Grand National Ultimate History



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Fr 24 Mar 1933 (3.18) 4m 4f Good to Firm 9.28.00 34 £7,345 F. Ambrose Clark

  1 Kellsboro' Jack 7 11-09 I. Anthony D. Williams 25/1   Away well & always very prominent, 2nd BB 1C, 3rd (of 27) WJ. Led or disputed lead most of 2C, narrowly ahead BB, VB & last where left 5L clear. Kept on well.
  2 Really True 9 10-12 W. Gale F. Furlong 66/1 3 Held up. Towards rear WJ. Gradual progress to be 6th VB 2C, 5th at 29th. Left 4th at last. Finished strongly to nab 2nd. Never nearer.
  3 Slater 8 10-07 G. Whitelaw M. Barry 50/1 NK Became prominent by BB 1C, 6th VB 1C. Merely chased leaders in 11th WJ but renewed progress into 4th BB 2C and 3rd VB 2C. Left 3rd again last, about 6L back. Kept on but lost 2nd in shadow of post.
  4 Delaneige 8 11-03 G. Beeby J. Moloney 20/1 5 Always prominent, 4th WJ. 3rd BB 2C, 4th again VB. Battled on gamely but beaten when left 5L 2nd at last and lost a couple of places run in.
  5 Alpine Hut 8 11-06 P. Woodland Lt P. Harding 50/1 4 Buried in mid-division (left 12th BB 2C) until some progress from CT 2C. 6th after 28th. Left 5th at last. Plugged on. Never nearer.
32 6 Forbra 8 11-09 T. Rimell T. Hamey 33/1 10 Mainly chased leaders, 8th VB 1C. More prominent at 17th but had dropped back to 7th by BB 2C. Same position ABC. Left 6th at last. Plugged on one-paced.
  7 Trocadero 9 11-02 M. Dokhuysen M. Thery 100/1   Soon towards rear. Steady if modest progress 2C, circa 8th ABC. Left 9th at last. Never nearer and finished someway adrift of the 6th.
  8 Southern Hero 8 10-12 G. Evans T. Isaac 50/1   Chased leaders 1C, 8th WJ. Rather one-paced and 9th ABC 2C. Left 8th again at last. Plodded on.
  9 Master Orange 8 10-07 R. Gordon Cpt O. Prior-Palmer 100/1   Tended to race in mid-division at the one pace. About 10th ABC 2C. Left 11th at last. Plodded on.
  10 Colliery Band 9 11-09 W. Payne G. Hardy 40/1   Away well & very prominent. Led from BB to VB 1C then disputed lead until headed 12th. Still a very close 2nd WJ, however, began to fade after 17th and 5th BB 2C. 8th VB, 10th at 28th & at last.
32 11 Egremont 9 11-01 P. Cazalet E. Paget 100/7   Mid-division BB 1C, 15th VB 1C. Rear of midfield at 12th. Left 13th BB 2C. Same position last. Never a threat and very one-paced on going but passed a couple of weakening horses run in.
  12 Remus 8 11-12 F. Morgan Tommy Morgan 100/6   Away well & led 1st. Vied for lead (3rd BB 1C, 2nd VB 1C) until ahead again after 12th. Narrowly in front WJ. 2nd again BB & VB 2C. Began to fade immediately after. Left 7th at last. Badly weakened further.
  13 Ruin 8 10-07 F. Hartigan Maj H. Misa 50/1   Mid-division 1C, 12th VB & WJ. Effort to become more prominent by 17th but proved short-lived. Left 10th BB 2C. Gradually faded. Had just been left 12th when mistake last.
32 14 Near East 8 10-07 W. James A. Robson 45/1   Mid-division 1C, 10th WJ. Faded 2C, left 15th at last, and well beaten.
  15 Trouble Maker 10 11-06 G. Digby N. Laing 100/1   Mid-division 1C, 14th WJ. Faded 2C and left a well beaten 14th at last. Weakened further.
