THE AINTREE GRAND NATIONAL
Contested on Liverpool's Aintree Racecourse since 1836, apart from a brief spell during the First World War when it transferred to Gatwick, and cancelled between 1941 and 1945 during the Second World War, this site provides a comprehensive history of the most famous of all Steeplechases; every winner, runner, owner, trainer and jockey and, where available, video clips of the majority of races run since 1911. The sources of the information are wide and varied, including old newspapers of the day which often referred to the famous fence as 'Beecher's Brook' rather than Becher's Brook, exceptionally old racecards contributed by visitors to the site, The Sporting Magazine and very old Racing Calendars. Invaluable reference works have been used to confirm details, notably 'Heroes and Heroines of the Grand National' by Finch Mason, 'The Grand National 1839 to 1930' by David Hoadley Munroe, 'Gallant Sport' by John Pinfold, and 'An Aintree Dynasty' also by John Pinfold. Invaluable help has also been given by Mick Mutlow, who owns what is widely regarded as the most detailed Grand National database in the World.
Every effort has been made to trace copyright holders of all scans in this section of the site. Some contributors have asked to be acknowledged for their contributions and their wish has been granted. If anyone thinks they own an image used then contact the site owner.
If you would like to compare and contrast the challenges of the Liverpool Grand National with the famous Czech steeplechase, the Velka Pardubicka, then see details at the foot of the page.
If you have access to further artefacts which will enhance the site then email firstname.lastname@example.org so that your items can be included.