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Records and Trivia – Grand National Facts

The most wins in the Grand National by a horse is 3 by the legendary Red Rum in 1973, 1974 and 1977.
The most appearances in the Grand National by a horse is 8 by Manifesto in 1895 (4th), 1896 (Fell), 1897 (Won), 1899 (Won), 1900 (3rd), 1902 (3rd), 1903 (3rd) and 1904 (9th).
The most wins in the Grand National by a jockey is 5 by George Stevens with Freetrader 1856, Emblem 1863, Emblematic 1864 and The Colonel 1869/1870. Ironically, he was tragically killed following a freak riding accident a short distance from his country home.
The most wins in the Grand National by a trainer is 4 by Hon. Aubrey Hastings with Ascetics Silver 1906, Ally Sloper 1915, Ballymacad 1917 (Race run at Gatwick) and Master Robert 1924, 4 by Fred Rimell with E.S.B. 1956, Nicolaus Silver 1961, Gay Trip 1970 and Rag Trade 1976 and 4 by Donald (Ginger) McCain snr with Red Rum 1973, 1974 and 1977 and Amberleigh House 2004.
The most wins in the Grand National by an owner is 3 by Capt James Machell with Disturbance 1873, Reugny 1874 and Regal 1876, 3 by Sir Charles Assheton-Smith (Formerly Mr Charles H Duff) with Cloister 1893, Jerry M 1912 and Covertcoat 1913 and 3 by Mr Noel le Mare with Red Rum 1973, 1974 and 1977.
Charity 1841, Miss Mowbray 1852, Anatis 1860, Jealousy 1861, Emblem 1863, Emblematic 1864, Casse Tette 1872, Empress 1880, Zoedone 1883, Frigate 1889, Shannon Lass 1902, Sheila’s Cottage 1948 and Nickel Coin 1951 are the only Mares to have won the Grand National.
The Lamb 1868 and 1871, Nicolaus Silver 1961 and Neptune Collonges 2012 are the only Greys to have won the Grand National.
Discount 1844, Wanderer 1855, Half Caste 1859, The Huntsman 1862, Alcibiade 1865, The Colonel 1869 and 1870, Disturbance 1873, Austerlitz 1877, Grudon 1901, Ascetic’s Silver 1906 and Battleship 1938 are the only Entires to have won the Grand National.
The legendary Lottery, winner of the 1839 Grand National, ended his days pulling a dust cart around the streets of Neasden.
Algy Anthony, Fulke Walwyn, Fred Winter and Tommy Carberry are the only men to have won the Grand National as both a jockey and a trainer.
Jenny Pitman became the first woman to train a Grand National winner when successful with Corbiere (Ben de Haan) in 1983. She also won with Royal Athlete (Jason Titley) in 1995. The only other women to accomplish the feat are Venetia Williams with Mon Mome (Liam Treadwell) in 2009 and Sue Smith with Auroras Encore (Ryan Mania) in 2013.
The youngest and oldest jockeys to have won the Grand National are 17-year-old Bruce Hobbs on Battleship 1938 and 48-year-old Mr Dick Saunders on Grittar 1982.
When 1843 Grand National hero Vanguard died, his former jockey Tom Oliver had a sofa made from his skin.
Jay Trump and Ben Nevis are the only Grand National winners to have also won the Maryland Hunt Cup, America’s most prestigious jump race.
Rubstic, winner of the Grand National in 1979, is the only Scottish-trained horse to have won the race.
Kirkland, winner of the Grand National in 1905, is the only Welsh-trained horse to have won the race.
Earth Summit, winner at Aintree in 1998, is the only horse in turf history to have won the English, Scottish and Welsh Grand Nationals.
The biggest weight carried by a Grand National winner is 12st 7lbs by Cloister 1893, Manifesto 1899, Jerry M 1912 and Poethlyn 1919.
Foinavon, shock 100/1 Grand National winner in 1967, returned a massive 444/1 on the Tote.
Jerry M 1912 and Troytown 1920 are the only Grand National winners to have also won the Grand Steeplechase de Paris, France’s most prestigious jump race.
Wyndburgh (1957, 1959 and 1962) is the only horse to finish 2nd three times in the Grand National without ever winning the race.
Sevent Four (1839 and 1842), The Knight Of Gwynne (1849 and 1850), Weathercock (1857 and 1858), Arbury (1863 and 1864), Hall Court (1865 and 1869), Congress (1876 and 1877), Cathal (1895 and 1898), Old Tay Bridge (1925 and 1926), MacMoffat (1939 and 1940), Tudor Line (1954 and 1955), Freddie (1965 and 1966), Durham Edition (1988 and 1990), Greasepaint (1983 and 1984) and Suny Bay (1997 and 1998) are the only horses to twice finish 2nd in the Grand National without ever winning the race.
Georges Parfrement, the only French jockey to have won the Grand National when successful in 1909 on Lutteur III, was tragically killed in a fall at Enghien in 1923.
100/1 shot Fujino-O, who refused at The Chair in 1966, is the only Japanese-trained horse to have ran in the Grand National.
The legendary Golden Miller and L’Escargot are the only Grand National winners to have also won the Cheltenham Gold Cup, with the former being the only horse to do so in the same year.
The record number of finishers in the Grand National is 23 from 40 starters in 1984.
The biggest and smallest fields in the Grand National is 66 runners in 1929 and 4 runners in 1837.
The shortest and longest priced winners of the Grand National are Sir William 1838 at 2/1 and Tipperary Tim 1928, Gregalach 1929, Caughoo 1947, Foinavon 1967 and Mon Mome 2009 all at 100/1.
The record time for the Grand National is 8m 47.8s set by Mr Frisk (Mr Marcus Armytage) in 1990.
Billy Watkinson, the first Australian jockey to win the Grand National when successful on Jack Horner in 1926, was tragically killed in a race at Bogside only 3 weeks after his Aintree triumph.
The oldest and youngest horses to win the Grand National are the 15-year-old Peter Simple 1853 and the 5-year-olds Alcibiade 1865, Regal 1876, Austerlitz 1877, Empress 1880 and Lutteur III 1909.
Tragedy struck the highly promising Salamander, winner of the Grand National Handicap Steeplechase in 1866, when he fell in a small race at Crewekerne, shortly after his Aintree victory, and tragically broke his back and was destroyed.
Red Rum 1977, L’Escargot 1975, Kirkland 1905, Cloister 1893, Frigate 1889, Cortolvin 1867 and Freetrader 1856 are the only horses to have won the National having finished 2nd the previous year.
Master Robert, winner of the National in 1924, ended up pulling the Hotel bus at Towcester.
The wooden cores at the centre of National fences were replaced with fonds of Plastic fibres in 2013 in an attempt to improve safety.
Freddie, 2nd at 11/4 in 1966, is the shortest priced National favourite since World War II.
A 7-year-old has not won the National since Bogskar way back in 1940.
The 1st fence in the National has claimed 63 victims in the last 27 runnings, with 2008 and 2013 being the only two years when no horses fell.
The number of 1st fence fallers in the National the past 27 runnings (2014 listed first) are: 1-0-1-1-1-2-0-2-5-2-3-1-9-2-5-1-5-1-2-7-3-1-1-1-1-3-2.
There was a record 12 fallers at the 1st fence in the National in 1951.
The drop on the landing side of the 1st fence in the National was considerably reduced in 2012 in an attempt to improve safety.