The Grand National & Aintree 1970-79

1974 - Red Rum`s second year


Leading Fancies

RED RUM returned to Aintree carrying top weight of twelve stone aiming to become the first horse since Reynoldstown in the thirties to win back-to-back Nationals. Trained with the race in mind he had been beaten in a match at Doncaster by Crisp in the autumn and had then put up perhaps his best display over park fences when beaten a short-head by Red Candle in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury. He was in excellent form winning four times at Ayr, Newcastle, Catterick and Carlisle but had been hampered and unseated at the very first fence in his prep race, the Greenall Breweries Chase at Haydock. With Crisp sadly absent through injury L`ESCARGOT, third last year was second favourite albeit he was without a win all season. He bypassed the Gold Cup this year and run instead in the Cathcart Chase over two and a half miles where he had been beaten by interesting American import Soothsayer. However to the surprise of many neither were to start favourite as at the last minute that honour fell to SCOUT probably on the back of his last three starts which had resulted in victories at Ayr, Doncaster and Wetherby. SPANISH STEPS had also missed the Gold Cup en-route to Aintree and had been runner up in the National Hunt Handicap Chase. Running in the same colours was ROYAL RELIEF who`s connections were no doubt hoping that the recent good form shown by shorter distance specialists would continue. He had won The Two Mile Champion Chase twice in 1972 and 1974. He was to be ridden by TV pundit and journalist Lord Oaksey, so narrowly beaten on Carrickbeg in 1963. Former Topham winner SUNNY LAD had finished third in the Two Mile Chase and had won twice this term at Straford and Huntingdon. Other interesting runners included CHARLES DICKENS three time winner of the Grand Military Gold Cup between 1970-72 and  STEPHENS SOCIETY winner of the gruelling Velka Pardubicka in Czechoslvakia the previous autumn. His owner-rider Chris Collins had finished third on Mr Jones in 1965 on his only previous ride in the race. Note should also be made of the unfashionably named WOLVERHAMPTON who was running in the colours of Aintrees news owner Bill Davies who had entered into the spirit of things by having a runner in the race. 

GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP CHASE (77 entries) 4 1/2 miles  £25,102.50 to the winner, £7,620 to the second, £3,735 5 to the third & £1,792.50 to the fourth 

 1 11221U RED RUM  9, 12-0D.McCain B.Fletcher 
 2 1-F3402 L`ESCARGOT  11, 11-13 D L Moore - IRE T.Carberry 
 33PF-F00 ARGENT  10, 11-10 E.Cousins R.Coonan 
 4 20F002 SPANISH STEPS  11, 11-9 E R Courage W.Smith 
 5 01F341 ROYAL RELIEF  10, 11-6 E R Courage Lord Oaksey 
 60-4124P PRINCESS CAMILLA  9, 11-4 G M Vergette M.Blackshaw 
 7 P1244U HUPERADE  10, 10-12* G R Owen Mr J Carden 
 8 1121U2 STRAIGHT VULGAN  8, 10-8 G W Richards R.Barry 
 9 0/04-10 VULGAN TOWN  8, 10-8 G B Balding J.Haine 
10  3P1000 ROMAN HOLIDAY  10, 10-7 Maj C Bewicke J.King 
11 P-10P30 NEREO  8, 10-6 F T Winter Duke of Alberquerque 
12  211023 ROUGH HOUSE  8, 10-6 T F Rimell Mr J Burke 
13  141013 SUNNY LAD  10, 10-4 T F Rimell D.Cartwright 
14 1-0PP34 BAHIA DORADA  9, 10-2 J.Pullen J.Guest 
15  000041 GLENKILN  11, 10-2 D.McCain R.Crank 
16  221303 SHANEMAN  9, 10-2 T.Taaffe - IRE B.Hannon 
17  122012 SAN-FELIU  11, 10-3* N.Crump P.Buckley 
18  233030 THE TUNKU  8, 10-1 D.McCain R R Evans 
19  213112 STEPHEN`S SOCIETY  8, 11-5* W A Stephenson Mr C Collins 
20  110004 TUBS VI  11, 10-6* T V O`Brien - IRE V O`Brien 
21  P03FP0 CLOUDSMERE  10, 10-4 R C Armytage P.Kellaway 
22  12121U FRANCOPHILE  9, 10-5* E.McNally R.Pitman 
23  300310 PEARL OF MONTREAL  11, 10-0 L.Greene - IRE T.Kinane 
24  443321 DEBLINS GREEN  11, 10-0 G H Yardley N.Wakley 
25 0-41303 ROUGE AUTUMN  10, 10-0 T F Rimell K B White 
26  3P011U NORWEGIAN FLAG  8, 10-0 R.Clay J.Bourke 
27  213442 QUINTUS  8, 10-0 E R Courage G.Thorner 
28 434440ESCARI  8, 10-2*J.Cox - IREP.Black
29 030 /00P BEAU BOB  11, 10-0 S.Mellor J.Glover 
30 F00P-30 CHARLES DICKENS  10, 10-0 M J Scudamore A.Turnell 
31  000021 SIXER  10, 10-0 G.Clay M.Salaman 
32 30F-010 CULLA HILL  10, 10-8* S.Norton Mr N Brookes 
33  20B200 BEGGARS WAY  10, 10-2* S.Cole V.Soane 
34  320111 SCOUT  8, 10-0 W A Stephenson T.Stack 
35 0-101U0 ASTBURY  11, 10-0 J P Bissill Mr W Jenks 
36 0-21212 WOLVERHAMPTON  7, 10-0 T F M Corrie R.Quinn 
37  044033 ROUGH SILK  11, 10-0 E J O`Grady - IRE M F Morris 
38  3334F0 ESTOILE  10, 10-0 M J Scudamore R.Hyett 
40 04F-440 KARACOLA  9, 10-0 W A Stephenson C.Astbury 
41 4P40/00- MILL DOOR  12, 10-2 R.Blakeney J.McNaught 
42  1300PF DUNNO  10, 10-1* N R Mitchell Mr N Mitchell 
44  0400UP GO-PONTINENTAL  14, 10-0 D.Nicholson J.Suthern 

