Top Irish moments in the Grand National
Written by CRM
Saturday, 20 February 2021 05:26
The 2021 Grand National is set to take place at Aintree Racecourse in April. As the famous race is nearing, the excitement is also increasing among punters who get some of the best betting opportunities through the event. 

Many bookmakers start giving Grand National odds as well as lucrative bonuses very early, so punters also start their preparations long before the actual race. 

1- Three Grand Nationals in three years 

Vincent O’Brien carved out a big name for himself in the horse racing world. He began his training career in 1944 and went on to achieve some of the highest racing honours in the United Kingdom. The Irish expert was voted as the greatest national hunt trainer of the 20th century. 

One of his most famous horses was Cottage Rake who won him three Cheltenham Gold Cups in three successive years. Apart from his achievements at Cheltenham, O’Brien also claimed victories in the Grand National to greatly enhance his reputation. The Irish trainer’s first success at Aintree came in 1953 with Early Mist, and he went on to win the next two editions with Royal Tan and Quare Times respectively. 

Only a few trainers have managed to win three Grand Nationals in a row, and Vincent O’Brien achieved that honour in 1955. 

2- McCoy’s memorable victory at Aintree 

Tony McCoy is one of the biggest names in the British horse racing world. Riding his first winner at the age of 17, McCoy went on to claim an outstanding 4,358 victories. 

The Northern Irish jockey greatly enhanced his reputation by winning some of the most famous British races, which include Cheltenham Gold Cup, Queen Mother Champion Chase, and King George VI Chase. 

One prestigious race that always frustrated him was the Grand National, which he couldn’t conquer even after many attempts. However, the immensely talented jockey finally managed to shine at Aintree in 2010 when he rode Don’t Push It to victory in the prestigious race. He went on to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year and was later knighted in 2016. 

3- Mullins’ first Grand National

Hedgehunter is one of the best horses trained by Willie Mullins, the famous Irish expert famous for his victories in the national hunt races. 

Mullins first entered him in the 2004 Grand National, but the Irish racehorse fell at the final fence. His trainer didn’t lose faith in his horse and gave him another try at Aintree Racecourse. And that time, Hedgehunter didn’t disappoint with his performance and claimed victory for Mullins, with Ruby Walsh in the saddle. 

The amazing racehorse looked to pull off the same feat in 2006, but he only managed to finish second behind an impressive Numbersixvalverde, who was trained by Martin Brassil.