Grand National Finishers, Number of Horses in 2012?

Grand National number of finishers

There were 19 finishers in the grand national in 2011 on good ground. How many grand national finishers will there be this year, 2012? Many bookmakers will offer this Grand National special bet including Paddy Power, Ladbrokes and Betfair. How many finishes did you bet on? Please comment in our facebook comments box below. There were only 4 finishers on heavy ground in 2001.

  • The smallest number of Grand National finishers was two in 1928, when Tipperary Tim beat the remounted Billy Barton by a distance – amazingly, 42 horses faced the starter for that Grand National. Easter Hero became stuck on top of the Canal Turn fence, putting the majority of the field out of the contest.
  • That number might have also finished in the 1913 Grand National but Carsey, who would have won if he had jumped the last instead of falling, was remounted by Jack Tyrwhitt-Drake to take third behind fortunate winner Covercoat and Irish Mail.
  • Just three also finished in 1951; largely due to a debacle at the very first fence in which 11 of the 36 contestants fell. The usual subsequent spills and thrills meant that only six runners were still going at the start of the second circuit.
  • The most famous incident in Grand National history occurred in 1967 when the riderless Popham Down caused a huge pile-up at the 23rd obstacle at which most of the field, with the exception of 100/1 outsider and winner Foinavon, were stopped in their tracks.
  • Foinavon, who had been towards the rear of the 44 runners, managed to circumvent the melee and had flown the nest by the time his rivals got going again – eventually 17 other horses finished behind the easy winner. The fence that caused so much turmoil was subsequently renamed Foinavon.
  • More recently in 1980 only four got home. Stamina-sapping ground made the race even more testing than usual for the 30 runners, who were gradually whittled down to just the winner, Ben Nevis, and three others.
  • The same number finished in 2001 when a loose horse (Paddyfs Return) at the Canal Turn the first time around put paid to the chances of a quarter of the 40 starters and then the heavy going did not suit many others. Red Marauder and Smarty were the only two horses to negotiate the 30 fences at the first attempt. But Blowing Wind and Papillon, who both came to grief at the 19th, were remounted to finish third and fourth respectively. The remounting of horses was banned in all races by the British Horseracing Authority in November, 2009.
  • Six managed to finish in 1994 when heavy rain, which had hit Liverpool the previous night, was again the main culprit. Six also got round in 1998, the year the race was won by Earth Summit who loved the very soft ground.
  • The highest number of finishers was 23 in 1984, when Hallo Dandy was first home from 40 starters. There were 22 finishers from 47 starters in 1963, and 22 from 40 in both 1987 and 1992.
Year Ground Finishers Starters
1971 Good 13 38
1972 Soft 9 42
1973 Firm 10 38
1974 Good 17 42
1975 Good 10 31
1976 Firm 16 32
1977 Good 11 42
1978 Firm 15 37
1979 Good 7 34
1980 Heavy 4 30
1981 Good 12 39
1982 Good 8 39
1983 Soft 10 41
1984 Good 23 40
1985 Good to Soft 11 40
1986 Good to Soft 17 40
1987 Good 22 40
1988 Good to Soft 9 40
1989 Heavy 14 40
1990 Firm 20 38
1991 Good to Soft 17 40
1992 Good to Soft 22 40
1993 Void race
1994 Heavy 6 36
1995 Good 15 35
1996 Good 17 27
1997 Good 17 36
1998 Heavy 6 37
1999 Good 18 32
2000 Good/ Good to Firm 17 40
2001 Heavy 4 40
2002 Good 11 40
2003 Good 14 40
2004 Good 11 39
2005 Good to Soft 21 40
2006 Good to Soft 9 40
2007 Good 12 40
2008 Good 15 40
2009 Good to Soft 17 40
2010 Good 14 40
2011 Good 19 40

+Simon Higgins

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