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How Ginger McCain Found Red Rum

When Donald McCain pulled up in his taxi outside the Prince of Wales hotel in Southport one wet summer’s evening, he couldn’t have known that his next fare was about to change his life and make racing history. Donald, also known as Ginger,…
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When Did The Grand National Begin?

The Grand National steeplechase is such an iconic part of British history that often we forget that it had to start somewhere. So where, when and how did the Grand National come about? William Lynn The Grand National at Aintree is all…
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The Pilgarlic

Few horses can claim to have jumped the Aintree Grand National fences as much as stalwart The Pilgarlic. In the late seventies he gave many a horse a run for his money. Trained by the late great Fred Rimmell, he started in the Topham Chase…

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 Man Who Rode, Trained & Owned A Grand National Winner

It seems like a staggering achievement because that’s exactly what it is. One man, back in 1845 became the only person in Grand National history to own, train and ride his horse to victory in the world’s greatest steeplechase. The honour…

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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Carrie Ford Interview

Carrie Ford made history when she finished 5th onboard Forest Gunner in the 2005 Grand National. At the time it was the highest finish by a female jockey in the race’s long history. We recently talked to her about that day at Aintree, her…

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…