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Randox Grand National: 10 fascinating facts about the world’s most famous steeplechase



It’s one of Merseyside’s biggest sporting events, watched by hundreds of millions of people in more than 100 countries across the world, so as an odds-on favourite, you’d think we’d all know everything there is to know about the Randox Grand National.

And yet, there may be a few things that might surprise you about Aintree Racecourse’s famous steeplechase.

And here’s 10 of them…

1. The Grand National was first run in 1839. A handicap steeplechase over an official distance of about 4 miles and 2½ furlongs, with horses jumping 30 fences over two laps, it’s the most valuable jump race in Europe, with a prize fund of £1 million.

2. One of the most difficult fences on the course, The Chair, is 5 feet 2 inches high but is preceded by a 6 ft wide ditch. Grand National runners only jump this once, on the first lap. The fence gets its name from its position alongside the seat that was once reserved for the distance judge in the earliest days of the race. 

3. The slowest ever winner was Lottery in 1839 – so was also the first winner of the race – who took 14 minutes and 53 seconds to complete the course!

4. The most successful jockey in the National is George Stevens, who won Aintree’s master race five times – in 1856, 1863, 1864, 1869 and 1870. 

5. The youngest rider ever to win the Grand National was Bruce Hobbs, who was only 17 when he romped home to victory in 1938 on a horse called Battleship. The oldest was amateur jockey Dick Saunders who was 48 when he won on Grittar in 1982.

6. The National is one of those races where anything can – and does – happen with winners romping home with incredible odds. The longest winning odds are 100/1: for Mon Mome in 2009, Foinavon in 1967, Caughoo in 1947, Gregalach in 1929 and Tipperary Tim in 1928.

7. Mr Frisk still holds the record for the fastest winning time – finishing the course in a very impressive 8 minutes 47.8 seconds in 1990.

8. The first female jockey to race in the Grand National was Charlotte Brew in HM The Queen’s Silver Jubilee year, 1977. She rode Barony Fort with 200-1 odds. The most successful female jockey was Katie Walsh who came third in 2012 on Seabass.  The first female trainer to win the Grand National was Jenny Pitman in 1983 with Corbiere.

9. There’ll unfortunately be no public spectators at this year’s Randox Grand National but, when there are, they drink on average 250,000 pints, and 750,000 cups of tea and coffee.

10. No Randox Grand National Top Ten would ever be complete without a mention of its most famous horse Red Rum. Red Rum had an unbeatable three victories – 1973, 1974 and 1977 – and two second-place finishes. After his death in 1995 Rummy was buried at the winning post at Aintree Racecourse.

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