The Haydock Grand National trial is run in mid-February histrorically just after the announcement of the Grand National weights. This year a quirk of the calendar has the race being run before that announcement.
While recent winners have not gone on to win in Aintree the race still has a rich history. The most famous national horse of all, Red Rum, used the race as his prep run before all 5 years of his runs and both Party Politics (1992) and Earth Summit (1998) landed the Grand National after finishing 5th in this race.
It was at one time also seen as an important Gold Cup trial with Royal Frolic (1976), Alverton (1979) and Cool Ground (1992) all victorious at Haydock en route to success in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Grand National Trial Winner Stats 2005-2014
8 out of 10 finished in the first 3 on their last completed start
8 out of 10 ran between 42 and 54 days beforehand
Peter Buchanan has ridded 3 winners since 2005
Lucina Russell has trained two winners since 2009
Just two winning favourites in the last 10 - but 2 of last 3 !
Last 10 winners rated between 129 and 149
Winners from both ends of the weights spectrum ( 3 at 11-12 , 2 at 10-0)
10 out of 10 had previously won between 2-4 times over fences
9 out of 10 had won a 3m+ chase previously
No strong age trend with winners aged between 7 and 11 in the last decade
Grand National Trial Winners 2005-2014
Grand National Meeting 2015 Previous Winners And 10 Year Trends
We have gathered data on all 21 races run at the Aintree Grand National meeting.
Click on the links below for previous winners and 10 year trends.