Grand National Ultimate History



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2nd/18th - 4' 7" H (was 4' 9"); 7th/23rd - 4' 7" H (4' 11"); 15th (Chair, OD) - fence 5' 3" H (5' 2").


Fr 18 Mar 1910 (3.09) 4m 4f Good to Soft 10.04.80 25 £2,400 S. Howard

08 1 Jenkinstown 9 10-05 T. Coulthwaite B. Chadwick 100/8   Chased leaders. 9th at 4th, left 6th VB 1C, 5th (of 10) WJ. Progress to be 3rd just after BB 2C and to dispute lead shortly after VB. Jumped well CS, still vying for lead ABC. Held narrow advantage during terrific extended tussle with runner-up over last 2. Ran on best from last. Cleverly.
  2 Jerry M 7 12-07 B. Gore E. Driscoll 6/1F 3 Away well & very prominent, 3rd from 2nd. Left 2nd VB 1C, took lead mid CS 1C, 2nd again just after ABC, 3rd Chair & WJ. Same position 17th and led once more just after BB 2C. Joined shortly after VB and a very close 2nd during terrific extended tussle with winner over last 2. Ran on, slightly outpaced.
  3 Odor 9 9-08 R. Hall R. Hall 100/1 3 One-eyed. Jumped well in mid-division until bad mistake CT 1C and dropped to 9th VB. Rallied strongly and good headway into 4th before led Chair & WJ. Headed and dropped to 2nd just after BB 2C, 3rd shortly after VB. Unable to go with leading pair but still 3rd ABC, 10L adrift. Kept on well, reducing gap.
09 4 Carsey 7 10-07 A. Hastings E. Morgan 100/8 25 Chased leaders until became prominent, 5th at 2nd, 6th at 4th. Left 5th again VB 1C and pursued frontrunners in same position mid CS 1C. Headway to be 3rd just after ABC but dropped back to 7th by WJ. 5th at 17th. The last horse to successfully negotiate BB 2C, left 6th and rearmost at 23rd. Under pressure and losing touch 28th but laboured on closing stages into 4th.
  5 Fetlar's Pride 9 10-11 T. Gwilt J. Walsh jnr 25/1 4 Away well & disputed lead. 2nd from 2nd until gifted narrow lead CT 1C. Soon dropped to 3rd but led again just after ABC. 4th Chair & WJ. 5th BB 2C, 4th once more from CT. Signs of coming under pressure 28th. Same position but had weakened badly when dreadful mistake last and consequently dropped to 5th.
08 P Springbok(1) 9 11-05 E. Martin snr W. Payne 25/1 29TH Chased leaders, 6th at 2nd, 7th at 4th. Became prominent and left 3rd VB 1C, 2nd mid CS. Merely chased leaders in 6th WJ, same position 17th. 4th just after BB 2C and dropped to 5th when saddle slipped as jumping CT. Remained in that position along CS, under pressure by 28th. PU well before 29th. 
09 F Logan Rock 10 9-07 T. Coulthwaite H. Jackson 20/1 23RD Prominent from 2nd where 4th. 5th at 4th, left 4th again VB 1C. Chased leaders in that position until hampered by a loose horse late CS 1C. A mid-division 8th WJ. 9th at 17th. 6th & last but one when fell 23rd.
  P Precentor 11 10-07 T. Lavender W. Rollason 100/1 22ND (BB) Always towards rear. Becoming tailed off by VB 1C. Tailed off 10th & last by WJ. Well tailed off when PU BB 2C.
  B Glenside 8 10-04 Lt Col F. Lort-Phillips G. Goswell 25/1 21ST One-eyed. Chased leaders, 8th at 2nd. Prominent in 4th at 4th. Only mid-division when left 8th VB 1C but good headway to be 2nd Chair & WJ. Remained handy until barged into by a loose horse (Wickham) 21st & BD.
09 B Caubeen 9 11-08 Lt Col F. Lort-Phillips Tich Mason 8/1 20TH Held up in mid-division, 7th at 2nd, 8th at 4th. Left 7th VB 1C. Chased leaders in 6th mid CS 1C. Last of main group in 9th WJ. Good headway into 4th by 17th. Jumping and travelling nicely when BD by a loose horse (Wickham) who swerved across path approaching 20th.
05 09 U Hercules 14 9-09   Charles Hawkins 100/1 9TH (VB) Away well & disputed lead until took it outright at 2nd. Bad mistake & headed CT 1C. Very bad mistake & UR VB 1C when 2nd.
  F Albuera 10 10-12 J. Latham F. Lyall 100/7 5TH Mid to rear until fell heavily 5th.
08 09 F Paddy Maher 10 10-09 T. Currid Reggie Walker 33/1 5TH Mid to rear until fell 5th.
  B Bushido 5 9-07 A. Pratt J. Hetherington 66/1 5TH Away well but mid to rear when BD 5th.
  R Captain Farrell 6 9-10 T. Lushington G. Brown 100/1 5TH Mid-division until tried to run out 2nd & dropped to rear. Became tailed off, refused 5th.
  F Bloodstone 8 11-08 J. Robinson S. Walkington 100/7 3RD (OD) Chased leaders and becoming more prominent when fell 3rd.
09 F Lord Chatham 7 10-12 R. Wheeler J. Dillon 100/1 3RD (OD) Initially prominent but had subsided into mid-division when slipped upon landing & fell 3rd.
09 R Brineoge 11 10-04 F. Withington F. Brown 100/1 3RD (OD) Mid to rear until hampered by a loose horse & caused to refuse 3rd.
09 B Phaethon 8 10-01 T. Currid F. Morgan 100/1 3RD (OD) Slowly away & towards rear until BD by a loose horse 3rd.
07 09 F Rathvale 9 11-01 A. Hastings D. Morgan 66/1 2ND Away well & disputed lead. Narrowly ahead when fell 2nd.
  F General Fox 6 10-02 W. Pullen T. Willmot 66/1 2ND Prominent, fell 2nd.
09 F Wickham 9 10-11 Lt Col F. Lort-Phillips W. Bulteel 66/1 2ND Mid-division, fell 2nd.
09 F The Lurcher 8 9-09 F. Withington F. Dainty 100/6 1ST Away well & very prominent when jumped sideways & fell 1st.
09 F Judas 9 11-05 A. Persse A. Anthony 13/2 1ST Prominent when took off far too soon & fell 1st.
09 F Shady Girl 9 10-08 B. Gore G. Clancy 33/1 1ST Mid-division, fell 1st.



