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.
- 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!