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The practice/preliminary hurdle was eliminated. 3rd/19th (OD) - fence 4' 5" H (was 4' 9"); 5th/21st - 4' 9" H (4' 10").


Fr 22 Mar 1907 (3.03) 4m 4f Good 9.47.50 23 £2,400 S. Howard

  1 Eremon 7 10-01 T. Coulthwaite A. Newey 8/1   Immediately led at a good pace. Stirrup leather broke 2nd & headed. Ridden on one iron, regained lead 7th. Repeatedly bothered by a loose horse (Rathvale) but went clear CS 1C, helped by jumping frailties of others. Pressed from ABC 1C but left clear again WJ and gradually drew away from pursuers, 20L ahead CS 2C. Probably tiring but unchallenged and able to be eased to a canter late on.
  2 Tom West 8 9-12 B. Bletsoe H. Murphy 100/6 6 Away well & chased leaders. Became prominent by WJ where 4th (of 15). Increasingly handy amongst pursuers 2C and a clear 2nd CS (though 20L down at one stage). Kept on without troubling winner.
03 04 3 Patlander 11 10-07 J. Cowap J. Lynn 50/1 DIST Mid-division CT 1C. Progress to be 2nd WJ. Remained prominent among those pursuing leader until weakened CS 2C, bad mistake 28th. Plugged on and gamely prevailed in tussle for 3rd.
  4 Ravenscliffe 9 10-09 R. Robson F. Lyall 100/7 NK Soon chased leaders. 5th CS 1C, up to 3rd WJ. Hampered by loose horse (Rathvale) circa BB 2C & dropped to 6th. Left 4th CT. Plugged on and just shaded out in tussle for 3rd.
  5 Barabbas 6 10-07 Cpt C. Dewhurst D. Morgan 20/1   Mid-division CS 1C. Chased leaders in 6th WJ. 7th BB 2C, left 5th CT. No more to give from a point towards end of CS, finished slightly lame.
05 06 6 Ascetic's Silver 10 12-07 A. Hastings A. Hastings 7/1JF   Chased leaders until badly hampered and dreadful blunder CT 1C. Rear of mid-division when further hampered by the fall of Foreman 13th. Ahead of only two WJ. Towards rear 2C, tailed off by early CS. Finished 20L behind the 5th.
05 06 7R Buckaway 9 10-04 D. Rogers H. Aylin 40/1   Rear of mid-division 1C. Had made merely modest headway 2C when fell 26th. Remounted, well tailed off.
05 8 Napper Tandy 10 10-13 Sir C. Nugent Cpt R. Collis 33/1   Always towards rear and never a factor. Toiled on 2C, finished completely tailed off.
06 F Red Lad 7 11-03 J. Cannon J. Dillon 7/1JF 24TH (CT) Away well & very prominent to BB 1C. Chased clear leader CS 1C but not fluent and dropped to a mid-division 7th WJ. Rallied and 5th BB 2C. 4th when fell CT 2C.
  B Bouchal Ogue 11 10-07 F. Barratt C. Graham 50/1 24TH (CT) Slowly away. Progress into mid-division by CT 1C, 9th WJ. Further headway early 2C to be more prominent in chasing group, 4th BB. 5th when BD by Red Lad CT.
  B Loop Head 6 9-12 Lt Col F. Lort-Phillips A. Hogan 50/1 24TH (CT) Always in rear of mid-division until BD by Red Lad CT 2C.
02 03 04 05 F Detail 11 10-00   W. Payne 40/1 23RD Chased leaders from CT 1C for a spell but only mid to rear WJ. Had made little impression 2C when fell 23rd.
  P York 8 10-06 J. Brewer T. Moran 50/1 22ND (BB) Prominent, 3rd CS 1C. Still pursuing leaders in 5th WJ but faded badly early 2C and PU BB.
06 P Roman Law 9 11-07 T. Coulthwaite A. Anthony 50/1 22ND (BB) Away well, very prominent 2nd. Still handy but less so BB 1C and only mid-division CT 1C, 8th WJ. Faded further to be hopelessly tailed off when PU BB 2C.
  P Seisdon Prince 8 11-00 T. Coulthwaite M. Phelan 50/1 18TH Progress to be 6th CS 1C but had dropped into the rear of mid-division by WJ and further towards rear when PU 18th.
  F Extravagance 6 10-11 W. Woodland G. Goswell 10/1 16TH (WJ) Generally very prominent 1C and joined issue with leader/eventual winner from after ABC until hampered by a loose horse (Rathvale) & fell WJ.
  F Foreman 8 9-07 T. Coulthwaite E. Lawn 50/1 13TH Initially towards rear. Rear of mid-division when fell 13th.
05 06 F Timothy Titus 9 11-10 E. Morgan C. Kelly 100/8 11TH (OD) Away well. Led 2nd until headed after BB 1C. Still very prominent when fell 11th.
  F Teddie 9 9-13 Digby P. O'Brien-Butler 50/1 CS 1C Prominent 2nd. Chased leaders from BB 1C until fell CS 1C.
01 02 03 06 F Drumcree 13 11-09 Sir C. Nugent W. Bulteel 20/1 9TH (VB) Last by 3rd and still towards rear when fell VB 1C.
  R Centre Board 7 10-11 Maj C. Beatty J. Cain 20/1 8TH (CT) Very prominent 3rd and still fairly handy when refused CT 1C.
  U Rathvale 6 10-13 A. Hastings E. Driscoll 20/1 3RD (OD) Away well & very prominent until unshipped jockey 3rd. (Became rather a nuisance loose, seriously interfering with Eremon, Extravagance, Ravenscliffe & others.)
  F Kilts 7 10-03 Gunter R. Harper 100/6 1ST Away well & prominent, fell 1st. Broke neck. Dead.



