Grand National Anorak

Seven rides

Duke of Alberquerque (52, 63, 65-66, 73-74, 76) - An Aintree legend. The Spanish duke broke nearly every bone in his body in his quest for Aintree glory, completing the course just once in 1974. Holds the record for the longest National career in terms of years, twenty four between his first and last ride. Would have gone on for longer but the authorities cried enough.
Ron Barry (71-76, 82) - Twice completed on the wonderful The Dickler.
Martin Blackshaw (73-79) - rode Churchtown Boy. 
Jimmy Bourke (70-75, 77) - Finished third on Astbury in 1973 and completed the course five times. Won the only running of the William Hill Grand National Trial at the one-off Autumn meeting in 1972 on Glenkiln to give Ginger McCain his first Aintree success. 
Colin Brown (81-87) - The only jockey to have finished twenty third in a National on Canford Ginger in 1984
Jim Culloty (97, 00-05) - first ride ended at the first but he picked up a spare ride on Bindaree and won in 2002 - the only time he rode the horse
Bob Davies (68, 73, 77-80, 82) - Won on Lucius in 1978 deputizing for the injured David Goulding and nearly pulled off a spectacular double when second on Zongalero after regular rider Steve Smith-Eccles was on the sidelines
Roy Edwards (61, 63-64, 67-68, 70-71) - blazed the trail on Peacetown in 1964. The only horse to lead at the first fence, the water and the last without winning
Richard Evans (71-74, 76, 78-79) Rode The Pilgarlic three times.
Dean Gallagher (91, 95, 98-02)
Josh Gifford (62-63, 66-70) - Chased home Foinavon on Honey End in 1967. Trained Aldaniti.
Joe Guest (61, 63, 69-71, 73-74) - Completed just once in 1973.
Colin Hawkins (77, 80-81, 84-86, 88) - Fell at the first in consecutive Nationals in 1981 & 1982
Philip Hide (95-01) - Five of his rides were on Aintree stalwart Brave Highlander
Warren Marston (95-96, 00-04) - Chose the wrong one in 1995 and missed out on Royal Athletes victory
Chris Maude (95-01) - Great record in supporting races but two of his Nationals ended at the first fence
G.Milburn (56-60, 62, 65) - Only failed to finish twice finishing second on Gentle Moya in 1956 and third on Green Drill in 1958
Brendan Powell (87-90, 95-99, 00) - rode my favourite National winner of all time Rhyme `n` Reason in 1988
Mark Richards (87-88, 90-92, 94, 97)
F.Shortt (59, 62, 64, 66-67, 69-70) - finished third on Miss Hunter in 1969
Tommy Stack (71-72, 74-78) - Red Rums second jockey. Trained classic winners on the flat.
Tom Taaffe (82, 84-86, 88, 90) - rode Monanore to finish third in 1988
Phil Tuck (80, 82-87) - Rode Mr Snugfit.
B.Wilkinson (53, 57-61, 63) - finished third on Clear Profit in 1960.

Six rides

Bobby Coonan (64-66, 71-72, 74) - Completed just once in 1966
Thierry Doumen (98, 00-04) - No French jockey has ridden so often in the race.
Seamus Durack (98, 00-01, 03-05)
Mark Dwyer (86-88, 91-92, 94-95) - finished third on Auntie Dot in 1991 and second on Party Politics in 1995
Paddy Farrell (56, 58, 61-64) - Finished third on O`Malley Point in 1961. Paralysed in a fall from Border Flight at the Chair in 1964 which led to the formation of the Injured Jockeys Fund.
Arthur Freeman (53, 55-58, 60) - Won on Mr What in 1958.
Macer Gifford (65, 67-69, 72, 75) - Rode Popham Down in 1967
Rex Hamey (54-57, 62-63) 
Tom Jenks (94-96, 99-00, 02) - missed out on Earth Summits victory due to a broken leg and lost the ride a year later
Pat Kiely (72-73, 77-78, 82, 84) - finished third on General Symons on his first ride in 1972
Ridley Lamb (77-79, 81-82, 86) - made most of the running and finished second on Sebastian V in 1978
Robin Langley (62-66, 68)
Jimmy McCarthy (00-02, 04-05, 07)
Richie McGrath (98, 02, 04, 06-08) - only finished the course once in 2004
J P McNamara (01-06)
Simon McNeill (87, 89-90, 95, 97-98) - Only ever finished on his first start but blazed the trail on Greenhill Tare Way until four out in 1998.
Niall Madden (78, 81-82, 87-89) -fFinished three times on Attitude Adjuster
Kevin Mooney (78, 83-85, 89-90) - finished three times, twice finished last on Never Rock in 1978 and Bob Tidsall in 1990 and a very distant second last on Sidbury Hill in 1989
Peter Niven (91-93, 94-95, 97, 00)
Jamie Osborne (90-92, 94-95, 97) - rode Suny Bay in 1997
Mark Perrett (83, 87-88, 91, 94-95)
Peter Pickford (52, 57-58, 61, 63, 65)
Richard Pitman (67-69, 72-74) - immortalised by Crisp in 1973 but also finished second on Steel Bridge in 1969
Gerry Scott (59-60, 63-64, 66, 68) - the only National winning rider (on Merryman II in 1960) to start the race (in 1996). Also finished third on Forest Prince in 1966 having made most of the running.

