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Jenny Pitman

The Pitman family has a special association with the Grand National, with Jennifer being just 14 months old when she was first put on a pony. When she was 15 her father George Harvey who trained point-to-pointers gave his daughter her first…
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Ginger McCain

Donald McCain, more frequently referred to as ‘Ginger’ is a name that goes hand in hand with the Grand National. Ginger was the trainer of the legendary Red Rum, the most famous and greatest horse to have ever lived. Red Rum won the National…
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Moiffa

There are many legends surrounding the Grand National but none stranger or incorrect than that of shipwrecked horse Moifaa, the Grand National winner of 1904. Moiffa originally belonged to Alf Ellingham who in his day was the best hurdle…
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The Pilgarlic

Few horses can claim to have jumped the Aintree Grand National fences as much as stalwart The Pilgarlic who, in the late seventies gave many a horse a run for his money. He started in the Topham Chase in 1976 where he finished second and from…
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The Iron Duke Of Aintree

People from all over the world flock to see what is perhaps the most exciting racing event anywhere on the planet. The Grand National is over four miles long and the height of the fences legendary. They’ve caused more than few injuries to…
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Fred Rimell

Fred Rimell is one of steeplechasing’s all time greats, having won four jump jockey’s championships and trained four National winners – E.S.B. (1956), Nicolaus Silver (1961), Gay Trip (1970) and Rag Trade (1976). The first time he entered…
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Mon Mome

Mon Mome (Our Kid) became the first 100-1 shot to win the Grand National since Foinavon's lucky win at the Aintree course in 1967, when a loose horse caused a pile up at a fence and left Foinavon with a clear run to the finishing line. In…
Bob Champion & Aldaniti
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Aldaniti

Aldaniti won the Grand National in 1981, and in doing so provided the fairytale ending that Bob Champion desired to his career. Bred by Thomas Barron at Harrogate Stud Farm, in Co. Durham, by Derek H, out of Renardeau. Whilst Renardeau was an…
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Rag Trade

Rag Trade is the horse that put off Red Rum’s third victory in the National for a further year. In winning the 1976 Grand National, Rag Trade gave trainer Fred Rimmell his fourth National victory; having previously won with E.S.B.(1956), Nicolaus…