I Am Maximus WINS the Grand National after dramatic finish to the weekend’s showpiece race at Aintree… with last year’s winner and co-favourite, Corach Rambler, falling at the first hurdle

I Am Maximus was an emphatic winning favourite of the Randox Grand National, storming clear of his rivals to give the all-conquering Willie Mullins a second victory in the Aintree showpiece.

Successful with Hedgehunter 19 years ago, Mullins was responsible for eight of the 32 who headed to post in Liverpool, but I Am Maximus was well-touted to follow up last year’s success in the Irish Grand National.

An impressive tune-up in the Bobbyjo Chase saw punters latch onto the Grade One-winning eight-year-old and Paul Townend rode the 7-1 market leader with supreme confidence down the inner as I Am Maximus showed no sign of previous jumping frailties.

In a race with early drama when defending champion Corach Rambler unshipped Derek Fox at the very first fence, there were a plethora still in contention heading down to two out, where I Am Maximus was inching into contention.

I Am Maximus, the joint-favourite at 7-1, has won this year’s Grand National after a dramatic race

Last year's winner, Corach Rambler, had fallen at the first hurdle, unseating jockey Derek Fox

Last year’s winner, Corach Rambler, had fallen at the first hurdle, unseating jockey Derek Fox

However, the complexion of the race would change at the elbow where I Am Maximus scooted clear of the Rachael Blackmore-ridden Minella Indo and the staying-on Delta Work, who picked up second place in his third attempt at the famous race.

It was a first Grand National triumph for Townend, while owner JP McManus was striking at Aintree for the third time after Don’t Push It (2010) and Minella Times (2021).


1) I Am Maximus (7/1)

2) Delta Work (28/1)

3) Minella Indo (28/1)

4) Galvin (40/1)

5) Kitty’s Light (12/1)

6) Ain’t That A Shame (40/1)

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