Grand National Quiz – answers provided!

My great, Grand National Quiz 🙂

1) In which year did Shaun Spadah win the race? (His victory was notable as he was the only non-faller in a field of 35.)


2) In 1934 Golden Miller became the first horse to won the National as well as the Cheltenham Gold Cup.  What else was notable about his victory?

Golden Miller set a new course record

3) Name the mare who once won the race returning odds of 40/1?

Nickel Coin – I believe the 13th mare to win and also the last (1951)

4) How many yards from the finish did Devon Loch shockingly slither to a standstill in 1956?

Newspaper reports from the time (The Telegraph) state 55 yards

5) In 1957 Sundew won the race – what number attempt was it for the horse?


6) Name the luckless horse?  In 1965 a 7/2 fav beaten 3/4 of a length.  In 1966 it was again beaten, this time 20 lengths at a skinny 11/4…


7) Which number fence caused the havoc in Foinavon’s National?


8) Gay Trip triumphed in 1970.  What was the connection between the winner and the 2nd placed horse Vulture?

They were by the same sire VULGAN.  I was also given the answer they both started at 15/1 which is correct and I accept.  I can’t verify that they started at the same weight but I am sure they did.

9) In which year of his three victories did Red Rum suffer an over reach injury?

1973 – during his victory over the gallant Crisp. 

10) Over which dual Gold Cup winner did Red Rum twice prevail in the race before the tables were finally turned?


11) Which year and whose victory was “the day strong men wept”?

1977 – Red Rum’s third victory.  I can’t attribute the phrase but it was coined in newspaper reports.

12) Which Gold Cup winner, ridden in the National by Jonjo O’Neill, sadly died at Becher’s Brook in 1979?


13) We all know how amazing Aldaniti and Bob Champion’s win was because of their battles against cancer and injury but they were also only the 2nd winners to do what (first was Sundew in 1957).

To lead throughout the final circuit

14) In 1982 Geraldine Rees became the first woman to complete the race – in what place did she and Cheers finish?

8th and last

15) In the same year Grittar won with Dick Saunders on board.  Saunders was the oldest jockey to win the race – how old was he?


16) On Midday Welcome, Geraldine Rees achieved another less notable first in 1983 (Corbiere’s victory).  What was it?

First women jockey to fall at the first

17) Who’s father trained Hallo Dandy?

Nicky Richards’ father Gordon

18) West Tip won in 1986 carrying scars from two old non-racing related injuries – can you name either one of these incidents?

He got tangled up in barbed wire as a 3yo in Co. Kildare and then was involved in a collision with a lorry in 1982

19) Rhyme and Reason won in 1988 but not before making a horrendous blunder at which fence?  
(BTW the newspaper reported that “at that moment odds of 1000-1 would have looked most unattractive”  Betfair anyone?!)

Bechers (first time round my quizzers informed me!)

20) Which horse first broke Red Rum’s racetime record (set in 1973) by 14 seconds?

Mr Frisk

21) Which horse named after the sponsor won the race and in which year?

Seagram 1991

22) In 1993 the race was declared void but how many horses went on to complete the course?


23) Name Jenny Pitman’s two National winners?

Royal Athlete and Corbiere

24) What links the 1965 and 1980 winners, Jay Trump and Ben Nevis?

Both won the Maryland Hunt Cup (it seems Jay Trump won it three times and Ben Nevis twice)

25) What links this year’s Dubai World Cup winner Well Armed with Highland Wedding who won the National in 1969?

The trainer of Well Armed Eoin Harty is the son of Eddie Harty who rode Highland Wedding.  Variations of that answer accepted!

26) For how many guineas did Ginger McCain buy Red Rum at Doncaster Sales in 1972?

6000 guineas

27) In his autobiography McCain writes “Everyone who could hit a horse, from Lester Piggott downwards, hit Red Rum.”   How many times did Lester Piggot ride Red Rum?


28) Willie Stephenson was the third trainer to saddle a Derby and National winner – who was his National winning horse?


29) Which horse was the first Scottish-bred horse to win the National?

My answer was taken from the Hotspur report in 1960 where he said “For the first time in the history of the race a horse bred in Scotland won the Grand National on Saturday.  Merryman II etc.  Merryman was bred at Hopetoun, near Edinburgh, by the late Marquess of Linlithgow”

However we have also unearthed Old Joe who appears to have had at the very least a Scottish owner, I found his hooves in this link but no information on his breeding!  Rubstic was Scottish-trained.

and 30) is Which horse will win the 2009 renewal?

Congratulations to Mon Mome, Liam Treadwell, Venetia Williams (who broke her neck in a fall as a rider in the National) and all connections and punters who backed him at 100/1.

Commiserations to Comply or Die who we all thought had been a) handicapped out of it b) was out of form.

An honourable mention goes to this year’s pin-up State of Play whose jockey and trainer thought was coming to win 2 out but just got tired (and sure who wouldn’t!).

R.I.P. to Hear the Echo, an Irish Grand National winner and like Exotic Dancer who we lost on Friday, probably was too damn honest for his own good.


Posted on April 3, 2009, in 1 and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. п»ї
    I definitely need to try that. 🙂

  2. I really enjoyed reading this! 🙂
    Just to say my favourite Grand National runner was Crisp and, much as I loved Red Rum, I wish Crisp had managed to hang on and beat him that day in 1973.

  3. Hi, can I quote some of the content found in this entry if I provide a link back to your site?

  4. I’ve added the answers now if you are interested and thank you for your comment! It is the first on the blog and as such very special to me 🙂

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