JOHN SMITHS GRAND-NATIONAL
First run at the track in 1839, and although some will argue that fact, what they cannot argue with are the standing facts the worlds greatest race on the planet is run over a distance of 4 miles 4 furlongs and 30 fences which is 2 circuits of the track. There are 16 fences per circuit where horses jump the fences twice, except for the chair and waterjump, which are jumped just once.
Some facts that you may not know about the Grand National are…
- This is a true test of stamina.
- The race is worth a cool £975k to the winner.
- The first live televised race was recorded back in 1960.
- The founder of the race was was a gentleman called William Lynn.
Useful Facts About The Race
1928- a horse called Tipperary Tim wins at 100-1, a record that still stands today, as only 2 horses finished that race. Many people talk about Foinavon winning at odds of 100-1 when a famous pile up occurred at the 23rd fence. The race was a total farce as a horse called Popham fell down at the first and then caused mayhem by joining back in the race only to swerve right across the track causing a huge pile up. This allowed the outsider to win a memorable race.
RED RUM. Winner of the race 3 times and runner up the other 2 -such a stalwart for the race itself. Nobody wanted to buy Rummy and after changing through several owners, Red Rum moved to Ginger McCain’s stable for a cool 400 guineas = £440 pounds. Winner 73.74.77 Runner-up 75.76
ALDANITI. 1981 ridden by Bob Champion, who’d been diagnosed with testicular cancer, was aboard the dodgy Aldaniti. His legs were worse than John McCriricks but secured a winning 4L victory over Spartan Missile. Like all good fairytales, a movie was made.
Is this a coincidence?
1991 sponsors Seagram win there own race with a horse called SEAGRAM!
Embarrassingly, in 1993 the race that never was, ESHA NESS WINS THE RACE only to be declared void. Ridden by John White and trained by the cuddly one Jenny Pitman.
LEADING JOCKEY: 5 WINS GEORGE STEVENS
LEADING TRAINER: 4 WINS DONALD McCAIN also FRED RIMELL
LEADING OWNER: 3 WINS NOEL LE MARE.
FASTEST TIME: MR FRISK 8M 47.8 SECONDS FIRM GOING
OLDEST HORSE: 15 YRS AGE = PETER SIMPLE 1853
YOUNGEST HORSE: 5YRS AGE BUT LAST WINNER 1909 = LUTTEUR 111
OLDEST JOCKEY: DICK SAUNDERS = 48
SELECTIONS FOR THIS YEARS EVENT…
ADVISED TREACLE advised at odds of 300-1 on Betfair for my members earlier in November last year.
The Form Guy