Grand National Ultimate History



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1st/17th - 4' 7" H (was 4' 9"); 3rd/19th (OD) - fence 5' H (4' 11"); 4th/20th - 4' 10" H (4' 11"); 5th/21st - 4' 11" H (4' 10"); 6th/22nd (BB) - fence 4' 7" H (4' 11"); 7th/23rd - 4' 10" H (4' 7"); 8th/24th (CT, OD) - ditch 6' W (5' 9"); 9th/25th (VB) - fence 5' H (4' 10"); 10th/26th - 5' H (4' 11"); 13th/29th - 4' 6" H (4' 9"); 14th/30th - 4' 6" H (4' 9").   


Fr 29 Mar 1912 (2.59) 4m 4f Soft 10.13.40 24 £3,200 Sir C. Assheton-Smith

10 1 Jerry M 9 12-07 B. Gore E. Piggott 4/1JF   Always fairly prominent, tucked in behind leaders. Slightly hampered CT 1C. 5th (of 13) WJ. Left 3rd CT 2C. 2nd ABC. Pressed leader after 29th. Challenged decisively just after last & came away with authority. Comfortably.
10 2 Bloodstone 10 11-06 T. Coulthwaite F. Lyall 40/1 6 Prominent 1st, 2nd BB 1C, disputed lead briefly CT 1C. 3rd ABC & WJ. Took outright lead early 2C but headed before BB. Left in dispute of lead CT 2C and left ahead 27th. Swerved under pressure before last and headed decisively just after. Kept on.
  3 Axle Pin 8 10-04 P. Whitaker I. Anthony 20/1 4 Always fairly prominent. 6th BB 1C & WJ. Left 4th CT 2C. 3rd ABC. Kept on one-paced.
09 10 11 4 Carsey 9 10-13 A. Hastings J. Tyrrwhitt-Drake 100/8 1 Prominent 1st, very much so by 4th, 4th BB 1C. 7th at WJ but 4th again early 2C. 5th CS and under pressure ABC but kept on gamely for urgings.
  5 Sir Halbert 9 10-06 T. Coulthwaite A. Smith 66/1 2 Chased leaders. 8th BB 1C, 6th CT 1C. Had dropped to a mid-division 8th by WJ. 6th again CT 2C, headway CS and 4th ABC. Kept on one-paced.
08 11 6 Mount Prospect's Fortune 10 11-04 B. Gore J.J. Kelly 66/1   Mid-division 1C, 10th WJ. Towards rear in 7th CT 2C. Last but one & well beaten ABC. Plodded on.
  7R Whitelegs 8 10-02 K. Brandon J. Farrell 66/1   Always towards rear. Very bad mistake Chair. Last but one WJ. UR 17th, remounted tailed off. Well so by ABC & when fell last. Remounted again. Utterly tailed off.
09 10 11 F Caubeen 11 11-05 Cpt R. Collis A. Newey 100/9 27TH (OD) Away well & very prominent. Left in lead 3rd. Joined briefly CT 1C. Headed before ABC 1C, where 2nd, but led again WJ. 3rd from early 2C until left in dispute of lead CT. Hampered by a loose horse & fell 27th.
  F Kilkeel 7 10-07 H. Ussher R. Trudgill 66/1 25TH (VB) Soon towards rear. Last WJ. Became tailed off 2C. Fell VB.
  B Ballyhackle 9 10-07 H. Ussher I. Morgan 20/1 24TH (CT) Away well & very prominent. Took lead towards end of CS 1C, led ABC. 2nd WJ but led again by BB 2C. Still ahead when mistake & BD from behind by Axle Pin CT 2C.
  F Regent 7 10-08 A. Hastings F. Morgan 66/1 22ND (BB) Towards rear 4th. Gradual and sustained progress to be 4th WJ. Occupied a similar position when fell BB 2C.
08 10 11 P Jenkinstown 11 11-07 G. Goswell W. Payne 100/7 19TH (OD) Chased leaders, 7th BB 1C. Had dropped to a mid-division 9th by WJ. Tiring in midfield when went lame & jumped right 19th. PU immediately upon landing.
10 11 F Precentor 13 10-00 Sampey A. Aylin 66/1 19TH (OD) Fore of mid-division 3rd but rear of midfield in 11th WJ. No significant change when fell 19th.
11 F Foolhardy 11 10-03 Maj V. Beatty W. MacNeill 66/1 13TH Towards rear until fell 13th.
11 B Bridge 8 10-08 G. Poole G. Poole 25/1 8TH (CT) Mid-division until BD by a loose horse (Rory O'Moore) CT 1C.
  F Covertcoat 6 10-05 B. Gore J. Walsh jnr 33/1 8TH (CT) Away well. Prominent 1st but had dropped into mid-division when hampered by a loose horse (Rathnally) & fell CT 1C.
10 11 B Fetlar's Pride 11 10-07 T. Gwilt G. Lyall 66/1 8TH (CT) Prominent 1st but had dropped into mid-division when BD by Bridge in mini-melee CT 1C.
  F Sans Peur 13 10-00 Menzies J. Kay 66/1 8TH (CT) Mid to rear until fell CT 1C.
11 F Rory O'Moore 11 11-07 P. Whitaker Tich Mason 9/1 4TH Mid to rear until fell 4th.
11 F Great Cross 7 10-01 T. Coulthwaite E. Lawn 40/1 4TH Towards rear until fell 4th.
  R Gold Seal 12 10-00 H. Ussher J. Finn 66/1 4TH Towards rear, refused 4th.
11 F Rathnally 7 11-11 T. Coulthwaite B. Chadwick 4/1JF 3RD (OD) Away well & led until took off too soon & fell 3rd.
10 11 F Glenside 10 11-00 Cpt R. Collis H. Ussher 40/1 3RD (OD) Slowly away. Mid to rear until fell 3rd.
  F Glenfinder 11 10-00 H. Ussher J. Foran 66/1 2ND Well towards rear when fell 2nd.



