The Grand National Quiz

The Grand National Quiz

Welcome to our Grand National Quiz.  There are no prizes, it's just for fun.  Have a go and then scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.



1. True or False. Bechers Brook is named after Captain Becher who jumped into the Brook after falling from his horse in the 1839 Grand National

2. Caughoo won the race in controversial circumstances in 1947. The race allegedly led to fisticuffs in the bar afterwards. What was the controversy

a. He ran across the line of the horse finishing second

b. He was accused of not carrying the required weight.

c. He was accused of only doing one circuit of the track

3. What is the fewest number of horses to finish the Grand National:

a. 2

b. 3

c. 4

4. What was the prize money for the winner of the 2014 Grand National?

a. £561,300

b. £661,300

c. £761,300

5. What was “special” about Thomas Pickernell who rode to victory on Pathfinder in 1875

a. He won despite breaking his collarbone only 2 weeks before the race.

b. He won despite being so drunk he lined up his horse for the start facing the wrong way.

c. He had only been riding horses for 6 months prior to the race.

6. Most people know that Red Rum won the race 3 times, but how many times did he finish 2nd?

a. 0

b. 1

c. 2

7. Esha Ness won the race in 1993, but has never been recognised as a Grand National winner. Why?

a. He had dismounted his jockey before the finish.
b. The race was cancelled due to a false start
c. The jockey was disqualified for excessive use of the whip


8. In what year was the Grand National first televised live?

a. 1955
b. 1960
c. 1965

9. Zoedone won the race in 1883 and was one of the favourites to win in 1885. However the horse disappointed and never finished the race. What did the owners give as the reason?

a. He was poisoned on race day.
b. The fences had a different smell to normal that distracted the horse.
c. The other jockeys ganged up on him, constantly blocking him off.


10. Zoedone’s jockey that year, Count Karel Kinsky, was an interesting character to say the least. What did he do to keep himself busy outside horse racing?

a. He had an affair with Sir Winston Churchill’s mother.
b. He refused to fight against Britain in WW1 and asked to fight on the Russian front instead.
c. He was the Austro-Hungarian ambassador to Britain.



1. Answer: True – Becher was amongst the front runners before falling and jumping into the brook to avoid being crushed by the oncoming horses. Legend has it that he was heard to tell the spectators that he did not realise how filthy water tasted without the benefit of whisky!

2. Answer: c – amazingly, due to the thick fog, the jockey finishing 2nd, Daniel McCann accused the winning jockey, Eddie Dempsey, of hiding whilst the other horses completed the first circuit before then joining in and romping home. Dempsey was cleared of any wrong doing.

3. Answer: a – only 2 horses finished the national in 1928.

4. Answer: a – the overall prize pot was in excess of £1m

5. Answer: b – We can’t prove this one, but so legend has it, he was blind drunk! Note that Gerry Scott won the race in 1960 on Merryman II despite having broken his collarbone only 12 days before the race.

6. Answer: c – Red Rum is the only horse to have won 3 times, winning in 1973, 1974 and 1977, whilst also finishing 2nd in 1975 and 1976.

7. Answer: b – A sad day in Grand National history. A false start was declared, but 30 horses started the race and 7 completed the race before it was declared void.

8. Answer: b - 1960.

9. Answer: a – although it was never proven, it is alleged that Zoedone was poisoned and saved the bookies a fortune by not winning!

10. Answer: all of the above. We told you he was an interesting character!