The Grand National and Aintree 1960-1969


1966 - Anglos year
 horse racing 1966 grand national aintree
Leading Fancies 
Despite Mrs Topham insisting that 1965 would be the "last" National run at Aintree the Autumn and New Year fixtures were still staged. To the relief of the racing fraternity there was to be a second "last" Grand National although this was to be the absolute end according to Aintrees stubborn owner. Expecting the worse there was another bumper entry and another large field. Favourite for the second year running was FREDDIE a fifteen length second to he mighty Arkle in the Hennessy and a winner of the Great Yorkshire Chase. WHAT A MYTH was the form horse in the race, unbeaten in five starts including the Mildmay Memorial and the Gainsborough Chase, HIGHLAND WEDDING had been beaten into second place in the Gainsborough but had won the Eider Chase and beaten KAPENO in the Whitbread Trial at Ascot. FOREST PRINCE had won twice at Haydock and looked a potential National star when he made all the running to win the very last steeplechase at the old Autumn meeting, the Becher Chase by twelve lengths. Other fancies included KAPENO who turned the tables on HIGHLAND WEDDING in the Coventry Chase at Kempton. He had unseated his rider at Bechers second time in two outings over the National fences and came a cropper at the same fence in the last Grand Sefton. VULTRIX winner of the SGB Chase at Ascot, and  races at Warwick and Nottingham also came in for support.  An interesting runner was the Japanese horse FUJINO O, a prolific winner in his native land. However he was burdened with automatic top weight of twelve stone and a poor performance in his one prep race, the Mildmay of Flete at the Festival made his odds of 100-1 seem an accurate reflection of his chances.
The Field
 GRAND NATIONAL STEEPLECHASE (109 entries) £20,658 to the winner
2nd : £2,504, 3rd : £1,252, 4th :  £626
 1             0 FUJINO-O  7, 12-0 F T Walwyn J.King 
 2 442212 FREDDIE  9, 11-7 R.Tweedie P.McCarron 
 3-11111 WHAT A MYTH  9, 11-4 H R Price P.Kellaway 
 4-33031 FLYING WILD  10, 11-0 D L Moore - IRE P.Taaffe 
 5 11p232STIRLING  10, 10-11 M H Easterby H R Beasley 
 6 121114FOREST PRINCE  8, 10-8 N.Crump G.Scott 
 7 212p34THE FOSSA  9 10-8 T F Rimell T W Biddlecombe 
 8 421011VULTRIX  8, 10-7 F.Cundell S.Mellor 
 9-10b22 ROUGH TWEED  12, 10-7 N.Crump P.Buckley 
 10 f41321KAPENO  9, 10-6 P.Cazalet D.Mould 
 12001114 PACKED HOME  11, 10-3 D L Moore - IRE T.Carberry 
 13-21201 GREEK SCHOLAR  7, 10-4* D.Smith M.Scudamore 
 14 1f0f00SOLIMYTH  10, 10-1* A.Oughton Mr J Lawrence 
 150-0014 BROWN DIAMOND  11, 10-0 P.Murphy - IRE F.Shortt 
 174440-0 DORIMONT  12, 10-0 W Shand-Kydd Mr W Shand-Kydd 
 18 311433POPHAM DOWN  9, 10-0 F T Walwyn G W Robinson 
 19 03-300 PONTIN-GO  14, 10-0 J E Sutcliffe T M Jones 
 21 f20000BOLD BIRI  10, 10-0 W.Stephenson J.Lehane 
 22301224 ANGLO  8, 10-0 F T Winter T.Norman 
 23 103000APRIL ROSE  11, 10-7* A.Kilpatrick Maj P.Bengough 
 24 pp4f40GAME PURSTON  8, 10-0 J.Yeomans P.Cowley 
 25 -00031LOVING RECORD  12, 10-0 T.Taaffe - IRE B.Hannon 
 26 -4p003NORTHER  9, 10-0 D.Jenkins P.JOnes 
 27 30-034L`EMPEREUR  12, 10-2* G.Balding Duke of Alberquerque 
 284320p0 SUPERSWEET  9, 10-6* W A Stephenson Mr D Crossley-Cooke 
 290-p001 WILLOW KING  11, 10-0 J N Barratt L.McLoughlin 
 30 1pf14fMONARCH`S THOUGHT 12, 10-0   D.Ellison G.Cramp 
 31 010310VALOUIS  7, 10-0 F.Prendergast - IRE E.Prendergast 
 32 4p0121MAJOR HITCH  8, 10-1* W A Stephenson P.Broderick 
 33 32-200ROYAL RUSE  8, 10-0 F T Walwyn T.Hyde 
 34 003040QUINTIN BAY  10, 10-0 A.Brabazon - IRE J.Cullen 
 35 pf1441BIG GEORGE  11, 10-0 W D Francis J.Morrissey 
 36 0101b4JIM`S TAVERN  9, 10-0 J.Hicks Mr N Gaselee 
 37 0-3432GALE FORCE X  9, 10-0 D L Moore - IRE R.Coonan 
 38 321300GROOMSMAN  11, 11-0* G.Wells - IRE Mr S Roberts 
 39 102010IRISH DAY  10, 10-0 P.Rooney - IRE J.Magee 
 40 p13022VULCANO  8, 10-1*  H R Price J.Gifford 
 41 3f1112HIGHLAND WEDDING  9, 10-0 G.Balding O.McNally 
 42 f400f3LESLIE  10, 10-5* A.Kilpatrick Mr J M Opperman 
 43 0003f0SCOTTISH FINAL  9, 10-0 F.Muggeridge J.Gamble 
 44 04p000MACS FLARE  10, 10-0 D.Charlesworth R.Langley 
 45  002ff0FLAMECAP  9, 10-0 C.Ronaldson - IRE F.Carroll 
 46  f3000rBLACK SPOT  9, 10-0 W.Marshall J.Speid-Soote 
 49 400332KING PIN  10, 10-11* R.Armytage Mr T Durant 
 50 42024fIN HASTE  8, 10-3* C.Bewicke J.Leech 
 51-pp444 HARRY BLACK  9, 10-0 H.Lane R.Court 
 52  -00002MY GIFT  10, 10-0 P.Rooney - IRE A.Redmond 
SP : 11-4 Freddie, 11-2 What A Myth, 15-2 Highland Wedding, 100-7 Forest Prince, Kapeno, Vultrix, 20-1 Flying Wild, The Fossa, 22-1 Popham Down, Rough Tweed, 25-1 Vulcano, 28-1 Stirling, 33-1 Big George, Packed Home, 40-1 Irish Day, 50-1 ANGLO, Dorimont, Gale Force X, Greek Scholar, Loving Record, Major Hitch, Valouis, 100-1 April Rose, Black Spot, Bold Biri, Brown Diamond, Flamecap, Fujino-O, Game Purston, Groomsman, In Haste, Jim`s Tavern, King Pin, Leslie, L`Empereur, Mac`s Flare, Monarch`s Thought, My Gift, Norther, Pontin-Go, Quintin Bay, Royal Ruse, Scottish Final, Solimyth,  Supersweet, Willow King 