Five rides

Mr Marcus Armytage (87, 90-91, 95-96) - won on Mr Frisk in 1990 - smashed the course record and no amateur has won the race since, Michael Bowlby (88-92) - fell at the first on his first ride and then completed the next four, Paddy Broderick (63-64, 66-67, 69) - third on Hawas Son in 1963 - completed three times, Peter Buchanon (05-06, 11, 13-14),  Mr John Carden (74, 75-76, 81-82) - intrepid solicitor celebrated elsewhere on this site - three of his Nationals ended at the first fence. Never got further than the first Canal, Davy Condon (07, 10, 12, 14-15) - his fall on Portrait King in 2015 sadly ended his career, P.Cowley (58-59, 62-63, 66),  Reg Crank (74, 77-78, 86-87), Geordie Dun (80-84), Rodney Farant (94-95, 98-99, 01), Barry Fenton (99-00, 02, 04, 07), Philip Hobbs (71, 81, 83, 85-86), Jimmy Frost (89-91, 94, 99) - won on Little Polveir on his first ride, Rodie Greene (92, 01, 03-04, 06), Paul Holley (92, 94-95, 97-98), Ron Hyett (74, 76, 77, 79-80) - rode The Pilgarlic in his final National in 1980, R E Jenkins (53, 58-61) - never completed the course, Richard Linley (77, 79-80, 82-83), Mr W.McLernon (62-65, 68) - completed three times, Adrian Maguire (94-95, 99-01) - completed on all bar his last ride - finished third on Moorcroft Boy in 1994, Tom Morgan (84, 86-89) - completed on his first three rides, Michael "Mouse" Morris (71, 73, 75-77) - completed three times, Robert Stronge (85-89), Robbie Supple (91-92, 94, 97, 00) - finished third on Niki Dee in 2000, Christian Williams (05-06, 08-10) - finished second on Royal Auclair in 2005, Mr Jim Wilson (76, 81-82, 84-85), Lorcan Wyer (90, 92, 97-99) - finished second on Blue Charm in 1999

Four rides

Sean Barker (70-73) - completed three times second on Vulture in 1970 and third on Black Secret in 1972, Shay Barry (01, 04-05, 08), M.Batchelor (57-60) - finished second on Wynburgh in 1957, Maj Piers Bengough (57, 65-67), Mark Bradburne (01-02, 04-05) - finished third on Lord Atterbury in 1994 - half his rides ended at the first fence, Barry Brogan (68-69, 72, 76) - finished third on Moidores Token in 1968,  Alan Brown (80-81, 84-85), Johnny Buckingham (67, 69, 70-71) - rode Foinavon, F.Carroll (59, 61, 63, 66),  Garrett Cotter (99-01, 06), G.Cramp (62-63, 66, 68), Brian Crowley (01-03, 05), Tom Doyle (01-02, 07-08), Mr Peter Duggan (79-81, 83), H J East (57, 59, 61, 63), Johnny Farrelly (08-11) - three completions but never nearer than tenth, Jeremy Glover (74-77), S.Hayhurst (58-59, 67, 69), Peter Hobbs (87-90), G.Holmes (68, 71, 77, 83), Buck Jones (66, 70-72), P.Jones (64-66, 68), Joey Kavanagh (95, 97-98, 02), J.Leech (65-68), Pat McCarron (65-67, 72) - rode Freddie, finished three times, Owen McNally (63-64, 66, 68), Charlie Mann (81, 83, 86-87), Arthur Moore (70-73), Tim Norman (66-68, 73) - rode Anglo, Kevin O`Brien (85, 89, 92, 94) - fell at third on his first ride, the second on his second and the first on his third, M.Roberts (54, 60-61, 65), Taffy Salaman (74-76, 79), Mr Derek Scott (58, 69-70, 73), Simon Sherwood (85-86, 88-89) - finished third on The Thinker in 1989, Andrew Stringer (84-87), John Suthern (74, 78, 79, 81), Sam Thomas (06, 08-09, 13), Colin Tinkler (76-79), Jason Titley (95-97, 00) - won on his first attempt on Royal Athlete in 1995, unseated at the first the following year and fell at the first in 2000, Glen Tormey (97-00), Rupert Wakley (98, 00-02), John Williams (76-77, 80, 83)

Three rides - three completions

Phil Black (71-Gay Buccaneer, 74-Escari, 76-Highway View) - all finished down the field but Gay Buccaneer would have been a lot closer had he not been nearly carried out at first Canal and went from first to last in a matter of strides.
Mr Chris Bonner (95-Over the Deel - 3rd, 96-Sir Peter Lely - 4th, 97-Pink Gin)

