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 had gone out of the event. Fortunately Aintree responded and made the changes needed to save the great race.
The 1860’s also saw the greatest number of mares winning the race, these were: Anatis (1860) Jealousy (1861) Emblem (1863) Emblematic (1864) and George Waddington started out on his career of National runs without a win, a total of 13 attempts between 1861 and 1882.
1862 saw Jockey James Wynne die at the fence before the water, this fence was always taken at speed and it was later changed to an open ditch which became known as the Chair, due to it being directly across from the seat that the distance judge would sit in.
1863 saw Jockey George Stevens win the first of his two back to back Nationals, the first on Emblem and in 1864 on Emblematic.
1868 and the Lamb become the first Grey horse to win the National.
1869, the Colonel won the first of his back to back victories whilst being ridden by George Stevens, who had already won back to back on Emblem and Emblematic. Stevens would ride the Colonel for a second back to back, ensuring his place in Grand National history and making him one of Aintree’s truly great jockeys.
YEAR | HORSE | SP | JOCKEY | TRAINER
1860 | Anatis | 5/1 | Mr Tommy Pickernell | H. E. May
1861 | Jealousy | 5/1 | Joseph Kendall | Charles Balchin
1862 | The Huntsman | 3/1 F | Harry Lamplugh | Harry Lamplugh
1863 | Emblem | 4/1 | George Stevens | Edwin Weever
1864 | Emblematic | 10/1 | George Stevens | Edwin Weever
1865 | Alcibiade | 100/7 | Capt. Henry Coventry | Cornell
1866 | Salamander | 40/1 | Mr Alec Goodman | J. Walters
1867 | Cortolvin | 16/1 | John Page | Harry Lamplugh
1868 | The Lamb | 9/1 | Mr George Ede | Ben Land
1869 | The Colonel | 100/7 | George Stevens | R. Roberts