Grand National Anorak

Some Useful Statistics 1946 -

Here are some useful National statistics in case you want to impress someone at a party - I am indebted to Paul Davies of The Complete Record Series as I have referred to his excellent Grand National edition from 1998 in compiling this page.

As with everything on this site I haven`t even attempted to consider any pre-war Nationals.

Horses

Most Wins

3 - RED RUM (1973, 74, 77)

Won & then placed

Merryman II (1960), West Tip (1986), Party Politics (1992), Hedgehunter (2005) & Comply or Die (2008) all finished second after their win. Corbiere (1983) twice finished third. Don`t Push It (2010) finished third the year after his victory.

Most Second Places

3 - Wynburgh (1957, 59, 62)

Most Appearances

6 - Cloncarrig (1948-53), Irish Lizard (1951-55, 1957), Mr What (1958-63), Wynburgh (1957-62) & West Tip (1985-90)

Most Finishes

Red Rum (five out of five), Wynburgh (five out of six), West Tip (five our of six)

Most failures to finish

Cloncarrig (six out of six)

Largest Winning Margin

A distance - Red Marauder (2001)

25 lengths - Red Rum (1974) & Lord Gyllene (1997)

Shortest Winning Margin

A nose !!!!!! - Neptune Collonges beat Sunnyhillboy (2012)

Largest Field

57 (1947), 49 (1950), 47 (1952, 1963, 1965, 1966), 45 (1968), 44 (1967) 43 (1948, 1949), 42 (1972, 1974, 1977), 41 (1983)

Since 1984 the maximum number of runners allowed in the National  has been 40. 

Smallest Field

26 (1960), 27 (1996), 28 (1970), 29 (1954, 1956)

Most Finishers

23/40 (1984), 22/47 (1963), 22/40 (1992), 21/57 (1947), 21/40 (2005), 20/38 (1990), 19/40 (2011 & 2015). In 2017 the official number of finishers was 19 although it should be noted that two runners pulled up and dismounted on the flat so we nearly got 21.

Fewest Finishers

3/36 (1 remounted - 1951), 4/40 (2 remounted - 2001), 4/30 (1980)

Winning Favourites

Freebooter (1950), Merryman II (1960), Red Rum (joint favourite) (1973), Grittar (1982), Rough Quest (1996), Earth Summit (1998), Hedgehunter (2005), Comply or Die (2008) (joint favourite), Don`t Push It (2010) (joint favourite)

Longest Price Winners

100-1 Caughoo (1947), Foinavon (1967), Mon Mome (2009), 66-1 Russian Hero (1949), Ayala (1963), Auroras Encore (2013), 50-1 Anglo (1966), Last Suspect (1985)

Winning Ages

9 years - 25 wins

10 years - 13 wins

8 years - 13 wins

12 years - 9 wins

11 years - 11 wins

Won on only National start

Nickel Coin (1951), Teal (1952), Quare Times (1955), Jay Trump (1965), Well To Do (1972), Lucius (1978), Maori Venture (1987), Rhyme `n` Reason (1988), Royal Athlete (1995- ran in void race in 1993), Lord Gyllene (1997), Neptune Collonges (2012), Auroras Encore (2013), Rule the World (2016)

Jay Trump returned to America after his triumph whilst an injury sustained during the race forced an end to Rhyme `n` Reasons career. Maori Venture and Neptune Collonges both earned honourable retirements after tasting victory at Aintree. 

It was announced after his victory that Rule the World would not be asked to defend his title. He raced once more at the Punchestown festival later that sprung and was retired.

