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Leading trainers in the history of the Grand National

When looking at the Grand National results over the years there seems to be different connections winning the race each time. This just shows the difficulty it takes in being victorious in the race. From not only having the right horse with key attributes but getting them ready to peak and run their best race on the day. Check out the infographic below which covers the horses heading the current market and their trainer's profiles leading in. One owner who has continued to target the National and has been rewarded in recent times with two victories in the last seven runnings of the race and three in total is Trevor Hemmings.

His first success came in the 2005 Grand National when the Willie Mullins trained Hedgehunter delivered on the biggest stage having looked a key challenger the previous year before falling. The horse was full of class having also finished second in the 2006 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Hemmings did not have to wait long for another victory as Ballabriggs landed the 2011 Grand National. Ballabriggs was fancied by many on the day for his trainer Donald McCain, Jr following his Cheltenham festival victory in the Kim Muir just the year before.

Hemmings most recent victory in the race came with the incredibly tough Many Clouds in the 2015 running of the race. He was a former Hennessy Gold Cup winner so had a lot of class and following his heroic 2015 season he was also awarded the British Jump Racing Horse of the year award. Many Clouds also carried a welter burden of 11 stone 9lb at just 8 years of age. This was the heaviest weight carried to victory since the great Red Rum back in 1974 just showing the toughest and class of the horse.

Looking ahead to the 2018 edition of the race and the Grand National betting latest makes the improving Twiston Davies trained stayer Blaklion a key fancy for the race. He will be looking to return to form following a disappointing 54 length defeat at Haydock but considering there was only 3 finishers due to the extremely testing ground conditions the run can be excused. If Blaklion runs to his Becher Chase form from back in December he is likely to go close in improving on his fourth place finish in the 2017 running of the Grand National.

Grand National Trainers

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