Grand National Ultimate History



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Fr 31 Mar 1905 (2.59) 4m 4f Good 9.48.80 27 £2,025 F. Bibby

03 04 1 Kirkland 9 11-05 Lt Col F. Lort-Phillips Tich Mason 6/1   Away well, always fairly prominent. 7th VB 1C & WJ (where 19 remained), 6th at 19th. Very prominent from 23rd, took lead towards end of CS, 2L ahead last. Ran on strongly despite attentions of loose horses. Cosily.
  2 Napper Tandy 8 10-00 Sir C. Nugent P. Woodland 25/1 3 Held up in mid-division, 11th WJ. Smooth run on outside CS 2C to be 5th at ABC. Further progress to be 2nd at 29th. 2L down last. Kept on determindly.
  3 Buckaway 7 9-11 D. Rogers A. Newey 100/1 4 Held up towards rear. Last ABC 1C. A mid-division 13th WJ. Further gradual progress to be 5th VB 2C. Continued headway into 3rd at last. Kept on one-paced.
  4 Ranunculus 7 9-12 T. Coulthwaite C. Hollobone 7/1 NK Jumped well. Became prominent after 12th and led from WJ to 23rd. Left in lead again fairly briefly VB 2C. Kept to outer CS, 3rd ABC. Close 4th at last. Kept on though horse & jockey were tired.
  5 Hercules 9 9-10 F. Hunt J. Dillon 33/1   Away well & prominent until after 12th. Dropped to be a mid-division 8th WJ. 7th CT 2C. Effort after VB and 4th ABC. Still close in 5th at last. Weakened.
04 6 Band Of Hope 9 9-11 Davies W. Donnelly 100/1   Well towards rear 1C. Steady progress to be vaguely involved after VB 2C but soon weakened and finished well beaten.
  7 Cottenshope 9 9-11 W. Burbridge D. Morris 66/1   9th BB 1C but soon towards rear. Well behind WJ. Tailed off in last from 23rd. Finished well tailed off.
  8R Phil May 6 11-00 Sir C. Nugent D. Morgan 20/1   Became prominent by BB 1C, 6th WJ. 4th BB to CT 2C and 2nd by ABC. Same position, seemingly with every chance, when UR 29th. Remounted, completely tailed off.
  P Seahorse 7 10-07 D. Page J. O'Brien 20/1 29TH Away well & prominent. 3rd VB 1C, 4th from ABC 1C to 19th. Dropped to 6th BB & CT, 7th ABC 2C. Became tailed off and unable to raise a gallop when PU 29th.
02 03 F Aunt May 9 10-09 A. Persse E. Sullivan 100/8 28TH Mid-division 1C, 9th WJ. Headway early 2C and 3rd at 19th. Only 5th BB & CT but very prominent when fell 28th.
  P The Actuary 7 10-09 W. Moore E. Matthews 66/1 28TH Became prominent by VB 1C but lost position after 12th and only 10th WJ. Gradually lost further ground 2C and well beaten when PU 28th.
02 03 P Matthew 9 10-09 G. Sentence W. Morgan 66/1 28TH Effort to chase leaders circa 12th but had dropped towards rear by WJ. Remained there and well beaten when PU 28th.
  F Timothy Titus 7 10-05 E. Morgan E. Morgan 100/6 25TH (VB) Away well & very prominent. Driven to lead VB 1C. Headed WJ. Led again 23rd and still ahead, going well, when fell VB 2C, dispatching rider into brook.
  F Bucheron 10 10-06   V. David 100/1 24TH (CT) Always towards rear, last after 12th. Still well behind WJ and tailed off by 23rd. Fell next.
04 F Moifaa 9 11-12 D. Marsh B. Dollery 4/1F 22ND (BB) Led from 3rd to VB 1C. Once headed remained very prominent until suffered breathing problem early 2C, lost position 19th. Distressed when fell BB 2C.
  P What Next 7 10-02 A. Persse Cpt Rasbotham 50/1 20TH Mid-division 1C, 12th WJ. Very bad mistake 19th, went lame & PU 20th.
03 P Saxilby 8 9-12 J. Cowap P. Heaney 66/1 EARLY 2C Away well, prominent 4th. Had dropped into mid-division by ABC 1C and well towards rear WJ. Not persist all that long 2C before PU.
03 04 F Dearslayer 9 10-08 A. Hastings A. Hastings 100/6 17TH Always prominent, particularly so after 12th. 3rd Chair. Took off too soon & fell 17th.
02 F Miss Clifden 9 9-13 W. Baker F. Barter 100/1 17TH Rear of mid-division and little impact until fell 17th.
02 03 04 F Detail 9 10-08 Whitehead P. Cowley 100/7 9TH (VB) Away well & led over 1st. Headed 3rd but remained very prominent. 4th BB 1C. Fell VB 1C.
04 F Biology 8 10-02 H. Batho W. Woodland 40/1 9TH (VB) Slowly away & towards rear. Last BB 1C. Fell VB 1C.
  R Longthorpe 7 10-07 G. Sentence F. Freemantle 33/1 3RD (OD) Chased leaders until took objection to first ditch.
  F Ascetic's Silver 8 10-05 T. Dunn T. Dunn 20/1 3RD (OD) Mid-division, fell 3rd.
  F Hallgate 7 9-07 A. Cole A. Cole 100/1 3RD (OD) Mid to rear, fell 3rd.
  R Nereus 7 9-10 McGibbon G. Goswell 66/1 3RD (OD) Towards rear, refused first ditch.
  F Royal Drake 7 10-04 J. Latham A. Waddington 20/1 2ND Very prominent, fell 2nd.
04 F Kiora 10 10-05 Parkinson W. Pawson 100/1 2ND Slowly away & towards rear, fell 2nd.



