The accolades just keep coming for jockey Ruby Walsh, the latest of which is his induction into the Grand National Legends Hall of Fame. He is one of five to be honoured after thousands of racing fans placed their votes on the Grand National Legends website with trainer Richard Pitman topping the poll.
Their names will now join an illustrious list of star performers from the 1830s through to the present day such as Red Rum and Ginger McCain, Bob Champion, Sir Peter O’Sullevan and Jenny Pitman.
The other three, other than Ruby and Richard, who will also be honoured are Trevor Hemmings, a leading UK owner and a huge supporter of Aintree, Golden Miller, the only horse ever to win the Gold Cup and Grand National in the same year (1934), and Dick Francis CBE, the writer, Champion Jockey and Racing Journalist.
The Legends doesn't just celebrate the more famous supporters of the national, in fact in 2012, Aintree and John Smith's welcomed two new ‘People's Legends'. John Burgess, a racecourse vet at the National for 38 years and Maureen Eyers a devoted local fan.
The 2013 People's Legends will be decided by a panel of experts who will select some of the unsung supporters of the John Smith's Grand National during the the awards ceremony which will take place at Aintree racecourse on Grand National Day, April 6th 2013.
For a full list of who's running in the 2013 Grand national, check out our aptly named Runners Page!
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