Three rides

Maurice Barnes (79-81) - rode Rubstic, Ronnie Beggan (84, 88, 92), David Bridgwater (94-96) - second on Encore un Peu in 1996, Dermot Browne (82, 86, 88), David Cartwright (72-74), Johnny Cook (67, 70-71) - two completions and one win on Specify in 1971, Dougie Costello (12-13,15) - two completions, Mr D Crossley-Cooke (65-67), Sean Curran (97-99), Alan Dempsey (03, 05-06), Kevin Doolan (84-86), Mr Tim Durant (66-68) - the oldest jockey to ever complete and with health and safety as it is these days his record will never be broken, David England (08-10), Jerry Enright (68, 71-72), C.Finnegan (56, 59-60), J.Gamble (63, 65-66), Mr Nick Gaselee (66, 67-8) - finished twice and later trained Party Politics to win in 1992, Mr Dennis Gray (79, 82, 85), B.Hannon (65-66, 74) - completed first two rides, Phil Harvey (64-65, 68), Dessie Hughes (70, 77, 78) - great jockey, great trainer, never got further than the fourth fence, Tim Hyde (65, 69, 71), Steve Jobar (77, 81-82), Kenny Johnson (90, 02-03), Johnny Kenneally (63-63, 67) - finished second on Purple Silk in 1964, Tommy Kinane (68, 73-74), Steve Knight (86-88) - won on Maori Venture in 1987, P.Leech (87-88, 90), Jonathan Lower (90, 94, 96), Ollie McPhail (00, 03-04), Keith Mercer (06, 08-09), Jimmy Morrisey (58, 65-66), Tony Mullins (85-87), Gerry Newman (76-77, 79) - rode Drumroan, Mr Aiden O`Connell (79-81), Seamus O`Neill (88, 90-91), Mr David Pitcher (85, 87, 89), Mark Pitman (89-91) - like father like son, caught close home on Garrison Savannah in 1991, E.Prendergast (66-68), Mr John Queally (84, 85, 88), Brian Smart (77-79), Dai Tegg (89, 91-92), Mr Tim Thomson-Jones (83, 85, 86), Tommy Treacey (97-98, 06), Robert Widger (99-01), Francis Woods (95-97)

Two rides - two completions

D.Bassett (62-Politics), 63 (Dark Venetian)
Simon Burrough (92-Just So, 94-Just So - 2nd)
Liam Cooper (03-Carbury Cross, 04 -Clan Royal - 2nd)
J.Crowley (69-Fort Sun, 71-King Vulgan)
J.Cullen (66-Quintin Bay, 67-Quintin Bay)
Tom Malone (05-Polar Red, 08-Milan Deux Mille)
Ryan Mania (13-Auroras Encore - 1st, 14-Mr Moonshine)
Declan Murphy (90-Gee-A, 91-Ballyhane)
Eamon Murphy (91-Foyle Fisherman, 92-Golden Minstrel)
Val O`Connell (83-Yer Man - 3rd, 84-Yer Man)

Two rides

Ron Atkins (68, 77), Dennis Atkins (75, 78), Robert Bellamy (92, 00), Tony Biddlecombe (61, 63), Miss Charlotte Brew (77, 82) - the first woman to ride over the National fences and to compete in a Grand National, Mr N Brookes (73, 74), Mr P.Brookshaw (58, 60), Joe Byrne (78, 81), Clive Candy (78, 82), Barry Cash (02, 05), Mr Vaclav Chaloupka (86, 91) - Czech amateur - winner of the Velka Pardubicka, Mr Jon Ciechanowski (65, 68), Mr Chris Collins (65, 74) - stayed on to finish third on Mr Jones in 1965, J L Cullen (03, 06), Liam Cusack (89, 94), Steve Davenport (64, 65), Roy Davies (77, 79), Richard Dennard (71-72), Michael Dickinson (76-77), Simon Earle (91-92), Mr John Edwards (67, 77), J.Enright (71-72), H J Evans (78-79),  Mr Charlie Fenwick (79-80) - another American amateur who of course won in the mud on Ben Nevis in 1980), Marcus Foley (02, 06), Martin Foster (94, 96), Russ Garritty (97, 02), Padge Gill (85, 87), David Goulding (77, 79) - missed out on Lucius` win in 1978 through injury, Mr Tom Greenall (05, 07), Mr Al Hambly (88-89), R R Harrison (60, 61), Luke Harvey (87, 95), Nigel Hawke (91-92) - rode Seagram to victory in 1991, Liam Heard (06-07), Mrs Jenny Hembrow (79-80), Richard Hoare (78, 82) - remounted to finish third on Loving Words in 1982 having been brought down four fences from home, Trevor Horgan (94, 96), Danny Howard (03-04), John Hudson (59, 65), E F Kelly (56, 63), Guy Landau (87-88) - rode Lean Ar Aghaidh, Mr Marcus Low (81-82), Martin Lynch (81, 92), Mr Tim McCarthy (96, 98), Robbie McNally (04-05), J.McNaught (74-74), P G Madden (60, 61), J.Magee (61, 66), Mr Norman Mitchell (74, 87) - one of the longest gaps between rides - thirteen years !!!, Stan Moore (85, 87), Ken Morgan (86, 88), Sir William Piggott-Brown (61, 62), Derrick Morris (92, 94), Mr Willie Mullins (83-84) - one great trainer, T S Murphy (67, 70), Paul Nicholls (85-86) - two great trainers, Mr Pat O`Connor (82-83), Andy Orkney (89, 92), Chris Read (76-77) - finished third on Eyecatcher in 1977, A.Redmond (65, 66), Mrs Geraldine Rees (82-83) - made history by becoming the first female rider to complete the course and fell at the first the following year, R.Reid (67, 68), T.Ryan (63, 65), Tommy Ryan (82, 86), Adrian Sharpe (84, 86), Brendan Sheridan (89, 94), Bill Shoemark (72-73), Mr Jose Simo (90-91) - Spanish amateur, Mr George Sloan (69, 73) - American champion amateur, Adie Smith (99, 02), Craig Smith (85, 88), Johnny Speide-Soote (66, 67), Brian Storey (89-90), Gerry Supple (02-03), David Walsh (96-97), Mr Alan Walter (90-91), Ian Watkinson (76-77), Ken Whelan (98, 00) 

