Grand National Ultimate History



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Fr 25 Mar 1892 (3.56) 4m 4f Good 9.48.20 25 £1,680 G. Wilson

  1 Father O'Flynn 7 10-05 Gordon Wilson Cpt R. Owen 20/1   Chased leaders until became prominent 4th. 6th (of 24) WJ. Same position CT 2C, 4th at 27th. Headway into 2nd before 29th, led just after it. Driven well away. Easily.
91 2 Cloister 8 12-03 A. Yates J. Dormer 11/2F 20 Away well & very prominent 1st. Disputed lead 2nd and led outright 4th. Headed circa ABC 1C but led again WJ until headed once more 26th. Left in lead again next. Headed conclusively just after 29th, no chance with winner. Slightly eased run in then had to be urged to hold 2nd.
90 91 3 Ilex 8 12-07 William Nightingall A. Nightingall 20/1 2 Mid-division 1C, collided with Partisan 3rd, 16th WJ. Steady headway to be 5th CT 2C, 4th ABC. 3rd at 29th. Unable to go with winner after. Kept on gamely despite finishing lame.
  4 Ardcarn 5 10-10 H. Linde T. Kavanagh 10/1   Slowly away but chased leaders by 4th and prominent by VB 1C. Reduced to pursuing leaders again in 9th WJ. Gradual progress to be 4th CT 2C. Left 3rd at 27th. 4th at 29th, kept on one-paced.
  5 Flying Column 7 10-07   W. Beasley 50/1   Chased leaders 1st, very prominent by 4th, 2nd VB 1C and led circa ABC 1C. 2nd again WJ. Same position CT 2C, 3rd at 26th, left 2nd again next. Weakened badly thereafter and finished virtually tailed off.
  6 Hollington 6 10-09 J. Cannon G. Williamson 100/9   Mid-division 1C, 11th WJ. 7th CT 2C. Fading by ABC and finished tailed off.
91 7 Cruiser 7 11-07   W. Cullen 25/1   Mid-division until effort to chase leaders in 8th WJ but made a very bad mistake there and never a factor afterwards. Fading further by ABC 2C and finished tailed off.
  8 Reliance 10 10-08   J. Cheney 200/1   Slowly away but improved to be chasing leaders in 10th WJ. Little impact 2C, fading by ABC and finished tailed off.
  9 Ulysses 8 10-10 S. Harding G. Milne 50/1   Slowly away & always towards rear. Well tailed off.
  10 Faust 7 10-05 Fitton T. Lushington 100/1   Always towards rear. Well tailed off.
  11 Bagman   10-07 J. Walley F. Hassall 200/1   Prominent 1st. Hanging on in mid-division WJ. Faded 2C and finished well tailed off.
  P Lord Of The Glen 7 11-00 R. Driscoll C. Waller 33/1 LATE 2C Mid-division 1st. Headway to be chasing leaders in 7th WJ. Back in midfield 2C until weakened early CS. Became tailed off and eventually PU.
90 91 P Brunswick 8 10-02 Redding Levenston 100/1 LATE 2C Rear of mid-division 1C but well towards rear by CT 2C and tailed off when eventually PU.
  P The Primate 6 10-13 J. Jones Cpt P. Bewicke 100/14 LATE 2C Very prominent 1st and disputed lead 2nd. Remained prominent 1C, 5th WJ. Dropped away rapidly circa 19th. Became hopelessly tailed off and eventually PU.
  P Lord Arthur 9 10-07 W. Moore Cpt S. Lee-Barber 25/1 LATE 2C Chased leaders from 4th. Prominent ABC 1C. 3rd WJ. Lost place before CT 2C. Became well tailed off and eventually PU.
  P Southam 13 10-07 A. Yates B. Dollery 50/1 LATE 2C Started sharply but settled in mid-division 1C, 15th WJ. Lost place before CT 2C. Became well tailed off and eventually PU.
  F The Midshipmite 6 11-06 A. Yates F. Atkinson 25/1 27TH (OD) Away well & prominent. 4th WJ, 3rd CT 2C. Pulled way into lead 26th, seemingly full of running. Fell next.
  F Nap 7 10-07 E. Woodland H. Woodland 200/1 24TH (CT) Away well, let to & over 1st. Joined 2nd and headed before 4th. Remained prominent until began to lose place towards end of 1C, 14th WJ. Dropped further towards rear 2C and toiling when fell CT.
  RO Paul Pry 6 10-12 J. Adams T. Adams 200/1 24TH (CT) Slowly away & soon well behind, tailed off by WJ. Rider persisted until horse ran out CT 2C.
  F Meldrum 7 10-12 Green J. Latham 100/1 22ND (BB) Rear of mid-division 1C and no sign of progress when fell BB 2C.
  F Jason   10-12 T. Cannon jnr G. Mawson 100/8 22ND (BB) Away well & prominent 1st. Chased leaders after but beginning to feel the pinch WJ where mid-division. Further adrift when fell BB 2C.
  F Rollesby 7 10-05 P. Vincent-Turner H. Brown 50/1 22ND (BB) Slowly away, dwelt 1st and in rear 2nd & 4th. Tailed off by WJ. Lumbered on until fell BB 2C.
  F Tenby 9 11-02 Clack C. Gregor 100/7 18TH Chased leaders for most of 1C despite not jumping well. Mid-division 12th WJ. Similar position when fell 18th.
  RO Billee Taylor   10-03 J. Jones H. Beasley 25/1 18TH Away well but soon anonymous in mid-division and had dropped towards rear by WJ. Bolted & ran out approaching the 18th.
  F Partisan 6 11-01 J. Gatland A. Barker 40/1 3RD (OD) Mid-division until collided with Ilex & fell 3rd.



