Irish Trained

Irish Trained Winners of The National – A Legacy of Success

In recent years Irish trained runners have had incredible success at the Grand National but its links go much deeper than that.
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Bob Champion & Aldaniti – The Famous 1981 Grand National Winners

A Grand National legend, Bob Champion battled not only the Aintree course, but cancer, to go on and win the race with Aldaniti in 1981.

Broadcasting History Of The Grand National

The Grand National has been a fixture of British culture for nearly 200 years. The first race was run in 1836, and every year it has gotten better and better. The 2023 Grand National will be just as exciting as we wait to see if Noble Yeats…

Female Grand National Jockeys

Most of us are very familiar with the leading ladies of the Horse Racing world including Rachael Blackmore, Katie Walsh, Nina Carberry and Bryony Frost. These ladies made phenomenal strides into a very male-dominated sport, with Rachael Blackmore…

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…