One ride - one win

Mr Dick Saunders - Ended his riding career with victory on Grittar in 1982. 
Mr Tommy Crompton Smith - American amateur who rode Jay Trump to victory on his one visit to Aintree in 1965

One ride - 100% completion record

Mr John Alder (65-Tant Pis), Mr Simon Andrews (89-Newnham), Paddy Aspell (11-Chief Dan George), Tommy Barnes (62-Wynburgh - 2nd), Mr Charlie Brooks (87-Insure), Mr P.Brookshaw (78-Mickley Seabright), John H Burke (96-Antonin), Jason Callaghan (1992-Radical Lady), Mr A Cameron (62-Gay Navaree), Clive Chapman (63-Forty Secrets), Gareth Charles-Jones (86-Rupertino), Paul Croucher (88-Course Hunter), Peter Cullis (73-Mill Door), Mr Colin Davies (64-Claymore), Mr Jim Dreaper (71-Black Secret - 2nd), Mr Sandy Dudgeon (86-Gayle Warning), A.Dufton (62-Ernest), Mr David Dunsdon (05-Joly Bey), Jimmy Fitzgerald (63-Sham Fight), Mark Floyd (78-Nereo), Carrie Ford (05-Forest Gunner), Bryan Forsey (76-Colondine), Ross Geraghty (04-The Bunny Boiler), Bruce Gibson (00-Celtic Giant), Mr Roger Grand (84-Jivago de Neuvy), Tom Grantham (91-Golden Minstrel), B.Gregory (64-Out and About), Mr Donal Hassett (84-Eliogarty), Mr Nicky Henderson - yes that Nicky Henderson (76-Indian Diva), Mrs Rosemary Henderson (84-Fiddlers Pike), Steve Holland (78-Golden Whin), Mr B.Howard (67-Scottish Final), Tim Jarvis (87-Gala Prince), Alan Jones (87-Brit), Lars Kelp (89-The Thirsty Farmer), B.Lawrence (63-Blonde Warrior), Ger Lyons (91-Harley), Mr Colin Magnier (83-Greasepaint - 2nd), Donald McCain Jnr (96-Commercial Artist), Mr Paul McMahon (90-Solares), Mr J T McNamara (07-Clan Royal), L.Major (63-Dandy Tim), Mr Raymond Martin (90-Call Collect), Michael Moran (89-Mr Baker), Mr Laurie Morgan (62-Colledge Master), Mr A P Moore (68-Dun Widdy), Mr A.Moule (60-Arles), Mr P.Nicholson (64-Sea Knight), Val O`Brien (74-Tubs VI), Martin O`Halloran (78-Coolishall), Capt Andrew Parker-Bowles (69-The Fossa), Tim Reed (91-Old Applejack), Brian Reilly (85-Captain Parkhill), B.Richmond (65-Moyrath), H.Rogers (84-Doubleuagain), T J Ryan (62-Clear Profit), Mr Oliver Sherwood (83-Venture to Cognac), S.Shields (75-Southern Quest), A K Taylor (79-Prime Justice), Mr John Thorne (81-Spartan Missile - 2nd), Steve Wynne (99-Coome Hill), C.Young (67-Bob-a-Job)

