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Memorable Moments from Grand National Day 2024

The world's greatest steeplechase captivated thousands of racing fans in person and millions around the world, marking a historic moment in 2024.

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In a breathtaking display, "I Am Maximus" emerged victorious In the Randox Grand National, securing a second win in the world's greatest steeplechase for trainer Willie Mullins. As a joint favorite at 7-1, the remarkable horse surged ahead, proving too good for Delta Work and Minella Indo. The electrifying race saw early drama with last year's winner Corach Rambler unseating Derek Fox at the first fence, setting the stage for an unpredictable showdown.

The triumph of "I Am Maximus" not only captivated the crowds but also reshaped the landscape of the British trainers' championship. With this monumental victory, Mullins moved into contention, firmly establishing the Irishman's domination on both sides of the Irish sea. 

Delta Work and Minella Indo valiantly claimed second and third place, both at odds of 28-1, while Galvin defied expectations at 40-1 to secure fourth. Amidst the excitement, Kitty's Light emerged as the best of the British, finishing fifth at 12-1, showcasing the enduring spirit of the sport.



13 might be unlucky for some, but not for jockey Paul Townend who claimed victory at the Randox Grand National on his thirteenth attempt, marking a momentous milestone in his career. The win not only secured Townend's first triumph in the world’s greatest steeplechase but also completed a remarkable double following his epic victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup just last month aboard Galopin Des Champs. Townend's resilience and skill shone brightly as he conquered two of the sport's most revered races, solidifying his place among the elite in the history of the sport.

An emotional Townend said “It was an unbelievable race and he's an unbelievable horse. It's a bit surreal to be honest.The Gold Cup is the Gold Cup and Grade 1s are hard to win, but Grand Nationals are a bit different and you need so much luck. I can't believe it. I'm a lucky boy. It’s what every young boy with a pony wants to do.”

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Strong Leader (8-1) put up a great performance to land the Grade One JRL Group Liverpool Hurdle, handing an emotional success to trainer Olly Murphy making it a second Grade One win for Murphy, over four years after his first.

The Warwickshire-based trainer said, “This is the best day I’ve had. I’ve had some good days in my short career so far, but this lad’s a homebred, his owners live 10 minutes down the road from me, they rub his back themselves, they come up and get involved, they have him at home in the summer and it’s a fantastic story. He’s the most gorgeous horse you’ll set your eyes on and a good racehorse as well at the same time. That meant an awful lot to me, and I’m chuffed”





Brighterdaysahead, the 6-5 favorite, continued her impressive form by securing her sixth victory from seven starts in the Grade One Turners Mersey Novices’ Hurdle. Despite suffering her first defeat at Cheltenham last month, the five-year-old mare bounced back triumphantly impressively in open company, finishing seven and a half lengths ahead of her stablemate, Staffordshire Knot. The stellar performance showed that there very much could be brighter days ahead for the much talked about mare.

Trainer Gordon Elliott expressed his delight, stating, “The horses have been running well all week, but we have been hitting the crossbar. I didn’t hide what I thought about this mare going to Cheltenham, and I was gutted coming out of it, but we have all enjoyed today. She is very good."




Amidst a vibrant parade commemorating the history of the Grand National, racing enthusiasts joyfully celebrated past champions. As two-time victor Tiger Roll was accompanied by Mon Mome, Neptune Collonges, Pineau de Re, Minella Times, and the esteemed Silver Birch, aged 27, who stands as the eldest among the six parading. Together, these horses embody the timeless essence of the Grand National tradition. 




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