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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…

Carl Llewellyn

Carl Llewellyn is the proud rider of two Grand National winners – Party Politics in 1992 and Earth Summit in 1998. Modest Llewellyn stresses that his National wins have both been all about luck, and to an extent he may be right. But it’s…

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…
Jockey Liam Treadwell - Grand National Winner

Liam Treadwell

On April 4th 2009 Liam Treadwell came out of the woodwork as a first time Grand National jockey and went on to stun the racing world by riding to victory on Mon Mome, the 100/1 rank outsider. Over 70,000 watched on from the Aintree crowd,…

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…
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Fred Winter

Fred Winter is the only person to have won the Grand National twice as both jockey and trainer and also the only man to have both ridden and trained winners of the Grand National, the Champion Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Born in September…
Statue of Red Rum at Aintree
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Red Rum - National Legend

In the history of horse racing, few horses have captured the affection of the British public like Red Rum. The spirited horse rose from an early life of anonymity to become the only three-time Grand National winner. Today, three decades after…
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Picking A National Horse

The Grand National will be with us sooner than we think and as the most popular race in the calendar it is always a good exercise to go back to basics and look at the most important factors when selecting your bet. In the past the National…