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Bill Kidney on Jack Finlay 1946 Grand Na

The winner

Lovely Cottage was lightly raced after his Aintree triumph. He was a last minute withdrawal from the 1947 race due to injury and in 1948 he fell on the first circuit but was remounted to complete the course in his own time. He raced once more at Cheltenham  a month later.

Leading Fancies

Aintree racecourse had been used as a truck depot during the second world war and also housed up to sixteen thousand troops. For six long years there was no racing and worse no Grand National. The last troops had finally left in February and the racecourse was returned to Mrs Topham. That she managed to get the racecourse ready for the first weekend in April was nothing short of a miracle and in my view this was her greatest achievement. The racing starved crowds flocked to Aintree in their thousands. Some say that more than three hundred thousand packed themselves into Aintree that spring Friday. Thirty six runners lined up with all eyes on the legendary Irish chaser PRINCE REGENT. With jumps racing  in England suspended during the war the "Prince" had been a dominating force in his native Ireland winning the 1942 Irish Grand National and had then finished second in the next two runnings under oppressive top weights. This season he had finally won a major steeplechase in the UK by lifting the Cheltenham Gold Cup. A worthy favourite  he would be burdened with an almost impossible weight of twelve stone five. Other fancied runners included LIMESTONE EDWARD, a twelve year old in scintillating form with five wins wins at Catterick, Wetherby (twice) and Southwell (twice). Irish raider DUNSHAUGHLIN had won three times including the valuable National Hunt handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. SCHUBERT had finished fifth in that race and earlier won a three runner race at Cheltenham at ludicrous odds of 10-1 ON. KNIGHTS CREST had beaten Prince Regent in the 1944 Irish Grand National (albeit with a huge weight advantage). Now trained in the north of England he had had a relatively light campaign since moving at the beginning of the year with a win to show his well being at Wetherby on his last start.  This year we had not just one, but two Gold Cup winners with the 1945 hero RED ROWER also in the field.  After winning at Windsor he had by-passed the Gold Cup for the National Hunt Handicap Chase but ran disappointingly.

