Top Grand National Jockeys
Many people like to follow a favourite jockey with their Grand National money. Are they wise? Are they picking the correct jockeys to follow?
Here are the Grand National jockey statistics over the past 20 renewals. R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places (Placed refers to rides that finished between 2nd and 5th as most bookmakers will pay on at least five places for the Grand National) C = Completed the race:
|Mr Sam Waley-Cohen||9-0-2-5||-9.00||+2.00|
Grand National Jockeys over National Fences
Here are the Grand National jockey statistics over the past 20 renewals for rides over the national fences. R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places (Placed refers to rides that finished between 2nd and 5th as most bookmakers will pay on at least five places for the Grand National) C = Completed the race.
Statistics include Becher, Fox Hunters, Sefton, Topham and Grand National:
|Mr Sam Waley-Cohen||37-6-13-26||+32.33||+26.30|
|Mr James King||5-2-3-5||+79.00||+38.50|
|Mr J J Codd||15-1-2-7||-12.12||-10.56|
Grand National Jockey Records
The stats on the rest of this page show last year's race first and goes back ten seasons. If a jockey didn't have a ride, this is marked by a -
PU - horse pulled up and didn't complete the course
F - Fell
UR - horse unseated the rider (jockey fell off!)
BD - Brought Down (not the horse or jockey's fault, another horse fell into them)
CO - Carried Out (pushed off the course by another horse)
REF - Refused (the horse stopped before the fence as it didn't fancy jumping it)
Ten Year Record: -, 1, 1, 3, 8, -, PU, -, F, F
Davy Russell's first twelve rides in the Grand National were pretty uninspiring as he failed to complete seven times and his best finish was seventh on Joes Edge in 2006. Things started to improve in 2017 when Tom George called Russell in to ride the useful Saint Are who belied his odds of 25/1 to finish a gallant third behind One For Arthur. In 2018 Russell was called upon by his former employers, Gigginstown House Stud, to ride the recent Cheltenham Cross Country winner Tiger Roll. The rest is history as the duo held on for a head victory that year and then a much more comfortable win in 2019.
Ten Year Record: PU, 18, UR, UR, 6, 12, -, 12, 1, PU
Daryl Jacob won the Grand National on Neptune Collonges in 2012 and completed the course on five other occasions. Jacob has an excellent record generally over the National fences with two wins, eight additional places and 18 completions from 32 rides.
Ten Year Record: 8, -, -, F, P, 15, F, 4, -, 2
Sam Waley-Cohen has an amazing record over the Grand National fences but the fact that he is an amateur rider makes his record outstanding. Waley-Cohen has won six races over the big Aintree fences (3 Foxhunters, 2 Topham and 1 Becher Chase) but has yet to win the Grand National but has finished 5th, 4th and 2nd, in the 2021 GN he finished 8th on Jett having been ten lengths clear heading to the foinavon for the second time.
Ten Year Record: U, U, 10, 8, 4, 13, -, PU, UR, F
Robbie Power has completed in a total of seven grand nationals from his thirteen rides but more recently has failed to complete in five of his last nine rides. He won the Grand National back in 2007 on Silver Birch on only his second ride in the race.
Ten Year Record: PU, PU, PU, 12, 15, 11, -, -, -, -, -
Youngster Sean Bowen has already competed in six grand nationals and has completed in three of those although he has failed to finish in the last three. He has had the experience of fifteen rides over the national fences and has picked up two wins in the Sefton (2016 & 2018). His completion rate stands at just over 53% which includes two wins, a third in the Sefton and a fifth in the Topham. Bowen tends to have most of his rides for his father or for Harry Fry.
Grand National Jockeys With Poor Records
Some of these are superb jockeys so why is their recent Grand National history so poor? Perhaps it's pressure, luck or maybe their previous bad experiences have affected their confidence?
Ten Year Record: PU, 15, 9, 6, UR, 9, 12, 11, F, -
Despite riding some top quality horses Scudamore hasn't finished higher than 6th in a Grand National and has failed to finish on nine of his nineteen Grand National rides. All but two of Scudamore's rides have been for the Pipe stable or for Nigel Twiston-Davies and he is likely to partner Good Boy Bobby for Nigel Twiston-Davies this year.
Ten Year Record: PU, PU, -, 15, F, PU, F, UR, 2, F
Richie McLernon has failed to finish in eight of his ten grand national rides and he has fallen or been unseated in five of those. The highlight of McLernon's Aintree rides has undoubtedly been when finishing a short-head second to Neptune Collonges on Sunnyhillboy. McLernon is one of JP McManus' retained jockeys and will likely ride one of the many JP runners in the race.
Ten Year Record: 2, P, P, 17, 13, F, U, U, P, F
It would be hard to imagine that the Grand National is high on the list of Aidan Coleman's favourite races as he has failed to complete the course on eight of his last eleven attempts. Add that to the fact that he chose not to ride 2009 winner Mon Mome and it would be easy to think that Coleman could do with a change of luck at Aintree and that almost came in 2021 when he was on board the runner-up Balko Des Flos which was Aidan's best result to date in the race.