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GRAND NATIONAL HISTORY AND TRIVIA

For the British the ‘National’ needs no introducing. But for non Brits the The Grand National perhaps needs a little explaining. The ‘National’ is an annual horse race held at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England and is the most valued horse race in Europe and currently has a prize of £1 million.

The race started in 1839, has been up and running for over 170 years. The winner of the first race was called Lottery came in at 5-1, the race included one jump and a stone wall!

Here are some of the things you may not know about the Grand National.

  • As mentioned the first Grand National was in 1839.
  • The Red Rum horse has the most wins having won three times in 1973, 1974 and 1977

  • Manifesto has the most appearance in the game having appeared eight times,
  • Aubrey Hastings has the most win by a trainer after winning four times 
  • Captain James Machell has the most wins by an owner after winning three times with Disturbance 1873, Reugny 1874 and Regal 1876 – obviously a long time ago!
  • The only entries to have won the race in 1906 and 1938 is Ascetic’s Silver
  • The first woman to train a Grand National Winner is Jenny Pitman
  • The second woman to also train a Grand National Winner is Venetia Williams with Mon Mome
  • 17 years old Bruce Hobbs and 48 years old Dick Saunders are the youngest and oldest jockey to have won the Grand National.
  • The only Scottish horse to have won the race is Rubstic
  • The only Grand National Winners to have also won the Cheltenham Gold Cup is Legendary Golden Miller and L’ Escargot.
  • Billy Watkinson is the first Australian Jockey to win the race while the Lamb was the first grey horse to win the Grand Nationals in 1868 and 1871.
  • The first two horses to finish the race in 1928 are Tippery Tim and 100-1 outsider.
  • Sergeant Murphy was the first US horse to win the race in 1923
  • Queen Elizabeth had her first runner race in Monaveen in 1950
  • Since the great Red Rum race in 1973 and 1974, no horse has won Grand Nationals consecutively.
  • The most successful jockey is Brian Fletcher.
  • It is one of the most gambled on races in the world. But if you are looking for a cheeky free bet then check out bonusexpert.co.uk/free-bets/
  • One of the Jockeys to have recorded victory twice is Fred Winter having won in 1952 and 1962
  • In 2017, the race which was sponsored by Randox Health was won by One for Arthur ridden by Jockey Derek.
  • The next race will be held in April 2018.

So many facts and figures – we may even write a special quiz about it!

 

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Dirty Dancing

DIRTY DANCING TRIVIA

It has been nearly 28 years since Johnny Castle affirmed that “Nobody puts baby in a corner” in the 80’s classic Dirty Dancing. Dirty Dancing is a romantic drama dance film about an innocent upper-class girl “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) who goes along with her parents on a summer retreat. There, she becomes interested in Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), the resorts dance instructor. Baby abandons her sophisticated dance and entertainment arena of her friends and family and goes on a dancing adventure with Johnny, engaging in a new type of dance which is all about thrills and sensuality.

Baby then grows obsessed with this style of dancing, and as she regularly works with Johnny, she faces some challenges which include her parent’s disapproval, rules restricting fraternization between staff and guests and challenges in the wait staffs personal lives.

Dirty Dancing is a fantastic movie with an interesting plot, there are even Dirty Dancing Casino Slots, and almost 30 years later, there’s still a lot that leaves fans puzzled. Here are some facts about this iconic movie which has grossed over $215 million worldwide.

  1. PATRICK SWAYZE CONVINCED JENNIFER GREY TO STAR IN DIRTY DANCING

In the movie Red Dawn, Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey didn’t get along so well so Jennifer almost passed on the role of Baby until she was convinced by Swayze that it would be a mistake. I fact, in the scene where Johnny seems angry with Baby while rehearsing their choreographed dance wasn’t staged as he was frustrated that she kept laughing. It’s wonderful that the producers decided to keep that scene eventually.

  1. THE MOVIE WAS INSPIRED BY THE LIFE OF SCREEN WRITER ELEANOR BERGSTEIN’S LIFE

Like Baby, Bergstein grew up in Brooklyn, her father was a doctor, she visited the Catskills in the 1960’s, she was called “Baby”, and she learnt to dance at house parties. However, in an interview with The Age in 2005, Bergstein admitted that there’s also a great deal of Johnny in her- she knows to dance dirty too.

  1. THE LIFT AS AT THE VERY END OF THE MOVIE WAS A ONE-TIME TAKE

Grey was so scared of making the famous lift move that she refused to practice beforehand. Luckily for her, they got it right first time, and since then she hasn’t done the move again.

  1. THERE IS A SLOT GAME ON DIRTY DANCING, AND TILL TODAY MOUNTAIN LAKE LODGE REGULARLY HOSTS DIRTY DANCING WEEKENDS

Dirty dancing is extremely popular in popular culture, and there have been a few spin-offs, and Dirty Dancing themed events and franchises.

Funny as it seems, there is a casino slots gamebased off the Dirty Dancing movie. Also, The Pembroke, Virginia resort where a majority of the Kellerman’s scenes were filmed consistently hosts Dirt-dancing themed weekends yearly.

  1. SWAYZE TRIED TO REMOVE THE MOST FAMOUS LINE FROM THE MOVIE

Yeah, ‘Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” Swayze said he initially hated it, but once he saw the completed movie, he admitted it worked.