GRAND NATIONAL STEEPLECHASE, 4 1/2 miles, £8,805 to the winner

1        -131  PRINCE REGENT  11, 12-5 - (IRE)  T.Hyde

2         -F   SYMBOLE  a, 11-11  (V.Smyth)  W.Redmond

3    -2210  RED ROWER  12, 11-7  (Lord Stalbridge)  G.Kelly

4      -1F0  SCHUBERT  12, 11-0 (Beechener)  C.Beechener

5     -2FIF  LARGO  7, 10-13 (Storie)  J.Cooke

6          -0  HEIRDOM  14, 10-10  (IRE)  P.Cahalin

7           -0  BOGSKAR  13, 10-9 (Lord Stalbridge)R.Matthews

8             -  KAMI  9, 10-9 (W.Payne)  H.Bonneau

9      -433  MACMOFFAT  14, 10-8  (Scott Brigg)  I.Alder

11 -F20103  LOVELY COTTAGE  9, 10-8  (T.Rayson) Capt R.Petre

12      -1311  ASTROMETER  8, 10-3  (IRE)  M.Gordon

13 -003041  KNIGHT`S CREST  9, 10-3 (Murless)  P.Murphy

14  112001  SUZERAIN II  8, 10-3 (W.Payne)  G.Archibald

16      -1123  HOUSEWARMER  9, 10-2  (IRE)  A.Brabazon

17    -111011  LIMESTONE EDWARD  12, 10-2  (Nicholson)  D.Doyle

18   -121F0  EP  11, 10-2  (Larkin)  M.Molony

19   -22F0  JACK FINLAY  7, 10-2  (Elwell)  W.Kidney

20    -1210  VAIN KNIGHT  13, 10-2  (Wight)  R.Curran

21     -1211  NEWARK HILL  12, 10-1  (Kilpatrick)  P.Lay

22     -1112  SILVER FAME  7, 10-0 (Beeby)  D.Ruttle

23  -0F34  HISTORICAL REVUE  8, 10-0  (IRE)  S.Ryan

24    -13231 TULYRA  10, 10-0 (Powell)  Mr D. A Jackson

25  310011  DUNSHAUGHLIN  8, 10-0  (IRE)  R J O`Ryan

26 -32F2F  DOUBLE FLUSH  10, 10-0  (Newton)  E.Newman

28  -P030  YUNG-YAT  10, 10-0  (IRE)  T.Cullen Jnr

29   -2213  KING GESSON  10, 10-0  (Kilpatrick)  R.Burford

30  10F212  LOUGH CONN  10, 10-0 (IRE)  D.McCann

31   -3U214 JOCK  8, 10-2  (G.Wilson)  F.Gurney

32  -FF344  MUSICAL LAD  9, 10-0  (Newton)  M.Browne

33          -11  BRICETT  9, 10-2 (W.Hall)  J.Brogan

34  12F412  GYPPO  12, 10-0  (R.Renton)  Mr J.Cousins

38  02FP01  ALACRITY  13, 10-0  (C.Birch)  G.Bowden

39  310032  CLOSURE  9, 10-0  (J D Norris)  Mr H.Applin

40  030FFF ELSICH  10, 10-0  (Edwards)  W.Balfe

ALSO DECLARED IN RACECARD but did not line up : 10 ROMAN HACKLE (D L Moore), 15 KEEP FAITH (-), 27 HOME LOVER (D.Buchers), 35 COLONEL BLIMP (-), 36 BLACK HAWK (Mr P Turner), 37 TROYMINT (M J Prendergast)

S.P : 3-1 Prince Regent, 13-2 Limestone Edward, 100-7 Schubert, 100-8 Dunshaughlin, 22-1 Knights Crest & Red Rower, 25-1 LOVELY COTTAGE, 28-1 Bricett, 33-1 Kami, Lough Conn, Suzerain II & Symbole, 40-1 Gyppo & Silver Fame, 50-1 Astrometer, EP, Jock, Macmoffat & Newark Hill, 66-1 Bogskar, Heirdom, Historical Revue & Largo, 100-1 Alacrity, Clsoure, Double Flush, Elsich, Housewarmer, Jack Finlay, King Gesson, Musical Lad, Tulyra, Vain Knight & Yung-Yat


Aintree debutants/Winner at Aintree

It was perhaps not surprising bearing in mind the National was the fist jumping action seen at Aintree for six long years that the majority of the field were making their debut over the National fences. However the first two from the 1940 National, BOGSKAR and MACMOFFAT lined up but at thirteen and fourteen respectively their chances seemed remote.


1st     LOVELY COTTAGE - Capt R.Petre

2nd  JACK FINLAY - W.Kidney


4th   HOUSEWARMER - A.Brabazon

5th   SCHUBERT - C.Beechener


Time : 9 mins 38 1/5 secs                                  Distances : 4-3-8-1 1/2             

                                                                          Owned by John Morant                                    Trained by  Tommy Rayson at Headbourne Worthy, Hampshire


ELSICH boasted possibly the worst record of any National runner before or since. He was so bad he once fell in two separate races on the same card at Cheltenham. He had only managed to qualify for the National by finishing third in a three mile chase at Worcester (the placing flatters him - he was four fences behind the second !). He had only ever completed the course three times in his career (one time he was remounted) yet bizarrely he had run in two Gold Cups !!!! His form figures read FFProF-FU030FFF. Bill Balfe was the brave man on board in what was to be his only National ride. How did they get on in the National ? They fell at the first.


