2021 Randox Grand National
Stats & Trends
• Owners Trevor Hemmings, successful with Hedgehunter (2005), Ballabriggs (2011) and Many Clouds (2015) and Gigginstown House Stud, successful with Rule The World (2016) and Tiger Roll (2018 & 2019) are both attempting to become the first owner to win the Grand National four times.
• Rachael Blackmore, Bryony Frost and Tabitha Worsley could become the first female jockey to win the Grand National.
• Four Grand National winners have been trained by women. Female trainers with entries this year are Denise Foster, Jessica Harrington, Katy Price and Georgie Howell.
• Nigel Twiston-Davies, successful with Earth Summit (1998) and Bindaree (2002), is bidding to become eighth trainer to win race three times. His entries are Bristol de Mai, Ballyoptic, The Hollow Ginge, Crievehill and Flying Angel.
• Trainers with entries seeking a second win are Willie Mullins, Paul Nicholls, Ted Walsh, Jonjo O’Neill and David Pipe.
• 13 mares have won the Grand National. The 2019 runner-up Magic Of Light, Shattered Love and Cabaret Queen could bid to become the 14th in 2021. If any are successful, they would be the first for 70 years – Nickel Coin was the last mare to succeed in 1951.
• Bristol de Mai, Lake View Lad, Tout Est Permis, Farclas, Fagan, Flying Angel and Some Neck could bid to become the fourth grey Grand National winner after The Lamb (1868 and 1871), Nicolaus Silver (1961) and Neptune Collonges (2012).
• 27 Grand National winners have been trained in Ireland. 27 of the remaining 68 entries are trained in Ireland.
• 2 Grand National winners have been trained in Scotland. Scotland is represented this year by Nick Alexander (Lake View Lad).
• 1 Grand National winner has been trained in Wales. The Welsh trainers with entries in 2021 are Evan Williams (Secret Reprieve and Prime Venture) and Christian Williams (Potters Corner).
RANDOX GRAND NATIONAL IN NUMBERS
4 – The record number of wins for a trainer in the Grand National. This was achieved by the late Donald ‘Ginger’ McCain with Red Rum (1973, 1974 and 1977) and Amberleigh House (2004) – and the late Fred Rimell with ESB (1956), Nicolaus Silver (1961), Gay Trip (1970) and Rag Trade (1976)
4 – The number of times greys have won the Grand National, The Lamb (1868 and 1871), Nicolaus Silver (1961) and Neptune Collonges (2012)
4m 2f 74y – The distance of the Randox Grand National
5 – Of the last 22 Grand National winners have been clear or joint favourites
5 – The number of times George Stevens rode the winner of the Grand National – Freetrader (1856), Emblem (1863), Emblematic (1864) and The Colonel (1869 and 1870), the most of any jockey
7 – The minimum age a horse can be to run in the Grand National
8 mins 47.8 secs – The fastest winning time for the Grand National, set by Mr Frisk (1990)
9st 6lb – The lightest winning weight in Grand National history, carried by Freetrader in 1856. The minimum weight for the Randox Grand National is now 10st.
11/4 – The shortest-priced winner of the Grand National ever, Poethlyn (1919)
12st 7lb – The largest winning weight ever in the Grand National, carried by Poethlyn (1919), Jerry M (1912), Manifesto (1899) and Cloister (1893).
11st 10lb – The maximum weight that can now be carried in the Grand National.
13 – The number of times mares have won the Grand National – Charity (1841), Miss Mowbray (1852), Anatis (1860), Jealousy (1861), Emblem (1863), Emblematic (1864), Casse Tete (1872), Empress (1880), Zoedone (1883), Frigate (1889), Shannon Lass (1902), Sheila’s Cottage (1948) and Nickel Coin (1951)
14 mins 53 secs – The slowest winning time for the Grand National, set by Lottery (1839)
17 – The age of the youngest jockey to win the Grand National, Bruce Hobbs on Battleship (1938)
29 – The number of times a female rider has competed in the Grand National
30 – The number of fences jumped in the Randox Grand National
40 – The maximum number of runners in the Randox Grand National
48 – The age of the oldest rider to win the Grand National, the amateur Dick Saunders on Grittar (1982)
68 – The age of the oldest rider to complete the Grand National, the amateur Tim Durant on Highlandie, who came home 15th in 1968
100/1 – The biggest starting price for a Grand National winner, allocated to Tipperary Tim (1928), Gregalach (1929), Caughoo (1947), Foinavon (1967) and Mon Mome (2009)
173rd – Running of the Grand National in 2021
181 years – The number of years since the running of the first race named the Grand National, won by Lottery in 1839
1840 – The first time an amateur rider won the Grand National, Mr Bretherton on Jerry
1934 – The only year a racehorse – Golden Miller – has won both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National
1975 – The second and latest time a racehorse – L’Escargot – won the Grand National after winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but unlike the first – Golden Miller – not in the same year
1977 – The first year a female rider took part in the Grand National, Charlotte Brew on Barony Fort
1982 – The first year a female rider completed the Grand National, Geraldine Rees, finishing 8th on Cheers
1990 – The last time an amateur rider won the Grand National, Marcus Armytage on Mr Frisk
2012 – Katie Walsh became the highest placed female rider in Grand National history, finishing third on Seabass
2012 – The shortest winning margin in Grand National history, when just a nose separated winner Neptune Collonges from Sunnyhillboy
£1,500,000 – The amount spent at Aintree on welfare measures in recent years
9,600,000 – The peak live terrestrial TV viewing audience for the 2019 Grand National
£50,000,000 – Spent on new and upgraded facilities at Aintree in the last 30 years
600,000,000 – The estimated global television audience for the Randox Grand National