Highland Wedding was the gelding who won the 1969 Grand National at Aintree in his third attempt at the race. His first attempt had been in 1967 he had finished eighth while his second endeavour the following year saw him come seventh. Bred…
A nine year old when he won in 1968 carrying more than 10st. Owned by Mr J Manners, he was trained by Denys Smith in County Durham and ridden by Brian Fletcher, his S/P for the race was 100/7. Jockey Fletcher, was only 19 at the time and he…
Character Building, owned by John Wright, who was brought up almost next door to Carlisle racecourse, was considered a sure bet for the 2009 Grand National. Bearing in mind that the last Grand National winner from Yorkshire was nearly 50 years…
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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 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…
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 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 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…
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…
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