The United Kingdom has a number of amazing horse races and festivals which are envied the world over. Royal ascot is something that is beloved by everyone in the horse racing world who utterly adore the grandeur and the splendour of an event that is regularly attended by the Queen.

Cheltenham and its Gold Cup is seen as one of the pinnacles of Horse Racings events with the eyes of the world on it whenever it is on. These festivals have always set the standard, they have always made racing fans sit up and take notice. It is what makes the UK one of the horse racing capitals of the world.

There is, however, once race in particular which people truly love and which gets even people with no interest in racing at all to turn on their screens and watch and that is the Grand National. With the 2018 Grand National Race set to be the biggest yet there are so many reasons to tune in and watch the magic happen in Aintree. We are blessed to have such a special event.

It is one of the few events that causes people in the UK in general, rather than just in the horse racing community to get their wallets out and bet with over £150 million wagered in 2013 and the amounts going up further since then. But what is it that makes the national so special? One of the answers is the fact that it has had some special moments and some champion horses conquer it over the years, which has built up a real sense of history and grandeur that is tough to match.

For the older generations especially there are cultural moments etched into their memories that have turned into folklore. So here are two of those moments, two iconic happenings from the Grand National that have helped to make it into the amazing event it is today.

Red Rum’s win in 1977

Widely regarded as one of the greatest horses ever to step foot on a race track, Red Rum was famous for its exploits in a number of races but none more so than the Grand National in 1977. Going up against a horse called Crisp, with the race moving away from him, Red Rum surged back in the final furlongs to close the gap and take the win. It was his third Grand National win but the most special of the bunch and meant he wrote his name into racing history. In a poll in 2002 his 1977 win was ranked as one of the 25 best in British sporting history, truly special.

Foinavon 1967

Ten years before Red Rum’s big victory, Foinavon was a 100/1 shot not given a hope against a far stronger field. However there was an accident at the 23rd fence which led to many other horses not being able to finish and leaving the way clear for an extraordinary victory. It was so iconic the 23rd fence is now named after Foinavon. It was a moment to savour and arguably a great moment for the bookies who always love an outside shot winning.