendar, it is no wonder that the Grand National has attracted some of the most dynamic horse-and-jockey duos in the business over the years.

What is the dress code for the Grand National?

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Prestigious horse racing events are often as much about style as they are about the racing. Ladies and gentlemen alike often don their best and most glamorous outfits for a day at the races and the Grand National is no exception.

Many racecourses have a dress code, especially in the premium enclosures. The Grand National dress code is fairly open to interpretation but there are a few rules to be followed.

Dress code at the Grand National

The Grand National is held at Aintree Racecourse, which has no official dress code, although smart outfits are much preferred and most people opt for this.

Throughout the weekend of the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival there are one or two items that are vetoed, however. No-one will be permitted entry in any form of sports clothing and fancy dress is also not allowed.

The Steeplechase Enclosure

The Steeplechase Enclosure is only opened on the final day of the Grand National Festival weekend and here the rules are more relaxed. While there is still no fancy dress or sportswear allowed, spectators can wear pretty much anything they’re comfortable in.

Other enclosures

With no strict official dress code, it can be tricky to know what to wear. Typically, men will at the very least wear a jacket and tie, though many wear suits and some will even go the full works with top hat and tails.

For the ladies, most opt for a formal or semi-formal dress. Too much flesh on display is not really appropriate, although there are no hard and fast rules for this like at Royal Ascot. Hats are of course optional, but many people see race day as a chance to break out the headgear with a fancy hat or fascinator.

Many ladies choose the glamour of high heels over the comfort of flats, although later in the day those sensible among the crowd can be seen slipping off the stilettos and donning the flip-flops.

Ladies’ Day

Thursday at the Grand National Festival is Ladies’ Day, the day where style really comes to the forefront of the weekend festivities.

As well as big feature races such as the Melling Steeplechase and the Topham Steeplechase, the hunt is on for the most stylish racegoer and there are some pretty spectacular prizes.

2015 winner Toni Salters was presented with a brand new Mini Roadster courtesy of the people at Aintree and a £6,000 package of prizes from the shopping and leisure complex Liverpool One, which included a monthly booth in the luxurious Palm Sugar Lounge and a monthly gift card for £250.

Whichever day of the festival you choose to attend, think smart formal or smart casual and you won’t go too far wrong. Racing events are great opportunities to experiment with the season’s latest fashions, but the main event is the racing after all.

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Everything you need to know about Aintree Racecourse

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Aintree Racecourse is best known for hosting the annual Grand National, the most famous horse race of the year.

The history of Aintree, however, holds much more than just one race. Over the years the venue has played host to motor-racing events, golfers, amateur flyers and much more.

History of Aintree

The race track at Aintree was first established by local hotel-owner William Lynn in 1829. In 1836 Lynn added the first grandstand and the race that would later become the Grand National was first run over four miles, with Captain Martin Becher on The Duke winning.

The officially recognised first Grand National, known then as the Grand Liverpool Steeplechase, was held three years later in 1839, won by Jem Mason riding Lottery. 50,000 people attended the steeplechase, which was fondly dubbed ‘The Grand National’ by a journalist.

This name was made official in 1847 and the iconic race has been known this way ever since.

Motor racing at Aintree

Horse racing is not the only type of racing ever held at Aintree. From the 1950s until the early 80s, the venue was also used for motor racing and hosted the Formula One British Grand Prix five times.

Stirling Moss made history as the first British person to win the Grand Prix at Aintree in 1955.

Getting there

Aintree is easily accessible by car or public transport. Located on the A59, drivers can take the M57 or M58 from where the racecourse is clearly signposted.

There is parking on-site for 1,800 vehicles, which needs to be booked and paid for in advance for the Grand National Festival. It is also served by several bus routes from central Liverpool, and by Aintree railway station linked to Liverpool Central Station.

Events at Aintree

As well as the annual Crabbie’s Grand National Festival, Aintree hosts a number of other prestigious horse racing events throughout the season, including some evening racing in summer and the Old Roan Chase Day in October.