S.P : 7-1 Scout, 17-2 L`Escargot, 11-1 RED RUM, 14-1 Rough House, 15-1 Spanish Steps & Straight Vulgan, 16-1 Francophile, 18-1 Royal Relief, 20-1 Sunny Lad, 22-1 San-Felieu & Tubs VI, 25-1 Deblins Green & Wolverhampton, 28-1 Princess Camilla & Rouge Autumn, 33-1 Quintus, 35-1 Vulgan Town, 40-1 Stephens Society, 50-1 Argent, Charles Dickens, Glenkiln, Norwegian Flag, Pearl of Montreal & Shaneman, 66-1 Astbury, Beggars Way, Escari, Estoile, Roman Holiday, Rough Silk & Sixer, 100-1 Bahia Dorada, Beau Bob, Cloudsmere, Culla Hill, Dunno, Huperade, Go-Pontinental, Karacola, Mill Door, Nereo & The Tunku

Aintree debutants (17)

Argent*, Bahia Dorada*, Charles Dickens*, Dunno*, Estoile*, Francophile*, Karacola, Roman Holiday*, Rough House, Royal Relief, San-Feliu*, Shaneman, Sixer*, Stephens Society*, Straight Vulgan, Tubs VI*, Wolverhampton 

 Winners at Aintree 

Glenkiln William Hill Grand National Trial (1972) 
Red Rum Grand National (1973) 
Sunny Lad Topham Trophy (1972) 


1st RED  RUMBrian Fletcher 
2nd L`ESCARGOT Tommy Carberry 
3rd CHARLES DICKENS Andy Turnell 
4th SPANISH STEPS Bill Smith 
5h ROUGH SILK Michael "Mouse" Morris 
6th VULGAN TOWN Johnny Haine 
7th ROUGE AUTUMN Ken White 
8th NEREO Duke of Alberquerque 
9thSAN-FELIU Pat Buckley
10th NORWEGIAN FLAG Jimmy Bourke 
11th SCOUT Tommy Stack 
12thQUINTUS Graham Thorner 
13th DUNNO Mr Norman Mitchell 
14th TUBS VI Val O`Brien 
15th ESCARI P.Black 
16th SUNNY LAD D.Cartwright 
17thPRINCESS CAMILLA Martin Blackshaw 

Time : 9 minutes, 20.3 seconds

Distances : 7-sht hd-8-7-7

Owned by Noel Le Mare

Trained by Ginger McCain at Southport, Lancashire 

1975 - L`Escargot`s year

Leading fancies

There was talk of only one horse in the run up to this years National, the hat-trick seeking superstar RED RUM. Such was the interest he generated he even graced the cover of that weeks Radio Times. He had had much the same preparation as the previous year although he had made a rare trip south to Kempton to contest the Charissma Records Gold Cup finishing a disappointing eighth behind rival ROUGH HOUSE. He had then gone on to win the Haydock Park Grand National trial beating another rival GLEN OWEN. Although the going did not look to be in his favour he started a warm favourite at 7-2. L`ESCARGOT second in the betting was without a win in four starts although he had run credibly in the Two Mile Champion Chase behind Lough Inagh and ROYAL RELIEF. As well as winning at Kempton ROUGH HOUSE was having an excellent season winning a competitive SGB Chase at Ascot (with rivals LAND LARK and MONEY MARKET behind him) and he had beaten SPANISH STEPS in the Great Yorkshire Chase. He had fallen at the first Canal Turn in 1974 but at 12-1 third favourite he carried strong hopes that he would get further this year. Of the others several debutants made appeal notably MONEY MARKET winner of the Mildmay Memorial at Sandown, former Gold Cup winner THE DIKLER who was always campaigned in the highest quality and LAND LARK who was having his thirteenth race of the season. Another busy horse was KILMORE BOY who had been in action since July winning six of his sixteen races.