Still Riding

Leighton Aspell - (03-07, 11, 14-17) - 10 (3rd Supreme Glory (03) - won on Pineau de Re & Many Clouds
David Bass (14-17) - 4 - second on The Last Samuri in 2016
James Best (15-f1) - 1
Sean Bowen (15 (15), 16 (15), 17 (12) ) - 3 - 100% 
Paddy Brennan (05, 07-10, 12, 15-17) - 9 - finished 2nd on Saint Are in 2015 , his first completion
Henry Brooke (13-17) - 5 -  twice finished 14th on Across the Bay
M.Byrne (14) - 1
Tom Cannon (15) - 1
Miss Nina Carberry (06, 10-12, 15-16) - 6 - finished four times
Paul Carberry (94, 96-00, 02-08, 10-15) - 19 - won on Bobbyjo in 1999 and second on King Johns Castle in 2008
Peter Carberry (07, 09) - 2
David Casey (00-04, 06-13, 15) - 14 - five finishes, third on Snowy Morning in 2008
Harry Cobden (17) - 1 - 100%
Mr J J Codd (17) - 1 - 2nd on Cause of Causes
Aiden Coleman (08-17) - 10 only completed three times missed winner on Mon Mome in 2009
Robbie Colgan (14) - 1
Danny Cook (10, 17) - 2 
Brain Cooper (12, 14, 16, 17) - 4 - chose the wrong one in 2016 
Davy Cottin (15) - 1
James Davies (04) - 1
Nico de Boinville (16-17) - 2 - yet to clear the first fence successfully
Felix de Gilles (12) - 1 -100%
Charlie Deutsch (17) - 1 - 100%
Jack Doyle (14) - 1
Robert Dunne (16-17) - 2 third on Vics Canvas
Mark Enright (17) - 1 
Philip Enright (09-10) - 2 - 100%
Noel Fehily (01-09, 12-17) - 15 
Martin Ferris (13) - 1
S W Flannagan (10, 17) - 2
P W Flood (08-09) - 2
Derek Fox (17) - won on One for Arthur
Ger Fox (17) - 1 
Paul Gallagher (11) - 1- 100%
Barry Geraghty (00-14, 16-17) - 17 rides - won on Montys Pass in 2003, two places on Slim Pickings - ten completions in total
Mark Grant (13) - 1- 100%
Jake Greenall (14, 17) - 2
Brian Harding (99-01, 04-06, 08-09, 14) - 9 - third on Simply Gifted in 2005
Shane Hassett (11) - 1- 100%
Ryan Hatch - (16) - 1 
Harry Haynes (12) - 1
A P Heskin - (17) - 1
Brian Hughes (10-12, 14-15, 17) - 6 -  no completions and three first fence falls
Wayne Hutchinson (07, 09-10, 12, 14-15) - 6
Daryl Jacob (07-08, 10-13, 15-17) - 9 - won on Neptune Collonges in 2012
Richard Johnson (97-16) - Rode in 20 consecutive Nationals and in 2013 surpassed Michael Scudamores record of 16 straight rides. Second is the best he has managed on Whats Up Boys in 2002 and Balthazar King in 2015.
Jack Kennedy - (17) - 100%
Will Kennedy (15-16) - 2
Roger Loughran (10) - 1
Andrew Lynch (11-12, 14-16) - 5
Jeremiah McGrath (16) - 1 - 100%
Richie McLernon (10-17) - 8 - the narrowest loser of all times on Sunnyhillboy in 2012
Andrew McNamara (06-11, 13)
Niall "slippers" Madden (06-07, 09-10, 12-13) - Won on his first ride on Numbersixvalverde
Jason Maguire (01-03, 05-13) - 12 - rode Ballabriggs to victory in 2013 and became the first National winner to enter the winners enclosure on foot without his horse
Ryan Mahon (11, 13-15) - 4
Tom Messenger (11) - 1- 100%
Donagh Meyler (17) - 1 
Paul Moloney (02, 04, 07-16) - 12 - failed to finish in his first four rides but thereafter has had the most amazing record which reads 4344244 - all carrying the same colours. Finished 12th in 2016.
Jamie Moore (03, 06-07, 11-14, 17) - 8
Jonathan Moore (17) - 1 
David Mullins (16-17) - 2 - 19 years old and won on debut on Rule the World
Emmett Mullins - (09) - 1 
Mr Patrick Mullins (11, 16) - 2
David Noonan (17) - 1 - 100%
Tom O`Brien (07-10, 13-17) - 9 - finished second on McKelvey on his first ride 
Brain O`Connell (12, 14-15) - 3 
Conor O`Farrell (12-14, 16-17) - 5
Denis O`Regan (07-16) - 10 - rode Black Apalachi
Ian Popham (13) - 1- 100%
Brendan Powell (14-15) - 2
Robbie Power (05, 07-09, 11-14, 17) - 10 - won on Silver Birch in 2007 
Sean Quinlan (12) - 1 - 100%
Wilson Renwick (08, 10, 13-14) - 4 
James Reveley (09, 11-12, 15-16) - 5 
Davy Russell (03-12, 14, 16-17) - 13 - six finishes, Saint Are (3rd - 17) only time he has troubled the leaders
Nick Scholfield (08-11, 13-16) - 8 - third on Teaforthree in 2013.
Tom Scudamore (01-10, 12-17) - 16 - eight of his rides have finished but he has never finished better than sixth
Gavin Sheehan (15) - 1 - 100%
Tom Siddall (10) - 1
Harry Skelton (10-12, 16) - 4
Andrew Thornton (96-05, 07, 12, 13, 16) - 14 - fourth has been his best placing
Andrew Tinkler (04, 06, 08-10, 12, 14) - 7 
Paul Townend (09-10, 12-17) - 9
Liam Treadwell (09-10, 15) - just three rides but they have included a 100-1 winner on Mon Mome and a third in 2015 on Monbeg Dude.
Sam Twiston-Davies (10-17) - 8 
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen (07, 09, 11, 13-17)  - 8 -  twice placed on Oscar Time finishing second in 2011 and fourth in 2013 
Ms Katie Walsh (12-14, 16-17) - 5 - third on Seabass in 2012 is the best performance by a lady rider
Mark Walsh (09, 11-14, 16) - 6 - yet to complete the course
Ruby Walsh (00-03, 05-09, 11, 13, 15, 17) - Nine completions, won twice on Papillon in 2000 and Hedgehunter in 2005. Also finished second on Hedgehunter the following year and third twice on Kingsmark in 2002 and My Will in 2009.
Adam Wedge (13-14) - 2
Trevor Whelan (16) - 1 

