The Grand National is one of the world’s most iconic National Hunt horse races held at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. The handicap steeple chase, first run back in 1839, is over 4 miles and 514 yards with 30 fences for the jockey’s and horses to negotiate, Becher’s Brook, The Chair and the Canal Turn being the most famous. For fans this is a race that stops the nation, and for the riders this is the ultimate test.
In celebration of the historic event, RaceBets decided to test the knowledge of ambassadors Sam Twiston-Davies and Luke Harvey on the Grand National. Watch who came out on top and check out some interesting Grand National facts we have dug-out on the history of the race.
Watch exclusive interview with Sam Twiston-Davies and Blaklion here
Grand National Historical Facts And Stats
- The first race was run back in 1839 and was won by the 5/1 favourite Lottery
- In the same race, the winner Lottery, finished the course in 14:53, which is the slowest recorded time.
- The most starters in the Grand National came in the 1929 race which saw 66 begin under starters orders.
- Frisk stormed to victory in the 1990 edition in a time of 8:47, the fastest ever recorded.
- The most number of horses ever to finish the race was back in 1984 when 23 made it over the line
- In 1928 only 2 horses completed the race, 100/1 outsider Tipperary Tim crossing the line first.
- The tallest fence in the race is 5ft 2ins and is known as The Chair
- Aintree has also hosted the European Grand Prix and five British Grand Prix’s. Sir Stirling Moss in fact won his first F1 race there back in 1955.
- Red Rum is the most successful horse in the history of the race with three wins, 1973, 1974 and 1977.
- Abd-El-Kader was the first horse to win back-to-back races, in 1850 and 1851. The Colonel, (1869 & 1870), Reynoldstown (1935 & 1936) and Red Rum (1973 & 1974) have also retained the crown.
- Golden Miller (1934) is the only horse to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National in the same year.
- Manifesto (8) has run in more Nationals than any other horse. Between 1895 and 1905 he registered 2 wins, 3 third places and 1 DNF.
- The French have registered five Grand National winners, Alcibiade (1865), Reugny (1874), Lutteur III (1909), Mon Mome (2009) and Neptune Collonges (2012).
- Only thirteen mares have won the Grand National, the most recent being Nickel Coin back in 1951.
- George Stevens is the most successful jockey, winning the race on no less than 5 occasions.
- At the tender age of 17, Bruce Hobbs on Battleship, remains the youngest jockey to have won the race.
- Katie Walsh is the most successful female jockey when she achieved a third place finish on Seabass in 2012.
- Jenny Pitman, Venetia Williams and Sue Smith are the only women to have trained a Grand National winner.