The best known Horse Race in the world is the Aintree Grand National, which has been around since 1839 and takes place during the Aintree Meeting in April. The first Grand National at Aintree was won by a horse with the unlikely name of Lottery, who’s name seemed to set the precedent for the race as it is often regarded as a lottery when it comes to selecting the winner in the ante-post betting each year.
There have been many great stories that seem to go hand in hand with the Grand National, many of which have made legends out of the horse, the trainer or the jockey. Probably the greatest legend of all at Aintree is the great Red Rum who won the race three times in the 70s and was second a further twice.
Each April virtually the entire nation in the UK stops to watch the thrills and spills of 40 Grand National runners take on the equine marathon of 4½ miles with 30 difficult fences to negotiate, including the dreaded Bechers Brook. Winners of the race not only have to be able to stay the difficult trip they must be able to jump consistently well and be ridden by jockeys who know how to keep out of trouble.
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|1st||29. Pineau De Re||L Aspell||Dr R Newland||25/1|
|2nd||9. Balthazar King||R Johnson||P Hobbs||14/1|
|3rd||14. Double Seven||A P McCoy||M Brassil||10/1|
|4th||37. Alvarado||P Moloney||Fergal O'Brien||33/1|
|2001||Red Marauder||11||Norman Mason|
|2003||Monty's Pass||10||Jimmy Mangan|
|2004||Amberleigh House||12||Ginger McCain|
|2007||Silver Birch||10||Gordon Elliot|
|2008||Comply or Die||9||David Pipe|
|2009||Mon Mome||9||Venetia Williams|
|2010||Don't Push It||10||Jonjo O'Neill|
|2012||Neptune Collonges||11||Paul Nicholls|
|2013||Auroras Encore||11||Sue Smith|
|2014||Pineau De Re||10||Dr Richard Newland|
The most famous steeplechase of them all of course is the Grand National which is raced at the Aintree racecourse in Liverpool. This is probably the most famous race in the world and attracts the single biggest market of all races in the UK.
The race has produced many legends down the years, none more so than the great Red Rum who is the only horse to have won the race three times. He won in 1973, 1974 and 1977 and was second both times in the intervening years.
2009 winner, Mon Mome was the first 100/1 winner of the race since Foinavon won in 1967 both of which provided huge wins for the Bookmakers and big disappointments for the millions of punters who had their annual bet on the race.
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