Foinavon

It was the upset to end all upsets. On 8 April 1967 at Liverpool’s Aintree racecourse, a 100-1 outsider in peculiar blinkers sidestepped chaos exceptional even by the Grand National’s standards and won the world’s toughest steeplechase. Foinavon’s victory has become part of British sporting folklore. Here, for the first time, Owen tells the real story and shows why the Grand National holds tens of millions of people spellbound, year after year, for ten minutes on a Saturday afternoon in early spring.