Grand National: the potential history makers
Most successful owner?
Trevor Hemmings, along with James Machell, Sir Charles Assheton-Smith and Noel Le Mare, who owned triple winner Red Rum, are the select group of owners who have enjoyed three Grand National successes. Hemmings - whose wins have come via Hedgehunter in 2005, Ballabriggs in 2011 and Many in Clouds 2015 - will become the most successful owner in the race's history if Warriors Tale comes out on top.
Youngest winning jockey?
James Bowen, aged 17 (and 33 days), has the ride on Shantou Flyer. If successful, he will become the youngest jockey ever to win the Randox Health Grand National. The current holder of the record, Bruce Hobbs, was 17 and 88 days when he took the race with Battleship in 1938.
Shantou Flyer and James Bowen (right) just miss out at the Festival John Grossick James Bowen will have the chance to become the youngest jockey to win the Randox Health Grand National after he was handed his first mount in the race on the Richard… https://t.co/KhlfyvEjM9 pic.twitter.com/GZx7EWWUjg— Horse Racing News (@HorseRacingUK) April 2, 2018
First woman to ride a Grand National winner?
Three women jockeys take their chance in today's Grand National - Katie Walsh (Baie des Iles), Bryony Frost (Milansbar) and Rachael Blackmore (Alpha des Obeaux). Walsh holds the record for the best finish by a woman to date - third on Seabass in 2012. Fifteen women have ridden in the race since Charlotte Brew became the first in 1977 aboard Barony Fort. Nina Carberry has ridden in the Grand National six times - more than any other woman, but Katie Walsh will share that record with her after today. The only other time that three women rode in the Grand National was in 1988, when Penny Ffitch-Heyes, Gee Armytage and Venetia Williams took part.
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