The Leading Fancies

The National was run for the first time on a Saturday at the request of the Prime Minister Clement Attlee, who suggested to Mrs Topham that the new date would be "in the interests of British industry" (not sure how - but who was arguing with the Prime Minister). The country had been gripped by the worst winter in living memory which resulted in the loss of all fixtures between 23rd January and 15th March. With the Cheltenham Festival also falling foul of the weather an abundance of runners were sent to Aintree in the hope of picking up some much needed prize money. A staggering ninety two runners contested the four hurdle races at the meeting and the National saw no less than fifty seven line up a number which not surprisingly was never surpassed thereafter. Favourite for the second year running was PRINCE REGENT, so brave in defeat twelve months before. This year he was once again carrying a prohibitive top weight of twelve stone seven (two pounds more than last year). He had been lightly campaigned with victory at Leopardstown followed by a facile win in the Champion Chase (run this year at the Autumn meeting) when both his rivals fell by the wayside. REVELRY was next best in the market, unbeaten in two starts in 1945-46 he had won at Naas but had been beaten in the Leopardstown Chase. Other fancied runners in the huge field were BRICETT, unbeaten in all completed starts a horse who stayed and who had a reputation as a very impressive jumper, LUAN CASCA had winning form over the National fences having landed the Stanley Chase in 1946, HOUSEWARMER was another course specialist having landed the Molyneux Chase. He was having his first start for new connections. DOMINO was also quietly fancied although he had not won this term and had been some way behind Luan Casca in the Stanley Chase.

The winner

Caughoo returned to relative obscurity thereafter although he did run in the next two Nationals. He pulled up at the second Canal in 1948 and in 1949 he ran out early.

That's the official story but this from Mick Mutlow is much more interesting. I hope Mick does not mind quoting him direct  

"In the 1948-49 season, which turned out to be his last, he had six starts. CAUGHOO finished second twice, seventh once, pulled up twice and ran out once, which was at the fifth fence in the 1949 Grand National when his bridal broke. He spent his retirement at the Sutton (north of Dublin) home of John McDowell and he was buried there when he died in 1964 aged 25 years old. His head was sent to a taxidermist to be mounted. However when the land was developed for building purposes, his remains was exhumed and he was reburied on the farm opposite Fairyhouse racecourse.
When Jack McDowell died, the head ended up once more with the taxidermist. He later emigrated to the USA and offered the head to the Drogheda mayor (Frank Godfrey) who had an interest in mounted animals. CAUGHOO's head cost Frank Godfrey £50 and he was later offered £500 for the head in 1987 when he brought it to Aintree in 1987 for the 40th anniversary of his victory.

For whatever reason, his head remained at Aintree for a few years afterwards. When I went up to Aintree in 1989, I was invited into John Parrett's office for a chat. Whilst talking to JP, he bent down to the side of his desk and pulled out CAUGOO's head to proudly show me...…….as you do" .

GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP CHASE 4 1/2 miles, £10,007 to the winner

