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It’s surprisingly rare that the bookies favourite wins the Grand National. In fact, over the last 18 years, the out-right favourite has won once and the joint-favourite has been victorious twice. However, surely even the shrewdest of bettors couldn’t predict a horse with 100/1 odds winning – but it has happened. In the 179-year history of the Grand National, it’s happened an incredible five times. Although the runners aren’t fully confirmed for the Aintree Grand National 2019, there are a few horses with odds of 100/1, looking to cause another huge upset.

2009: Mon Mome

Mon Mome made history in 2009, when he delivered the biggest Grand National shock for 40 years. Not content with being the rank outsider, Mon Mome was the second horse trained by a woman to win the Grand National – and to make the feat more stand out, it was jockey Liam Treadwell’s first race. Favourite My Will could only finish third, while the year’s previous winner, Comply or Die came second. One of 12 horses to reach the final stretch, Mon Mome emulated Foinavon, by jumping the final fence and easing away from the rest of the pack – eventually winning by 12 lengths.

1967: Foinavon

The manner in which 100/1 horse Foinavon won the 1967 will forever be part of folklore, so much so, that the seventh and twenty-third fence is named after him. It was on the second circuit when 28 of the 44 competitors cleared Beecher’s Brook (the 22nd fence), but Popham Down veered dramatically to the right approaching the 23rd fence and a melee followed. At this point, Foinavon was so far behind, as he got to the fence, the jockey John Buckingham managed to steer away from the pile-up and find a gap to jump the fence. With horses running the wrong way and jockeys trying to re-mount, Foinavon managed to clear and although some racers made considerable ground, the 100/1 outsider went on to win by 15 lengths.

1947: Caughoo

The eight-year-old massive outsider won the 1947 Grand National by 20 lengths, but his victory was marred by controversy. The history of the National is full of weird and wonderful tales, but none more so than this. Jockey Daniel McCann who rode second-placed Lough Conn accused Eddie Dempsey (rider of Caughoo) of hiding him in the thick fog that ascended on Aintree that day. He claimed that Caughoo didn’t jump half of the fences and waited for the second circuit to race – however, photographic evidence later proved otherwise.

1929: Gregalach

In 1929, Gregalach made history when he was the second horse in successive years to win the Grand National at odds of 100/1. Before the race began, there were 66 entries, but come the finish, there were only nine. And in a strange twist, the majority of those finishing the race were underdogs, with odds of 20/1 or longer.

1928: Tipperary Tim

The first ever 100/1 horse with a Grand National win was Tipperary Tim, and he also claims one of the greatest stories in Grand National history. Just before the race began, William Dutton (rider of Tipperary Tim) heard his friend shout that he could win the race if all the other horses fell. Which is exactly what happened. Of the 42 horses that entered the race, 41 horses fell, with 40 of them unable to finish the race. The only other finisher wasn’t able to catch up and not only did Tipperary Tim defy the odds and win the Grand National, but the 1928 race made history for having the fewest horses to finish. Incredible.

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