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1- Three Grand National victories for Vincent O’Brien
Vincent O’Brien is one of the greatest names in horse racing, with the famous Irish voted as the greatest national hunt trainer of the 20th century. Starting his training career in 1944, O’Brien went on to claim victories in some of the biggest horse racing events. The greatest steeplechaser he trained was Cottage Rake who triumphed in three consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cups.
The Irish trainer was also greatly successful in the Grand National, one of the most difficult horse races in the world. He claimed his first victory at Aintree with Early Mist in 1953 before winning the following two editions of the race with Royal Tan and Quare Times respectively.
Vincent O’Brientrained the British Triple Crown winners Nijinsky and also trained six winners at the Epsom Derby.
2- 2010 Grand National
Search in the long history of British horse racing and you cannot find a more talented and successful jockey than Tony McCoy. Recording his first winner at the age of 17, McCoy went on to garner huge successes in the United Kingdom.
The northern Irish Jockey rode winners at some of the most prestigious races, including Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Chase, and King Georgy VI Chase. However, despite many attempts, the Grand National continued to elude him for many years.
And then in 2010, he managed to break the jinx at Aintree Racecourse and steered Don’t Push It to victory. That year, he was also awarded BBC Sports Personality of the year.
3- Willie Mullins’ first Grand National success
Willie Mullins trained many famous racehorses and Hedgehunter is one of them. The Irish horse looked very promising and was thought the one who would give Mullins his first success in the Grand National.
The great trainer entered Hedgehunter in the 2004 edition of the prestigious race, but the horse fell at the final fence. Mullins tried his luck again with the same horse 12 months later, and that time Hedgehunter repaid the confidence shown in him. The talented racehorse easily won the race, with famous jockey Ruby Walsh in the saddle. Hedgehunter also performed well at Aintree in 2006, finishing second behind Numbersixvalverde.