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Fr 21 Mar 1902 (3.27) 4m 4f Good to Soft 10.03.60 21 £2,000 A. Gorham

  1 Shannon Lass 7 10-01 J. Hackett D. Read 20/1   Held up. Mid-division ABC 1C, 9th (of 18) WJ. Took closer order VB 2C, 5th ABC. Pressed leader 29th and disputed lead last. Produced better turn of foot flat. Comfortably.
  2 Matthew 6 9-12 J. Widger W. Morgan 50/1 3 Away well & led from 2nd to BB 1C and again CS 1C. Only 6th at WJ but 3rd at 19th and led once more by VB. Remained ahead but strongly challenged for lead from 28th. Battled gamely, still vied for lead last. Headed upon landing and outpaced. Kept on.
95 96 97 99 00 3 Manifesto 14 12-08 W. Moore E. Piggott 100/6 3 Held up towards rear. Steady headway to be 6th VB 2C, 5th at 29th. Took 3rd after last and briefly looked a threat but could give no more. Kept on.
  4 Detail 6 9-09 C. Payne A. Nightingall 25/1   Well held up towards rear. Became prominent by VB 2C and pressed leader from 28th. Every chance when blundered last. Slightly faded.
  5 Lurgan 6 10-12 Cpt C. Dewhurst F. Freemantle 100/8   Towards rear BB 1C. Mid-division at 12th & WJ. Had further improved position by VB 2C and 3rd at 28th. Began to fade before 29th.
  6 Tipperary Boy(2) 8 11-06   T. Moran 100/8   Headway to chase leaders from early CS 1C, 7th ABC & WJ. Very much to the fore 2C, led from 19th to VB. Remained very prominent and a close up 3rd at 29th. Thereafter weakened.
01 7 Drumcree 8 10-10 Sir C. Nugent H. Nugent 10/1   Prominent from 2nd to 12th but had dropped into mid-division by WJ. No recovery 2C and behind by 29th. Plugged on.
98 99 00 01 8 Barsac 10 9-12 G. Davies Tich Mason 7/1   Away well & very prominent until led from BB 1C until early CS 1C. Remained very handy, generally in 4th, until VB 2C when soured of the effort required. Behind by the 29th. Mooched on.   
99 01 9 The Sapper 9 10-04 G. Davies H. Brown 40/1   Chased leaders from 12th to WJ. Faded 2C and tailed off by 29th. Lumbered on.
  10 Miss Clifden 6 9-07 G. Butchers H. Ripley 50/1   Rear of mid-division to 12th. Had dropped a little more towards rear by WJ where 15th. Faded further 2C and became well tailed off.
  11 Steady Glass 10 9-08   T. Longworth 100/1   Chased leaders 2nd. Had dropped towards rear by 12th. Last but one and tailed off WJ. Finished well tailed off.
  F Inquisitor 7 10-09 Cpt C. Coventry A. Wood 6/1JF 26TH Chased leaders BB 1C and moved increasingly towards the fore until led from 12th to the Chair. Ahead again early 2C until made very bad mistake 19th. Rallied to be very prominent VB. Fell next.
  P Aunt May 6 10-00   M. Walsh 20/1 MID 2C Largely very prominent 1C, 3rd WJ. Remained extremely handy until 19th. Tired quite quickly after and PU somewhere in mid part of 2C.  
  P Whitehaven 10 9-13 S. Rustell P. Woodland 20/1 20TH Chased leaders 12th. Buried in mid-division WJ. Lost further ground early 2C and PU 20th.
  R Helium 7 10-10 E. Tinsley H. Caley 50/1 19TH (OD) Away well & always prominent. Led from Chair until early 2C. Still travelling okay when bridle got caught then became detached whilst going for a gap in the fence & refused 19th.
01 P Zodiac 7 9-07 E. Thomas A. Banner 100/1 19TH (OD) Always towards rear and no impact whatsoever. Gave up the ghost 19th.
  B Arnold 8 10-01 C. Brown T. Bissill 33/1 EARLY 2C Chased leaders BB 1C. Prominent by 12th, in 5th place WJ. Still pursuing leaders when BD early 2C.
01 F Gossip 7 9-07 C. Brown H. Hewitt 100/1 EARLY 2C Slowly away & rearmost. Tailed off by BB 1C and no improvement when fell early 2C.
  F Dirkhampton 8 10-00   J. Sharpe 50/1 8TH (CT) Rear of mid-division until fell CT 1C.
  F Fairland 9 9-10 T. Coulthwaite Harry Taylor 25/1 7TH Right up with the pace at the 2nd and still prominent BB 1C. Slipped on landing & fell next.
  B Drumree 6 11-04 J. Cannon A. Anthony 6/1JF 7TH Away well. Led to & over 1st. Headed 2nd but remained prominent until BD by Fairland at 7th.



Returning to the race, after a year's absence, at the age of 14 under another mighty weight and possibly short of a couple of gallops Manifesto recorded his last remarkable effort by finishing third in the 1902 Grand National. The great Aintree warrior's drawing power ensured an attendance that was very probably a record despite King Edward VII not being part of the attraction because his Ambush was injured. Having been stuck at a pony short since 1893 the value to the winner hit two grand for the first time. The pace of this renewal was fairly moderate and gave an equal chance to horses either ridden prominently or held up. The time registered by Shannon Lass was, consequently, average. It does, however, indicate the going was no worse than Good to Soft as opposed to the Heavy description afforded by many modern sources (some of which give the time as two minutes slower than it actually was!) in respect of the 1902 National. In claiming her eighth and final chase success Shannon Lass became the eleventh triumphant mare and would soon be retired to stud. Jem Hackett was a private trainer, based in Telscombe, Sussex, for her owner Ambrose Gorham, a benevolent bookmaker (I kid you not) who donated a share of the prize money earnt by Shannon Lass towards restoration of the village church. David Read was a rather obscure veteran jockey who was aged around 40 at the time of this Grand National, a contest during which both joint favourites, Drumree (watch your bets!) and Inquisitor, suffered misfortune as did outsiders Arnold and Helium. Some of their fellow longshots and lightweights again filled the places, Manifesto apart, exemplifying the continuing decline of quality in depth during his extended era - two thirds of the 1902 field carried 10st 4lb or less.

At the weights the 14-y-o emerged a whopping 29 (pounds/lengths) superior to Shannon Lass, although the mare can be awarded 2 for the cosiness of her victory, 35 better than Matthew and circa 45 in advance of Detail. Last year's runner-up Drumcree (whom I rated -53) did not run his race in 1902, however, a glance into the future (1903) suggests that two years on from when I rated Manifesto -21 (1900), and bearing in mind the ageing horse may not have been fully tuned up, my instinct that his performance in the 1902 Grand National merits -28 is not far wrong because it places Detail at about -73. Matthew warrants -63 and Shannon Lass -55. 










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