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Vincent O’Brien

No man has dominated horseracing to the extent that Irish trainer Vincent O’Brien has done. Born in Clashgannif, Churchtown, County Cork on the 9 April 1917, he is one of the few people in sport who can truthfully be referred to as a legend,…
Foinavon lands in the lead.
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Foinavon

On April 8, 1967, the unfancied 100/1 shot 'Foinavon' shocked the Nation with an epic win at Aintree. Defying the odds, Foinavon plodded to victory in the Grand National after all the other runners fell! Even after being gifted a massive…

Anglo

Anglo was the horse to give Fred Winter his second successive National victory in just two years as a racehorse trainer, following on from his illustrious riding career, which also saw him win the National twice, on Sundew and Kilmore. While…

Jay Trump

Jay Trump won the National in 1965, and in doing so became the first American bred, owned and ridden horse to do so and it was also jockey Tommy Crompton Smith’s Aintree debut! It was to be his first and last appearance at Aintree, and in…

Team Spirit

On Team Spirit’s fifth successive attempt at the Aintree Grand National he won it in 1964. He may have won by just half a length but he definitely was a worthy winner, and his win as made even more special by the fact that it made his half…

Ayala

Ayala won the 1963 Grand National but the fact that he won was a shock to all – he was one of eighteen 66-1 outsiders in a field of forty-seven contenders. Not only that but included in the competition were past winners Mr What, Kilmore and…

Kilmore

Kilmore was the horse to win the Grand National in 1962. For some horses it can take them quite a few attempts at the Aintree race to adapt to the challenges of the course, but with Kilmore he succeeded with aplomb on his second attempt. His…

Nicolaus Silver

One of a very select handful of grey horses to have won the Grand National, Nicolaus Silver was a horse of striking good looks. But that obviously was not all he had in terms of assets, as he was also an extremely well-balanced and very precise…

Merryman II

Merryman II, on winning the 1960 Grand National, became not only the first Scottish horse to win the race, but also the first horse to be captured winning the event on television! Indeed Merryman II’s victorious tale is definitely a fate-filled…