Grand National sweepstake: Your essential kit for the race! Get yourself ready for the Grand National with Sportsmail's brilliant sweepstake kit. Three days of top class racing and entertainment culminating with the world's greatest Steeple Chase. Three days of top class racing and entertainment culminating with the world's greatest Steeple Chase. After the Grand National , in which two horses died in incidents at Becher's Brook , Aintree began the most significant of its modifications to the course. Retrieved from " https: Throughout the Victorian era the line between the amateur and professional sportsman existed only in terms of the rider's status, and the engagement of an amateur to ride in the race was rarely considered a handicap to a contender's chances of winning. Course officials tried to stop the runners by waving red flags, but many jockeys thought that they were protesters some had invaded the course earlier and so continued to race. Geraldine Rees became the first to complete the course, in News Defi Definitely First Among Juveniles Apr 06th Defi Du Seuil maintained his unbeaten run over hurdles when landing the G1 Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle. Thanks to Tony Paley for taking us through the early action. BBC News 3 April Packed stands, a sell-out 70, crowd. D efinitly Red and Thunder And Bones go. His little horsey feet! The last amateur rider to win the race is Marcus Armytage , who as of set the still-standing course record of 8: The Duke was ridden by Martin Becher. A mobile on-course X-ray machine assists in the prompt diagnosis of leg injuries when horses are pulled up, and oxygen and water are available by the final fence and finishing post. Want to get the latest information from Aintree ahead of the Festival? In the past, such amateur riders would have been joined by army officers, such as David Campbell who won in , and sporting aristocrats, farmers or local huntsmen and point to point riders, who usually opted to ride their own mounts. In , the race sponsors John Smith's launched a poll to determine five personalities to be inducted into the inaugural Grand National Legends initiative. Longevity is no guarantee of success, however, as 13 of the 34 never tasted the glory of winning the race.