John Smith's Grand National Legends - Chapter 4

19th March 2013

John Smith’s and Aintree have today announced the five racing ‘greats’ who are to be inducted into the John Smith’s Grand National Legends hall of fame. The Legends celebrates the history of the Grand National and an awards ceremony will be held at Aintree racecourse on John Smith’s Grand National Day – Saturday 6th April.

A shortlist of Grand National Legends was again compiled by a selection panel of racing experts who were asked to consider the star performers – equine and human – from the 1830s through to the present day. Thousands of racing fans have placed their votes over the last few weeks at and five have been chosen with Richard Pitman topping the poll.

The 2013 inductees join the likes of Red Rum and Ginger McCain, Bob Champion, Sir Peter O’Sullevan and Jenny Pitman.

Ruby Walsh - Amazing John Smith’s Grand National record with 2 wins and 3 places from 10 attempts, only once failing to complete the course

Trevor Hemmings - One of the leading owners in UK and a huge supporter of Aintree. He has had 28 runners in the race and two winners in last decade (Hedgehunter 2005 and Ballabriggs 2011)

Golden Miller - The only horse to ever win the Gold Cup and Grand National in the same year (1934)

Richard Pitman - Involved in Grand National for 45 years as a jockey and broadcaster. Famously second on Crisp in 1973.

Dick Francis CBE - Thriller writer, Champion Jockey and Racing Journalist. Desperately unlucky when riding Devon Loch in the National for the Queen Mother in 1956

Go to for more information on the Legends.