The stunning sceptical that is the Grand National is now just a few months away as anticipation continues to build. The race is expected to be viewed from 500 to 600 million people in over 140 countries around the world with prize money now reaching the £1 million marker. So who are some of the greatest National winners in history? Check out the latest amazing Grand National odds on the new Paddy Power site with Blaklion heading the betting.
The horse that will forever define the Grand National is the champion Red Rum. A horse of a life time that continued to deliver on the biggest stage for connections. He made 100 career starts resulting in 24 victories but that doesn’t even begin to show the true picture. Red Rum was victories in a record breaking three Grand nationals and a Scottish National. In addition he finished as a runner up on two occasions in the World famous race. When he won his final Grand National it is renowned as one of the greatest moments in horse racing history.
The 2005 Grand National winner is another horse to run well on several occasions in this prestigious race. He had a lot of ability which was shown in the fact he finished second in the Cheltenham Gold cup in 2006 to War of Attrition. The horse was owned by Trever Hemmings who has a steep history in the race with multiple successes. He was also trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh who have now quickly established themselves as the leading duo in National hunt racing.
The popular grey was a stable favourite for the Nicholls team with an impeccable record throughout his career. He finished with 16 victories from his 36 starts with prize money of just over £1.3 million. He was victories in key races such as the Punchestown Gold cup twice and the Hennessy Gold Cup in 2009.
However he will forever be remembered for his victory in the 2012 Grand National that will go down as one of the greatest races in history. He beat the game Sunnyhillboy by a nose in the closest ever finish to a National and was retired straight after the race. Many people described the horse as one of the highest rated winners in the race that would be capable of winning a Gold cup.
Last to make the select list is another Trever Hemmings owned horse, Many Clouds. The 2015 Grand National winner was renowned for his battling style and would continue to find of the bridle in his races. He was one of the classiest horses to win a Grand National and another who could compete with the best in races such as the Gold cup.
Many Clouds was victorious in the Hennessey Gold cup as well as the Cotswold chase in his record breaking season. Many Clouds is one of the few horses to have more race success following a Grand National victory that further enhances what the horse was all about. He ended his career on top as the leading staying steeplechaser in Britain and Ireland for the 2016/17 season.