One ride

Miss Val Alder (84), Gee Armytage (88), Colin Astbury (74), Mr Malcolm Batters (81), J.Bracken (73), Mr John Bradburne (91), Jaroslav Brecka (94) - Slovak champion, Martin Brennan (88), P.Brogan (72), Joe Bryan (86), Derek Byrne (91), Mrs Joy Carrier (83), R.Carter (62), P.Connors (63), Mr R.Couetil (61), R.Court (66), Stephen Craine (06), A P Crowe (05), M.Cummins (75), Gerald Dartnell (70), Tom Dascombe (96), J.Daumas (64), James H Davies (83), Miss Tanya Davis (89), Thomas Geraint Davies (72), Mr William Dixon-Stroud Jnr (87), Mr John Docker (77), P.Double (83), Jimmy Duggan (90), Mr John Durkan (91), Tim Eley (96), Joey Elliott (04), David Elsworth (68), Jamie Evans (98), F J Flood (01), Micky Flynn (87), Dan Fortt (97), Mr John Fowler (71), Hadden Frost (11), Martin Gibson (71), Ray Goldstein (89), Mr Marcus Graffe (81), G.Graham (78), Mr Peter Greenall (75), J.Haldane (69), Micky Hammond (89), Mr Ben Hanbury (68), J.Hansen (85), Mr G Hartigan (65), John Harty (68), Mr Jeremy Hindley (69), P.Hurley (65), Mr P.Irby (67), A.Irvine (61), T.Jackson (65), M B James (68), Mr W Jenks (74), Kenny Jones (88), R M Jones (65), Kieran Kelly (01), Barry Keniry (08), Jayo Kinane (88), Martin Kinane (88), Mr Gay Kindersley (65), Robert Kington (77), Phil Kinsella (09), Mr Roland Kleparski (91), Adam Kondrat (94), Derek Laverty (09), Ian Lawrence (92), Paul Leach (81), Mr J.Leigh (61), Guy Lewis (96), T.McGivern (80), Gerry McGlinchey (83), Mr Larry McGrath (03), J.McLoughlin (66), G.McNally (75), Mr Robbie McNamara (11), Seamus Mackey (92), A.Major (63), Pat Malone (90), Nicky Mann (92), Mr J.Mansfield (63), A.Mawson (71), Andrew Merrigan (89), Mr Anthony Mildmay-White (1976), Tim Mitchell (87), Tom Molloy (10), P.Morris (72), N.Mullins (67), David Munro (73), Mr Broderick Munro-Wilson (80), Mr David Naylor-Leyland (89), Mr A Nicholson (72), Paddy O`Brien (83), P P O`Brien (02), Doc O`Connor (92), Liam O`Donnell (78), D.O`Donovan (60), Shane O`Donovan (95), Liam O`Hara (91), P C O`Neill (07), Darren O`Sullivan (92), Miss Jacqui Oliver (87), Mr J Oppermann (66), Mr Philippe Paihles (03), A.Phillips (79), Chris Pimlott (81), Boris Ponomernko (61), Viktor Prakhov (61), R.Quinn (74), T.Quinn (81), Jimmy Renfree (65), Mr Mark Rimell (95), Mr S.Roberts (66), Mr C Ross (72), Roger Rowell (87), T G M Ryan (08), Mr Brough Scott (65), Mr Bill Shand-Kydd (65), Mr Guy Shenkin (98), Mrs Linda Sheedy (81), P.Shortt (60), Mr Paul Sloan (69), Mr Richard Smith (72), Vic Soane (74), Mr William St George-Burke (60), J.Supple (98), Captain Derek Swan (75), Mr Bill Tellwright (65), Mr Nigel Thorne (68), Nigel Tinkler (77), M.Towers (60), Sean Treacy (78), Mr Ron Treloggan (94), Mr F Turner (72), Mr Guy Upton (89), Mr L Urbano (75), Nigel Wakely (74), Maj Malcolm Wallace (84), P.Walsh (82), Mr Ted Walsh (75), Chris Warren (87), Mr Andrew Wates (68), Alan Webb (89), Mr Paul Webber (81), R.West (65), D.Wilkinson (85), N.Wilkinson (67), R.Williams (67), Miss Venetia Williams (88), Mr P J H Wills (69), Mr R H Woodhouse (71), Billy Worthington (92), Mr Gavin Wragg (87)  