1   1313-11  PRINCE REGENT  12, 12-7 (T W Dreaper - IRE)  T.Hyde

3  121-213 HALYCON HOURS  7, 11-2 (M.Arnott - IRE)  M.Gordon

4   11F1-11  BRICETT  10, 11-1  (W.Hall)  M C Prendergast

5   1-13111  REARMAMENT  10, 11-1  (Beeby)  G.Kelly

6  211310  KILNAGLORY  12, 11-1  (F T Walwyn)  B.Marshall

7      000  REFUGIO  9, 11-0  (Sweet-Escott)  F.Adams

8       /F-1  KAMI  10, 10-13  (Masson)  Mr J.Hislop

9 11-3210  REVELRY  7, 10-12  (R O`Connell - IRE)  D.Moore

11  F-11F11  SILVER FAME  8, 10-12  (Beeby)  R.Petre

12 244130 SCHUBERT  13, 10-11  (Beechener)  C.Beechener

13 332F21 LEAP MAN  10, 11-0 (Houghton)  T F Rimell

14232-221  GORMANSTOWN  7, 10-9  (C.Nicholson)  T.Molony

15 P3000P JACK FINLAY  8, 10-8  (Elwell)  W.Kidney

16 1041-13   LUAN CASCA  7, 10-7  (H.Smyth)  A,Brabazon

17 1311-F4   BRIGHTER SANDY  9, 10-7  (W.Hall)  Capt J Eustace-Smith

18 1234-10  HOUSEWARMER  10, 10-6  (F T Walwyn)  R J O`Ryan

19 F322-00  KLAXTON  7, 10-5  (J.Anthony)  J.Maguire

20 F-1B323  EP  12, 10-5  (Beeby)  M.Molony

21 -134112   MUSICAL LAD  10, 10-4  (Moore)  M J Prendergast

22 11-4212  BULLINGTON  11, 10-6  (G R Owen)  J.Bissill

23      /0F-  BOGSKAR  14, 10-4  (Lord Stalbridge)  R.Burford

24 212F0-0 LOUGH CONN  11, 10-1  (Boland - IRE)  D.McCann

25   /01-P0  FIRST OF THE DANDIES  10, 10-3  (G.Wilson)  J.Moloney

26 33F-P02  MACMOFFAT  15, 10-4 (Scott Biggs)  I.Alder

28 F0-3143  ROWLAND ROY  8, 10-3 (F T Walwyn)  Mr R.Black

29     /3121   SHEILAS COTTAGE  8, 10-1  (N.Crump)  A P Thompson

30  212413  YUNG-YAT  11, 10-1  (IRE)  J.Brogan

31 4-02302  BOMBER COMMAND  8, 10-0  (Feakes)  A.Jarvis

32       /232  PARTHENON  8, 10-0  (R.Hobbs)  P.Murray

33 1-00000  CAUGHOO  8, 10-0  (H.McDowell - IRE)  E.Dempsey

34  1F10F1    GRANITZA  8, 10-0 (M.Scott)  N.Dixon

35 4-00122  OCCULTOR  12, 11-0 (G R Owen)  B.Marshall

36       /233  SODA II  6, 10-2  (Goldsmith)  F.Gurney

37  2-01102  BRICK BAT  8, 10-0  (T W Dreaper - IRE)  E.Newman

38 F-14232  TULYRA  11, 10-0  (Powell)  Mr D A Jackson

40           /0  GRECIAN VICTORY  10, 10-0  (F T Walwyn)  P.Lay

41 00-2213  SOME CHICKEN  10, 10-2  (Roberts)  R.Turnell

42 3F0-022  DOMINO  7, 10-0  (F.Hartigan)  D.Morgan

43  4131-33   PRATTLER  12, 10-0  (T H Yates)  P.Conlon

44  -F11211    BLACK JENNIFER  7, 10-0  (Hardy)  J.Sheehan

45     /0F13   MARTIN M  7, 10-0  (Kilpatrick)  Maj Skrine

46 102-122   CLYDUFFE  12, 10-0  (Wight)  M.Hogan

48 3F1-0F1    DOUBLE SAM  12, 10-0  (S.Clark)  H.Haley

49    /03010  WICKLOW  WOLF  7, 10-0  (Kithching)  M J Hogan

50 3-03224  GYPPO  13, 10-0  (Cousins)  Mr J.Cousins

51  F0-240P  GOOD DATE  9, 10-0  (Powell)  J.Dowdeswell

52 2120-00  JUBILEE FLIGHT  12, 10-0  (Bampton)  E.Hannigan

53  0FP43P  BORDER BOB  9, 10-0  (G R Owen)  J.Neely

54 FF42-13  TRIBUNE  13, 10-0  (Masson)  K.Gilsenan

55 1-0F000  OH JOE !  7, 10-0  (Geering)  E.Vinall

56  /0-1330  SHANAKILL  9, 10-0  (Smallwood)  W.Denson

57 2-01033  LINTHILL  11, 10-0  (Lyde)  P.Taylor

58  3000F0  HANDY LAD  12, 10-0  (IRE)  Capt W.Williams

59  121FFF     DAY DREAMS  8, 10-0 (Moore)  M.Browne

60 -20F000  TOYETTE  10, 10-6  (G R Owen)  Maj R Waugh Harris

61      /P322   PATRICKSWELL  9, 10-0  (IRE)  P.Cahalin

