History

Grand National History

The Grand National is steeped in history and is of course one of the most famous races in the sport, along the way there have been some notable moments and landmarks but the quality of the race and betting participation has never dwindled. The reason why it has remained so popular is its uniqueness and that remains true today with the Aintree Fences the most iconic in the world.

It is one of those races that millions of people remember the big winners of the race and where they were when Red Rum won his third Grand National in 1977 or when Mon Mome came home at 100/1 to win the race in 2009. These are the sort of memories that stick in the bank and with every year that passes new ones are made, it is a race that has been run since 1839 and its incredible history continues to expand year on year.

One interesting part of Grand National History is the lack of mare winners of the race in recent years, the last mare to win the race was Nickel Coin who came home in 1951. Since then they have lacked the stamina to match their rivals and there have only been three mares winning the race since 1900 and only  13 in the long history of the race.

There was memorable moment only last year in the race when Dont Push It gave Tony McCoy his first ever win in the race, the 15 times Champion Jockey had long been trying to win the big race and he finally managed to do it at the 15th time of asking. He has very rarely been blessed with any luck in the race and he must of thought he might never happen, but in Dont Push It he found a perfect National horse and a comfortable winner on an emotional day for all.