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Fr 24 Mar 1911 (3.01) 4m 4f Good to Soft (Soft places) 10.35.00 26 £2,500 F. Bibby

10 1 Glenside 9 10-03 Cpt R. Collis J. Anthony 20/1   Away well. Settled in mid-division. 4th (of 8) WJ. Left 3rd at 18th, left in dispute of lead 23rd. 2nd when left well clear 26th. Very bad mistake 28th. Pecked last. Nursed home dog tired.
  2R Rathnally 6 11-00 T. Coulthwaite B. Chadwick 8/1 30 Very prominent by 5th but merely chasing clear leading pair CS 1C, 3rd at 12th. Same position when very bad mistake WJ. Left 2nd at 18th and still so when hampered by the refusing Caubeen at 23rd causing rider to be flung over fence. Eventually remounted, well tailed off. Gave game but fruitless pursuit.
09 10 3R Shady Girl 10 10-05 B. Gore G. Clancy 33/1 3 Mid-division 1C, 5th WJ. Left 4th at 19th, left in dispute of lead 23rd. Soon ahead and 4L clear when fell 26th. Remounted well tailed off. Gave game but fruitless pursuit.
  4R Foolhardy 10 9-07 Maj V. Beatty W. MacNeill 50/1 DIST Slowly away and towards rear when fell 3rd. Remounted tailed off. Well tailed off by CS 1C and completely so 2C. Eventually struggled home utterly tailed off.
09 10 R Caubeen 10 11-05 Cpt R. Collis A. Newey 8/1 23RD Away well. Led from 1st until headed before 5th. Disputed lead CS 1C, pair clear, and led again 12th. Briefly joined again WJ but ahead once more soon after. Still led when aimed at gap left in the 23rd by Lutteur on the 1C & refused.
08 F Mount Prospect's Fortune 9 11-06 B. Gore E. Driscoll 66/1 19TH (OD) Initially raced in mid-division but had dropped towards rear of main group by ABC 1C, 6th WJ. Left 4th at 18th. Fell next.
10 F Precentor 12 9-11 Lavender A. Aylin 100/1 18TH Away well. Very prominent 5th, 3rd BB 1C. Disputed lead CS 1C, pair clear, 2nd at 12th. Briefly vied for lead again WJ where mistake. 2nd when fell 18th.
05 09 10 P Hercules 15 9-08 W. Hatt R. Hall 50/1 END 1C Well towards rear by 5th. Mistake & UR VB 1C. Remounted tailed off. Well tailed off by WJ and PU soon after.
  F Monk   10-01 F. Withington J. Tyrrwhitt-Drake 100/1 15TH (CHAIR) Mid-division CS 1C. Mid to rear when fell Chair.
08 10 F Jenkinstown 10 11-07 F. Withington P. Woodland 100/7 14TH Mid-division until stirrup leather broke 13th causing horse to blunder 14th & become lodged on top of the fence.
  F Bridge 7 9-09 G. Poole P. Roberts 100/1 11TH (OD) Became prominent by 5th. Chasing clear leading pair when fell 11th.
  F Schwarmer 8 10-00 F. Withington F. Dainty 25/1 11TH (OD) Chased leaders BB 1C and beyond. Fore of mid-division when fell 11th.
  B Great Cross 6 9-13 T. Coulthwaite C. Walwyn 66/1 11TH (OD) Slowly away and generally towards rear of main group until BD by a loose horse 11th.
  F Hesperus Magnus 9 9-07 W. Hatt W. Fitzgerald 66/1 CS 1C Chased leaders to BB 1C. Mid-division when fell CS 1C.
  F Viz 7 10-05 P. Hartigan Bryan Bletsoe 50/1 8TH (CT) Away well. Very prominent and led by 5th. Had been joined when fell (into ditch) CT 1C.
  B Circassian's Pride 7 9-13   I. Morgan 25/1 8TH (CT) Mid-division until BD by Viz (on take off side) CT 1C.
  U Rory O'Moore 10 11-06 P. Whitaker P. Whitaker 100/7 7TH Rear of mid-division until hampered by loose horse (Suhescun) on landing & UR 7th.
09 F Lutteur 7 12-03 H. Escott G. Parfrement 7/2F 7TH Held up towards rear. Hampered by a loose horse on take off 7th & became stuck on top of fence with jockey.
10 F Fetlar's Pride 10 10-07 T. Gwilt J. Walsh jnr 25/1 6TH (BB) Towards rear until fell BB 1C.
  F Suhescun   10-01 F. Withington A. Chapman 50/1 5TH Chased leaders until fell 5th.
09 10 F Carsey 8 10-06 A. Hastings P. Cowley 100/9 4TH Chased leaders until fell 4th.
  B Roman Candle 9 9-07 W. Stratton T. Willmot 28/1 4TH Away well & chased leaders until BD by Carsey 4th.
  F Flaxen 9 9-07 F. Pirie A. Smith 50/1 4TH Mid to rear, fell 4th.
09 F Lord Rivers 9 10-09 P. Whitaker W. Payne 33/1 2ND Mid to rear, fell 2nd.
  F Carder 8 9-07 A. Yates B. Roberts 50/1 1ST Mid-division, fell 1st.
  F Trianon 6 11-08   R. Sauval 33/1 1ST Mid to rear, fell 1st.



