The Grand National in numbers

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One of the 30 fences jumped at the Grand National.

One of the 30 fences jumped at the Grand National.

Dan Fitch looks at the numbers which define the records and statistics of the Grand National.

Betting on horse racing is a numbers game, so it's no surprise to find that the history of the Grand National is one defined by numbers.

Here are all the records and statistics of the greatest horse racing event of all - it's the Grand National in numbers.

2 - The number of greys that have won the Grand National. The Lamb (1868 and 1871) and Nicolaus Silver (1961) are the only greys to have won the race.

3 - The record number of Grand Nationals won by Red Rum, who was victorious in 1973, 1974 and 1977. Rummie was also the runner-up in the race in 1975 and 1976.

4 - The most Grand Nationals won by a trainer is four. Ginger McCain, Fred Rimmell and George Dockeray have all trained four Grand National winners.

5 - George Stevens is the only jockey to have won the race five times, with victories in 1856, 1863, 1864, 1869 and 1870.

8 - The record number of Grand Nationals run by a horse is the eight by Manifesto, winning the race twice.

10 - The smallest ever Grand National field was the 10 runners in 1883.

13 - The number of mares to have won the Grand National. The last mare to win the race was Nickel Coin in 1951.

15 - The most rides in the race by a jockey who never won the Grand National, was the 15 by Jeff King between 1964 and 1980.

17 - The age of Bruce Hobbs when he became the youngest jockey to win the Grand National in 1938.

19 - The record number of rides in the race by a jockey is the 19 by Tom Olliver between 1839 and 1859.

23 - In the 1967 Grand National, the loose horse Popham Down veered wildly as he approached the 23rd fence, causing a melee that saw Foinavon take advantage and win the race. The jump is now known as the Foinavon Fence.

30 - The number of fences that the horses jump over two laps of the Aintree course. There are 16 fences in all and the first 14 of them are jumped twice.

40 - The yards that Devon Loch was winning the 1956 Grand National by, before he inexplicably fell and handed victory to ESB.

48 - The age of Dick Saunders when he became the eldest jockey to win the Grand National in 1982.

50 - The amount of cameras that will be filming the 2011 Grand National for television, including one in the jockeys' changing room and others in two helicopters.

66 - The largest ever Grand National field was the 66 runners in 1929.

100 - There have been five 100-1 winners of the Grand National. Tipperary Tim was the first in 1928 and has been followed by Gregalach in 1929, Caughoo in 1947, Foinavon in 1967 and Mon Mome in 2009.

140 - The number of countries worldwide that show the Grand National on television.

527.8 - The amount of seconds that it took Mr Frisk to win the Grand National in 1990. The time of eight minutes and 47.8 seconds is the fastest winning time ever.

7242 - The total distance in metres of the Grand National course at Aintree.

950,000 - The number of pounds that make up the 2011 Grand National prize fund.

600,000,000 - The estimated global television audience for the Grand National.

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