Who are the most famous Grand National Jockeys of the modern era?

Tipsters Review - 22-Mar-2018

 

Who are the most famous Grand National Jockeys of the modern era?

The 2018 Grand National is just around the corner and excitement is growing in the betting world for the biggest horse race in Europe. This time of year, many horse race and casual punters are looking for the best horse racing tips. Often, they look at the horses, trainers and conditions of the Aintree race course to give them an idea of which horse will cross the finish line first. Casual punters always make one mistake and that is they fail to research the jockeys riding the horses.

A jockey can make all the difference in the world. The jockey controls the horse – as much as one can control an animal – and can drive the competitor to victory. Aintree and the Grand National have seen some of the greatest jockeys in the sport. Let us look at some of the most famous jockeys to ride in the Grand National.

Tony McCoy


In 2015, Tony McCoy set the record for the most Grand Nationals ridden by a jockey. His 20 broke the record previously held by Thomas Oliver, who set the mark in 1800s. In 2010, McCoy won the his one and only Grand National while riding Don't Push it. Five years later, after breaking Oliver's record, McCoy retired from the sport.

Robert Champion

Robert Champion won the 1981 Grand National atop Aldaniti. It was such a miraculous win, due to Champion fighting cancer in the years prior to the race, that a film was made about the jockey and released in 1984. Champion never won another Grand National again, but his one win was enough to make him one of the most famous jockeys to win the event.

Leighton Aspell

Leighton Aspell has won two Grand Nationals, and he achieved those feats in back-to-back years. Aspell won the 2014 and 2015 events. He has also posted one second place finish at Aintree, and he achieved that feat in his debut race at the Grand National. At 41, Aspell is one of the few active riders with more than one win riding at Aintree.

 

Ruby Walsh

One of the top Irish riders of all-time, Ruby Walsh rode Papilon to the Grand National title in 2000. Five years later, Walsh won the race again, this time atop the aptly named Hedgehunter. Walsh is a proven winner, and when he retires, he may be the most decorated jockey in Irish horse racing history. Walsh rode Pleasant Company to a ninth-place finish in 2017. Expect better from him this year.

Barry Geraghty

Barry Geraghty rode in 15 consecutive Grand National races before he retired in 2014. During that time, Geraghty won once and placed four different times. His lone victory at Aintree came in 2003 while riding Monty's Pass. A year later atop Monty's Pass again, the duo finished fourth. Unfortunately, it wasn't third times the charm for Geraghty and the horse as the 2005 edition of the race saw the pair finish in 16th. In 2010, Geraghty had his last top four finish as he and Big Fella Thanks placed fourth.

 


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