Grand National Records and Statistics

Grand National Records – Horses

  • Red Rum is the most successful horse in the history of the Grand National with three Grand National Wins.
  • Only 12 mares have won the Grand National in the history of the event.
  • Only two greys have won the Grand National in the history of the event.
  • The most horses to start a Grand National were 66 in 1929.
  • The most horses to finish a Grand National were 23 in 1984.
  • The fewest horses to finish the Grand National were two in 1928.
  • Golden Miller remains the only horse to have won the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the same year.
  • The 1905 Grand National winner, Kirkland, is the only Welsh horse to have won the race.
  • Only four horses have won back-to-back Grand Nationals – Red Rum, The Colonel, Reynoldstown and And-el-Kader.
  • Grand National legend Manifesto holds the records for most Grand Nationals run, competing in eight. He won the race on two of these occasions.
  • Earth Summit is the only horse to have achieved the treble of winning the Welsh Grand National, Scottish Grand National and the Grand National at Aintree.

Grand National Records – Jockeys

  • The most successful jockey in the history of the Grand National is George Stevens with five wins between 1856 and 1870.
  • Tom Oliver raced the most Grand Nationals, participating in 18 races and winning three of these.
  • The youngest jockey to win the Grand National was Bruce Hobbs, partnering Battleship in 1938 at the age of 17.
  • The oldest jockey to win the Grand National was Dick Saunders, partnering Grittar in 1982 at the age of 48.
  • Two female jockeys have completed the Grand National – Geraldine Rees in 1982 and Rosemary Henderson in 1994.

Grand National Records – Trainers

  • Fred Rimell and Ginger McCain are the two most successful trainers in the history of the Grand National, with four titles apiece. Fred Rimell is generally credited with this record as each title was achieved with a different horse.
  • Vincent O’Brien holds the record for most consecutive Grand National wins, with three wins from 1953-1955. Each win was achieved with a different horse.