Grand National Ultimate History



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Fr 24 Mar 1899 (3.37) 4m 4f Good 9.49.80 19 £1,975 J. Bulteel

95 96 97 1 Manifesto 11 12-07 W. Moore G. Williamson 5/1   Held up in mid-division. Slipped upon landing CT 1C on inadvertently left hay & miraculous recovery. 7th (of 14) WJ. 5th BB 2C, 4th ABC and came to lead 29th. Comfortably.
97 98 2 Ford Of Fyne 8 10-10 Aspinall E. Matthews 40/1 5 Mid-division 1C, 8th WJ. Took closer order CS 2C and 2nd by 28th. Led briefly soon after. No answer when winner came to lead (29th) but kept on.
  3 Elliman 8 10-01 G. Marsh E. Piggott 20/1 2 Became prominent BB 1C. 5th ABC 1C. Merely a mid-division 10th WJ but soon became handy again and 4th BB 2C. 3rd after 28th but only 5th at 29th. Kept on one-paced.
98 4 Dead Level 7 10-06 Aspinall Tich Mason 33/1   Became prominent VB 1C. Had dropped into mid-division by WJ where 9th. 7th BB 2C, 6th ABC and progress to be 3rd at 29th. Unable to sustain effort and slightly weakened.
98 5 Barsac 7 9-12 B. Bletsoe H. Ripley 25/1   Slowly away. Last BB 1C. A mid-division 11th WJ and made further steady progress to be 3rd BB 2C. Took lead after VB and still ahead 28th. Began to feel the pinch soon after and possibly lacked application. Faded badly.
  6 Whiteboy 10 9-10 McGibbon A. Banner 200/1   Always towards rear and never a factor, 12th WJ. Jumped well but tailed off by 29th. Plugged on.
  7 Ambush 5 10-02 T. Lushington A. Anthony 100/12   Held up, 6th ABC 1C & WJ. Gradual progress to be 4th at 29th. Thereafter weakened very badly and finished tailed off.
98 8 Electric Spark 8 9-11   A. Waddington 20/1   Very prominent 1st. 3rd BB & ABC 1C, 4th WJ. 2nd BB 2C but faded thereafter and well beaten by 29th. Finished tailed off.
  9 Mum 7 10-05 Mann F. Hassall 100/1   Slowly away. Gradual progress to lead VB 1C and maintained advantage until early 2C. Once headed remained very prominent until VB then faded badly and tailed off by 29th.
97 10 Fairy Queen 13 9-11 Tudor W. Oates 100/1   Always towards rear. Tailed off last WJ and still rearmost early CS 2C. Plodded on. Completely tailed off.
  11 Corner 8 9-07 W. McKie D. Read 200/1   Away well & led over 1st. Not headed until just before VB 1C but then faded badly and last but one WJ. Lumbered round 2C becoming completely tailed off.
  F Xebee 7 11-04 A. Holman A. Wood 33/1 27TH (OD) Became quite prominent from BB 1C and 5th WJ. Chased leaders early 2C. Little further impression and not as conspicuous when fell 27th.
  P Trade Mark 6 10-02 H. Stark J. Knox 25/1 26TH Chased leaders 1st. Gradually attained a very prominent berth, 2nd ABC 1C & WJ. Remained handy until blundered 23rd. Faded rapidly and PU 26th.
98 P Sheriff Hutton 7 9-11 A. Holman C. Hogan 100/7 26TH Away well & very prominent 1st. 2nd BB 1C, 3rd ABC & WJ. Took lead early 2C and distinct advantage BB, then faded pretty quickly and PU 26th.
  F Pistache 5 10-03 H. Escott Cou de Geloes 100/1 15TH (CHAIR) Away well & very prominent 1st. Still fairly handy when fell heavily Chair.
  F Little Norton   9-07 Cpt D. Beatty C. Clack 200/1 11TH (OD) Away well. Prominent BB 1C. 2nd at VB 1C. Fell 11th.
97 F Lotus Lily 9 9-12 J. Walley J. Latham 100/8 11TH (OD) Mid-division until caught out by loose guard rail & fell 11th.
  F Gentle Ida 10 11-07 H. Dyas B. Taylor 4/1F 9TH (VB) Away well & prominent until overjumped & fell VB 1C.
  F The Sapper 6 10-11 Aspinall G. Davies 10/1 2ND Rear of mid-division, fell 2nd.



In becoming the sixth dual winner (the first since The Lamb in 1871) of the Grand National Manifesto joined Cloister as the only horses to yet lump 12st 7lb to victory and gave his new trainer Willie Moore a third success in the race. Manifesto had to survive slipping on hay, employed to protect against frost and accidently not removed, at the first Canal Turn. It was a clever recovery by the horse and his rider, George Williamson, who lost both irons. It is not recorded whether Williamson, the Champion Jockey of 1896, swallowed the toothpick he habitually clenched when race-riding in the incident! The lightweights went too fast on the first circuit (and beyond in some cases) and the horses that ultimately filled the first four places were positioned seventh to tenth at the Water Jump. The 1899 National was settled between the 28th and 29th.

There is no denying that this was an epic performance by Manifesto, his best so far in the Grand National and one worth a place on my Scroll Of Merit. Strictly at the weights he once again emerged 30 (pounds/lengths) superior to reliable yardstick Ford Of Fyne whom I rated -59 last year and in 1897 when Manifesto was allowed 5 for ease of victory and awarded -24. Here in 1899 Manifesto triumphed cosily and very nearly fell due to the hay, therefore, I will grant him 10 for a rating of -19. That is the same as I gave to Why Not in 1894 and whilst Manifesto's 1899 winning time was again (see 1897) around four seconds slower, on similar going, than Why Not's Manifesto shouldered 8lb more than the 1894 victor had and 18lb more weight than he himself carried to success in 1897. Additionally, in 1899 the pace collapsed. Manifesto should have been able to give 8lb and a comfortable beating to late withdrawal Drogheda (rated -38 in 1898), however, the dual winner's original owner Harry Dyas did not believe his former charge could have sucessfully conceded a stone to the favourite Gentle Ida, whom he trained, had she stood up. The mare had given 24lb and a thumping (say 40 superior) to Dead Level in a race at Kempton, Manifesto may well have bettered that in the 1899 National but not by a stone, more like half a stone, because Dead Level (rated -66 in 1898) came out, as last year, about half a stone inferior to Ford Of Fyne. To recap, then, Elliman -70, Dead Level -66, Ford Of Fyne -59 and my Scroll now reads: -14 Lottery, The Lamb, Disturbance, Seaman, Come Away, Cloister; -18 Congress, The Liberator; -19 Why Not, Manifesto.        









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