30 31 32 16 Shaun Goilin 13 12-01 F. Hartigan P. Cazalet 40/1   Always rear of mid-division, never able to get involved. Tailed off by BB 2C. Laboured on. Finished well tailed off.
  17 Chadd's Ford 9 10-07 I. Anthony E.M. Williams 50/1   Always towards rear. No impression. Tailed off by BB 2C. Finished well tailed off.
32 18R Merriment 11 11-04 J. Wight Lord Haddington 20/1   Rear of mid-division 12th. Made no greater impression 2C and fell 29th. Remounted, well tailed off.
  19R Ballybrack 9 11-00 J. Wight G. Elliott 50/1   Outpaced & always towards rear. 21st BB 2C. Very modest progress amongst stragglers and 15th when fell last. Remounted, well tailed off.
32 F Pelorus Jack 10 10-07 P. Woodland B. Stott 100/6 30TH Away well but mid-division when very bad mistake 1st and as good as down. Remarkably, made up ground steadily to chase leaders. 6th BB 2C and left a handy 6th again CT 2C. Ridden up to become very prominent along CS. Further progress to virtually dispute lead last when fell.
29 30 31 32 P Gregalach 11 12-07 P. Woodland B. Parvin 10/1 25TH
Away well & prominent, 4th BB 1C, 3rd VB 1C. Gradually faded until PU VB 2C with a broken blood vessel.
32 U Coup De Chapeau 9 12-02 E. Stedall Gerry Wilson 28/1 25TH (VB) Away well but had dropped into mid-division by BB 1C. Towards rear when ploughed through fence & UR VB 2C.
  U Golden Miller 6 12-02 B. Briscoe T.E. Leader 9/1F 24TH (CT) Held up. Going well in 12th BB 1C. 10th VB 1C. Unsighted & mistake Chair, 9th WJ. Increasingly jumped to right 2C and further unsettled by mistake BB 2C when 8th. Still able to be rushed up to 5th when slightly hampered & UR CT 2C
32 R Holmes 13 10-13 C. Beechener C. Beechener 50/1 22ND (BB) Away well & prominent, 5th BB 1C, 4th VB 1C. 7th WJ. Gradually lost position to be 10th when refused (twice) BB 2C.
29 30 31 F Ballyhanwood 12 10-07 M. Blair J. Goswell 50/1 EARLY 2C Away well & very prominent 1st. Soon lost position and mid-division VB 1C. Rear of same 17th. Fell at either 18th, 19th or 20th.
30 31 U Guiding Light 12 10-07 T. Gosden Lord Somerton 100/1 17TH Mid-division 1C. Rear of same when slight mistake & UR 17th.
  P Huic Holloa 8 11-11 W. Waddington W. Ransom 50/1 END 1C Mid-division until a stirrup leather broke CT 1C. Had dropped to last by WJ and PU towards the end of the 1C.
31 32 F Theras 8 10-10 S. Harrison G. Owen 40/1 12TH Towards rear until fell at the 12th.
30 31 32 B Annandale 11 10-10 Maj F. Barrett D.J. Morgan 20/1 12TH Towards rear until BD by Theras at the 12th.
32 U Heartbreak Hill 8 11-09 H. Ussher W. O'Grady 100/8 8TH (CT) Chased leaders until bad mistake & UR CT 1C.
31 32 F Apostasy 12 10-09 Master of Gray B. Lyall 100/1 7TH Away well & very prominent. Still handy when fell 7th.
32 F Dusty Foot 9 10-07 J. Anthony P. Bostwick 50/1 6TH (BB) Rear of mid-division until fell BB 1C.
  U Society 7 10-08 F. Brown G. Shakerley 20/1 6TH (BB) Slowly away in last. Too small for the fences and still rearmost when hesitant, jumped too steeply & UR BB 1C.
  F Youtell 8 10-07 P. Cazalet A. Mildmay 100/1 1ST Mid-division, fell 1st.



