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Thursday 31 March 2022

The 5 most legendary Grand National winners

The Grand National is considered one of the greatest steeplechases in the world. It attracts some of the world’s best horses, riders, and trainers thanks to its £1 million prize purse, which makes the race one of the richest today. The Grand National is an iconic race in the sport of racing, and major players in the industry regularly take part in the event at Aintree Racecourse. 

The race features 30 fences that must be hurdled. The Chair, Foinavon, and Becher’s Brook are all legendary jumps horses must make, and each jump provides its own unique influence on the race. The Grand National dates back to 1836 and legends of horse racing have contested it. Of the hundreds of horses to win the race, which horses are the most legendary winners of the Grand National? 

The Grand National 2022 is just around the corner and bettors are debating which horse will win the latest edition of the race. Bettors can get free bets for Grand National races and the latest bet promos before wagering on the three-day event. 

5. Auroras Encore 

Auroras Encore began the Grand National 2013 at the betting odds of 66/1 to win the race. On the day, Auroras Encore won the rich race by almost 10 lengths. The Irish-bred race horse won six steeplechases across a seven-year career. Auroras Encore posted an overall record of 8-7-1 from 47 starts. 

4. Mr. Frisk 

Mr. Frisk won the 1990 Grand National in the 144th running of the event at Aintree. The quick race horse famously finished the Grand National’s two-and-a-half-mile course in the fastest time possible. Mr. Frisk ran the course in under eight minutes and 50 seconds. Jockey Marcus Armytage rode Mr. Frisk to the win and broke Red Rum’s record for the quickest course time by 14 seconds. 

3. Lord Gyllene 

The 1997 Grand National is considered one of the most controversial in the race’s history. New Zealand-born Lord Gyllene won the race after the original event was halted due to a bomb threat. The race was moved from its Saturday running to Monday, which some consider the reason Lord Gyllene won the race. 

2. Foinavon 

Foinavon won the Grand National at the incredible odds of 100/1 in 1967. Foinavon was an outsider and ridden by jockey John Buckingham. After winning the Grand National, one of the fences at the Aintree course was renamed in honour of Foinavon. 

1. Red Rum 

Red Rum won three Grand National races with victories in 1973, 1974, and 1977. In the 1973 Grand National, Red Rum closed a 30-length gap during the race to win. The feat prompted the horse racing media to label Red Rum as one of the greatest horses of all time. Red Rum died in 1995, but horseracing fans will find the legendary horse’s ashes spread across the Aintree racecourse winning post. In five Grand National starts, Red Rum finished first on three occasions and second two times. The legend of horseracing has an event named after him at Aintree, known as the Red Rum Handicap Chase.

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