Grand National Facts

Whether you are entering a pub quiz and want some fun facts on the Grand National or a horse racing tipster for the Grand National researching information about the world’s most famous race, we have a large collection of stats, facts and figures for you to enjoy.

From record-breaking winning times, the oldest ever horses to win the Aintree Grand National to stats on the number of Grand National fallers we have everything you may need.

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Grand National Facts

Facts About the Grand National

Find interesting Grand National racing facts & figures from previous years. Our team have researched, collected all the facts and collected them into one huge guide of interesting facts related to the UK Grand National:

When was the first Grand National race?

The first ever Grand National race took place on Tuesday 26 February 1839 and attracted a field of 17 runners.

According to historical Grand National stats, the first race was held in 1839 and was called the Grand Liverpool Steeplechase which later became known as the Grand National.

The first Grand National race was held at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England and the horse called Lottery won the racing event.

What was the largest field ever assembled for the Grand national?

The largest field ever assembled was 66 horses in the 1929 Grand National race.

The 1929 Grand National featured the most starters in the race when 66 runners lined up.

The safety limit for the 2022 Grand National is 40 runners and there will never be another time the field will be so large and have 66 runners for health and safety reasons.

What was the smallest field of runners in Grand National History?

The smallest field of runners was in 1883 when just 10 horses faced the starter for the Grand National race.

The media in 1883 baulked at the idea of running in the Grand National and claimed the Grand National obstacles were too small.

The 1883 Grand National was acknowledged to be a poor renewal, lacking strength in depth and Zoedone won the race in a slow 11 minutes 39.0 seconds time.

How heavy is a Grand National horse (how much weight can they carry)?

A Grand National horse can carry up to a maximum of 12 stone 7 pounds (175 pounds) – this is is the weight of the jockey and saddle.

The Grand National Weights are determined by the horse’s official rating as the racing event is a handicap race.

Any horse who carries a top weight of over 12 stone and wins the Grand National is an exceptional horse.

Grand National Winner Statistics

When looking back in history and researching the grand national winner stats you understand the heritage of the famous Grand National event.

Here are the winning statistics of the Aintree Grand National.

Which trainer has won the most Grand Nationals?

The horse racing trainer with the highest amount of Grand National winners are:

  • George Dockeray – 4 wins
  • Fred Rimell – 4 wins
  • Ginger McCain – 4 wins

Which horse won the most Grand Nationals?

The horse with the highest amount of Grand National wins is Red Rum.

Red Rum won the Grand National three times in 1973, 1974 and 1977 to make him the most successful horse in Grand National history.

The most grand national wins are Red Rum, winning the Grand National three times.

Which horse holds the record for the fastest Grand National?

Mr Frisk is the horse who holds the fastest winning time for grand national victory in 1990.

The fastest ever time is the 8 minutes 47.8 seconds by Mr Frisk who was trained by Kim Bailey and ridden by Mr Marcus Armitage.

The fastest record time to complete the Grand National course in 8m 47.8s is the only winning horse in the history of the Grand National to ever run under nine minutes.

The slowest time was in the first Grand National back in 1839 when it took Lottery 14m 53s to win the race.

The Grand National winning times over the past decade have been an average of 9 minutes and 10 seconds (9m 10s).

Which horse was the shortest-priced winner of the Grand National?

The shortest-priced winner in Grand National history was Poethlyn at 11-4 in 1919.

Poethlyn had won the ‘War National’ (an unofficial substitute for the Grand National), run the previous year.

Then was sent off at an 11-4 short odds favourite to back up that win and he did so in fine style winning by eight lengths.

How many female horses have won the Grand National?

There have been 13 female horses (mares) winning the Grand National.

The most recent mare was Nickel Coin back in 1951, but in Grand National history a total of thirteen mares have won the Grand National race.

What is the attendance capacity at the Grand National?

The Grand National takes place at the famous Aintree racecourse in Merseyside and attracts host tens of thousands of people per race day. The course can host up to 50,000 spectators at once – meaning that the Grand National often attracts 150,000 in attendance throughout the three days.

Who is the oldest Grand National winner?

The oldest age to win the Grand National is 15 years old.

The oldest Grand National winner in history was recorded in 1853 when Peter Simple won at the age of 15.

Peter Simple is the oldest winning horse the Grand National has ever had. Seargant Murphy was the joint second oldest horse to ever win the Grand National along with Why Not.

Has a grey horse ever won the Grand National?

There have been 4 times a grey horse has won the Grand National.

Three different grey horses have won the Aintree Grand National as The Lamb won it twice in 1868 and 1871.