Aintree Debutants
Anglo, Big George*, Dorimont, Fujino-O*, Game Purston, In Haste*, Irish Day*, Jim`s Tavern*, Mac`s Flare*, Major Hitch*, Monarch`s Thought*, My Gift*, Norther, Packed Home, Popham Down, Rough Tweed*, Scottish Final, Solimyth*, Stirling*, What A Myth, Willow King* 
Winners at Aintree 
FOREST KING 1965 Becher Chase 
LESLIE 1964 Molyneux Chase 
THE FOSSA 1965 Grand Sefton 
VALOUIS 1965 Molyneux Chase 
 1st ANGLO Tim Norman 
 2nd FREDDIE Pat McCarron 
 3rd FOREST PRINCE Gerry Scott 
 4th THE FOSSA Terry Biddlecombe 
 5thJIMS TAVERNMr NIck Gaselee 
 6th QUINTIN BAY J.Cullen 
 7th NORTHER P.Jones 
 9thVULCANO Josh Gifford 
10th GALE FORCE X Bobby Coonan 
11th BIG GEORGE Jimmy Morrisey 
12th LOVING RECORD B.Hannon 
Distances : Twenty lengths & five lengths. Time : 9 minutes, 52 2/5 seconds.
Owned by Stuart Levy. Trained by Fred Winter in Lambourn 
Did you know - a very tenuous Derby link
Pemit (1972 & 1973) ran in Royal Palaces` Derby. The best I can find here is 1966 runner In Haste who bore the same name as 1977 Derby 100-1 shot who finished fourteenth under John Lowe in The Minstrels Derby in 1977 
The winner
ANGLO was ridden by journeyman jockey Tim Norman who was having his first National ride and had survived Aintree after the horror of being involved in a car accident twenty four hours earlier. ANGLO could best be described as a fairly moderate National winner who somewhat disappeared into obscurity thereafter. The following season he won a small race at Worcester , his prep race for a second tilt at the National. Although he started joint fourth favourite in 1967 he seemed to hate the experience second time round and ran a stinker. Tailed off by the first Canal Turn he was over a fence behind when he was pulled up at the Chair. He only raced for one more season, failing to win in five starts including being pulled up in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup. He last ran at Lingfield in Feburary 1968

