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Thursday, 31 January 2019

5 Memorable Grand National Moments

Aintree Grand National 2019
Racing fans can't find anything better than the Grand National which is the most valuable jump race in Europe. The racing event is especially popular among sports punters. The gossip is already taking shape with the racing event coming near. Will C. Tizzard get the trophy or W.P. Mullins emerge victorious or will it some other trainer? 

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1- Devon Loch unusual behavior (1956) 

In the 1956 Grand National, Devon Loch came extremely close to winning the title. He was well clear of other horses when he was nearing the finishing line. However, what followed became hugely famous in the history of the Grand National. Devon Loch belly flopped to the turf and E.S.B. got to the finishing post first to win the race. 

Dick Francis was so overwhelmed that he burst into tears at that time. What caused this unexpected behavior from the racehorse has remained a mystery. Not even Dick Francis knew for sure about that unusual behavior of Devon Loch.

2- Aldaniti's victory (1981) 

Jockey Bob Champion recovered from cancer while the famous racehorse Aldaniti recovered from a very serious injury to compete in the 1981 Grand National. Therefore, it was a huge emotional Grand National moment when Bob Champion and Aldaniti won the race in 1981. 

Besides winning the Grand National, Aldaniti had previously come third in the 1979 Cheltenham Gold Cup while finishing second in the Scottish Grand National. A movie called Champions was also made later based on their inspirational success story with John Hurt as Champion. 

3- The race that never was (1993) 

The 1993 Grand National was declared void after some unusual incidents. Despite there being a false start, 30 of the 39 runners kept on racing while 7 racehorses even went on to complete the course. Esha Ness finished first in what would have been a record timing. This race is called the race that never was. 

4- Unexpected victory for Foinavon (1967) 

Foinavon was so slow that there was almost no chance for him in the 1967 Grand National. His chances before the race were 100-1. Thanks to an unusual incident, the unexpected happened and Foinavon won the race. 

At the 23rd fence, Popham Down veered suddenly to his right causing huge chaos. Some racehorses hit the ground while the pile-up prevented others from jumping. Foinavon, who was lagging so far behind, could easily escape the chaos and establish a huge lead over others. All the other racehorses failed to close the gap and Foinavon passed the finishing post fifteen lengths clear. 

5- Red Rum's historic treble (1977) 

Red Rum achieved a historic treble when he lifted his third Grand National in 1977. He was one of the best UK racehorses of all time. In the 1973 Grand National, he snatched the victory from Crisp after the Fred Winter's horse was leading by 15 lengths at the last fence. Red Rum won the next year as well and finished second in the following two races.

His 1977 Grand National victory is considered as one of the greatest Grand National moments. No racehorse has ever been able to break his record.