When it comes to Grand National winners, their names are always etched in our memories.
Fans lucky enough to attend the big race at Aintree will often see the Parade of Champions as past winners take their lap of honour in front of the adoring crowd.
But what happens to the winners after they leave Aintree on the biggest day of their lives?
Here we look back at the last 10 Grand National winners and find out where they are now.
Last 10 Grand National Winners
|Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
|One For Arthur
|Rule The World
|Pineau De Re
Corach Rambler – 2023
Our most recent winner is still living his best life and with any luck will be returning to Aintree in April in an attempt to retain his crown.
Trained by Lucinda Russell, Corach Rambler has also been given an entry into this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, so could do either, or could run in both.
A lot will depend on the BHA Handicapper and the weight he doles out. Either way, it’s another exciting season for the ten-year-old.
He is the current race favourite, but there’s still plenty of time for that to change. To keep up to date, check the latest betting odds if you fancy the chaser to do the double.
Noble Yeats – 2022
He became the first 7-year-old to win the Grand National since Bogskar did the deed all the way back in 1940.
He was also the longest odds winner since Auroras Encore, going off at 50/1, though savvier backers would have got him at 66/1 earlier in the day.
Given his age, he is still in the prime of his career and is still running a mix of hurdles and jumps, so much so that he has options in both the Cross Country Chase and The Stayers Hurdle at Cheltenham.
And that’s before he returns to Aintree for another shot at the Grand National. Lumbered with 11-11 last year, he still put in another great appearance to finish in fourth place.
Minella Times – 2021
We all know that the Grand National is a race that constantly writes history, and 2021 was no different.
While Minella Times ran the race of his life, it was his jockey that made all of the headlines.
Rachael Blackmore, riding for trainer Henry De Bromhead, became the first female jockey to win the race.
But what of Minella Times these days? He ran his last race in January 2023 when he was pulled up at Cheltenham, and at that point, connections decided it was time to call it a day.
He has now retired and spends his days in Martinstown, JP McManus’ Irish stud.
Tiger Roll – 2019, 2018
Next on our list of past Grand National winners is the little horse that could, Tiger Roll.
He reinvigorated the British public’s love for the Grand National with his back-to-back wins in the Grand National in 2018 and 2019.
Whether he could have done the treble will forever be the unanswered question as the race was cancelled in 2020.
His retirement was pre-announced and we all knew that the Cross Country at Cheltenham in March 2022 would be his last.
We wanted the fairytale ending but had to settle for second place stable mate, Delta Work, pipped him to the post.
He retired to Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud in Ireland, and has since been retrained for the show ring.
In August 2022 he placed 3rd in the Dublin Horse Show, ridden by Ted O’Leary.
One For Arthur – 2017
Becoming only the second winner from Scotland, since Rubstic’s victory in 1979, Lucinda Russell’s stable star returned for another attempt in 2019.
Sadly a second win was not to be and after a lacklustre season, his retirement was announced in November 2020.
He returned to his breeder in Ireland for a time and was even entered at the Dublin Horse Show. He then headed back to Scotland to his former work-rider Ailsa McClung.
Sadly, at only 14-years-old, One From Arthur died from colic on March 24th 2023.
Rule The World – 2016
Similar to stablemate Tiger Roll, Rule The World retired to Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud.
Despite only being nine years old at the time, connections decided that his previous pelvic injuries could pose a problem.
Rather than take any unnecessary risks, they agreed that a happy retirement was the order of the day.
Many Clouds – 2015
A legend in horse racing, the story of Many Clouds is both inspiring and heartbreaking in equal measure.
The heaviest weighted winner since Red Rum, Many Clouds won the 2015 Grand National in style.
Returning in 2016, he went off as joint favourite but was unable to repeat his previous success, finishing in 16th place.
Undeterred, he returned to Aintree later in the year to win a listed chase in December 2016 before heading to Cheltenham on January 28th 2017.
Winning the Cotswold Chase in a photo-finish, he crossed the line and collapsed. He was pronounced dead by veterinary staff shortly afterward and further investigation revealed he had died from a pulmonary haemorrhage.
Pineau De Re – 2014
One of the few French-bred Grand National winners, Pineau De Re went off as a 25/1 shot in 2014 for trainer Dr Richard Newland.
With connections delighted, he returned in 2015 but could only manage a 15th place finish.
By 2016, his form had dipped as had his Official Rating. And, coming as a huge surprise to racing fans, he did not make the cut for the Grand National.
He was retired at the end of the season and has found a new lease of life as a successful eventer.
Ridden by Lizzie Doolittle, Pineau De Re has successfully completed several events at BE90 and BE100 level with aims to go Novice this year.
He competes in dressage at Novice level and now 21 years old, is still going strong.
Auroras Encore – 2013
In 2013 not many people gave the 66/1 shot, Auroras Encore, much of a fighting chance in the Grand National.
After an incredible victory for trainer Sue Smith, he head to Ayr for the Scottish National, hoping to emulate the great Red Rum with victories in both races.
In January 2014 he suffered a leg fracture at Doncaster and was immediately retired.
Now 22 years old, he is enjoying life at Sue Smith’s stables.
Neptune Collonges – 2012
In one of the closest finishes of any Grand National in history, Neptune Collonges won by a nose, beating Sunnyhillboy in 2012.
One of only three grey runners to win the race, he was immediately retired, going out on a high.
Now 23, Neptune Collonges regularly competes in dressage competitions for rider Lisa Hales.
He has also visited Alder Hey Children’s Hospital every year since his win much to the delight of all the children who get to pet him.
So there you have it, the last 10 Grand National winners and what they are up to today.
Two are still racing, two have sadly passed away, three more have been retrained and the last three are happily living out their lives in retirement.
Every Grand National throws up something special. Whether it’s the youngest horse ot win, the oldest horse to win, the first female jockey, a grey winner etc…every winner has a story.
And that’s what makes this race one of the most special in the world.