The 3 different grey horses to secure victory in the Grand National a total of 4 times are:

  • The Lamb (1868 and 1871)
  • Nicolaus Silver (1961)
  • Neptune Collonges (2012)

Which jockey has won the most Grand Nationals?

The jockey who has won the most Grand Nationals is George Stevens, he is labelled the most successful jockey with the most wins in the event’s history.

With a total of five wins, the most successful jockey in the whole history of the Grand National remains George Stevens. The final triumph came in 1870 for George Stevens to secure his fifth victory.

Grand National winning distances?

After racing over 4 miles 2f and jumping 30 obstacles it is an amazing Grand National stat that the average winning distance is 3 lengths.

Many would predict long-distance winning margins in the Grand National but the handicapper has done a great job to minimise the grand national winning distances.

Here are the latest grand national winning distances:

  • 2021 – 6½ lengths
  • 2019 – 2¾ lengths
  • 2018 – head (hd)
  • 2017 – 4½ lengths
  • 2016 – 6 lengths
  • 2015 – 1¾ lengths
  • 2014 – 5 lengths

What is the tallest fence in the Grand National?

The chair is 5ft 3 and is the tallest fence in the Grand National event, it’s the 15th fence. Lots of races are won and lost on this famous jump.

Has a horse won both the Grand National and the American Grand National?

Battleship is currently the only horse that’s managed first place victories in both the Grand National and the American Grand National.

Who are the official partners of the Grand National?

The Grand National is known as the Randox Grand National and that’s because Randox has signed a five-year agreement to sponsor the event. Other official partners include Betway, Goffs, Weatherbys and Pinsent Masons.

How many times has the favourite won the Grand National?

In the last 50 years, the favourite has won the Grand National 8 times.

Winning the Grand National a total of 8 times gives the favourite an approximate 16% chance of winning on previous data.

Horses who are the shortest price in the betting odds are considered the favourite of the Grand National race.

For more information check out our guide on the Current Grand National favourites in November 2022.

Has the Queen won the Grand National?

The Queen has never won the Grand National race.

However, The Royal Family have played a huge role in owning, training and riding horses at the Grand National racing event.

With over one thousand horse racing victories it is a shame they have never won a Grand National.

The closest chance of winning the Grand National was when Devon Loch had a five-length lead over his nearest challenger and inexplicably fell on the final straight, jumping a shadow, just 40 yards from a certain victory.

Who was the First Female Jockey to win the Grand National?

In 2021, the Grand National returned after a year off during the pandemic. Rachael Blackmore won the race with Minella Times in 2021 and became the first female jockey to win the Grand National.

More and more female jockeys are enjoying incredible success, with an influx of new jockeys into the sport.

Who is the biggest outsider to win the Grand National?

The biggest outsider to win the Grand National was Tippery Tim with odds of 100-1 in 1928. Gregalach also won with 100-1 odds a year later. The most recent dark horse win of the Grand National was by Aurora’s Encore in 2013 with odds of 66-1.

Tippery Tim back in 1928 and the year after another 100-1 was enjoyed by Gregalach.

International Participants

The Randox Grand National is a world-renowned event that is watched by millions. Here are some of the International trainers and horses.

  • New Zealand has had winners in the Grand National with Seagram winning in 1991. New Zealand bred winners include the 1997 event winner – Lord Gyllene.
  • Two french trained horses have won at the Grand National with Huntsman (1862) and Cortolvin (1867).
  • There’s been one welsh trained winner with Kirkland back in 1905. Evan Williams also deserves a mention with his incredible five consecutive races, placing in each one.
  • Rubstic won the Nationals in 1979 and was a Scot

Grand National Statistics on Finishers

Here are the Aintree Grand National statistics on finishers in the history of the iconic race:

What is the least finishers in the Grand National?

The least finishers to complete the Grand National race was just two horses.

The 1928 Grand National record the smallest number of finishers ever with only two finishing and one of those included 100-1 outsider Tipperary Tim to get second place.

What is the most finishers in the Grand National?

The most finishers to complete the Grand National race was 23 horses.

The 1984 Grand National record the greatest number of finishers ever with 23 finishing and Hallo Dandy was the winner.

How many horses usually finish the Grand National?

On average 18 horses usually finish the Grand National.

The race starts with 40 runners and riders and on average more than half do not complete the whole race.

The Grand National statistics show the average percentage to finish is 45% of horses which is 18 out of the 40 who start the race.

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Summary of Grand National Facts

We hope you have enjoyed our Grand National facts page – we have looked at stats on finishes, the record of favourites and some of the main historical facts and figures surrounding the race.

If there are extra facts you’d like to share or include get in touch and we will get them added!

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