The Grand National and Aintree 1960-1969

1962 - Kilmores year


Leading Fancies 

Thirty two runners lined up for the National which was to be run on very heavy going. Favourite was Aintree debutant FRENCHMAN`S COVE, a white faced chestnut, who, sporting a prominent sheepskin noseband would be easy to spot. He had won the Coventry Chase at Kempton last time out and also the Hermitage Chase at Newbury earlier in the season. The leading Irish challenger was the Tosse Taaffe trained SOLFEN who was comparitively lightly raced compared to his rivals with just three starts this season but  they had included an impressive win in the Haydock Park National Trial. Last years hero NICOLAUS SILVER had drifted in the market on the day but he was in excellent form having added the Grand Sefton Chase to his National triumph in the autumn and then won the Great Yorkshire Chase at Doncaster, a race that was then of far more significance than it is today. KERFORO,  another Irish challenger was the form horse of the race winning five times in Ireland including the valuable Thyestes and Leopardstown Chases. He had flopped in the National Hunt Handicap Chase at the Festival last time and had also finished behind a little known horse called Arkle in a novice hurdle at Navan. SPRINGBOK had been running prominently in big handicaps but had only managed to get his head in front on one occasion when winning at Kelso in October. VIVANT a winner at Nottingham, Leicester and Stratford and SUPERFINE with wins at Wolverhampton and Leicester under his belt this season also came in for some support. There were two other National heroes in the field, both now in the veteran stage, MERRYMAN II ridden by his third rider in as many Nationals (Dave Dick took the honours this time) and MR WHAT who had not won now for five seasons.

The Field (to follow when I get a copy of the racecard)



To follow when I get hold of a copy of the racecard. 

S P : 7-1 Frenchman`s Cove, 9-1 Solfen, 100-9 Nicolaus Silver, Kerforo, 100-8 Springbok, 100-6 Superfine, Vivant, 20-1 Merryman II, Taxidermist, 22-1 Mr What,Team Spirit, 28-1 Duplicator, KILMORE, 33-1 Colledge Master, Siracusa, 40-1 Cannobie Lee, 45-1 Wyndburgh, 50-1 Chavara, Dandy Tim, 66-1 Blonde Warrior, Carraroe, Clear Profit, Clipador, Ernest, Fredith`s Son, 100-1 Clover Bud, Dark Venetian, Fortron, Gay Navaree, Melilla, Politics, Seas End 

Aintree debutants

Carraroe, Chavara, Dandy Tim, Dark Venetian, Fortron*, Fredith`s Son*, Frenchman`s Cove, Gay Navaree, Kerforo*, Politics, Seas End, Solfen*, Springbok, Superfine

Winners at Aintree

COLLEDGE MASTER1961 Foxhunters 
CLEAR PROFIT1960 Becher Chase 
ERNEST1960 Grand Sefton Chase 
MERRYMAN II1959 Foxhunters, 1960 Grand National 
MR WHAT1958 Grand National 
NICOLAUS SILVER1960 Grand National, 1960 Grand Sefton Chase 
WYNBURGH 1957 Grand Sefton Chase 


 1stKILMORE Fred Winter 
 2ndWYNDBURGH Tommy Barnes 
 3rd MR WHAT Johnny Lehane 
 4thGAY NAVAREE Mr A Cameron 
 5thFREDDITH`S SON Frankie Shortt 
 6th DARK VENETIAN P.Cowley 
 7th NICOLAUS SILVER Bobby Beasley 
 8th CANNOBIE LEE Eddie Harty 
 9th ERNEST A.Dufton 
10th CLOVER BUD David Nicholson 
11th BLONDE WARRIOR Terry Biddlecombe 
12th SOLFEN Toss Taaffe 
13th MERRYMAN II Dave Dick 
14th COLLEDGE MASTER Mr Laurie Morgan 
15th FORTRON Robin Langley 
16th POLITICS D.Bassett 

Time : 9 minutes 50 seconds. Distances :

Owned by N.Cohen. Trained by Ryan Price at Findon, Sussex. 