Outside of horse racing, Aintree can be booked as a venue for all manner of events, from weddings and Christmas parties to business conferences, all with the option to be fully catered.

For thrill-seekers, Aintree also hosts Adventure 001 flying experiences, including helicopter lessons, helicopter rides and aeroplane flying lessons on certain dates throughout the year.

There is a nine-hole golf course and thirty-bay driving range situated at Aintree, which is closed on race days but open to the public at other times with no membership fee. The Aintree Equestrian Centre offers a number of free events throughout the season including dressage and show jumping.

Book tickets

The Aintree website provides links for ticket purchase and venue booking. Tickets for the Grand National Festival are available through Viagogo and go on sale in August each year.

The home of the Grand National, Aintree Racecourse is one of the most famous racing venues in the country, with a rich and interesting history that proves there is more to Aintree than just the race.

10 historic moments from the Grand National

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The Grand National is one of Britain’s most prestigious events. It takes pride of place alongside Wimbledon, the Ashes and the FA Cup final as one of the country’s sporting crown jewels.

Over 500m people from around the globe will tune into this year’s renewal and try to pick a winner from the 40-strong field of runners. It’s come a long way since the race was first won by Lottery in 1839.

Famous names including Red Rum, Amberleigh House, Papillon and Hedgehunter have claimed first place since. Red Rum won the race three times and remains the leading horse in National history. He was trained by Ginger McCain, who shares the leading trainer title with Fred Rimell and George Dockeray.

George Stevens is the leading jockey with five wins in 1856, 1863, 1864, 1869 and 1870. Meanwhile, James Octavious Marshall, Noel Le Mare and Trevor Hemmings have each won the race three times as an owner.

With £1m prize money now up for grabs for the 2018 race, the Aintree showpiece appears to be more popular than ever.

Ahead of this year’s highly-anticipated running, we’ve picked out 10 memorable moments from Grand Nationals of the past…

Historic Grand National moments

1.Foinavon is perhaps the most infamous winner in Grand National history. The 100/1 shot took his chance in 1967 after the rest of the field fell, were hampered or refused at the 23rd

2.The Grand National had eluded AP McCoy 15 times prior to his win on Don’t Push It in 2010. He landed the prize by 5l and went on to become the first jockey to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year as a result.

3.Red Rum remains one of the most famous race horses of all time. Ginger McCain’s star won the renewal in 1973, 1974 and 1977. He’s credited with reviving the fortunes of the race.

4.Known as the race that never was, the 1993 renewal was declared void after 30 of the 39 runners completed the course after a false start. Esha Ness completed the circuit in what was then the second-fastest time in history. But it didn’t count, and the bookies were forced to refund over £75m in voided bets.

5.Favourites rarely win the Grand National. But it’s still unusual for 100/1 shots to prevail around the 4m 3f course. Five have managed it at the three-figure price, with Mon Mome the last for debut jockey Liam Treadwell in 2009. He remains the only 100/1 winner in the last 50 years.

6.33/1 shot Neptunes Collognes became the first grey to win the race for 51 winners in 2012. Paul Nicholls’ charge edged home Sunnyhillboy by a nose to record the shortest winning distance in National history.

7.Devon Loch, owned by the Queen Mother, leapt a phantom fence close to home when five lengths clear in the 1956 Grand National. He landed on his stomach after the fall and failed to complete the circuit.

8.Aldaniti’s win in 1981 didn’t leave a dry eye in the house. Jockey Bob Champion had recovered from cancer to ride the winner, while the horse itself had returned from a career threatening injury. Their story was later turned into the film Champions, starring John Hurt.

9.Ginger McCain became the joint-leading trainer in National history when Amberleigh House prevailed in 2004. It came 37 years after his previous victory with Red Rum.

10.In 1997, the Grand National was held on a Monday after an IRA bomb scare evacuated the racecourse on the Saturday. Tony Dobbin rode 14/1 shot Lord Gyllene to success in the race’s only ever Monday running.

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