Nine-year old horses perform well
If you’re looking for a more precise way of picking a horse for the Grand National, the age and weight of a horse are proven statistics that can help pick out a winner.
Based on the age of previous winners, the peak age for a horse to win the Grand National is 8.8 years old.
46 winning horses – just over a quarter of the total – were aged nine, with five being the age of the youngest winner and Peter Simple, aged 15, being the oldest winner in 1853.
It’s no surprise that horses that aren’t too old or young do better in the race: stamina and jumping ability are essential for the Grand National. While younger horses tend to have more speed than stamina, older horses are often past their prime needed to pass the National’s many hurdles.