The Grand National



grand-national.net tells the history and tales of the worlds greatest horse race, The Grand National. The famous horse race is run at Aintree racecourse in April each year with Grand National 2014 due to take place on Saturday 5th April.

We hope that you enjoy reading about the history of the Grand National and the famous grand national horses such as Red Rum and Foinavon.

What makes the Grand National horse race so unique is the distance of the race combined with the difficulty of the grand national fences and the volume of runners (normally 40 horses). The horses and riders have to contend with many different types of fences and lots of other horses trying to jump them at the same time. Halfway through the course is the canal turn, a fence with a 90 degree turn after the jump. Bechers Brook, the Chair and the water jump all offer their own challenges. All this adds up to a true test for horse and jockey and that is why trainers, jockeys and owners want their runners to join the prestigous list of past grand national winners

On these pages you can read about how Dick Frances thought the race was won before his mount, Devon Loch, collapsed just yards from the winning line. How Crisp, possibly the greatest ever Grand National runner, didnt manage to win the race. Even the grand national that didnt take place in 1993 is an amazing story.

We will be adding more tales soon but for further information about the Grand National, try the Grand National Wikipedia page, or for a list of possible grand national runners for the 2015 race, betting tips and latest odds try Grand National Guide