1967 - Foinavons year


Leading Fancies 

Thanks to Lord Seftons legal proceedings against Mrs Topham in an attempt to stop the sale of Aintree (this eventually got as far as the House of Lords) the racecourse remained open. Ominously though there was no Autumn or New Year fixture staged and the National meeting for the next twenty five years (with a couple of brief exceptions) would remain Aintree`s only fixture. Another large field of forty four runners assembled for the third "last" National. Aintree debutant HONEY END from the powerful Ryan Price stable headed the market. Kept busy since the beginning of the season he had won six races and finished second in two. Next best was the class horse of the race BASSNET, winner at Ascot, Cheltenham and the Haydock Park Grand National Trial. He could be forgiven his last race, the National Hunt Handicap Chase at the Festival as he pulled up having twisted a plate. Third favourite and now Arkle had retired, probably the most popular horse in training was FREDDIE. In excellent form he had beaten HONEY END in the Joan Mackay Chase at Ayr in the Autumn and had then won the valuable Gallagher Gold Cup at Sandown. Last of six in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup two more wins had followed at Wetherby and Ayr. Hollywood star Gregory Peck was back at Aintree following Owens Sedge attempt in 1963. He had a real star in the making with the National Hunt Handicap Chase winner DIFFERENT CLASS. THE FOSSA who had finished just behind FREDDIE in 1966 had only been once out of the first four in ten starts with a win last time at Uttoxeter. There was also support for KILBURN, a winner this season at Chepstow, Sandown and Warwick. There was one previous winner in the field, the 1966 hero ANGLO and he was quietly fancied for a repeat win on the back of his one victory  this season in a competitive, minor race at Worcester.

The Field 

GRAND NATIONAL STEEPLECHASE (102 entries) £15,879 to the winner, £4,886 to the second, £2,443 to the third & £1,221 to the fourth  

