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43 Comments

Reply Tom
5:13 PM on June 24, 2017 
Brilliant Site. Grew up in the 70s addicted to the National. Weirdly, the horses that bring back the fondest memories are the also-rans. Have always had a soft spot for Go-Pontinental, Huperade, Pearl of Montreal, Sixer, Kellsboro' Wood, Karacola, and all the exotic names of their day. My only sticking point would be the article "The Greatest National". For me, '74 must be it. 12 stone and won at a canter against a very good field.
Reply Jordan
7:21 AM on November 20, 2016 
That's not to say Red Marauder was a great jumper by the way, far from it, but one a rare occasion that race did provide the drama that made the Grand National the race it was. Recent races have been such a poor spectacle.
Reply Jordan
7:08 AM on November 20, 2016 
Great site for statistics but bizarre opinion - to suggest the recent 'Grand Nationals' have been a success, especially 2013 because all horses were standing after 7 fences, whereas the 2001 renewal was poor because there were very few finishers. To me all that suggests was 2001 was what the Grand National is all about; a true test of jumping and stamina (albeit with a loose horse taking out about half the field) whereas recent races provide poor jumpers and horses who have never won over fences before a chance to win to the extent where it really is just a lottery and a poor quality handicap, which I always argued was unfair to level at the traditional Grand National. Nobody seems to care that the Grand Nationals 1992 - 1996 suffered no fatalities or that the ones in 2012 before they ruined the race were freak incidents. What do we do when another horse inevitably dies? Changes will be made until it's a 10 runner flat race due to the hysterical public.
Reply Richard
7:02 AM on January 1, 2016 
There are plenty of quality horses in the National in the 70s and 80s. The fact more are in the handicap proper could equally be explained by less top top quality horses and much of a muchness in the middle. Its a shame the no hopers are discriminated against as it brought some romance. Afterall, is anyone saying the class of winner since 2000 is better than say 1970 to 1985?
Reply Lee
7:57 PM on August 2, 2015 
Hi Chris. This and the related sites are brilliant. I `ll be looking in on it a fair bit. I was amused that you shared my disappointments with Jolly`s Clump ( 1976) and Twin Oaks (1992). My first winner was Red Alligator but it took 15 years for another one. For some reason I love seeing the horrid old rayon processing plant chimney cheek by jowl with the racecourse in the old clips. I gather it was called British Enka and is commemorated in a street name, Brenka Avenue, where the Halfords on the Ormskirk Road is.

Many thanks and best wishes
Reply George
12:20 PM on July 13, 2014 
This is a goosdsite, but if you really want to know about British jockeys, you should visit Jockeypedia.co.uk
Reply Richard
7:23 AM on May 23, 2014 
re 1977 GN, there is definitely a refusal at 2nd Bechers when you look at the film.
Reply Rob Jones
3:42 AM on March 23, 2014 
Hi Anorak. I've just stumbled across your sections on 1980 and 1981, totally by accident. Both are excellent. Are there any other 80s sections available and will there be links off the homepage?
Reply Leo Micallef
4:44 AM on February 18, 2014 
I've just come across this site and it has been a fascinating read. I was particularly interested in the old meetings and whilst i knew there was a flat course i didn't realise how little jumps racing was held at the national meetings in the 50s and 60s.
Reply mark beadsworth
2:35 PM on July 7, 2012 
Love it. Moved to the US in 83, and miss the National, not even on TV over here. Have fond memories of the race in my youth- almost to the point of obsession as a teenager. Great site ..keep it going! I'm a horse lover, and find that as I get older, the injuries and deaths overshadow my enjoyment.

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