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The race runs each year in late February/early March, which can mean incremental weather and saw the race called off in 2018 due to heavy snow. This tough test is often seen as a trial for the Grand National in April, with many winners (such as The Last Samuri and Definitely Red) going on to be favourites in the national.
The name of the race itself comes from the Grimthorpe family, who are steeped in racing history. With the family being owners of winners of the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup, members of the Jockey Club and also a director of Thirsk Racecourse. Currently the 5th Baron Grimthorpe, Teddy Beckett, is chairman of York Racecourse, as well as a racing manager.