 11-13123 WHAT A MYTH  10, 12-0 H R Price P.Kellaway 
 2 110101FREDDIE  10, 11-13 R.Tweedie P.McCarron 
 3 f-p0300RONDETTO  11, 11-7 R.Turnell J.Haine 
 4 -4p2141DIFFERENT CLASS  7, 11-2 P.Cazalet D.Mould 
 5 1221p3SOLBINA  10, 11-2 F T Winter E P Harty 
 6-134013KAPENO  10, 11-1 P.Cazalet Mr N.Gaselee 
 7-300421ANGLO  9, 11-1 F T Winter H R Beasley 
 8 110221KILBURN  9, 11-0 S.Nesfield T.Norman 
 9-u01p44LIMEKING  10, 10-13 N.Crump P.Buckley 
 10 4u101pBASSNET  8, 10-11 A.Kilpatrick D.Nicholson 
 11 230121RUTHERFORDS  7, 10-11 T.Molony J.Leech 
 121-21234FORECASTLE  9, 10-10 N.Crump N.Wilkinson 
 13 f1-42p4 GREEK SCHOLAR  8, 10-9* D.Smith T W Biddlecombe 
 14-0pp320MEON VALLEY  12, 10-7 R.Turnell A.Turnell 
 15 112121HONEY END  10, 10-4 H R Price J.Gifford 
 160-00020 ROSS SEA  11, 10-3 F.Cundell J.Cook 
 17 140013CASTLE FALLS  10, 10-3 W.Hall S.Hayhurst 
 18 404002LUCKY DOMINO  10, 10-5* G.Waring J.Kenneally 
 19 302421 THE FOSSA  10, 10-2 T F Rimell S.Mellor 
 20 00204pNORTHER  10, 10-0 R E Jenkins Mr J Lawrence 
 21 320000PACKED HOME  12, 10-0 D L Moore - IRE T.Carberry 
 22/0u-p034 DORIMONT  13, 10-0W Shand-Kydd R.Pitman 
 24  112132KIRTLE-LAD  8, 10-1*W A Stephenson P.Broderick 
 25 f-33up3 POPHAM DOWN  10, 10-0 F.Walwyn M C Gifford 
 26 p-030u3 APRIL ROSE  12, 10-8* A.Kilpatrick Maj P Bengough 
 27 -300112VULCANO  9, 10-0 H R Price J.Speide-Soote 
 28 004-23pDUN WIDDY  11, 10-10* J N Barratt Mr J Edwards 
 29  130033AUSSIE  10, 10-0 P.Murphy F.Shortt 
30   343033PENVULGO  8, 10-0 W D Francis J.Lehane 
31 /p-00441 LEEDSY  9, 10-5* P.Norris - IRE T S Murphy 
32  22203fPRINCEFUL  9, 10-2*T F Rimell R.Edwards. 
33   031200GAME PURSTON  9, 10-0 J.Yeomans K B White 
34   13d311RED ALLIGATOR  8, 10-0 D.Smith B.Fletcher 
35   340000RONALDS BOY  10, 10-13*C B Harty - IRE Mr P Irby 
36   0p3023BORDER FURY  8, 10-2* H.Nicholson Mr D Crossley-Cooke 
37    pp44f4HARRY BLACK  10, 10-0 H.Lane R.Reid 
38    0f0040FOINAVON  9, 10-0 J H Kempton J.Buckingham 
39  1-p000fAERIAL III  11, 10-9*R.Armytage Mr T Durant 
40    f03002SCOTTISH FINAL  10, 10-0 G B Balding Mr B Howard 
41   334f11 QUINTIN BAY  11, 10-0 A.Brabazon - IRE J.Cullen 
42  314241TOWER ROAD  9, 10-0 D.Dallimore R.Williams 
43   003030 BARBERYN  12, 10-1* G P Milner N.Mullins 
44  p-01004BOB-A-JOB  13, 10-0 T D Hudson C.Young 
45   02p413STEEL BRIDGE  9, 10-0 D.Auld - IRE E.Prendergast  

Non Runner : 23 Highlandie (R,Coonan)