The winner

Kilmore rode in two more Nationals finishing sixth in 1963 having survived being kicked by a faller at the water and at the age of fourteen he fell at the fence before Bechers second time on what was his final racecourse appearance. Prior to that at he won two small chases in the winter of 1963 at Windsor and Fontwell. He was retried to Findon where he lived for a further seventeen years. 

1963 - Ayalas year

Leading Fancies - to follow if I ever get hold of a copy of Chaseform for 1962-63 (the one gap in my collection) 

The Field

 THE GRAND NATIONAL STEEPLECHASE (for the Vaux Gold Tankard) £18,945 to the winner, £2,634 to the second, £1,317 to the third & £658 to the fourth

 11-10100 FRENCHMAN`S COVE  8, 12-0 H T Jones D V Dick 
 2 1-03331 OWEN`S SEDGE  10, 11-6 T.Dreaper - IRE P.Taaffe 
 3     /004-2O`MALLEY POINT  12, 11-1 D.Ancil M.Scudamore 
 4  0-000f2NICOLAUS SILVER  11, 11-0 T F Rimell H R Beasley 
 5  0f1-400KILMORE  13, 11-0 H.Price F T Winter 
 6  f3-1313SPRINGBOK  9, 10-12 N.Crump G.Scott 
 7   f-100f1LOVING RECORD  9, 10-12 T.Taaffe - IRE T.Taaffe 
 8  04-2134ETERNAL  12 10-10 R F Palmer T.Brookshaw 
 9   101020MR JONES  8, 10-10 W A Stephenson P A Farrell 
10  2-32340BLONDE WARRIOR  11, 10-9 F T Walwyn B.Lawrence 
11 0334-03 MR WHAT  13, 10-8 J.Dowdeswell T.Carberry 
12 0-42200 FORTY SECRETS  9, 10-7 Earl Jones C.Chapman 
13  111212OUT AND ABOUT  8, 10-7 H.Price J.Gifford 
140/1b0-f3 GOOD GRACIOUS  9, 10-7 Earl Jones C.Connors 
15  420f-00LOYAL TAN  8, 10-5 A.Thomas T W Biddlecombe 
16 b-00414 DAGMAR GITTELL  8, 10-5 R.Renton H J East 
17 32000-0 JONJO  13, 10-6 France Duke of Alberquerque 
18 230-420 PEACETOWN  9, 10-4 G R Owen R.Langley 
19 2-2433f CARRICKBEG  7, 10-3 D.Butchers Mr J Lawrence 
20 00-4041 TEAM SPIRIT  11, 10-3 F T Walwyn G W Robinson 
21 04-21f2 MOYRATH  10, 10-2 P.Sleator - IRE F.Carroll 
22  1112f1DARK VENETIAN  8, 10-2 R.Bassnett  D.Bassett
23 p0-0002 CHAVARA  10, 10-2 J.Peacock R.Edwards 
24 1p-2330 SHAM FIGHT  11, 10-1 T.Robson J.Fitzgerald 
25  013f00GAY NAVARREE  11, 10-1 F.Carr P.Cowley 
26  102300SEAS END  11, 10-3 J H Kempton J H Kempton 
27 11222-0 COLLEGE DON  11, 10-0 W C Watts B.Wilkinson 
28  111104CARRAROE  11, 10-1 A S O`Brien - IRE Mr W McLernon 
29 00-2000 WINGLESS  8, 10-1 E.Champneys A.Biddlecoombe 
30 1f31-21 FRENCH LAWYER  9, 10-0 R.Newton T.Ryan 
31 4/4-0f0AVENUE NEUILLY  8, 10-4* W.Stephenson D.Nicholson 
33p301-20 REPRIEVED  10, 10-1* J.Sutcliffe P.Pickford 
34 1422-p1HAWA`S SONG  10, 10-0 W A Stephenson P.Broderick 
35 01p40-2 VIVANT  10, 10-0 W.Stephenson R J Hamey 
36  00-fff3 DANDY TIM  10, 10-0 J.Fawcus L.Major 
37  400100CONNIE II  11, 10-0   P.Hicks J.Guest 
38  101422HOLM STAR  9, 10-0 Earl Jones E F Kelly 
39  12414pWARTOWN  12, 10-1* E.Cousins J.Gamble 
40 4/04-0f1AYALA  9, 10-0 K.Piggott P.Buckley 
41 020040 WOODBROWN  9, 10-0 E.Cousins J.Kenneally 
42       3310LOOK HAPPY  10, 10-0 R.Turnell J.Haine 
43   002f00MERGANSER  10, 10-4 D.Ancil Mr J Mansfield 
44  00-p144CAPRICORN  10, 10-0 N.Dent A.Major 
45  fp-3020SIRACUSA  10, 10-0 R.Renton D.Mould 
46  044430MAGIC TRICKS  9, 10-0 J.Boyes O.McNally 
47  2-20420MELILLA  9, 10-0 T.Gates G.Cramp 
48   13f400SOLONACE  12, 10-0 J.Yeomans K B White