62  3F0FF0   MICHAEL`S PEARL  8, 10-0 (C.Kelly)  E.Reavey

Non Runners : 2 LOVELY COTTAGE (R.Petre), 10 KEEP FAITH (-), 27 HIGHLAND CHEIFTAN (A.Grantham), 39 WISH ME LUCK (-)

S.P : 8-1 Prince Regent, 100-6 Revelry, 22-1 Bricett & Luan Casca, 25-1 Housewarmer, 28-1 Domino, 33-1 Jack Finlay, Kami, Lough Conn, Musical Lad, Rearmament & Silver Fame, 40-1 Gormanstown, Kilnaglory, Parthenon, Sheilas Cottage & Some Chicken, 50-1 Black Jennifer, Clyduffe, Halcyon Hours, Leap Man, Prattler & Soda II, 66-1 Brick Bat, Brighter Sandy, Bullington, First of the Dandies, Klaxton, Martin M, Rowland Roy & Schubert, 100-1 Bogskar, Bomber Command, Border Bob, CAUGHOO, Day Dreams, Double Sam, EP, Good Date, Granitza, Grecian Victory, Gyppo, Handy Lad, Jubilee Flight, Linthill, MacMoffat, MIchaels Pearl, Ocultor, Oh Joe, Patrickswell, Refugio, Shanakill, Toyette, Tribune, Tulyra, Wicklow Wolf & Yung-Yat

Aintree Debutants (32)

* denotes that this National was their only race over the National fences.

Black Jennifer*, Bomber Command, Border Bob*, Brighter Sandy, Bullington*, Caughoo, Cloncarrig, Day Dreams*, Double Sam*, First of the Dandies, Good Date, Granitza*, Grecian Victory, Halycon Hours, Handy Lad, Kilnaglory, Klaxton, Leap Man, Ocultor*, Parthenon, Prattler*, Rearmament, Refugio*, Revelry, Rowland Roy, Shanakill*, Sheila`s Cottage, Soda II, Some Chicken, Toyette*, Tribune*, Wicklow Wolf*

Winners at Aintree (5)

Bogskar - Grand National (1940)

Housewarmer - Molyneux Chase (1946)

Luan Casca - Stanley Chase (1946)

Martin M - Valentine Chase (1946)

Prince Regent - Champion Chase (1946)


Unlike every other year since the war the list of finishers  in 1947 cannot be verified beyond doubt.  The list below is according to Reg Greens definitive Grand National history "A Long Time Gone" first published in 1988. However after Kilnaglory there are several different orders to be found in the various sources with some stating that there were only 18 finishers. I have also listed the finishing order according to Sporting Chronicle/Racing Up to Date and added this in brackets.

1st   CAUGHOO - Eddie Dempsey

2nd LOUGH CONN -  D.McCann

3rd  KAMI - Mr John Hislop

4th  PRINCE REGENT - Tim Hyde

5th  SOME CHICKEN - Bob Turnell


7th  REFUGIO - F.Adams

8th  KILNAGLORY - Bryan Marshall

9th  OCULTOR (rem) (10) - D.Owen

10th HALCYON HOURS (rem) (12) -M.Gordon

11th  BRICK BAT (13) - E.Newman

12th MARTIN M (rem) (did not finish) - Maj W H Skrine

13th SCHUBERT (14) - C.Beechener

14th REARMAMENT  (17) - Gene Kelly

15th ROWLAND ROY (rem) (18) - Mr R.Black

16th TOYETTE (11) - Maj R Waugh-Harris

17th CLYDUFFE (9) - M.Hogan

18th LEAP MAN (15) - T F Rimell

19th BRIGHTER SANDY (16) - Capt J Eustace-                Smith

20th HANDY LAD (19) - Capt W.Williams

21st JUBILEE FLIGHT (did not finish)                                 E.Hannigan

Time : 10 minutes 3 4/5 secs                              Distances : 20-4-6-2-15                                                                                                                        Owned by J J McDowell                                      Trained by Herbert McDowell in Ireland.  