The first Grand National for which a snippet of moving pictures is available to view was a classic, legendary race. Blessed with the presence of a great horse, Jerry M, who put up the best weight carrying performance since Manifesto in 1900, this renewal marked the beginning of a period that would cement the National not only as the most popular horse race in the world but also as the most wonderfully chaotic. The fences were not any higher (see the discussion section for 1909), however, they were almost certainly thicker, stiffer and more firmly grown from 1910. Each horse's most dangerous bar to success was not always another horse and jockey but the challenge of negotiating the obstacles and the consequences of the havoc they wreaked in the form of a veritable posse of loose horses (as can be seen in the brief film).

In 1910, fourteen of the original 25 starters had gone by the 5th. The first seven of the ten participants remaining at the Water Jump were quite close together. Owner Frank Bibby's misfortune best exemplifies the continuing carnage on the second circuit as his Wickham, loose since falling at the 2nd, brought down his other two runners, Caubeen and the one-eyed Glenside, at successive fences. It was as if Wickham was attracted by familiarity to his stable companions! Meanwhile, it's hard to consider Springbok, whose saddle slipped at the second Canal Turn, unlucky because, whilst he likely may have been stronger as a 9-y-o and was encountering much better ground than that which he weakened upon in 1908 (when I rated him -59), he would have to have improved the best part of two stone to successfully concede half that amount, as asked, to Jenkinstown. Jerry M could not quite concede the weight, in his case 30 pounds, to the winner either. A former Becher, Stanley and Valentine chase victor, Jerry M, who had a ewe neck, a long sway back and had to overcome a variety of physical maladies during his career, was unleashed upon the Grand National by the erstwhile Charles Duff (owner of 1893 winner Cloister) who now paraded under the name of Assheton-Smith. Jenkinstown provided Bob Chadwick, who had been on runner-up Judas in 1909, with his sole National triumph and also became Tom Coulthwaite's second charge to be successful in the race. Jenkinstown had no previous form worthy of him being 100/8 and would struggle with the rise in the handicap that inevitably followed his win. However, he was backed late into that price because Coulthwaite (and select others) knew he had got the horse into the form of his life. What skilful training.

At the weights in the 1910 Grand National Jerry M emerged 27 (pounds/lengths) superior to Jenkinstown, 44 better than Odor and 56 in advance of Fetlar's Pride and Carsey, however, I will allow Fetlar's Pride 4 for the bad mistake at the last which knocked all the stuffing out of the horse and Odor 2 for his blunder at the first Canal Turn. My assessment of Jerry M's initial foray in the National will place him narrowly below Manifesto's best and second best performances (1899 (-19) and 1900 (-21)) and just short of my Scroll Of Merit. The pace in 1910 was sustained pretty well but appears to have been as similarly moderate as that in 1902, the last occasion when the National had been run on plain Good to Soft, and both winning times are average. Jenkinstown ran 1.20s slower than had Shannon Lass in 1902 (raw rating of -57)  but carried 4lb more than had the mare, this computes to -56 for the 1910 victor and -29 for Jerry M. Whilst Springbok is no guide because it's impossible to guage how he would have finished without a slipping saddle, some of the handicapping for the 1910 National indicates that Jerry M was expected to run to the above-quoted figure, he carried 16lb more than Judas whom I rated -45 last year. Furthermore, I rated Manifesto, as a 14-y-o, -28 for the 1902 renewal in which he finished 6 lengths adrift of Shannon Lass, carrying 12st 8lb and giving the mare 35lb; Jerry M was 3 lengths back of Jenkinstown, carrying 12st 7lb and conceding 30lb in a slower time, ostensibly a very similar effort.  Also, Jenkinstown had not pre-advertised and did not subsequently boost the form of the 1910 Grand National. However, both this year's winner and runner-up likely exceeded generally held expectations in their performances and, crucially, as described above, the jumping test in 1910 was stiffer than it had been. This may well warrant up to 7 more credit being given to the efforts of the finishers in 1910. Therefore, I will rate Jerry M -22. He was and is widely regarded as the best horse of his little era and certainly I respect sources and opinions that proclaim he was a great one. He is often compared equally to Manifesto and Cloister (sources tend to forget Come Away and Why Not) but I cannot in all fairness allow more than 7 for the stiffer jumping test and, based on his 1910 effort, that leaves Jerry M a tiny bit shy of Manifesto and over half a stone inferior to Cloister. We will have a further opportunity to debate his merit in 1912. Jenkinstown, consequently, is rated -49. This seems very plausible. Tom Coulthwaite's 1907 winner, Eremon, was rated -55 and Jenkinstown shouldered 4lb more, whilst I assessed the standard of the 1908 and 1909 victors as being -45 and -40 (Lutteur) respectively and in the handicap for the 1911 Grand National Lutteur had to give 10lb to Jenkinstown. Odor receives -64, Fetlar's Pride -74 and Carsey -78.         








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