One ride - one fall at the very first fence

J P Banahan (94-Fourth of July), Keith Barnfield (76-Ormonde Tudor), Clive Cox (88-Sacred Path), Jim Crowley (01-Art Prince), P.Ennis (71-Craigbrook), Miss Penny Ffitch-Hayes (88-Hettinger), Jamie Goldstein (01-Spanish Main), Ben Hitchcott (02-Struggles Glory), Nick Kernick (73-Richeleau), John Shortt (90-Galas Image), T.Tanake (95-The Committee), Anthony Tory (91-Docklands Express), Mr Eddie Woods (79-Double Negative), Michael Williams (82-Jimmy Miff)

Great Riding Performances

The following list celebrates some of the great riding performances seen at Aintree since 1960. These are in no particular order (although the Captain Parker Bowles recovery is nothing short of amazing) but are included to show the bravery, determination and sheer bloody mindedness of those brave souls who put life and limb at risk for our pleasure day in day out.

 

The Best Recovery You Never Saw.

Janie Evans - Damas - The first fence 1998

Perhaps the greatest recovery of all time occurred at the very first fence in 1998 and was by an Australian jockey Jamie Evans who at the time got the odd ride for Martin Pipe. Riding outsider Damas he was one of the last horses to jump the fence on the outside where four horses had fallen in a heap directly in front of him. The horse was brought to a complete standstill and the rider was pitched over the horses head. Somehow Evans managed to pull himself back into the saddle. The feat was not mentioned anywhere until now and it is only if you view the coverage very very closely that you can see it. The pair continued a long way behind until Damas repaid his rider by refusing at the eleventh and pitched him unceremoniously over the fence.

The Icelandic Barrel Trick

Chris Grant - Captain Parkhill - The Chair 1985

So often the "nearly" man of Aintree Chris Grant finished second in three Nationals, three Tophams and one Becher Chase in an Aintree career that spanned between 1980 & 1994. In 1985 when riding Aintree regular Captain Parkhill they ran into the Chair. Chris was knocked sideways and ended up handing horizontally to one side. As the horses race towards the water he manages to clamber back on board the horse and remarkably they go on to finish the course.

"Look Mum No Hands"

Charlie Mann - Williamson - First Bechers 1983

Charlie Mann is now a successful Lambourn trainer and is also famous for having ridden the winner of the Czech Republics great steeplechase, the Velka Pardubicka in 1995 on It's a Snip (some eight years after he had officially retired from the saddle). Before his Eastern European exploits Mann was a National Hunt jockey who rode in four Nationals between 1981 & 1987. He never hot further than the seventeenth fence and in 1983 on 100-1 outsider Williamson performed one of the greatest acrobatic performances ever seen at Aintree. Riding on the inside and amongst the leaders the horse hit the fence catapulting Charlie into the air. Both his arms are flung skywards and as the horse is in mid air Charlies arms are waving frantically above his head. No doubt clenching tight with his legs he remains in the saddle and somehow Charlie is able to grab the reins as they land and keeps going. Unfortunately the combination were later knocked out at the Chair.

Richard Johnson - Star Traveller - fourteenth fence 2000

If it were not for Tony McCoy Richard Johnson would have been champion jockey by now and ironically the second best jockey currently riding in the UK. In 2000 Johnson blazed the trail on Festival winner Star Traveller. Approaching the fourteenth he is unsighted by loose horses and misses the fence completely. A la Charlie Mann Johnson loses the reins and looks surely to be unseated. In another remarkable performance of self preservation he manages to grab the reins and continues. He doesn't even surrender the lead.

With a little help from my friends

Captain Andrew Parker-Bowles - The Fossa - fourth fence 1969.

The Captain is now best known for being Prince Charles' missus' ex but in 1969 the gallant Captain rode in his one and only National on Aintree stalwart The Fossa. Up with the leaders from the off they make a slight mistake at the big ditch but that was nothing compared to what they were going to do at the next fence. The Fossa hit the fence extremely hard and the Captain is catapulted over the horses head. As the camera pans through the leaders the Captain in the dark red colours is seen to be clinging to the horses head with both feet not only out of the stirrups but hanging over the horses side ! The horse has not lost any momentum and is still galloping at full speed. If you look carefully you can see Andy Turnell on Kellsboro Wood in the gold silks leaning out of the saddle with an arm outstretched. By the fifth fence the Captain and The Fossa are re-united and still in the race. Did Andy Turnell haul the Captain back onto the saddle ? I cannot be certain but in the interests of fair play and good sportsmanship I'd like to think he did.