Leading Fancies

The form horse of the race was SILVER FAME who was unbeaten in five starts this season with wins at Sandown, Manchester, Stratford and two at Cheltenham including a win at the Cheltenham Festival. This was to be his third attempt at the National having been unlucky not to complete in his two previous attempts. He started favourite at 9-1. Next best was the King George VI Chase winner ROWLAND ROY. National debutants CLONCARRIG and ROIMOND were amongst several starting at 22-1. CLONCARRIG had shown he could act over the fences having won the Molyneux Chase at the Autumn meeting whilst ROIMOND had scored a hat-trick of wins in the autumn. LOYAL ANTRIM came in for considerable support but his jumping would be a worry and 1947 runner up LOUGH CONN was without a win all season but had been consistently running well in good company. As for PRINCE REGENT he returned for one more attempt at the age of thirteen and was starting at 25-1. Again he was lightly raced having been off the course since winning a three runner Becher Chase at the Autumn meeting.

GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP CHASE, 4 1/2 miles, £9,103 to the winner, £1,097 to the second, £540 to the third & £274 to the fourth

1       -0P1  PRINCE REGENT  13, 12-3  (T W Dreaper - IRE)  T.Hyde

2    1F1112  HAPPY HOME  9, 11-10 (F T Walwyn)  G.Kelly

3    -11310  KLAXTON  8, 11-8  (J.Anthony)  R.Smyth

4    -4122  ROWLAND ROY  9, 11-8  (F T Walwyn)  B.Marshall

5    -111F3  ROIMOND  7, 11-7  (G.Beeby)  R.Black

6   -03B2  CADDIE II  10, 11-7  (Anthony)  J.Maguire

7     -11111   SILVER FAME  9, 11-6  (G.Beeby)  M.Molony

8     -200   REVELRY  8, 11-6  (F T Walwyn)  D.Moore

9  PF0144  HALYCON HOURS  8, 11-5  (H.Smyth)  M C Prendergast

10       -04  LOVELY COTTAGE  11, 11-4  (J.Morant)  C.Hook

11    -2F0F  BRICETT  11, 11-3  (W.Hall)  T.Molony

12  302400  REARMAMENT  11, 11-2  (J.Anthony)  D.Ruttle

13   -0P2F  CAUGHOO  9, 11-1  (IRE)  E.Dempsey

14     -030  WAR RISK  9, 11-1  (B.Hobbs)  R.Turnell

17   -014U   CLONCARRIG  8, 10-13  (T.Masson)  Mr J Hislop

18   -0011F  WEEVIL  9, 10-11  (T.Farmer)  V.Mooney

19    111311   CROMWELL  7, 10-11  (P.Cazalet)  Lord Mildmay

20 -21310   CLONABOY  10, 10-10  (R.Hobbs)  E.Hannigan

21 -0020F  GORMANSTOWN  8, 10-9  (W.Hall)  M.Hogan

22 -01330  SHEILAS COTTAGE  9, 10-7  (N.Crump)  A P Thompson

23 -F00U2 PLATYPUS  7, 10-6  (W.Smallwood)  A.Jack

