Grand National Anorak

Jockeys - Part One

New for 2015 the definitive list of each jockey to ride in the National since the dawn of television in 1960. I have listed them order of the number of rides for no other reason than to have the greatest jockey of all time head the list. Twenty is in fact the joint first (with some bloke from the nineteenth century so of no interest to this website) and I do expect Richard Johnson to ultimately beat the record if he stays riding until 2017.

Twenty rides

A.P McCoy (95-96, 98-15) - Quite rightly the greatest jockey of all time heads our list. Nothing I can write here will ever do him justice so here is his record in full from his great triumph in 2010 to the only time he fell at the first. 
2010 - DON`T PUSH IT - WON
2002 - BLOWING WIND - Third
2006 - CLAN ROYAL - Third
2011 - DON`T PUSH IT - Third
2014 - DOUBLE SEVEN - Third
2001 - BLOWING WIND - Third (remounted after being hampered at 19th)
2015 - SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR - Fifth
2009 - BUTLERS CABIN - Seventh
2007 - L`AMI - tenth
1996 - Deep  Bamble - pulled up 29th
2005 - Clan Royal - carried out 22nd
2008 - Butlers Cabin - fell 22nd
1999 - Eudipe - fell 22nd
2003 - Iris Bleu - pulled up 16th
2013 - Colbert Station - unseated rider 15th
1995 - Chatam - fell 12th
2012 - Synchronised - fell 6th
2004 - Jurancon II - fell 4th
2000 - Dark Stranger - unseated rider 3rd
1998 - Challenger du Luc - fell 1st

Seventeen rides

Timmy Murphy (97-13) - Seventeen consecutive rides, he finished second on Smarty in 2001 and of course rode Comply or Die victorious in 2008
Pat Taaffe (51-55, 57-66, 69-70) - His first two Nationals ended on the floor at the very first fence but he was the most prolific National jockey of his generation winning twice on Quare Times in 1955 and on Gay Trip (at the age of forty) in 1970. 

Sixteen rides

Michael Scudamore (1951-66) - Father of Peter and grandfather of Tom who held the record for the most consecutive rides in the National for over forty years. Won on Oxo in 1959, second on Legal Joy in 1952 and third on Irish Lizard in 1954.

Fifteen rides

Carl Llewellyn (88-89, 92, 95-06) - Two spare rides, two wins on Party Politics in 1992 and Earth Summit in 1998.

Fourteen rides

Richard Dunwoody (85-92, 94-99) - Rode in fourteen consecutive Nationals (would have been fifteen if we included the void race of 1993). Rode West Tip in his first five Nationals winning in 1986 and also won on Miinnehoma in 1994. Also finished runner up on West Tip in 1989 and third on three of his last four rides (Superior Finish, Samlee & Call It A Day)
Jeff King (64-66, 68-69, 71-78, 80) - Rode Rondetto.
Robert Thornton (97-09, 11) - Two first fence falls and only four finishes with a fifth being his best placing.

Thirteen rides

Graham Bradley (83-86, 89-92, 94-95, 97-99) - Finished second on Suny Bay in 1998. Completed four times.
Tommy Carberry (63, 65-69, 71-75, 77-78) - Rode L`Escargot
Dave Dick (51-58, 61-65) - Marvellous record finishing nine times winning on ESB in 1956 finishing second on Mont Tremblant in 1953 and third on Wot No Sun in 1952
Mick Fitzgerald (95-00, 02-08) - Won on Rough Quest in 1996 but only managed to finish on one other occasion - suffered career ending spinal injuries on what was to be his final National ride in 2008 on L`Ami at the second fence.
Stan Mellor (56, 58-62, 65-69, 70-71) - Completed four times finishing second on Badenloch in 1960.
David Nicholson (57, 59-65, 67-69, 72-73) - Only completed three times and never made the frame.
Andy Turnell (67, 69-76, 78-80, 82) - Finished third on Charles Dickens in 1974 but only completed the course three times.

Twelve rides

Peter Scudamore (81-92) - Rode in twelve consecutive Nationals and retired a few days after the void race in 1993. Never won but finished third on Corbiere in 1985. Completed nine times and always completed the first circuit.

Eleven rides

Terry Biddlecombe (60, 62-69, 71-72) - Champion jockey who finished second on Gay Trip in 1972 but injury robbed him of victory on he same horse in 1970
John Burke (74-81, 83-85) - Rode Rag Trade in 1976
Tony Dobbin (94, 97, 99-01, 03-08) - Rode Lord Gyllene to a stunning victory in 1997.
Mr John Lawence/Lord Oaksey (61-64, 66-68, 71, 73-75) - Finished second on Carrickbeg in 1963
David Mould (61, 63-64, 66-68, 70-73, 75) - Completed three times. Finished third on Different Class in 1968.
Conor O`Dwyer (92, 94-97, 99, 02-06) - Never bettered his first ride when he finished third on Lauras Beau.
Bill Rees (57-61, 64-65, 68-69, 71-72) - Completed three times, fourth was his best position
Bill Smith (72-75, 77-79, 81-84) - Remarkable record finishing a magnificent eight times. Rode Spanish Steps in two Nationals finishing third and fourth in 1975 & 1974.
Joe Tizzard (97-01, 03-08, 10) - Seventeen when he made his debut he only completed the course twice.
Fred Winter (51, 55-64) - "Mr Grand National rode two winners in 1957 (Sundew) and 1962 (Kilmore) and went on to train two more with his first two runners Jay Trump & Anglo