1933 marked the start of a six year span of great quality in the Grand National as steeplechasing entered if not THE golden (in more ways than one!) age then certainly one of very few such ages. The going was Good to Firm and Kellsboro' Jack set a new record winning time (since the course had been shortened in 1888), 4.40s faster than that of Cloister in 1893 (disputed) when the ground had been very Firm, although Kellsboro' Jack carried 12lb less. The number of finishers, 19, tied the record, however, this proved to be somewhat of an aberration. Kellsboro' Jack was a great jumper, consistent and versatile. He had taken the 1932 Stanley Chase (3m 2f) impressively by 20 lengths and would go on to thrice finish third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, win the 1935 Scottish Grand National and to handsomely triumph in the 1936 and 1937 editions of the Aintree 3m Champion Chase. His owner resolutely declined to run her horse again in the National and 1933 was also the final occasion upon which Dudley Williams would compete in the race. Williams had good hands and became, for a while, a masseur! It was a first National success for Ivor Anthony whom had taken over Aubrey Hastings's yard four years earlier. Billy Stott, Champion Jockey from 1927 to 1932, never won a Grand National and it's debatable how Pelorus Jack was going when falling at the last. Stott felt his mount was travelling as well as the winner but on film Pelorus Jack appears to be getting the worst of it when capsizing, he was also receiving 16lb. Delaneige was a fine, improving Liverpool horse, possibly better at Aintree than he was at Cheltenham, who didn't seem to quite get home over the National trip as an 8-y-o. Really True carried 5lb overweight and was beaten merely 3 lengths, an extraordinary run though Kellsboro' Jack appeared to have matters well in hand. Golden Miller, a precocious, improving 6-y-o yet already twice the winner of the Gold Cup, was having his first taste of the Aintree fences that he would come to despise. Egremont preferred softer going but, notwithstanding that, Forbra must have improved upon his performance in their duel a year earlier (which, after all, was on fastish Good) having been given a changed diet by Tom Rimell subsequent to breaking a blood vessel at Cheltenham.

I wrote previously (see 1923) that all athletes (human and equine) grow faster and stronger as a body over the decades for various reasons. In the light of this one way of attempting to fairly compare the general times and, to an extent, the relative abilities of horses from different eras is to see for how long a record time had stood. Cloister's had stood for 40 years, that of Kellsboro' Jack would be beaten immediately and in total three times before the war. Fundamentally this would suggest that Cloister was better than Kellsboro' Jack and that notion is enhanced by considering that the latter was 3.43s outside the time I calculated (see 1893) would be required to beat the record set over a longer distance by The Lamb (like Cloister rated -14 on my Scroll Of Merit), the 4lb less carried by The Lamb compared to Kellsboro' Jack being of minimal import. Nevertheless, that Cloister's winning time was surpassed on four occasions in a short period, after having stood for so long, supports the argument that this was indeed THE golden age, and Kellsboro' Jack was very much part of it. And It cannot be said that long-term athletic development accounted for much of the reason for the series of quick times because on similar ground (and carrying 2lb more) Kellsboro' Jack ran 4.80s faster than had Grakle (-34) as recently as 1931. It is too unscientific (exact shades of the going in 1931 and 1933, relative pace in the races) to go against the general evidence above by viewing Kellsboro' Jack (allowing 3 1/2 lengths per second) as literally 19 (pounds/lengths) better than Grakle and merely 1 inferior to Cloister, however, with a sideways and ahead glance to multiple pieces of Gold Cup and Grand National form I am comfortable in placing him alongside Why Not and Manifesto at -19. And based strictly on how the horses emerged at the weights in the 1933 Grand National this places Really True and Delaneige at -33, Alpine Hut at -34, Slater at -38 and Forbra (rated -54 in 1932, carried 16lb more in 1933) at -41. The Scroll now reads: -7 Troytown; -14 Lottery, The Lamb, Disturbance, Seaman, Come Away, Cloister, Jerry M, Easter Hero; -17 Poethlyn; -18 Congress, The Liberator; -19 Why Not, Manifesto, Kellsboro' Jack.      












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