26 Apr 2016

Grand National 2016: The Famous 5

Few horse races capture the spirit of the Grand National. It's mix of tragedy and triumph exemplified in the ''ultimate test of horse and rider''. 

Stories that post race seem to have been waiting to be told, revealed in the breath of horse, jockey, trainer and owner on a cold, spring day. 

Who will win this year's race? 

Take a look at the updated Grand National information and among these determined horses you will find a winner. 

On Saturday 9th April 2016, a champion with be led into the winner's enclosure: muddied, bruised but triumphant. 

A number of incredible horses have won this race since its inauguration in 1839. It's ironic to think the first was named Lottery, ridden by Jem Mason. 

Fancy a bet? With several 100/1 winners it can be a race full of surprises. 

Many readers will have their favourite horse. Perhaps it landed a big gamble, told a story which captured your heart or you simply liked its name! If asked to name the most memorable horses, which would you consider and why? 

Red Rum: The only horse to win the Grand National 3 times in 1973, 1974 & 1977. As impressive as his wins he raced 100 times never to fall. 

Aldaniti: A remarkable winner in 1981. Jockey, Bob Champion, battled against cancer riding a horse who had suffered a career-threatening injury. In 1983 their story was made into a film – Champions, starring John Hurt.

Corbiere: The winner of this contest in 1983. A very consistent horse who was placed in the following two years. Jenny Pitman was the first woman trainer to win the Grand National. 

Devon Loch: A horse remembered for losing the 1956 National. Victory looked assured for this bay gelding, owned by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, when he jumped into the air with yards to go, landing on his stomach to allow a horse named E.S.B to win. 

Battleship: This American bred stallion by Son O' War. Battleship won the American Grand National in 1934 only to win the 1938 Grand National at Aintree, Liverpool. Few remember he is the only horse to achieve the double. Later that year, he travelled back to America to be greeted by his adoring fans in New York. 

Who will win the Grand National 2016? Many Clouds is favourite at odds of 12/1. This Irish son of Clouding out of Bobbing Back won last year's race at odds of 25/1, trained by Oliver Sherwood and ridden by Leighton Aspell. 

Could this be the new Red Rum?

Other major contenders include: The Druids Nephew 25/1, Shutthefrontdoor 25/1, Silviniaco Conti 25/1, Don Poli 25/1, Goonyella 25/1, 33/1 Bar. 

The Grand National: ''The ultimate test of horse and rider''. 

Which horse will you bet this year?