24 024222  LOUGH CONN  12, 10-5  (IRE)  J.Fitzgerald

25 02F311   FIRST OF THE DANDIES  11, 10-4  (G.Wilson)  J.Brogan

26 -423201  HOUSEWARMER  11, 10-6*  (F.Walwyn)  H.Nicholson

27  2F41F0  SIR JOHN  7, 10-3  (A S Kilpatrick)  Maj C Blacker

28     -40F   TUDOR CLOSE  11, 10-3  (H R Price)  T.Maher

29  PFF041  LOYAL ANTRIM  11, 10-3  (IRE)  E.Newman

30 100404   ZAHIA  8, 10-2  (E G Champneys)  E.Reavey

31    -100B1   SCHUBERT  14, 10-2  (C.Beechener)  L.McMorrow

32 2231FF  ULSTER MONARCH  9, 10-1  (J S Wight)  Capt J Eustace-Smith

33  -21323   MUSICAL LAD  11, 10-1  (V.Moore)  M.Browne

34  3F1020  ULTRA BENE  9, 10-1  (P.Cazalet)  A.Grantham

35 4F0F22  LE DAIM  9, 10-1  (A S Kirkpatrick)  S.Pinch

37   -41343   OFFALY PRINCE  9, 10-5*  (H R Price)  Mr A Parker

38           -P  SKOURAS  8, 10-0  (IRE)  A.Power

39  221F2F  PARTHENON  9, 10-0  (R.Hobbs)  P.Murray

40          -3   SODA II  7, 10-0  (J.Goldsmith)  H. Bonneau

41    -4423   MALTESE WANDERER  9, 10-0  (T H Yates)  K.Gilsenan

42  031034  HIGHLAND LAD  9, 10-0 (IRE)  E.Kennedy

43  F41333  TOMMY TRADDLES  7, 10-0  (E B Forwood)  C.Harrison

44 -03F043 SOME CHICKEN  11, 10-0  (J P Roberts)  W.Redmond

45   11140F   SERPENTINE  10, 10-0  (H R Price)  C.Mitchell

46  2PFF30  BORAS COTTAGE  10, 10-0  (H R Price)  E.Vinall

Non Runners :  15 KEEP FAITH (W T Dreaper - IRE) - E.Newman 16 BRIGHTER SANDY (W.Hall) - M C Prendergast ,36 DUSKY CHIMES () - Mr D.Ancil

S.P : 9-1 Silver Fame, 100-9 Rowland Roy, 22-1 Cloncarrig, Lough Conn, Loyal Antrim & Roimond, 25-1 First of the Dandies, Housewarmer & Prince Regent, 28-1 Caughoo, 33-1 Cromwell, Happy Home, Revelry, War Risk & Weevil, 40-1 Klaxton & Soda II, 50-1 Caddie II, Halcyon Hours, Highland Lad, SHEILA`S COTTAGE & Some Chicken, 66-1 Clonaboy, Gormanstown, Lovely Cottage, Platypus & Schubert, 100-1 Bora`s Cottage, Bricett, Le Daim, Maltese Wanderer, Musical Lad, Offaly Prince, Parthenon, Serpentine, Sir John, Skouras, Tommy Traddles, Tudor Close, Ulster Monarch, Ultra Bene & Zahia


The winner

A notoriously bad tempered mare, SHEILAS COTTAGE repaid her jockey by biting off the top of one of his fingers as he went to congratulate her that evening. She was immediately retired to stud where she produced six foals. Eventually she was gifted to her jockey Thompson who showed that he held no hard feelings as she spent her twilight years with him and when she died she was buried in his garden in Wexford.