There was a huge crowd, possibly the largest yet, in attendance for the 1892 Grand National but, alas, in common with the fate of the populous gathering of 1884, viewing was ruined by a heavy mist. Folk, therefore, couldn't see much of a perfect ride by Captain Roddy Owen which was in stark contrast to his tactically inept effort aboard Cloister in 1891 when he may also have been responsible for Why Not's fall, one that ended Charlie Cunningham's career. This year Owen vanquished his former partner having chosen the in form and lowly weighted Father O'Flynn from six possible mounts available to him. While Cloister took main responsibility for setting an exceptionally fast pace, certainly quicker than that of last year, Owen sat exactly the right distance off his erstwhile steed before pouncing. The pace, which explains the useful winning time, was such that a lot of horses never really got into the race and many of those who were able to try to live with it were spit out unceremoniously at various stages of the contest: Flying Column, The Primate, Lord Arthur, Nap and arguably Hollington, Lord Of The Glen and Jason too. It is to Cloister's credit that he kept on as well as he did, my theory is that, although improving, he was less suited by the Good going of 1892 than that of the previous year and went just a bit too fast on it, however, Cloister at least had a good dress rehearsal for the 1893 National when the surface would resemble a road! In contradistinction, I reckon Ilex preferred the less jarring ground this year to last's Good to Firm and undoubtedly he produced his best performance in a Grand National, especially considering he was virtually running on three legs and would never race again. When recovered he would enjoy hunting with Arthur Nightingall. The Midshipmite was not unfortunate, evidence from 1893 strongly indicates he wouldn't have stayed, particularly having pulled so hard. The 21 runners in 1891 had boasted 21 previous National appearances among them whereas the field of 25 in 1892 could count merely six. One of the debutants, Father O'Flynn was small but had good confirmation and had been hard raced since a 2-y-o. He was now in the care of Aussie born Melton Mowbray owner/trainer Gordon Wilson. The latter's fellow military man Owen was a charmer, having finally achieved the racing ambition he had so forcefully pursued he quit the sport to return to active service overseas where he died from cholera in 1896.

Strictly at the weights in the 1892 National Ilex emerged 2 (pounds/lengths) superior to Cloister and 8 better than Father O'Flynn. However, as a by-product of endeavouring to rate each horse's effort, all worthy of upgrade, these figures will become slightly adjusted. I believe Cloister is the horse around whom to base calculations. He was awarded -25 in 1891 and was improving but probably preferred quicker ground and went a little too fast for Good, therefore, I don't feel he strictly reproduced last year's performance and am thinking -29. However, Cloister was eased on the run in before having to be shaken up to retain 2nd so I'm inclined to give him 4 for -25 again. Ilex received -38 on Soft in 1890 and clearly produced better here. He was strictly 2 better than Cloister which would mean -27, however, he finished very lame and spent some time in plaster. The recent previous winners Come Away (1891) and Seaman (1882) broke down similarly and were uprated 7 and 6 respectively, Ilex didn't win but is deserving of 6 for -21. As discussed in 1890, Nightingall reckoned Ilex was the best of the three Grand National winners he rode but I beg to differ, Why Not (-24 in 1889) was currently still affected by his heavy fall, however, he would return! Father O'Flynn came out strictly 6 inferior to Cloister which would translate to -35 but won so easily, in a handy time, that he merits 5 more for -30.               









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