Grand National Trial

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Grand National Trial
2017
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The Grand National Trial is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Haydock Park over a distance of about 3 miles and 4 furlongs (3 miles, 4 furlongs and 97 yards, or 5,721 metres ), and during its running there are twenty-two fences to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year in February.

The event was established in 1947 and took place every year until 1984. From 1985 to 1990 there was no race at the meeting over this distance, but in 1991 the Greenall Whitley Gold Cup was increased in distance from 3 miles (4,828 metres) to 3 miles and 4 furlongs (5,633 metres), effectively recreating the original Haydock Grand National Trial. The Grand National Trial name was readopted in 1996. Subsequent sponsors included De Vere Group, Red Square Vodka and Blue Square, the race title suffixing the sponsor's name with "Gold Cup".

The Tote took over sponsorship from the 2011 running and the race title was changed to the totesport.com Grand National trial. As the name implies, the race serves as an important trial for the Grand National. It is now sponsored by Betfred.

Winners[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Weight
Jockey
Trainer
1947 Abandoned because of snow and frost
1948 Gallery 10 11-03 M Prendergast W Bissill
1949 Freebooter 8 11-11 Tim Molony Bobby Renton
1950 Abandoned because of snow and frost
1951 Cardinal Error 7 11–12 R Curran J Wight
1952 Abandoned because of frost
1953 Witty 8 10-09 G Slack W Hall
1954 Abandoned because of snow and frost
1955 Goosander 7 11-04 A Thompson Neville Crump
1956 Sundew 10 11-10 Fred Winter F Hudson
1957 Goosander 9 11-08 H East Neville Crump
1958 Giles Farnaby 12 09-07 P Madden T Lord
1959 Abandoned because of frost
1960 Highland Dandy 8 10-03 R Langley G Owen
1901 Uncle Isaac 8 10-05 Mr C Scott T Scott
1962 Solfen 10 12-00 Toss Taaffe W O'Grady (Ir)
1963 Abandoned because of snow
1964 Reproduction 11 09-07 Stan Mellor G Owen
1965 Abandoned because of frost
1966 The Ringer 7 10–11 Paddy Broderick Arthur Stephenson
1967 Bassnet 8 10–12 David Nicholson A Kilpatrick
1968 No Race
1969 Game Purston 11 10-01 Ken White Matt McCourt
1970 French Excuse 8 10-01 Ken White Fred Rimell
1971 The Otter 10 10-01 T M Jones R Dening
1972 Rouge Autumn 8 10–13 Ken White Fred Rimell
1973 Highland Seal 10 10-00 R Dennard R Dening
1974 Abandoned because of waterlogged state of course
1975 Red Rum 10 12-00 Brian Fletcher Ginger McCain
1976 Forest King 7 10-07 D Munro K Hogg
1977 Andy Pandy 8 10–13 John Burke Fred Rimell
1978 Tregarron 11 10-07 Jonjo O'Neill Ken Oliver
1979 Abandoned because of frost
1980 Narvik 7 10-00 Colin Hawkins Neville Crump
1981 Abandoned because of waterlogged state of course
1982 Abandoned because of frost and snow
1983 Ashley House 9 10-01 Robert Earnshaw Michael Dickinson
1984 Abandoned because of frost
1985–
1990
No race
1991 Twin Oaks 11 11-00 Neale Doughty Gordon W. Richards
1992 Cool Ground 10 11-03 Adrian Maguire Toby Balding
1993 Party Politics 9 11-07 Carl Llewellyn Nick Gaselee
1994 Master Oats [1] 8 10-02 Norman Williamson Kim Bailey
1995 Nuaffe 10 11-00 Sean O'Donovan Pat Fahy
1996 Lo Stregone 10 10-00 Charlie Swan Tom Tate
1997 Suny Bay 8 10-08 Jamie Osborne Charlie Brooks
1998 Dom Samourai 7 10-00 Chris Maude Martin Pipe
1999 Young Kenny 8 10-00 Brendan Powell Peter Beaumont
2000 The Last Fling 10 11–01 Seamus Durack Sue Smith
2001 Frantic Tan 9 10-04 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
2002 no race 2002
2003 Shotgun Willy 9 11–12 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2004 Jurancon II 7 10-06 Joey Elliot Martin Pipe
2005 Forest Gunner 11 10-10 Peter Buchanan Richard Ford
2006 Ossmoses 9 10-00 Richard McGrath Don Forster
2007 Heltornic 7 10-00 Tom Scudamore Michael Scudamore
2008 Miko de Beauchene 8 11–12 Andrew Thornton Robert & Sally Alner
2009 Rambling Minster 11 11-00 James Reveley Keith Reveley
2010 Silver by Nature 8 10–11 Peter Buchanan Lucinda Russell
2011 Silver by Nature 9 11–12 Peter Buchanan Lucinda Russell
2012 Giles Cross 10 10-5 Denis O'Regan Victor Dartnall
2013 Well Refreshed 9 10-03 Joshua Moore Gary Moore
2014 Rigadin De Beauchene 9 10-05 Robbie Dunne Venetia Williams
2015 Lie Forrit 11 11-06 Peter Buchanan Lucinda Russell
2016 Bishops Road 8 11-07 Richard Johnson Kerry Lee
2017 Vieux Lion Rouge 8 11-06 Tom Scudamore David Pipe

1 The 1994 running took place at Kempton Park.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Race Recordings [1]

References[edit]