Ten things you didn’t know about the Grand National

(Published 2010)

  1. In 2009, Mon Mome became only the fourth ever Grand National winner bred in France and the first for exactly 100 years. The last winner trained in France was in 1867.
  2. The last grey horse to win the Grand National was Nicolaus Silver in 1961.
  3. The last mare to win the Grand National was Nickel Coin in 1951, although nine have been placed since then.
  4. Since Corbiere in 1983, only Hedgehunter (11st 1lb) has carried more than 11st to victory.
  5. Since Red Rum in 1973, only three eight-year-olds have won the Grand National. The last seven-year-old to win was Bogskar in 1940.
  6. Five of the last 10 Grand National winners have been trained in Ireland.
  7. Tony McCoy has ridden in the Grand National on 14 occasions and has yet to win the race. He has finished third three times and completed the course on only two other occasions. McCoy’s Grand National has ended at Becher’s Brook on the second circuit three times.
  8. Venetia Williams and Jenny Pitman (twice) are the only women to have trained Grand National winners.
  9. Since Red Rum won for the third time in 1977, only Amberleigh House (2004) and Hallo Dandy (1984) have triumphed after being placed in a previous National.
  10. Every Grand National winner in the last 10 years has raced from a handicap rating between 136 and 148. Six of those 10 have been officially rated either 138 or 139 for the race.

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