Aintree Debutants (19)

Bora`s Cottage, Caddie II, Clonaboy, Highland Cottage, Happy Home, Le Daim*, Loyal Antrim*, Maltese Warrior, Offaly Prince, Platypus*, Roimond, Serpentine*, Sir John, Skouras, Tommy Traddles,  Tudor Close*, Ultra Bene*, Weevil*, Zahia

Winners at Aintree (5)

Caughoo - Grand National (1947)

Cloncarrig - Molyneux Chase (1947)

Housewarmer - Molyneux Chase (1946)

Lovely Cottage - Grand National (1946)

Prince Regent - Champion Chase (1946) & Becher Chase (1947)

War Risk - Grand Sefton Chase (1946)


1st   SHEILA`S COTTAGE - A P Thompson


3rd  CROMWELL - Lord Mildmay

4th  HAPPY HOME - G.Kelly

5th  PLATYPUS - A.Jack

6th  ROWLAND ROY - Bryan Marshall

7th  PARTHENON - P.Murray

8th  MALTESE WARRIOR - K.Gilsenan

9th  OFFALY PRINCE - Mr A.Parker

10th KLAXTON - R.Smyth

11th  WAR RISK - R.Turnell

12th REVELRY - D.Moore

13th SCHUBERT - L.McMorrow

14th LOVELY COTTAGE (remounted)- C.Hook

Time : 9 mins 25 2/5 secs                          Distances : 1-6-6-10-6

Owned by John Procter

Trained by Neville Crump in Middleham, Yorkshire


Leading Fancies

To follow when I have a copy of 1948-49 Chaseform/Sporting Chronicle

GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP CHASE 4 1/2 miles, £9,528 to the winner, £1,158 to the second, £579 to the third & £289 to the fourth

To follow when I have a copy of the racecard

The winner


RUSSIAN HERO famously never won another race in twenty seven attempts although he finished second a few times and was just touched off by a head at Leicester over two miles  in 1950. His National record  thereafter was pretty dismal as he was a first fence faller in 1950 but was unlucky to be hampered and knocked out of the 1951 National when leading at the Chair. Finally on his last ever racecourse appearance in 1952 he came down at the first fence again.

S.P :  6-1 Cromwell, 10-1 Happy Home, 100-8 Cavaliero, 18-1 Cloncarrig & Royal Mount, 20-1 Bricett, 22-1 Roimond, 28-1 Ulster Monarch, 33-1 Flaming Steel & Royal Cottage, 40-1 Brighter Sandy, Gallery & Wot No Sun, 50-1 Acthon Major, Astra, Barn Dance, Bora`s Cottage, Loyal Antrim, Lucky Purchase, Magnetic Finn & Monaveen, 66-1 Ardnacassa, Arranbeg, Bruno II, Caddie II, Caughoo, Celtic Cross, Clyduffe, Leap Man, Martin M, Morning Star II, Offaly Prince, Parthenon, Perfect Night, Replica, RUSSIAN HERO, Sagacity, San Michelle, Sen Toi, Ship`s Bell, Southborough, Stone Cottage & Tonderman


Aintree Debutants (16)


Arranbeg*, Astra*, Barn Dance, Celtic Cross*, Flaming Steel*, Gallery, Magnetic Fin*, Monaveen, Morning Star II*, Replica*, Royal Cottage*, Russian Hero, Sagacity*, Sen Toi*, Ship`s Bell, Wot No Sun  


Winners at Aintree (5)


Caughoo - Grand National (1947)

Cloncarrig - Molyneux Chase (1947)

Lucky Purchase - Foxhunters Chase (1947)

San Michelle - Foxhunters Chase (1948)

Ulster Monarch - Valentines Chase (1948)


1st   RUSSIAN HERO - L.McMorrow

2nd ROIMOND - R.Francis

3rd  ROYAL MOUNT - P J Doyle

4th  CROMWELL - Lord MIldmay

5th  FLAMING STEEL - Mr J.Spencer

6th  HAPPY HOME - Bryan Marshall

7th  TONDERMAN - Mr J.Bloom


9th  BRICETT (remounted) - T.Molony

10th CLYDUFFE - J.Power

11th  PERFECT NIGHT (remounted) - Mr D.Ancil


Time : 9 mins 24 1/5 secs

Distances :

Owned by Mr W F Williamson

Trained by George Owen at Malpas, Cheshire.

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