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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…
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Barry Geraghty

Irish jockey, Barry Geraghty, rode his first winner at Down Royal back in January 1997. And his career since then has been nothing short of remarkable. He has been crowned Champion Jockey on two occasions in Ireland, in 1999-2000 and 2003-2004. He…
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Ruby Walsh

Ruby Walsh is one of the most famous and successful jockeys in the world. He is the son of the former champion amateur jockey Ted Walsh and brother to jockey Katie Walsh. He won his first Irish amateur title in 1996/7 at just 18 years of age.…
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…
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Ginger McCain

Donald McCain, more frequently referred to as ‘Ginger’ is a name that goes hand in hand with the Grand National. Ginger was the trainer of the legendary Red Rum, the most famous and greatest horse to have ever lived. Red Rum won the Grand…
jockey covered in mud at the end of a race.
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A.P. McCoy

Anthony Peter "A.P." McCoy MBE is widely regarded as the greatest National Hunt jockey ever. He rode his first winner, "Legal Steps", at Thurles on 26 March 1992 and he has never looked back. He has broken numerous records including a record…
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Jenny Pitman

The Pitman family has a special association with the Grand National, with Jennifer being just 14 months old when she was first put on a pony. When she was 15 her father George Harvey who trained point-to-pointers gave his daughter her first…
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Jason Maguire

Jason Maguire was born on 13th April 1980 and is a native of Kilmessan, County Meath, Ireland. He is a nephew of Adrian Maguire who won the Irish Grand National on Omerta and is now a trainer. From messing about with ponies at his grandfather…
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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…