There was yet another record attendance by all accounts, however, those who gathered for the 1907 Grand National were presented with a very modest field. This is best exemplified by Drumcree having to lug 11st 9lb despite being well past his best, Timothy Titus being raised almost a stone from 1906 (only to fall along the canal side for the third consecutive renewal) and last year's winner, Ascetic's Silver, being 26lb higher! Two extreme lightweights finished well clear of the rest, Eremon achieving merely a typical Good ground time despite his generously low impost. In fairness, Eremon had potential to build upon his performance because he had been unraced only fifteen months earlier and ten days after his National triumph would impressively take his fourth race in a span of just 24 days. Sadly he suffered a fatal injury on the gallops a few weeks later. It was as well, then, that Alf Newey was able to help his mount negotiate 28 fences while riding on one iron and spending much of the time successfully fending off the loose Rathvale. The latter, ironically, did manage to cause Extravagance to capsize at the Water when that horse, the last to seriously challenge Eremon in the contest, was vying for the lead. Not content with himself, Rathvale also impeded Ravenscliffe and others whilst maintaining his attraction for the winner. It was a truly notable victory for Eremon's pilot, Newey was an ex-miner who had not ridden a horse until he was eighteen, and for his trainer who also hailed from a non-horsey background. In fact, Tom Coulthwaite had been thrown the one time he'd sat on said type of ungulate! Coulthwaite, a man able to turn his hand to many things if remaining upon his own 'hooves', was more accustomed to coaching two-footed athletes, however, he brilliantly applied his stamina building techniques to become a master trainer of horses. Tom was shrewd, could get one ready and Eremon was the first of what would be three Grand National winners for him.

Coulthwaite's breakthrough success clearly owed a deal to the gameness of both horse and rider in overcoming problems, however, when it's considered that Eremon and Newey were able to go twenty lengths clear at one stage it's hard to think the difficulties encountered affected Eremon's performance very much. We must also take into account the element of general athletic improvement produced and present by virtue of Tom's training technique - the run style of Eremon in the 1907 National indicates a new level of fitness had been found - when comparing the winning time with those of recent renewals also run at a fast pace on Good. Bearing all the above in mind, I looked in particular at the times/weights from 1899, 1901 and 1905 and came up with a range of -57 to -65 for Eremon. In the absence of any meaningful collateral form, I settled upon the average of -61 as a raw figure and I will allow Eremon 6 (pounds/lengths) for ease of victory for a final rating of -55. Strictly at the weights in the 1907 Grand National Tom West came out 9 inferior and, therefore, will be awarded -70.             










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