March 31st was the latest date upon which the Grand National had been run. There was yet another record attendance in 1905 which once again included King Edward whose recently acquired (following the death of Ambush when in preparation for the race) Moifaa confirmed suspicions that he had developed a severe breathing problem and was immediately retired. Most of the throng was delighted, however, as locally owned and ridden course specialist Kirkland, a good jumper who became the first winner trained in Wales (Frederick Lort-Phillips held a share in the horse at one stage), was able to give Tich Mason a National victory. Mason, who rode long and would ultimately be Champion Jockey six times in total, had been paid not to ride during the previous fortnight for fear he might get injured. The chestnut repaid his connections' confidence by duly leading home a parade of lightweights, the field was bottom heavy and one in which only Moifaa and Kirkland (last year's winner and runner-up) carried more than eleven stone. Future events would prove that Aunt May, stronger now, was likely to have placed, at least, but for falling at the last along the canal side second time. Dearslayer continued to regress in terms of how far he got before falling. Sound jumping was very much the key as two of the Morgan brothers discovered. Another of the great Irish racing families, there were eight Morgan siblings, nephews of Joe Widger, and five of them (Willie, Dick, Frank, Ernie and Isaac) would have at least one taste of riding in the Aintree Blue Riband. The 1905 Grand National was the first of four occasions when three of the brothers were jocked up in the same renewal. Dick was unfortunate here, coming off Phil May at the 29th while Ernie, who had already started to train (some of his brothers would also later do so and a few of the siblings' sons would become jockeys too), was given a drenching by his charge, Timothy Titus, at second Valentine's. Meanwhile, Seahorse would, presumably, in stark contrast to Kiora, have better appreciated wet, sloppy ground!

The surface in 1905, however, was Good and Kirkland's winning time, carrying 11st 5lb, decent enough off what appears to have been an excellent sustained pace. I did a few comparisons with most recent previous Nationals that took place on similar ground (1898, 1899 and 1900) and, allowing for pace, weight and the obstacles currently being a bit less demanding as a whole, the majority of them indicate that Kirkland merely had to run similarly to how he had in 1904 (-51) to triumph. That had been my impression, he vaguely confirmed last year's form with Band Of Hope whilst giving the dual sixth more weight. In the end, grief left him with not much to beat. I will allow Kirkland 1 (pound/length) for the cosiness of his success and rate his 1905 performance -50. Strictly at the weights Napper Tandy was 22 inferior (-73), Ranunculus 28 worse (but I'll allow him 2 for his jockey's lack of fitness, -77) and Buckaway 29 behind (-80).       









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