Ran in more than one National but did not return to defend his victory

Sheilas Cottage (1948), Sundew (1957), Team Sprit (1964 - won at fifth attempt), Highland Wedding (1969), Red Rum (1977), Ben Nevis (1980), Little Polveir (1989 - won at fourth attempt), Red Marauder (2001)

Jockeys

Most Wins

3 - Brian Fletcher (Red Alligator (1969), Red Rum (1973, 1974))

2 -  Leighton Aspell (Pineau du Re (2014). Many Clouds (2015))

      Arthur Thompson (Lovely Cottage (1948), Teal (1952))

      Bryan Marshall (Early Mist (1953), Royal Tan (1954))

      Pat Taaffe (Quare Times (1955), Gay Trip (1970))

      Richard Dunwoody (West Tip (1986), Miinnehoma (1994))

      Carl Llewellyn (Party Politics (1992), Earth Summit (1998))

Rode winner with only ride

Tommy Smith (Jay Trump 1965), Dick Saunders (Grittar 1982)

Winning Amateurs

Captain Bobby Petre (Lovely Cottage - 1946), Tommy Smith (Jay Trump), Dick Saunders (Grittar), Marcus Armytage (Mr Frisk 1990)

Lady finishers

Geraldine Rees (1982 - (Cheers) last of 8 finishers), Rosemary Henderson (1994 - (Fiddlers Pike) 5th of 6 finishers ), Carrie Ford (2005 - (Forest Gunner) 5th of 21 finishers), Nina Carberry (2006 - (Forest Gunner) last of 9 finishers), Katie Walsh (2012 - (Seabass) 3rd of 15 finishers), Katie Walsh (2013 - (Seabass) 13th of 17 finishers), Katie Walsh (2014 - (Vesper Bell) 13th of 18 finishers), Nina Carberry (2015 - (First Lieutenant) 16th of 19 finishers), Katie Walsh (2017 - (Wonderful Charm) last of 19 finishers)

Rode & Trained winner

Fred Winter rode Sundew (1957) & Kilmore (1962) & trained Jay Trump (1965) & Anglo (1966)

Tommy Carberry rode L`Escargot (1975) & trained Bobbyjo (1999)

Trainers

Most Wins

4 wins

Fred Rimell - ESB (1956), Nicholaus Silver (1961), Gay Trip (1970), Rag Trade (1976)

Donald "Ginger" McCain - Red Rum (1973, 1974 & 1977), Amberleigh House (2004)

Lady trainers

Jenny Pitman - Corbiere (1983) & Royal Athlete (1995), Venetia Williams - Mon Mome (2009), Lucinda Russell - One for Arthur (2017)

Won with first runner

Fred Winter - Jay Trump (1965), Steve Brookshaw - Lord Gyllene (1997), Gordon Elliott - Silver Birch (2007), Dr Richard Newland  - Pineau de Re (2014)

Rode winner as well as Trained one

Tommy Carberry rode L`Escargot (1975) & trained Bobbyjo (1999)

Fred Winter rode Sundew (1957) &  Kilmore (1962) and trained Jay Trump (1965) & Anglo (1966)

Most runners in a race

Martin Pipe - 10 in 2001 (Blowing Wind finished third)

Owners

Won more than one

Joe Griffin - Early Mist (1954) & Royal Tan (1954)

Noel Le Mare - Red Rum (1973, 1974 & 1977)

"Teasey-Weasey" Raymond - Ayala (1963) & Rag Trade (1976)

Trevor Hemmings - Hedgehunter (2005), Ballabriggs (2011) & Many Clouds (2015)

Most horses in race

J P McManus - 6 runners in 2005

Other Nationals

Whilst every racecourse nowadays seems to stage a "National" of sorts (even Lingfield has a "Surrey National" for god's sake) for purists like myself there are only four (and I just about include the Midlands National at a push) races that are worthy of having the word "National"in the title. The following horses are very special indeed. 

WINNER OF GRAND NATIONAL, SCOTTISH & WELSH NATIONAL

EARTH SUMMIT

WINNER OF GRAND NATIONAL, MIDLANDS & WELSH NATIONAL

RAG TRADE

WINNER OF GRAND NATIONAL & IRISH NATIONAL

RHYME `N` REASON, BOBBYJO, NUMBERSIXVALVERDE

WINNER OF GRAND NATIONAL & SCOTTISH NATIONAL

RED RUM, LITTLE POLVEIR

WINNER OF GRAND NATIONAL & WELSH NATIONAL

CORBIERE, BINDAREE, SILVER BIRCH


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