The Grand National is watched by over 500 million people worldwide, and it attracts many to have a little flutter! Draped in history with 1839 being the accepted date for its commencement, we take a look at our top five favourite moments in Grand National history…
5. In 1928 jockey William Dutton won the Grand National with Tipperary Tim, this race went down in the record books for having the fewest number of finishers – with only 2 out of 42 starters crossing the finish line! Coincidentally before the race had begun Dutton’s friend told him “Billy boy, you’ll only win if all the others fall down!” It must have been fate!
4. 1977 saw Red Rum become the first horse to win 3 Grand Nationals having previously won in 1973 and 1974. In 1977 he also broke the record for the fastest completion time of 9 minutes 1.9 seconds, which he held for 16 years.
3. In 1983 Jenny Pitman became the first female trainer to win the Grand National with Corbiere. She went on to win again in 1995 with Royal Athlete.
2. 2009 was the year for Mon Mome – the highest-priced Grand National winner since Foinavon in 1967, at 100/1! Maybe a top tip for this weekend’s race, never underestimate the underdog!
1. The 2012 Grand National had its’ closest finish in history, with Neptune Collognes beating Sunyhillboy to the finish line literally by his nose!
The Grand National is always full of surprises. So what memories will the 2016 Grand National create? We can’t wait to find out! Share your favourite Grand National moments with us below.
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