S P : 10-1 Springbok, 100-8 Kilmore, 13-1 Team Spirit, 100-7 Dagmar Gittell, Loving Record, 100-6 Frenchman`s Cove, 20-1 Carrickbeg, Owen`s Sedge, 25-1 Eternal, Out and About, 28-1 Hawa`s Song, Mr Jones, Nicolaus Silver, 33-1 Carraroe, Dark Venetian, Moyrath, O`Malley Point, Siracusa, 40-1 Chavara, Look Happy, Vivant, 50-1 Connie II, Dandy Tim, Forty Secrets, French Lawyer, Gay Navaree, Peacetown, Reprieved,  Sham Fight, 66-1 Avenue Neuilly, AYALA, Blonde Warrior, Capricorn,  College Don, Good Gracious, Holm Star, Jonjo, Loyal Tan, Magic Tricks, Melilla, Merganser, Mr What, Seas End, Solonace, Wartown, Wingless, Woodbrown

 Aintree debutants

Avenue Neuilly*, Ayala, Carrickbeg*, Connie II*, Forty Secrets*, French Lawyer*, Good Gracious*, Look Happy*, Loving Record, Magic Tricks*, Merganser, Moyrath, Out and About, Reprieved, Sham Fight*, Solonace, Wartown*, Wingless*

Winners at Aintree 

JONJO 1960 Molyneux Chase 
KILMORE 1962 Grand National 
MR JONES 1962 Becher Chase 
MR WHAT 1958 Grand National 
NICOLAUS SILVER 1961 Grand National 


 1stAYALA Pat Buckley 
 2ndCARRICKBEG Mr John Lawrence 
 3rdHAWA`S SONG Paddy Brodercik 
 4thTEAM SPIRIT Willie Robinson 
 5thSPRINGBOK Gerry Scott 
 6thKILMORE Fred Winter 
 7thOWEN`S SEDGE Pat Taaffe 
 9thDARK VENETIAN D.Bassett 
 10thNICOLAUS SILVER Bobby Beasley 
 11thETERNAL Tim Brookshaw 
 12thCHAVARA Roy Edwards 
 13thCARRAROE Mr W McLernon 
 14thSIRACUSA David Mould 
 15thSHAM FIGHT Jimmy Fitzgerald 
 16thBLONDE WARRIOR B.Lawrence 
 17thLOYAL TAN Terry Biddlecombe 
 18thWOODBROWN Johnny Kenneally 
 19thO`MALLEY POINT Michael Scudamore 
 20thFRENCHMAN`S COVE Dave Dick 
 21stFORTY SECRETS Clive Chapman 
 22ndDANDY TIM L.Major 


47 ran Time : 9 minutes, 35 4/5 seconds. Distances :

Owned by Pierre "Teasey-Weasey" Raymond. Trained by Keith Piggott at Lambourn 

 The winner

Ayala injured a foot in his next race and, lightly raced was never the same horse again. His form figures after his Aintree triumph read a miserable FP0F-0PFP-P. He fell at the Chair in the 1964 National and was the sole first fence faller a year later. He last raced at Lingfield in 1966 and died later that year.