 NEWS OF THE WORLD GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP CHASE (78 entries) 4 1/2 miles £38,005 to the winner, £11,590 to the second,  £5,720 to the third & £2,785 to the fourth

 1 210314 RED RUM  10, 12-0 D.McCain B.Fletcher 
 21-004P0 THE DICKLER  12, 11-13 F T Walwyn R.Barry 
 3 01U104 GLANDFORD BRIGG  9, 11-4 J.HardyM.Blackshaw 
 423-3000 L`ESCARGOT  12, 11-3 D L Moore - IRE T.Carberry 
 531-0302 CLEAR CUT  11, 11-1 W.Hall T.Stack 
 6 030420 HIGH KEN  9, 11-1 J A C Edwards B.Brogan 
 7 104222 ROYAL RELIEF  11, 11-1 E R Courage Lord Oaksey 
 8F-22P30 APRIL SEVENTH  9, 11-0 R.Turnell A.Turnell 
 9 314314 MONEY MARKET  8, 10-13 C.Bewicke J.King 
10  21P110 ROUGH HOUSE  9, 10-12 T F RimellJ.Burke 
11  PPP004 BARONA  9, 10-8 R C Armytage P.Kellaway 
12 P-001PF SOUTHERN QUEST  8, 10-6 W E Fletcher - IRE S.Shields 
13  4P2420 SPANISH STEPS  12, 10-3 E R Courage W.Smith 
14  10100P EVEN DAWN  8, 10-4* Wainwright D.Mould 
15 213003BALLYRICHARD AGAIN 10, 10-1J.WebberA.Webber
16  12B332 LAND LARK  10, 10-1 T.PocockG.Thorner 
17  310343 CASTLERUDDERY  9, 10-4* P.McCreery - IRE Mr T M Walsh 
18  003200 MANICOU BAY  9, 10-7* J.Gifford R.Champion 
19 3P3P-0P SHANEMAN  10, 10-0 Mrs M Greenall Mr P Greenall 
21  031443 SPITTIN IMAGE  9, 10-0 P.Woods - IRE M.Cummins 
23  41000P ZIMULATOR  8, 10-0 D G Swan - IRE Capt D Swan 
24  U0304P FEEL FREE  9, 10-0 M.James M.Salaman 
25  321221 GLEN OWEN  8, 10-0 N.Crump D.Atkins 
26 P-30012 JUNIOR PARTNER  8, 10-0 T F Rimell K B White 
27  321F1F RAG TRADE  9, 10-4 A J Pitt J.Francome 
28  433203 ROUGH SILK  12, 10-0 E J O`Grady - IRE Mr L Urbano 
29  210400 TUDOR VIEW  9, 10-0 P.Upton G.McNally 
30 00PU-P0 BEAU BOB  12, 10-1* S.MellorJ.Glover 
31 310214 KILMORE BOY  9, 10-2* A.Jarvis P.Blacker 
32  F3P004 HALLY PERCY  11, 10-0 W A Stephenson M C Gifford 
33  0UF000 BALLYATH  9, 10-0 D.McCain J.Bourke 

S.P : 7-2 Red Rum, 13-2 L`ESCARGOT, 12-1 Rough House, 14-1 Land Lark & Money Market, 18-1 Junior Partner & Rag Trade, 20-1 Clear Cut, Glandford Brigg, Spanish Steps & The Dickler, 22-1 Glen Owen & Royal Relief, 28-1 April Seventh, High Ken & Rough Silk, 33-1 Castleruddery & Southern Quest, 40-1 Ballyrichard Again, Barona, Kilmore Boy & Manicou Bay, 50-1 Even Dawn & Spittin Image, 66-1 Feel Free & Hally Percy, 100-1 Ballyath, Beau Bob, Shaneman, Tudor View & Zimulator

Aintree debutants (21)

April Seventh, Ballyath*, Ballyrichard Again*, Barona, Castleruddery, Even Dawn*, Feel Free, Glandford Brigg, Glen Owen*, Hally Percy*, High Ken, Junior Partner*, Kilmore Boy*, Land Lark*, Manicou Bay*, Money Market, Rag Trade, Southern Quest*, The Dickler, Tudor View, Zimulator* 

Winners at Aintree

Clear Cut Topham Trophy (1974) 
Red Rum Grand National (1973 & 1974) 


1st L`ESCARGOT Tommy Carberry 
2nd RED RUM Brian Fletcher 
3rd SPANISH STEPS Bill Smith 
4th MONEY MARKET Jeff King 
5th THE DICKLER Ron Barry 
6th MANICOU BAY Bob Champion 
7th SOUTHERN BAY S.Shields 
8th GLANFORD BRIGG Martin Blackshaw 
9th HALLY PERCY Macer Gifford 
10th RAG TRADE John Francome 

Time : 9 minutes 31.1 secs

Distances : 15-8-12-6-10

Owned by Raymond Guest

Trained by Dan Moore in Ireland 

The winner

Having tried to win the race for eighteen years L`Escargots delighted owner Raymond Guest immediately announced the horses retirement and added that he would spend the remainder of his days with his trainer. However it would appear that the old warrior did not adapt too well to standing in a field and being hacked so the Moores decided to run him in the Kerry National at Listowel that September. He ran credibly enough finishing third. Unfortunately news of the run filtered back to Guest who was not best pleased and L`Escargot was immediately shipped back to his owners ranch in Virginia where he lived for another ten years.