Grand National Ultimate History



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5th/21st - 4' 10" H (was 5'); 6th/22nd (BB) - fence 4' 11" H (4' 10"); 7th/23rd - 4' 11" H (5'); 11th/27th (OD) - fence 4' 10" H (5'); 13th/29th - 4' 9" H (4' 10").


Fr 26 Mar 1909 (3.08) 4m 4f Good (Good to Soft places) 9.53.80 32 £2,400 J. Hennessy

  1 Lutteur 5 10-11 H. Escott G. Parfrement 100/9JF   Away well but held up in mid-division, going nicely & jumping fluently. 14th (of 26) WJ. Mistake BB 2C. Headway CS, 4th ABC. Improved further, displaying good speed, to take lead before 29th. Ran on well, always holding runner-up.
  2 Judas 8 10-10 A. Persse B. Chadwick 33/1 2 Initially chased leaders. Became very prominent BB 1C. Led VB 1C. Left further ahead 14th. 10L clear WJ. Headed briefly BB 2C. Decisively headed before 29th. Kept on spiritedly.
  3 Caubeen 8 11-07 Cpt R. Collis Tich Mason 20/1 DIST Either chased leaders or prominent throughout 1C, 7th WJ. Very prominent from BB 2C, 2nd ABC. Weakened badly thereafter.
07 08 4 Tom West 10 10-09 B. Bletsoe H. Murphy 100/6   Away well & very prominent to VB 1C. Fore of mid-division WJ. Much handier again by BB 2C and remained so until bad mistake 28th & beaten in 5th. Plugged on, nearly caught weakening 3rd.
05 5 Hercules 13 9-13 A. Hastings A. Gordon 33/1   Soon chased leaders, 8th BB 1C. A fore of mid-division 11th WJ. More prominent 2C until beaten in 6th ABC. Faded.
  6 Leinster 11 11-07 D. Rogers J. Rogers 100/6   Away well. 9th BB 1C. Progress into 5th by WJ and remained very prominent BB 2C. Gradually lost position CS and ultimately weakened badly.
  7 Shady Girl 8 10-09 B. Gore G. Clancy 100/9JF   Away well & prominent. Very handy by 14th and 2nd WJ, 10L down. Led briefly BB 2C but jumped violently right 23rd and hampered after landing CT. Hung on in 3rd until ABC. Weakened very badly thereafter.
  8 Carsey 6 10-08 A. Persse J. Kerne 100/1   Chased leaders until became very prominent over BB & CT 1C. Had dropped to 9th by WJ. Handier again 2C until weakened badly CS.
04 9 Robin Hood 11 9-09 J. Bostock Reggie Walker 33/1   Never a factor in mid-division. 16th WJ. Plodded on dourly.
  10 Phaethon 7 10-05   H. Ussher 100/1   Slowly away. Still towards rear WJ. Modest progress 2C. Plodded on.
05 06 07 11 Ascetic's Silver 12 12-07 A. Hastings A. Hastings 20/1   Very prominent 1st. 7th BB 1C and chased leaders in 8th WJ. Very handy again from BB to CT 2C but back in 7th once more when broke down circa ABC. Eased home.
08 12 Wee Busbie 12 9-13 Allison D. Phelan 100/1   A fore of mid-division 13th WJ. No impact 2C. Laboured on.
  13 Logan Rock 9 10-00 T. Coulthwaite H. Jackson 50/1   Mid-division VB 1C. 10th WJ, from which point chased leaders determinedly and prominent CT 2C. Thereafter weakened badly.
07 14 Rathvale 8 11-07 A. Hastings W. Morgan 100/1   Buried in mid-division to WJ. Gradually weakened 2C.
  15 Lord Rivers 7 10-06 P. Whitaker W. Bulteel 25/1   Mid-division when very bad mistake 1st, lost 35L & well behind. Never able to recover. Finished tailed off.
08 16 Wild Fox(2) 7 9-09 Pullen Cpt W. Pallin 100/1   Refused 3rd. Kept going but still well towards rear WJ. Lumbered on. Tailed off.
  17 Brineoge 10 10-07 F. Withington H. Smyth 100/1   Always towards rear. Lumbered on. Tailed off.
  18R Count Rufus 10 10-00 P. Whitaker W. Payne 50/1   Chased leaders VB 1C. Had dropped into mid-division by WJ. Fore of same BB 2C and continued to make steady headway. In with a chance of minor place when fell last. Remounted, well tailed off.
08 19R Red Hall 12 10-12 H. Farrant H. Farrant 50/1   Became prominent after 1st. Fell 3rd. Quickly remounted but last over WJ. Effort to latch onto mid-division circa BB 2C was of no avail and tailed off when fell again last. Remounted once more, well tailed off.
08 F Paddy Maher 9 10-09   P. O'Brien-Butler 25/1 30TH Deep in mid-division WJ. No impression 2C and well beaten when fell last.
  F Lord Chatham 6 11-00 J. McKenna J. McKenna 50/1 23RD Soon chased leaders. 12th BB 1C and became very prominent by VB 1C, 4th WJ. Still handy when fell 23rd.
  F Davy Jones(1) 6 10-02 R. Smith I. Anthony 100/6 21ST Chased leaders in 11th BB 1C. Became more prominent and 6th WJ. Remained fairly handy until fell 21st.
  F Young Buck 10 9-12 B. Bletsoe Bryan Bletsoe 100/1 21ST Away well. Chased leaders to VB 1C. Had dropped into mid-division by WJ and not arrested decline when fell 21st.
05 06 07 P Buckaway 11 9-13 J. Quayle R. Wall 100/1 21ST Always towads rear. Tailed off when PU 21st.
08 R Mattie Macgregor 7 11-04 R. Smith D. Morgan 100/6 19TH (OD) Away well & very prominent, 5th BB 1C and 3rd WJ. Suddenly refused 19th.
  P Black Ivory 9 10-12 A. Scott A. Scott 100/1 END 1C Towards rear and no impact whatsoever. Called it a day after one tour round.
08 F Rubio 11 11-09 F. Withington B. Bissill 20/1 16TH (WJ) Away well but soon lost position. 10th BB 1C, mid-division VB 1C. Broke down on landing Chair and fell next.
  F The Lurcher 7 9-09 F. Withington E. Piggott 25/1 14TH Away well & led from before the 1st until just before VB 1C. Once headed remained very prominent and 2nd when fell 14th.
  F Domino(1) 7 11-01 F. Hartigan P. Cowley 100/8 9TH (VB) Away well & very prominent 1st. Had dropped into mid-division when fell VB 1C.
  F Wickham 8 10-10 Cpt R. Collis Cpt R. Collis 50/1 9TH (VB) Mid to rear until fell VB 1C.
  P Red Monk 11 10-06 A. Walters E. Morgan 100/1 9TH (VB) Rear of mid-division until very bad mistake CT 1C. PU before next.
  F Rustic Queen 7 12-00 A. Wood A. Wood 50/1 1ST Mid-division, fell 1st.



