Grand National facts

Grand National Facts & tips!

The 2020 Grand National has been cancelled, although the virtual version (which has been ‘run’ in recent years only) will take its timeslot (and, it will be televised on itv).

Grand National tips

Tips for the Grand National can be found here.

The £1 million Grand National race at Aintree in 2020 takes place on Saturday 4th April, only a few weeks after the Cheltenham Festival. How many of these Grand National Facts do you know?

Grand National facts

  • Tiger Roll (jockey: Davy Russell, trainer: Gordon Elliot) has won the last two races (2019 and 2018).
  • In 2017 One For Arthur (jockey Derek Fox, trainer Lucinda Russell) was victorious. In 2016 Rule The World (jockey David Mullins, trainer Mouse Morris) won.
  • Jockey Leighton Aspell famously won 2 years in a row (in 2014 on Pineau de Re, and in 2015 on Many Clouds).
  • The biggest starting price of a winner in recent years was in 2009 when Mon Meme (jockey Liam Treadwell) won at 100/1.
  • 13 mares have won, but the last was Nickel Coin in 1951.
  • 3 different greys have won (1 winning twice), with the last grey winner Neptune Collonges in 2012.
  • A female jockey has never won, but in 2012 Katie Walsh was the first to finish in the top 3 (finishing 3rd on Seabass).
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Cheltenham Thursday – Races, facts, and tips!

Cheltenham Thursday tips

Tips for Cheltenham Thursday can be found here.

7 races will be run on Cheltenham Thursday, the penultimate day in the current 4 day Cheltenham calendar. In 2020, Cheltenham Thursday falls on 12th March. The feature race of Cheltenham Thursday, the Stayers’ Hurdle, starts at 15:30. All races below will be run on the New Course.

  • 13:30 Marsh Novices’ Chase (17 Fences, 2 miles 4 furlongs) – Novice chasers, at least 5 years old, take part. Ruby Walsh is the leading jockey in this race with 3 wins – Vantour in 2015, Black Hercules in 2016, and Yorkhill in 2017. Willie Mullins was the trainer of all these horses, as well as the 2012 winner Sir Des Champs – his 4 wins make him the leading trainer in this race. 2019 saw Defi du Seuil win, jockeyed by Barry Geraghty.
  • 14:10 Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle (12 Hurdles, 3 miles)
  • 14:50 Ryanair Chase (17 Fences, 2 miles 5 furlongs) – Horses aged 5 years or older take part. Ruby Walsh is the race’s leading jockey with 4 wins, including on the Willie Mullins trained pair Vantour in 2016 and Un De Sceaux in 2017. In 2019, Frodon won (jockey: Bryony Frost).
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