Who are the most successful jockeys in Grand National history?

A few previous winners in this year's race...

Ruby Walsh rides Hedgehunter to victory in the 2005 Grand National


The Grand National is the race that all the jockeys are desperate to win.

As well as being a career-defining achievement, it adds a few pounds to their bank balance, which is always a tidy bonus!

Our very own Ruby Walsh landed the 2000 Grand National at the age of 20 on Papillon – trained by his father – before a second victory on Willie Mullins’ charge Hedgehunter five years later.

A pair of successes means our retired racing expert has one of the best all-time records in the race, but he is a few behind the most successful rider on the honours board…


Who is the most successful jockey in Grand National history?

George Stevens is the leading jockey in Grand National history having ridden five winners during his career in the saddle.

What do you mean you haven’t heard of George Stevens? Well, I’ll forgive ya because the Cheltenham-born pilot scored victories on Freetrader, Emblem, Emblematic and The Colonel in the mid-19th century.

Who are the most successful Grand National jockeys in 2023 race?

Davy Russell is the most successful jockey taking part in this year’s renewal having partnered Tiger Roll in 2018 and 2019 – and he rides the Gordon Elliott-trained Galvin this time around.

A third victory in the Grand National would be the perfect way to bring the curtain down (for the second time) on his career in the saddle.

Rachael Blackmore, Derek Fox, Daryl Jacob and Ryan Mania are the only other jockeys taking part in Saturday’s 5:15pm that have previously ridden a winner in the Grand National.

Davy Russell (2018 & 2019 – Tiger Roll)
Daryl Jacob (2012 – Neptune Collonges)
Ryan Mania (2013 – Auroras Encore)
Derek Fox (2017 – One For Arthur)
Rachael Blackmore (2021 – Minella Times)

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