ERIC'S RECENT WINNERS: + SECRET TIPS: GRANDFATHER TOM 11/2, MOUNTAIN PEAK 6/1, NINJAGO 4/1, TARNHELM 13/2, ONLY SPOOFING 7/2, STAXTON 15/2, DAPPER MAN 4/1, CUPPACOCO 10/1, TROPICS 41, JORDAN ELECTRICS 5/1 + EX £32.40, BLUE POINT 5/2, LORD RIDDIFORD 7/1,GLOBAL SPIRIT 4/1, LIAMBA 7/2, MACHREE 14/1, BILLYOAKES 4/1, FIRMDECISIONS 18/1, ROY'S DREAM 8/1, EAST STREET REVUE 25/1, RED STRIPES 5/1, MAB'S CROSS 6/1, RED INVADER 5/1, SAMOVER 9/1, HIGHLY SPRUNG 4/1,SHAMSHON 4/1, KATHEEFA 7/2, STAR CRACKER 13/2, WALK ON WALTER 2/1,THE ARMED MAN 9/1, KACHY 8/13, TERENTUM STAR 9/1, MYSTICAL MOON 14/1, OUR PLACE IN LOULE 5/1,GOWANBUTER 4/1, SPIRIT OF ZEBEDEE 3/1, WARRIOR VALEEY 5/1, TAVENER 8/1, CROSSE FIRE 5/1, PEACHEY CARNEHAN 16/1, TATHMEEN 12/1 + EX £110.40, POINT ZERO 7/2, MERHOOB 10/1, SPIRIT OF ZEBEDEE 6/1, EQUIANO SPRINGS 6/1, IT'S ALL A JOKE 4/1 + EX £20.40, EPEIUS 9/2, AGEUROOO 4/1, JOEGOGO 3/1, SANDFRANKSKIPSGO 15/2 + EX £42.20, GORGEOUS NOORA 5/2, DANDY HIGHWAYMAN 11/1, ANOTHER ANGEL 5/1, SANTAFIORA 6/1, ALASKAN BAY 6/1 + EX £11.80 + TRI £83.70, DOCTOR SARDONICUS 15/2 + EX £55.30, TURANGA LEELA 9/1, CUBAN PRINCE 9/1, THE RIGHT CHOICE 5/1, POPPY MAY 12/1, COMMANDER KIRKUP 5/1 + EX £15.50 + TRI £55.90, CAPTAIN LARS 6/1, WALK ON WALTER 9/2, OUTRAGE 8/1, ARZAAK 14/1, DEEDS NOT WORDS 3/1 + EX £20.30 + TRIFECTA £53.70, PIAZON 8/1, THE LACEMAKER 100/30 + WALK ON WALTER 16/1 + £43.75 F/C


Monday, 24 March 2014

Grand National Legends

Red Rum 1973 Grand National Winning Legend
The Crabbie's Grand National (Handicap) Grade 3 Class 1 race over 4m 3f 110y is a true racing spectacle. For National Hunt trainers it is the ultimate prize. Jockeys the accolade they all cherish. The winning horse immortalised in racing history. 

In 2009 John Smith's launched a poll to determine five personalities inducted into the inaugural Grand National Legends initiative, inscribed on a commemorative plaques at Aintree. 

They were:
  • Ginger McCain and Red Rum record three wins in the Grand National   
  • John Buckingham and Foinavon, the most unlikely winner in 1967 
  • Manifesto, who holds the record for the most runs in the race, eight including two victories
  • Jenny Pitman, the first woman to train the winner of the race in 1983 with Corbiere
  • Sir Peter O'Sullevan, the commentator who called home the winner of fifty  Grand Nationals on radio and television from 1947 to 1997. 
Three additional legends were selected 
  • George Stevens - record five times winning jockey between 1856-1870
  • Captain Martin Becher - who helped bring the National to Liverpool, winner of one of the first races in 1836, first to fall into the brook at the 6th fence, which took his name
  • Edward Topham - who devised the handicap weights system from 1847 and family played a part in the success of this race for 125 years
In 2011 nine additional legends were added:
  • 1981 Grand National winner - Bob Champion & Aldaniti   
  • 1986 West Tip - who raced in six consecutive Nationals and won once
  • Richard Dunwoody - who competed in 14 Nationals and placed eight times
  • Brian Fletcher - winning jockey three times including Red Rum's first victory in 1973
  • Vincent O'Brien - trained three consecutive winners in the 1950s
  • Tom Olliver - rode in 19 Nationals, 17 consecutive, 3 wins, 3 seconds and 1 third
  • Count Karl Kinsky - first International winner when riding Zoedone 1883
  • Jack Anthony - three time winning jockey 1911, 1915 and 1920
  • Peter Bromley - who covered 42 Nationals until his retirement (BBC Radio)  
In 2012 and 2013 additional legends were added.