Ten rides

Pat Buckley (62-63, 66-70, 72-74) - Rode Ayala to victory in 1963 a year after falling at the first on his debut.
Bob Champion (71-73, 75-79, 81-82) - Rode Aldaniti - his first ride ended at the first fence as did his last
Hywel Davies (81-83, 85-86, 88-92) - Rode Last Suspect
Ben de Haan (81-84, 86-88, 90-92) - Rode Corbiere.
John Francome (72, 75-76, 78-82, 84-85) - Rode Rough and Tumble to finish third and second in 1979 & 1980.
Richard Guest (92, 94-96, 98-03) - Finished second on Romany King on his debut and won the infamous 2001 race on Red Marauder.
Willie Robinson (58, 60-66, 68, 70) - Rode Team Spirit.
Steve Smith-Eccles (80-87, 90, 92) - Third on Classified in 1986 was his best placing.
John White (84-91, 94-95) - Won the National that never was on Esha Ness in 1993. When it counted he finished second on The Tsarevich in 1987.
Norman Williamson (90-91, 94-95, 97-02) - Completed the course seven times. Second on Mely Moss in 2000 was his best effort.

Nine rides

Philip Blacker (71-72, 74-75, 77-81) - Finished third on Royal Mail in 1981 and as a sculptor designed the Grand National trophy for the Martell sponsored years and of course is responsible for the magnificent statue of Red Rum
Tim Brookshaw (50-52, 54, 57-59, 61, 63) - His performance without irons on Wynburgh in 1959 is the stuff of legend. His career ended at Aintree but it was being thrown through the wings of a hurdle.
Neale Doughty (82-84, 86, 88-92) - Won on Hallo Dandy in 1984 and had the most amazing record completing the course eight times finishing third on Rinus in 1990.
Brian Fletcher (67-71, 73-76) - The most successful National jockey of the modern era won three Nationals on Red Alligator in 1968 and of course Red Rum in 1973 & 1974. Also finished second once and third twice
Chris Grant (81, 83, 86, 88-92, 94) - The nearly man of Aintree finishing second three times on Young Driver in 1986 and twice on Durham Edition in 1988 & 1990.
Eddie Harty (60-62, 64, 67-71) - Won on Highland Wedding in 1969.
Paul Kellaway (64, 66-70, 74-76) - Saved the best until last finishing fourth on Barona in 1976.
Graham McCourt (83-86, 89, 91-92, 94-95) - Four of his Nationals ended at the very first fence - the most falls at the first by any modern day jockey (83-Mid Day Gun, 85-Talon, 86-Port Askaig, 94-Elfast) 
George Slack (49, 51-55, 58-59. 61) - His career ended at Bechers in 1961 when he took a spectacular fall on Kingstel. Prior to that he finished second three time, twice on Tudor Line in 1954 & 1955 and once on Tiberetta in 1958.
Toss Taaffe (54-60, 62-63) - Finished third three times in 1955 (Careys Cottage), 1956 (Royal Tan) and 1959 (Mr What). Also finished fourth once as well in 1954. 

Eight rides

Derek Ancil (49, 54-59, 61) - Finished second on Merryman II in 1961
Paul Barton (78, 80-86) - Completed twice
Bobby Beasley (57, 61-64, 66-67, 72) - Won on Nicholas Silver in 1961.
Frank Berry (72, 77-78, 80-81, 83-84, 87) - Completed three times but never troubled the judge.
Tommy Carmody (79-80, 85-86, 88-90) - Finished second on Greasepaint in 1984
Dominic Elsworth (03-08, 11-13)
Johnny Haine (63-65, 67, 70, 72-74) - Only completed the course once in 1974
Graham Lee (03-07, 09-11) - Rode Amberleigh House
Johnny Lehane (57, 59, 61-62, 64-67) - Only completed the course once but that was a third place on former winner Mr What in 1962
Sam Morshead (76-77, 78, 80-81, 83-85) - Only completed the course once finishing a distant twenty second in 1984. Fell at the first the following year in his final National ride.
Gerry Newman (76-77, 79-84) - Rode Drumroan to finish third in 1978.
Jonjo O`Neill (73, 76-80, 82-83) - Failed to complete the course in all rides - second Canal on Sir Garnet in 1977 was the nearest he got to finishing.
Richard Rowe (80, 83-88, 90) - Three of his Nationals ended at the first fence.
Charlie Swan (90-92, 94-98) - Completed the course five times Fifth on his first ride was his best placing.
Graham Thorner (71-72, 74-79) - Rode Well To Do
Anthony Webber (75, 79-85) - Finished second on Hard Outlook in 1982
Ken White (63, 67, 70, 74-76) 

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