Female Jockey Winner?

Actress Elizabeth Taylor famously won the Grand National in 1945 riding “The Pie” to victory. We must point out that the victory only occurred in the film ‘National Velvet’ and not on the official course, unfortunately Liz was stripped of her title in the film once it was discover she was – A LADY!

1945 proved a sad year for male riders in the National as four previous winning jockeys died in service during the Second World War. They were Frank Furlong who won in 1935 on Reynoldstown, Bobby Everett who won in 1929 on Gregalach, Mervyn Jones who won on Bogskar in 1940 and Tommy Cullinan who rode Shaun Goilin to victory in 1930.