John Smith's and Aintree have announced their shortlist of ten "Legends" aiming to be inducted into the inaugural John Smith's Grand National Legends.
The new initiative celebrates the greats from Grand National history and the five Legends selected in 2010 will be invited to the first awards ceremony at Aintree racecourse on Grand National Day — Saturday 10th April.
"The John Smith's Grand National is a race steeped in history that has produced many stories and legends down the years," said Aintree managing director, Julian Thick. "We want to give people the chance to reflect and celebrate this and vote for who those who they think should be further immortalised in Aintree history."
The shortlist was compiled by a selection panel of racing experts who were asked to consider the star performers — equine and human — from the 1830s through to the present day. A website has been developed to allow the public to choose the identity of the first five Legends which is now live and open for voting: www.grandnationallegends.com.
The contenders are: Ginger McCain and Red Rum, Jenny Pitman, Vincent O'Brien, John Buckingham and Foinavon, Bob Champion and Aldaniti, Sir Peter O'Sullevan, Fred Rimell,
Fred Winter, Manifesto, Tommy Carberry.