In front of a much smaller crowd than usual due to a coal strike that affected rail services, and with the minimum weight raised back up to ten stone, Jerry M produced a titanic display to become the third horse to win the Grand National carrying 12st 7lb. His majestic voyage around the Aintree course in 1912 handed his owner Sir Charles Assheton-Smith a second National, the purse for the first time topping three grand. Jerry M was prepared for the race by Findon trainer Bob Gore, a fine judge of equine potential. Gore had reintroduced his charge, following injury, at Hurst Park in January where, in what transpired to be a harbinger of things to come, Jerry M beat Bloodstone. The latter was owned by Charles Bower Ismay, the younger brother of J. Bruce Ismay who was chairman of the White Star Line, whose offices were based in Liverpool, and who would become villified a few weeks later because of events at sea. Jerry M's classy performance gave Ernie Piggott, who was Champion Jockey three times during his career, the first of what would be two Grand National victories. Unfortunately, Jerry M never ran again due to back and breathing problems and he died in 1914. Wretched luck continued to dog the distant 1909 third Caubeen. He was brought down by a loose horse at the 20th when going well the following year, was leading when spooked by the gap in the 23rd in 1911, and on this occasion fell at the last ditch while disputing the lead when again hampered by a loose one. In fairness, we still don't know if he would have stayed.

There is no doubt that Jerry M's effort in the 1912 National was more meritorious than his in the 1910 renewal, when I rated him -22. Whilst contemporary reports continue to indicate that the overall standard of steeplechasing was still not as high as in the first half of the 1890s, I am convinced that Jerry M's performance in 1912 was the best individual one since that of Cloister (-14, also owned by the then Charles Duff) in 1893. For a start, despite the intervening injury, Jerry M was now a 9-y-o and had matured, strengthened and improved, plus Bob Gore had noticeably and notably got the horse to a super peak of fitness for the 1912 Grand National. Whilst the winning time was about average for Soft going (and indeed the ground may have been leaning towards Good to Soft) it was better than par for the weight carried and the manner of victory was comfortable. Also, Jerry M was the first to lug such a heavy impost to success on going worse than Good. The pace was sustained and probably a good one. That had not been the case (it collapsed) in 1890, the most recent previous renewal on Soft, when Ilex earned a rating of -38 for an easy triumph. However, Jerry M's time was far superior, he carried much more weight than had Ilex and the jumping test was stiffer in 1912. Rough comparisons, taking into account these factors, with 1890, 1908, when the ground was Soft (Heavy in places), and 1911 (Good to Soft (Soft in places)) all indicate that Jerry M is well worthy of a place on my Scroll Of Merit. But exactly where? I am inclined to place him alongside those on -14, an improvement of 8 (pounds/lengths) upon his 1910 figure. When beating Jerry M that year Jenkinstown received a rating of -49 while carrying 30lb less than Jerry M did in 1912, and that Jenkinstown's winning time was 8.60s the quicker can be entirely explained by the going having been Good to Soft in 1910 but, even if tending that way, mainly Soft in 1912. In addition, Jerry M must be allowed 4 or 5 for the comfort of his victory and being slightly hampered at the first Canal Turn. Weights and measures calculations for 1912, made before applying that allowance, consequently find Bloodstone rated -39, Carsey -51, Axle Pin -59 and Sir Halbert -60. The more eagle-eyed reader will have spotted that Carsey had apparently improved even more than Jerry M had compared to 1910, a personal furtherance of nearly two stone! This is justified. Carsey was the same age as Jerry M and thus open to any amount of advancement (especially from a lower base), indeed had easily won the Grand Sefton in November 1911, ran in Nationals in a manner suggesting the more testing ground of 1912 likely suited him better than that of 1910, and was handicapped in 1912 to carry only 8lb less than Jenkinstown (to whom the weight allocated still contained an unfair tariff for having won the Grand National and who had emerged 29 the better of the two in 1910). The Scroll Of Merit now reads: -14 Lottery, The Lamb, Disturbance, Seaman, Come Away, Cloister, Jerry M; -18 Congress, The Liberator; -19 Why Not, Manifesto.                    









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