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The Grand National

Red Rum

Sire Click to show or hide the answer
Dam Click to show or hide the answer
Trainer Click to show or hide the answer
Ginger McCain's real first name Click to show or hide the answer
Owner Click to show or hide the answer

Year Red Rum's jockey 1st place 2nd place
1973 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click for more information
1974 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
1975 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
1976 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
1977 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer

100–1 Winners

1928 Click to show or hide the answer
1929 Click to show or hide the answer
1947 Click to show or hide the answer
1967 Click to show or hide the answer
2009 Click to show or hide the answer

The Course

Distance Click to show or hide the answer
Number of jumps Click to show or hide the answer
Number of fences on the first circuit (also jumped on the second) Click to show or hide the answer
Fences jumped only on the first circuit – nos. 15 and 16 Click to show or hide the answer
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Highest fence on the course (5' 2") – also the narrowest Click to show or hide the answer
Fence amended after two horses were fatally injured there in 1989 Click to show or hide the answer
Road crossed by the course Click to show or hide the answer
Record time (Mr. Frisk, 1990 – beat the record set by Red Rum in 1973) Click to show or hide the answer

Rules

Minimum age of a runner Click to show or hide the answer
Maximum field Click to show or hide the answer

Timeline

Not really a timeline – but the answer to each of these questions is a year.

First run as the Grand Liverpool Steeplechase Click to show or hide the answer
Became a handicap (Lottery's fifth and last race, won by Vanguard) Click to show or hide the answer
Renamed the Grand National Click to show or hide the answer
First BBC radio commentary of the race (by Meyrick Good and George Allison) Click to show or hide the answer
Run on a Friday Click to show or hide the answer
First televised (by the BBC) Click to show or hide the answer
Bob Champion won on Aldaniti Click to show or hide the answer
Race abandoned after two false starts Click to show or hide the answer
Run on a Monday after an IRA bomb scare Click to show or hide the answer
Only four finished (two of their riders having remounted after being unseated) Click to show or hide the answer
Start time put back by 25 minutes because of Prince Charles's wedding to Camilla Parker–Bowles Click to show or hide the answer

Other

The Grand Liverpool Steeplechase was first run in 1836. Three years later, three things happened that turned the race into a major event. Firstly, the Great St. Albans Chase, which had clashed with it, was not renewed after 1838, leaving a major hole in the chasing calendar. Secondly, the railway arrived in Liverpool, providing transport to the course by rail for the first time. And finally, a committee was formed to organise the event better.

At one time, it was believed that the first three races (1836–8) were run at Maghull, and this supported the view that the Grand National was first run in 1839; but recent evidence has suggested that they were in fact at Aintree. According to Wikipedia, "most leading published historians ... now prefer the idea that the first running was in 1836 and was won by The Duke." But records of the early years are sketchy, and the official line is that the Grand National was first run in 1839.

If you're asked in a quiz when the Grand National was first run, you're advised to answer "1839". Similarly, if you're asked for the name of the first horse to win the Grand National, and you're not given a year, you're advised to answer "Lottery".

1836 Winner – also won in 1837 Click to show or hide the answer
The winning rider: a former army officer, best remembered nowadays for being "fired into the brook" (by Conrad) in 1839 – giving his name to one of the course's most famous fences Click to show or hide the answer
1839 Winner Click to show or hide the answer
Jockey Click to show or hide the answer
1840Horse that survived a terrible mistake at the second brook in 1840 Click to show or hide the answer
1853Oldest horse to win (15 years) Click to show or hide the answer
1862Only Jockey to die in the race (at The Chair) Click to show or hide the answer
1868 First of two greys to win Click to show or hide the answer
1871
1900Winner owned by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) Click to show or hide the answer
1905The only winner trained in Wales Click to show or hide the answer
1923First US–bred winner; also (at 13 years) the oldest winner in the 20th century Click to show or hide the answer
1928Smallest number of finishers Click to show or hide the answer
1929Largest field Click to show or hide the answer
1934Only horse to win Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National in same season Click to show or hide the answer
1935–6 Last before Red Rum to win in successive years Click to show or hide the answer
1936Jockey who finished second in the National in 1936, and won an Olympic gold medal in 1952 Click to show or hide the answer
1938 Youngest winning jockey (aged 17) Click to show or hide the answer
Horse Click to show or hide the answer
1916–18 During World War I, an "alternative" race was run at (disused racecourse, on land now occupied as an airport) Click to show or hide the answer
1951Last mare to win Click to show or hide the answer
1953–5 Only trainer to have three successive winners Click to show or hide the answer
1953 Click to show or hide the answer
1954 Click to show or hide the answer
1955 Click to show or hide the answer
1956 Horse that collapsed when in the lead Click to show or hide the answer
Owner Click to show or hide the answer
Jockey Click to show or hide the answer
Horse that won following Devon Loch's blunder Click to show or hide the answer
1961Second of two greys to win Click to show or hide the answer
1962Horse that finished second three times (last time in 1962) but never won Click to show or hide the answer
1967 100–1 winner Click to show or hide the answer
Jockey Click to show or hide the answer
Fence at which the pile–up occurred (smallest on the course!) Click to show or hide the answer
Riderless horse that caused the pile–up Click to show or hide the answer
1967Winners named after Scottish mountains Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
1980 Click to show or hide the answer
1975The second Cheltenham Gold Cup winner to win the Grand National (beating Red Rum into second place after the first two of its three wins) Click to show or hide the answer
1977 First woman to take part Click to show or hide the answer
Horse (refused at the 4th last) Click to show or hide the answer
1979First Scottish–trained winner Click to show or hide the answer
1982 Oldest ever winning jockey (aged 48) Click to show or hide the answer
Horse Click to show or hide the answer
1982 First woman to complete the course (finished 8th) Click to show or hide the answer
Horse Click to show or hide the answer
1983 First woman to train a winner (rider was Ben de Haan) Click to show or hide the answer
Horse Click to show or hide the answer
1984Largest number of finishers Click to show or hide the answer
1990Set the course record of 8 minutes 47.8 seconds – beating Red Rum's 9 minutes 1.9 seconds, set in 1973 Click to show or hide the answer
1991Winning horse that (coincidentally) had the same name as the race sponsor Click to show or hide the answer
1992Appropriately–named horse that won 5 days before a general election Click to show or hide the answer
1993 First past the post (in the year that the race was abandoned after two false starts) Click to show or hide the answer
Jockey Click to show or hide the answer
Starter Click to show or hide the answer
1994 Oldest woman jockey to complete the course (aged 51) Click to show or hide the answer
Winner owned by Freddie Starr Click to show or hide the answer
1997Winner (in the year that it was run on a Monday following an IRA bomb scare) Click to show or hide the answer
2004Ginger McCain's second winner Click to show or hide the answer
201014 times champion jockey, won in 2010 at the 15th attempt (on Don't Push It) Click to show or hide the answer
2014 Winning jockey in 2014 (Pineau de Re) and 2015 (Many Clouds): first jockey to win the Grand National in two consecutive years since Brian Fletcher on Red Rum in 1973 and 1974, and the first to do it on two different horses since Bryan Marshall in 1953 and 1954 Click to show or hide the answer
2015

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