Coral present the Grand National by numbers
The Crabbies’ Grand National is considered the greatest steeplechase on earth and has a rich history which throws-up some interesting facts and figures.
Run over just short of 4m 4f at Aintree, it has a betting turnover of over £150 million and an incredible two-thirds of the adult population in the UK have a flutter – making it Coral’s biggest horse race betting event of the year.
It also creates spills and thrills like no other event, and in 1928 just two horses managed to complete with victory going to Tipperary Tim.
The race has also created legends like Red Rum. The Ginger McCain trained gelding ran in the race five-times, winning on three occasions and finishing runner-up on the other two.
“Rummy” became the horse that everyone associates with the race, but it is Manifesto who holds the record for the most runs in the stamina sapping contest have competed eight times between 1895 and 1904, winning on two occasions.
The National is also the ultimate test for a jockey, and Tom Oliver rode in the race 19 times despite spending time in prison. Soon-to-be crowned 20-times champion AP McCoy equalled his record last year when third aboard Double Seven.
McCoy, who is set to retire and has rewritten the record books throughout his unbelievable career in the saddle, will do set yet again on his final ride in the race aboard Shuttthefrontdoor – his 20th in the Aintree showpiece.
Here’s Coral’s guide to the Crabbie’s Grand National in numbers