It’s like finding a needle in a haystack.
Picking a winner from the Grand National is no easy feat, with up to 40 runners all competing for a piece of history in the most prestigious racing event in England. Grand National betting on Betfair further highlights and pinpoints just how tough it can be to pick a winner, with the favourites priced at 20/1 and beyond.
Generally speaking, the Grand National entertains first-time punters who will typically opt for a selection they like the sound of, and why not? It really is a lottery come National day. Every runner has a chance of winning; in particular if they can negotiate the 16 fences over the four-mile course.
Here, we take a look at some of the biggest ever upsets the Grand National has ever seen:
Red Marauder (2001) – 33/1
Arguably one of the greatest Grand National races in recent times, Red Marauder won at odds of 33/1 against a field of much-more fancied opponents in 2001. The weather was quite simply atrocious, with the constant downpour causing havoc to the majority of the runners but Red Marauder held firm to clinch a famous win.
The main drama unfolded at Canal Turn when a number of horses were blocked off by Paddy’s Return, giving Red Marauder the advantage to break through to record a historic win.
Foinavon (1967) – 100/1
Price-wise, Foinavon’s victory in 1967 is the joint-highest in the history of the Grand National. Winning at a massive 100/1, Foinavon entered the history books after a strong ride whereby he avoided a mini pile-up just after the 23rd jump.
The race itself was incident free up until that moment, and Foinavon managed to avoid the carnage to ensure one of racing most unlikely victories in Grand National history.
Auroras Encore (2013) – 66/1
Another underdog who stole the limelight in 2013, Auroras Encore claimed a famous victory six-years-ago for owner Sue Smith and jockey Ryan Mania. The relative unknowns were the toast of Aintree after Auroras Encore cruised towards the finishing post, beating nearest challenger Cappa Bleu by nine lengths.
The race itself was notable in that a record 32 of the 40 entries were still in connection for the second lap, with not one single rider falling at the notorious Canal Turn – a first ever at the Grand National. For Auroras Encore, that was his only major win and what a win it was.
Mon Mome (2009) – 100/1
Jockey Liam Treadwell was making his debut at the Grand National in 2009 and what a debut it was. With a starting price of 100/1, Treadwell led Mon Mome to one of the most unlikely results Aintree has ever witnessed. Unlike Foinavon’s victory with the same price in 1967, Mon Mome didn’t have the advantage of a pile-up to help him on his way.
Instead, the AQBS essentially cruised to the winning line with the posts in sight and easily held off the challenge of Comply or Die. It was a superb ride from Treadwell and it remains his only major after he retired in 2018.