Grand National

Grand National 2022: Sam Waley-Cohen’s Fairytale Victory

Having announced earlier that week that the Grand National 2022 would be his last ever ride, Sam Waley-Cohen went on to make history: as the first ever amateur jockey to win both the Cheltenham Gold Cup AND the Aintree Grand National.  After winning the Grand National 2022 on 50/1 chance Noble Yeats, he said: “It’s …

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Grand National 2022: Potential Landmarks to Look Out For!

The Randox Health Grand National is unique – the race of dreams and creator of legends. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Randox Health Grand National receives more attention around the world than any other horse race. Since the inaugural running at Aintree Racecourse way back in 1839, when Lottery had his name etched …

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Grand National 2022: Life Sized Statue of Dick Francis to be Unveiled at Aintree

A life-size statue of former wartime RAF Pilot, Champion Jump Jockey and international bestselling author Dick Francis is to be unveiled at Aintree Racecourse on Day One of the Grand National Festival 2022. The permanent tribute to Francis at the home of the Randox Grand National will celebrate his remarkable life, which saw him not only …

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Timeline: Grand National’s most historic moments – part 3

Dreams come true and history is made for plenty of fairytale endings in Aintree’s Grand National: the ‘world’s greatest race’…  Facts courtesy of Aintree Racecourse. Read Part 1 here. Read Part 2 here. 1977 Red Rum created history by winning the Grand National, by 25 lengths, for a record third time under Tommy Stack. His …

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Grand National 2022: Craig David to Perform Live on Ladies’ Day

Randox Ladies Day at the Randox Grand National Festival on Friday 8th April will see Merseyside legend Craig Charles performing a Live DJ set on the Red Rum Lawn after racing as part of the #FabulousFriday raceday experience. A familiar face from his many years playing Dave Lister in cult science sitcom Red Dwarf, Liverpool-born Charles …

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FACTS: Grand National Female jockeys

Female Grand National Jockeys: Riding in the Aintree Grand National is daunting for any jockey but until relatively recently, the race’s fences were barely the most formidable obstacles to be encountered by female jockeys wishing to compete in the race. First the law: women were actually prohibited from taking part until the Sex Discrimination Act …

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Timeline: Grand National’s most historic moments – part 2

Aintree’s Grand National is now the ‘world’s greatest race’? But as well as hosting a base for US troops and a motor-racing circuit, it came close to being lost forever… Facts courtesy of Aintree Racecourse. Read Part 1 here. Read Part 3 here. 1930 By an unknown sire and initially sold for a mere 20 …

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Tiger Roll

Grand National Horses: Tiger’s Victory Roll

Trainer Gordon Elliott was overcome with emotion as Tiger Roll, ridden by Davy Russell, returned after winning his second consecutive Aintree Grand National in 2019. Elliott, in tears, reacted: “Everyone loves him. He is the people’s horse. I cannot believe it.” Tiger Roll, a nine-year-old by Authorized carrying 11st 5lb, became the first horse since …

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