The Grand National is a global attraction, the highlight of the UK racing calendar in every way and often the winners grab headlines in more ways than one.
Saturday’s Grand National could be dominated by a few horses that can go down in history – much like last year with Minella Times which saw Rachael Blackmore become the first female jockey to win the race.
In 2012, Neptune Collonges made history by becoming only the third gray to win the race, and in spectacular fashion.
Grays at the Grand National are very popular and this year another could become a very popular horse among the 40 riders.
Other notable horses who have made history are Tiger Roll and Red Rum for their multiple successes in world famous racing, the former of which recently retired in front of thousands of fans at the Cheltenham Festival.
But with over 70 horses still fielded at this early stage, there are plenty of horses, jockeys and trainers to shout about before the final 40 depart from Aintree this weekend.
Blackmore put in a record breaking performance at the Cheltenham Festival in 2021 but then followed it less than a month later to become the first female jockey to win the Grand National.
After the 2022 Cheltenham Festival where she picked up another couple of huge winners, including the Gold Cup, she could make her way to more stardom with a second successive Grand National.
This kind of success is unprecedented, and the key question ahead of rider confirmations on Thursday is which horse will she ride?
The most likely scenario would be to ride last year’s winner Minella Times again.
But due to a big weight penalty for that success, there are other potential options for the Irish jockey.
She could board other horses trained by Henry De Bromhead in Court Maid (80/1), Plan of Attack (100/1) or Poker Party (66/1).
A win on any horse would once again see Blackmore’s names in the lights and further cement his place in the racing history books.
Snow Leopardess is one of the main fantasies at the Grand National this year and could go down in history if she wins.
She could become the first mare to win since 1951, only the fourth gray to win and the first dam to finish first after the post.
The horse trained by Charlie Longsdon, aged 10, is lightly raced compared to many.
This is largely due to her injury which kept her out for over two years and also spawned Red Panda around this time.
She certainly ticks all the boxes to make history at this year’s Grand National and also holds top titles at 8/1.
If the cap fits – a fitting tribute to Hemmings
Trevor Hemmings, the owner of Preston North End died in October 2021 but his horse, Cloth Cap could create an incredible tribute to the Grand National winning owner.
His green and yellow checkered colors with white sleeves will adorn Cloth Cap, which has given him five wins under the rules and has great luck at Aintree.
The cloth cap fits the profile of a potential national winner; he remains the trip, he placed in the Scottish Grand National at Ayr in 2019 and is on a high going into the race.
The horse trained by Jonjo O’Neill also won at Cheltenham in company of 3rd year in November 2020 on a good course of 10 lengths.
Something was wrong in recent races this season, but a return to Aintree after wind surgery could spark a return to form.
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