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Foggy Recollections

The history of the Grand National is full of strange tales but one of the strangest stories is that of the 1947 winner 'Caughoo'. Jockey Daniel McCann who was well beaten on 'Lough Conn' accused winning jockey Eddie Dempsey of hiding 'Caughoo'…

Grand National Jockeys Trophy Auctioned

The Grand National trophy awarded to jockey Bob Lyall for his 1931 National win ‘Grakle’ will be sold at Auction today. The Trophy is coming up for sale at Rowley’s Fine Art Auctioneers at Newmarket and is expected to fetch more than £1,000. The…

When The Grand National Went To War

During the Second World War, or at least from 1941 onwards racing was abandoned at Aintree. However, during the First World War the Aintree Grand National was held in Liverpool in 1915 but then moved to the now defunct Gatwick until 1919.…

Broadcasting History Of The Grand National

Three National Hunt races were broadcast on television in 1948, and within a short space of time there was regular coverage from Kempton Park and Ascot. After years of negotiation the Grand National was televised in 1960, with the original commentators…

Beginning Of The Grand National

The fact that we have an annual Grand National at Aintree is all down to a man called WiIliam Lynn, a Liverpool inn-keeper, who dreamed of having an event to rival Tom Coleman’s Great St Albans Steeplechase. Lynn had administered Aintree’s…

2005 Grand National Race Story

In 2005, Hedgehunter’s decisive victory ensured a fourth Irish-trained success in the great chase since 1999. He was a very popular winner and had been well backed ante-post and then again on the day of the race, opening at 9/1 and going off…

2007 Grand National Race Story

It took Silver Birch just 9 minutes 13.60 seconds to complete and win the four and a half mile Aintree Grand National in 2007. The 10-year-old, Gordon Elliott trained horse had been a leading fancy for the 2005 National but a leg injury sustained…

2006 Grand National Race Story

Irish trained horses really came into their own during the 2000's when they dominated the Grand National races every year and 2006 was no different when Numbersixvalverde became the fifth winner from the Emerald Isle to score in eight runnings. The…

Irish Trained Winners Of The National

In recent years the Irish have had incredible success at the Aintree Grand National but it's association and links go much deeper than that. In fact it was two Irish fox-hunting gentlemen Edmund Bake and Cornelius O’Callaghan who coined the…