S P : 15-2 Honey End, 10-1 Bassnet, 100-9 Freddie, 100-8 Anglo, Different Class, Kilburn, The Fossa, 20-1 Greek Scholar, What A Myth, 25-1 Kapeno, Solbina, 28-1 Kirtle-Lad, Rutherfords, 30-1 Red Alligator, 33-1 Limeking, Rondetto, 40-1 Tower Road, Vulcano, 50-1 Aussie, Castle Falls, Forecastle, Leedsy, Norther, Penvulgo, Quintin Bay, 66-1 April Rose, Game Purston, Lucky Domino, Meon Valley, Popham Down, Ross Sea, 100-1 Aerial III, Barberyn, Dorimont, Dun Widdy, FOINAVON, Harry Black, Packed Home, Princeful, Ronalds Boy, Scottish Final 

 Aintree debutants

Aussie*, Bob-a-Job*, Border Fury, Different Class, Foinavon, Forecastle, Honey End*, Kilburn, Kirtle-Lad, Limeking*, Lucky Domino*, Princeful, Red Alligator, Ross Sea, Rutherfords, Solbina*, Tower Road*

Winners at Aintree 

AERIEL III 1964 Foxhunters 
ANGLO 1966 Grand National 
BARBERYN 1963 Topham Trophy 
THE FOSSA 1965 Grand Sefton 


 1st FOINAVON Johnny Buckingham 
 2ndHONEY END Josh Gifford 
 3rdRED ALLIGATOR Brian Fletcher 
 4thGREEK SCHOLAR Terry Biddlecombe 
 5thPACKED HOME Tommy Carberry 
 6thSOLBINA Eddie Harty 
 7thAUSSIE Frankie Shortt 
 9thWHAT A MYTH Paul Kellaway 
 10thKAPENO Mr Nick Gaselee 
 11thQUINTIN BAY J.Cullen 
 12thBOB-A-JOB C.Young 
 13thSTEEL BRIDGE E.Prendergast 
 14thCASTLE FALLS Stan Hayhurst 
 15thROSS SEA Johnny Cook 
 17thFREDDIE Pat McCarron 
 18thGAME PURSTON Ken White 

44 ran. Distances : Fifteen lengths & three lengths 

Owned by Cyril Watkins. Trained by John Kempton in Compton, Berkshire 

Did You Know

Everyone knows that POPHAM DOWN was the main villain but there were two riderless horses who cause the mayhem at the twenty third. The other horse was APRIL ROSE who had unseated at the third fence.

After the twenty third fence POPHAM DOWN ran off the course and re-joined the field by crashing through the barrier after the twenty eighth fence. The other loose horse to complete the course was LEEDSY

A myth went around a couple of years ago that suggested that FOINAVON was not the only horse to jump the fence at the first attempt. Not true. Irish outsider PACKED HOME was last at Bechers and like FOINAVON benefited from the chaos as he went on to finish fifth. However, whilst you cannot see him in any of the BBC & Pathe footage in photographs you can clearly see he has stopped at the fence.

Everyone is familiar with Michael O`Heihrs magnificent commentary of the mayhem of the twenty third but there is another wonderful piece of National commentary from Bob Haines at the first. Here for the first time is this gem commemorated...."and they jump the first...and they`re not all over because MEON VALLEY is down, BASSNET is down and POPHAM DOWN......has fallen". Priceless. 

 The winner

FOINAVON was handed a golden opportunity, stayed in front, jumped well and kept on going to the line to become a National legend. In the nineties the twenty third fence became officially known as the "Foinavon fence". The following season FOINAVON reverted to type, he only beat one horse home in his four starts before his second tilt at the National. Running in different colours and ridden this time by Phil Harvey, he was far more prominent when he was brought down at the water. He did not return to Aintree but kept in training the following year. Winning a small race at Devon & Exeter in September there was to be one final surprise in store for him. On 12th October 1968 he ran in a five runner race at Uttoxeter. Tailed off last of the three survivors at the second last fence the leader fell and the second, distracted, refused. As at Aintree FOINAVON plodded on to record another unlikely victory, Who says lightning doesn`t strike twice?