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The Soldier Who Saved The 1946 Grand National

A nostalgic Grand National story came to our attention after it was published by Biggleswade Today. The article told of Bill Wilson, who was involved in saving the 1946 Grand National race. What is notable about that Grand National is that it…

The Hairdresser Who Won The National Twice

Aintree always has a story to tell. This one’s about a camp hairdresser with a fake French accent who went on to become Britain’s first celebrity crimper and the owner of not one, but two Grand National winners. During the early fifties…

The Story After The Glory

Where Are The Grand National Winners Now? The Grand National has produced some of the greatest horseracing winners of all time, horses whose names live on in the minds of once-a-year punters long after the race has been run and the betting…
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Who Will Replace John Smith's?

Last week the news broke about the ending of the John Smith's sponsorship of the annual Aintree Grand National and unsurprisingly it came as a shock to many in light of the fact that they've had such a successful partnership since 2005. Whether…

Grand National 1840 - 1849

By the 1840's the founder of the race, William Lynn (who was the proprietor of the Waterloo Hotel and Head of a syndicate who had leased the land for Aintree, from William Molyneux 2nd Earl of Sefton.) was suffering from ill-health. He found…

Grand National 1836 - 1839

The true start date for the Grand National Race is open to debate, while some believe that the race was first run in 1836 and won by The Duke who also won the following year in 1837 and the 1838 race being won by Sir William, many historians…

Grand National 1850 - 1859

1850 and 1851 saw the first back to back win of the Grand National (although The Duke had won the first two nationals these aren't included in the statistics.) The horse, Abd El Kader, was ridden in 1850 by Chris Green and in 1851 by T. Abbott,…

Grand National 1860 - 1869

The 1860's saw a decline in the number of horses entering and the number of people attending the National.The race was in danger of sliding into oblivion, the general consensus of opinion was the fences were becoming too tame and the challenge…

Grand National 1870-1879

The 1870's started with the second of the Colonel's back to back victories and also the second of George Stevens back to backs, unfortunately this was to be the great jockey's last ride in the National as he was killed just 3 month's later,…