Down but nor out

C.Chapman - Forty Secrets - fourteenth fence 1963.

I don't know anything about Mr Chapman not even his Christian name but in 1963 he rode in his only National. Riding outsider Forty Secrets he was in mid division on the outside of the field when at the fourteen fence he stumbled on landing and fell to the ground. Mr Chapman stood still, the horse got up and they continued eventually finishing twenty first of the twenty two finishers.

Update - I am grateful to Turf historian Derek Gay who tells me that Mr Chapman (who sadly died in 2007) was called Clive. He was also an actor and was the jockey in the famous Hamlet Cigar advert of the seventies.

Graham Thorner - Tamalin - Second Bechers 1978

In 1978 ex-England cricket captain and avid racing fan Ted Dexter sponsored an award for the best riding performance apart from the winner. I am not aware that any similar award has been given since but Thorner was a very worthy winner as he "fell at the fence and indeed was called a faller by the commentato. Somehow despite all four legs scraping the turf, Thorner stays in the saddle and despite being pitched up over the horses head the combination survive and go on to complete the course. Thorner won a state of the art video recorder valued at 700 (1978 prices).

Brendan Powell - Rhyme'n" Reason - First Bechers 1988

There have been numerous cases of horses being caught out by the drop at Bechers. Honorourable mention should go to Royal trainer Nicky Henderson on Indian Diva in 1976, Irish amateur John Quealley on Our Cloud in 1985 and Carl Llewellyn on former winner Bindaree in 2003. All were down on their noses at the fence but got up and survived. However, Brendan Powell's recovery on Rhyme 'n' Reason is incredible as after they had effectively fallen at Bechers first time (having had his hind quarters give way on landing) and been left stone last by the seventh fence they steadily made up ground to actually win the race. There have been National winners in the past who have made mistakes but none have survived such a monumental blunder

A "Rookie" Mistake

Robert Dunne - Vics Canvas 2016

Maybe it`s because they "don`t make the fences like they used to" that we have not had many great recoveries in recent years but in what was a classic Grand National in 2016 we saw the best recovery of the modern era. Robert Dunne in his first National on veteran Vics Charm (who was also making his National debut at the age of thirteen) stumbled on landing having taken Bechers too steeply. The horses nose grazed the turf and as the horse recovered Dunne was pitched to one side and looked as if he was going to be ejected. Somehow he managed to cling onto the horses neck and regain his balance and amazingly some seven minutes later he was fighting out the finish to finish a very honourable third. 

Beginners Luck

Since 1960 forty eight jockeys have won the National. Of those, fifteen won the race at their first attempt  -  Bobby Beasley (1961), Mr Tommy Smith (1965), Tim Norman (1966), John Buckingham (1967), Maurice Barnes (1979), Mr Dick Saunders (1982), Jimmy Frost (1989), Nigel Hawke (1991), Jason Titley (1995) Ruby Walsh (2000), Niall Madden (2006), Liam Treadwell (2009), Ryan Mania (2013), David Mullins (2016) & Derek Fox (2017)

Note : Tommy Smith and Dick Saunders won on their only ride

Thirteen won the race at the second time of asking  - Gerry Scott (1960), Pat Buckley (1963), Brian Fletcher (1969), Graham Thorner (1972), Charlie Fenwick (1980), Richard Dunwoody (1986), Steve Knight (1987), Brendan Powell (1988), Marcus Armytage (1990), Mick Fitzgerald (1996), Tony Dobbin (1997), Graham Lee (2004) & Robbie Power (2007)

What Took You So Long ?

Of our twenty one remaining heroes, two, Fred Winter (1962) and Pat Taaffe (1970) had already won one in the fifties whilst the others took a little longer to add their names to the roll of honour......

Third attempt - Johnny Cook (1971), John Burke (1976), Ben de Haan (1983), Neal Doughty (1984), Carl Llewellyn (1992)

Fourth attempt - Bob Davies (1978), Hywel Davies (1985), Jim Culloty (2002), Barry Geraghty (2003)

Fifth attempt - Paul Carberry (1999), Daryl Jacob (2012)

Sixth attempt - Willie Robinson (1964), Tommy Stack (1977)

Seventh attempt - Leighton Aspell (2014), Richard Guest (2001)

Ninth attempt - Bob Champion (1981)

Eleventh attempt - Tommy Carberry (1975)

Twelfth attempt - Timmy Murphy (2008)

And finally ...he shattered every record during his career and here is one that he probably won`t now care too much about. At a record fifteenth attempt twenty times champion Tony McCoy finally won the National in 2010

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