Grand National Ultimate History



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The 3rd/19th was moved 50yds nearer to the 4th/20th. 1st/17th - 4' 6" H (was 4' 7"); 2nd/18th - 4' 7" H (4' 6"); 3rd/19th (OD) - fence 4' 10" H (5' 1"); 5th/21st - 4' 10" H (4' 11"); 6th/22nd (BB) - fence 4' 7" H (4' 6"); 12th/28th - fence 4' 7" H (4' 10"); 13th/29th - 4' 6" H (4' 7"); 15th (Chair, OD) - fence 5' 3" H (5' 1").


Fr 27 Mar 1914 (3.06) 4m 4f Good 9.58.80 20 £3,515 T. Tyler

  1 Sunloch 8 9-07 T. Tyler W.J. Smith 100/6   Away well. Took lead just before 3rd. 10L ahead BB 1C, 20L clear WJ (where 12 remained) & extended advantage to 35L at one stage on the 2C. Still had a huge lead 26th & ABC. Not seriously threatened but pecked last and finished tired.
11 13 2 Trianon 9 11-09   Charles Hawkins 100/8 8 Away well but soon restrained & well held up. Last but one WJ & 20th. Headway to be 4th VB 2C, same position ABC. Took 2nd between last 2. Ran on well. Never nearer.
09 11 3 Lutteur 10 12-06 H. Escott A. Carter 10/1 8 Held up towards rear. Last WJ & 20th. Only able to make modest progress by end of CS 2C where 6th. Kept on fairly well, took 3rd after last. Never nearer.
11 12 4 Rory O'Moore 13 11-08 P. Whitaker P. Whitaker 20/1   Prominent by BB 1C where 3rd. Went 2nd VB 1C and same position WJ. 3rd at 20th but left 2nd again VB 2C and made effort to catch clear leader. Faded from 29th, losing 2 places.
  5 Bahadur 11 9-12 G. Lambarde R. Hall 33/1   Chased leader from BB 1C but only in 7th VB 1C and 8th WJ. Progress to be 5th by 20th. Merely able to keep on one-paced thereafter.
  6 Couvrefeu 10 11-07 F. Hunt J. Anthony 20/1   Prominent by 2nd. Remained so in chasing pack, 4th VB 1C & WJ. Had dropped to 6th by 20th but effort & 3rd from VB 2C to ABC. Weakened.
11 12 7 Great Cross 9 11-00 P. Whitaker O. Anthony 50/1   Never better than rear of mid-division. 9th WJ, 7th at 20th & ABC 2C. Plodded on.
12 13 8 Covertcoat 8 12-07 B. Gore P. Woodland 7/1F   In chasing pack BB 1C. Only 8th VB 1C and had dropped towards rear by WJ where 10th. Jumped well but unable to make any impression 2C and ultimately eased to a canter.
  F Another Delight(1) 10 11-07 F. Withington G. Brown 33/1 27TH (OD) Away well & prominent. 6th BB 1C. Remained handy in chasing pack, 3rd VB 1C, 5th WJ. Faded early 2C and towards rear when fell 27th.
13 F Thowl Pin 9 10-10 Cpt R. Collis I. Morgan 33/1 25TH (VB) Prominent by 2nd. Fairly handy in chasing pack after leader went clear, 6th VB 1C & WJ. Headway to be 2nd by 20th. Same position but still some way off leader when fell VB 2C.
10 12 13 RO Bloodstone 12 11-07 F. Hartigan F. Lyall 100/6 22ND (BB) Best away, led 1st & 2nd. Had dropped to 5th by BB 1C but remained handy in pack chasing clear leader. Still 5th VB 1C, 3rd WJ, 4th at 20th. Ran out BB 2C.
13 F Blow Pipe 9 10-03 Armitage Bryan Bletsoe 25/1 20TH Away well & prominent 3rd. Not as conspicuous as some in chasing pack, 7th WJ. Little change when fell 20th.
  RO Diplomatist 9 9-07 H. Ussher N. Davis 50/1 CS 1C Slowly away & always towards rear until ran out CS 1C.
  P Jacobus 7 11-02 F. Hartigan E. Piggott 100/6 10TH Very prominent by 3rd. In 2nd place, 10L behind leader, BB 1C. Had begun to lose ground when blundered badly 10th & immediately PU.
12 13 F Ballyhackle 11 12-00 H. Ussher H. Ussher 100/7 10TH Mid-division until fell 10th.
10 11 12 13 R Fetlar's Pride 13 10-02   D. Dale 50/1 9TH (VB) Mid-division until refused VB 1C.
12 13 F Regent 9 10-12 A. Hastings J. Tyrrwhitt-Drake 33/1 9TH (VB) Mid to rear until fell VB 1C.
  F Ilston 6 10-12 A. Hastings I. Anthony 10/1 7TH Soon prominent. 4th BB 1C. Going well when misjudged leap & landed on top of next.
  F All Gold 10 10-07   Cpt Stokes 50/1 6TH (BB) Rear of mid-division until fell BB 1C.
  F Dutch Pennant 8 10-05 J. Cowap A. Parnham 50/1 6TH (BB) Rear of mid-division until fell BB 1C.



The 3rd fence was moved from being rather too close to the 2nd to a spot more equidistant between the latter and the 4th for the 1914 Grand National, a race, amazingly, in which there were no fallers until first Becher's. The minimum weight reverted to 9st 7lb, as carried by Sunloch who was piloted enterprisingly by William J. Smith (often known as Bill) to fully exploit his mount's feather load. The Cheltenham-based man, who would be Champion Jockey for 1914/15, rode very long and got Sunloch into a lovely jumping rhythm on behalf of the horse's owner/trainer Thomas Tyler, a sporting farmer. Sunloch, who won only one more race due to wind problems, was almost certainly given too much rope. Whilst Rory O'Moore and Couvrefeu paid for making an effort to catch the leader along the canal side on the second circuit and it can be argued that the weight concession to Sunloch was simply too much for any horse on the day, the extreme hold up tactics employed on Lutteur and Trianon were immediately rued in the after race post-mortem by their respective jockeys, Alec Carter, who would be killed in the Great War just nine months later, and Charles Hawkins whose steed finished full of running. Moreover, the victor's time was a poor one for the weight he carried on the going. The Good ground cannot be blamed for Covertcoat's flop, the race must've revealed the infirmity that shortly led to his early retirement.

At the weights in the 1914 National Lutteur came out 3 (pounds/lengths) superior to Trianon and 25 better than Sunloch. As stated above, the latter's winning time was poor. The best comparison (and the one most favourable to Sunloch) is with the most recent previous renewal on Good in 1907 won by Eremon whom I awarded a raw rating of -61. Both races were run at a good clip and Sunloch's time was 11.30s slower whilst carrying 8lb less. Employing a formula of 2 1/2 lengths per second and allowing Sunloch, who finished tired, 7 for the stiffer jumping test produces a result of -90. Time being only a partial guide, however, I note that Covertcoat (rated -42 last year) was conceding three stone to Sunloch so I will give the latter all benefit of doubt and rate his performance -84. Lutteur and especially Trianon, who finished full of running, could have received more judicious rides and, therefore, deserve to be marked up by 5 and 8 respectively which places them both at -54. This set of figures is entirely plausible because Lutteur, rated -40 when triumphant in 1909, is unlikely to have been quite the horse he was five years on and, furthermore, he had been stopped in his work just before the race.









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