Another record crowd was reported and those present in 1911 witnessed the most dramatic and sensational Grand National to this point as for the first time since 1837, when just four started, there was only one finisher who wasn't remounted. Glenside became almost unarguably the most fortunate and least able winner so far. Contemporary newspapers express the opinion that the jockeys set off too fast and the press also strongly criticised the forward seat (see 1903) adopted by many of the riders as being detrimental to their chances of completing and believed such posture contributed to plenty of the falls. Said papers, too, describe the going as perfect, like velvet. This is in stark contrast to more modern sources that claim the ground was atrociously Heavy, a morass, and appallingly muddy with the race being run in torrential rain. What nonsense! Photographs display that it was, in fact, sunny which is confirmed by moving pictures and the available film also shows that no mud was flying or attaching itself to any jockey's colours, even those who had taken a tumble. Visual evidence, in addition, reveals that the quoted winning distance of twenty lengths is a severe underestimate. It is true that Glenside's time, especially for the low weight he carried, is one normally, for his era, associated with going on the Heavy side and he did finish exhausted. However, given that Glenside, who was blind in his right eye, had recently been coughing, his wind was not the best, he made a few mistakes, probably went too fast early on and was not, despite finishing second in the 1910 Grand Sefton, all that good a horse, the tale of the clock is explicable if the ground, which I believe must have had some juice in it, was somewhere between a morass and velvet.

Whatever, it was a brave effort by Glenside and a change of luck from last year for the ailing Frank Bibby who was winning owner for the second time. Upon the outbreak of the Great War Bibby would give all his hunters to the army, he died in 1923. Speaking of war, Captain Robet Collis had been badly wounded at Paardeberg in the Boer version and by 1911 Collis trained more than he rode. He was never going to take the mount on Glenside. Even when Tich Mason, successful on Bibby's Kirkland in 1905, got injured Jack Anthony, youngest of three brothers (Ivor, Owen) and no relation to Algy, was booked rather than Collis taking over. Jack gained the first of what would be three Grand National victories at his first attempt. Known to be strong, tough and fearless, Jack on this occasion displayed intelligence, tenderness and compassion to coax his legless steed home. Good luck was in short supply elsewhere. Jenkinstown, whose stirrup leather broke, and Lutteur becoming implanted for a time on the 14th and 7th respectively, thus demonstrating the increased thickness of the hedges discussed in 1910. But most unfortunate of all was probably Rathnally, Bob Chadwick only completing a win sandwich by virtue of his running through the rails back to the take off side of the 23rd to be reunited with his horse and finish runner-up for the second time in three years, because based on the evidence of previous renewals there was no guarantee either Shady Girl or Caubeen would have stayed. Alf Newey attempted to keep the latter going after the horse first spooked at the gap left by Lutteur in the 7th/23rd, however, Caubeen persistently declined the obstacle. In a contrast of human attitude, John Walsh junior after being helped to remount by a policeman following Fetlar's Pride fall at first Becher's apparently did not think his lot would be a happy one if continuing.

The merit of Glenside's form in the 1911 Grand National is, of course, virtually worthless. Effectively, due to all the incident, the pace collapsed and the sole survivor's time is recorded as 23.80s slower than that of The Soarer (whom I rated -48) in 1896, the most recent previous occasion that the going was similar. Even using the minimum lengths per second equation, allowing that Glenside carried 4lb more than had The Soarer, granting the former 7 (pounds/lengths) because the jumping test was stiffer, and also affording the one-eyed creature 4 for his very bad mistake at the 28th and peck at the last I cannot award Glenside anything better than -93.









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