For a horse racing enthusiast, no event can be bigger than the Grand National, the most valuable jump race in Europe. Whenever this prestigious race gets close, bookmakers start offering lucrative odds while punters try to find all betting offers for Grand National 2021 as their preparations for the event.
1- Lester Piggott
Lester Piggott is one of the biggest names in horse racing and is widely regarded as one of the greatest jockeys of all time. Popularly known as “The Long Fellow”, the English jockey started racing horses at the age of 10 and claimed his first victory at 12.
Piggott enjoyed a long and enormously successful career that immortalized his name in the history of the UK and Ireland horse racing. Besides his domestic successes, the racing jockey also enhanced his reputation by riding winners in many prestigious races outside the United Kingdom.
He claimed an unbelievable 4,493 career victories, which include nine Epsom Derby, five 2000 Guineas, six Epsom Oaks, and eight St Leger Stakes. Piggott also has the distinction of being the most successful rider in the history of the Ascot Gold Cup, Dewhurst Stakes, July Cup, and Coronation Cup. He considered Sir Ivor as the easiest to ride of all his great winners.
2- Sir Gordon Richards
Sir Gordon Richards is regarded by many as the world’s greatest ever jockey. He has the distinction of being the first jockey ever to be knighted.
The English jockey remained at the top for a long period and went on to claim 4,870 victories by the end of his career, which was a world record that was matched by Johnny Longden in 1956.
Sir Gordon Richards won the British Champion Jockey for an incredible 26 times.
3- Sir Tony McCoy
Sir Tony McCoy was only 17 when he recorded his first victory in 1992. Over the following years, he went on to claim one prestigious race after another to make a big name for himself in the UK and Ireland.
The Northern Irish jockey twice won the Cheltenham Gold Cup, while also claiming victories in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, King George VI Chase, Champion Hurdle, and Arkle Challenge Trophy, etc.
Tony McCoy rode winners in several prestigious races, but theGrand National always eluded him, despite many attempts. However, he finally broke the jinx at Aintree in 2010 when he won the coveted prize aboard Don’t Push It. The amazing horse rider also won Champion Jockey for a record 20 consecutive times.