Most of the fences on the Grand National course were natural and alive in this era hence the continuous minor variations in their size. There were not at this time any particular bogey fences and I can find no correlation between the overall relative degree of severity of the obstacles and the number of fallers. In 1909 over half of the competitors got round from a field that equalled the biggest numerically to this point, which was probably not unrelated to there having been a 66/1 winner in 1908, and the 19 finishers was a record.

Only two horses, however, were serious contenders from a fair way out and previous winners Ascetic's Silver and Rubio were not among them having both broken down, Bissill on the latter being rather slow to realise so. Judas ran the race of his life but Lutteur cleverly became the fourth chestnut in five years to triumph and he will forever remain the fifth and last 5-y-o to do so, as well as very likely the penultimate entire. In common with many French breds, Lutteur probably reached his peak around his tender age having won five Auteuil chases as a 4-y-o and also, just sixteen days prior to the 1909 National, stylishly disposed, off levels, of a field containing Leinster and Mount Prospect's Fortune who both had much higher handicap marks. It was a first Grand National victory for Harry Escott whose advice regarding the course was well received by the strong young Frenchman Georges Parfrement. Georges maturely rode longer than was his custom in order to cope with Aintree's drop fences and patiently adhered to the plan of holding his mount up and taking an outside route. Sadly, Parfrement would be killed in a fall at Enghien in 1923.

It is quite difficult to assess the merit of Lutteur's performance, therefore, my educated guess will be vaguer than normal on this occasion. His was a good effort from a 5-y-o, however, Lutteur's winning time for the weight he carried on the going was merely reasonable in an average, at best, era and arguably the proximity of Judas holds the form down. I think the pace in the 1909 National was very good and it was sustained - just the two horses truly stayed - but we can't compare the time with the only remotely recent previous renewal run on similar going because in 1903 the pace collapsed. Furthermore, the nearest finisher to Lutteur with previous National form, Tom West, blew up following an enforced absence. I like Lutteur's effort, however, he would win merely two more races. On balance, allowing Lutteur 2 (pounds/lengths) for a jumping error and cosiness of victory, I will award him -40 with Judas, who strictly at the weights in 1909 was 3 inferior, rated -45.  







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