Horse racing remains one of the most widely-watched sports in the world. As a result of that, it is also popular amongst punters and bookmakers. Just like every game has its set of legendary tournaments, when it comes to horse racing a few events stand out. The Kentucky Derby, Melbourne Cup, and Dubai Cup are worth a mention. However, very few of these can boast of the heritage associated with the Grand National.
The first Grand National dates back 181 years and since then has been the epicentre of horse racing events in all of Europe. In our present world of horse racing, while on the one hand there has been sad news about famous tracks in New Zealand closing down, a new ray of hope came when the dates for the next Grand National were announced.
April 10, 2021, is when the Grand National will take place with 40 riders fighting for the million-pound prize money. Since there is still time for the race, here is a look at some of the most iconic jockeys and horses to have been a part of the Grand National over the years.
Legend has it that before the tournament in 1928, Tipperary Tim’s jockey, William Dutton, was told by a friend that the only way he would win the race is if all the other 41 riders fell down.
In what was to be a comedy of errors, that is precisely what happened as trouble on Canal Turn led to everyone, but Dutton, ending off their horses.
Tipperary Tim, as a result, became the first 100/1 winner of the competition.
The most iconic of horses to have set foot on Aintree Racecourse is Red Rum. He remains to date the one horse to have won the competition three times. The story of Red Rum is quite fascinating, and every horse racing fan must know about it.
What’s even more interesting is that while Red Rum won the race in 1973, 1974, and 1977, he went on to come second during 1975 and 1976. Truly a magnificent achievement, the likes of which we are yet to see again.
If there is one horse that can come close to the accomplishments of Red Rum, it is Tiger Roll. The two-time winning champion is still on for a hat-trick as he is expected to win the race in 2021. Tiger Roll won back-to-back Grand Nationals in 2018 and 2019, with the 2020 race getting cancelled.
Looking at the betting odds for the race, that is still quite far away, Tiger Roll tops the chart. If you are a horse racing fan, take it from us, you do not want to miss out on the 2021 Grand National, so make sure you block the date in advance.
Even though the Grand National has a history nearing two centuries now, it wasn’t until 1977 that women jockeys started participating in the race. Ever since then, there have been 20 occasions when a female rider took to the course, beginning with Charlotte Brew in 1977.
However, it wasn’t till 1982, five years later, that Geraldine Reese became the first woman to complete the race. Still, in the greatest jockey list, Katie Wash gets a mention for being the first female jockey to earn a prominent position in the Grand National. She came in third in the 2012 edition of the iconic horse race.