1976 Grand National

The 1976 Grand National (officially known as the News of the World Grand National for sponsorship reasons) was the 130th renewal of the Grand National horse race that took place at Aintree near Liverpool, England, on 3 April 1976. The race was won by Rag Trade, who was the fourth winner trained by Fred Rimell and the second winner owned by Pierre Raymond Bessone. Red Rum finished second for the second year in a row. Rimell's fourth winner gave him the outright record for training most National winners which he had previously shared with six other trainers. His record was equalled by Ginger McCain in 2004.

1976 Grand National
Grand National
LocationAintree
Date3 April 1976
Winning horseRag Trade
Starting price14/1
JockeyJohn Burke
TrainerEngland Fred Rimell
OwnerEngland Pierre Raymond
ConditionsGood
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video icon 1976 Grand National in full (BBC)

And it's Rag Trade, gonna win a 4th National for Fred Rimell, John Burke is gonna win the National. It's Rag Trade from Red Rum. Red Rum is fighting back but he can't get to him. Rag Trade is running to the line from Red Rum second and Eyecatcher third, that's how they're gonna finsh in the National. Rag Trade is the winner!

Commentator Peter O'Sullevan describes the climax of the 1976 National

Finishing orderEdit

Position Name Jockey Age Handicap (st-lb) SP Distance
1st Rag Trade John Burke 10 10-12 14/1
2nd Red Rum Tommy Stack 11 11-10 10/1
3rd Eyecatcher Brian Fletcher 10 10-7 28/1
4th Barona Paul Kelleway 10 10-6 7/1
5th Ceol-Na-Mara Jeremy Glover 7 10-6 22/1
6th The Dikler Ron Barry 13 11-7 25/1
7th Sandwilan Ron Hyett 8 10-0 100/1
8th Spittin Image Andy Turnell 10 10-0 66/1
9th Spanish Steps Jeff King 13 10-2 22/1
10th Black Tudor Graham Thorner 8 10-0 50/1
11th Churchtown Boy Taffy Salaman 9 10-6 33/1
12th Highway View Pat Black 11 10-10 33/1
13th Jolly's Clump Ian Watkinson 10 10-3 12/1
14th Money Market Bob Champion 9 11-0 12/1
15th Colondine Brian Forsey 9 10-0 60/1
16th Indian Diva Nicky Henderson 9 10-3 100/1 Last to finish

Non-finishersEdit

Fence Name Jockey Age Handicap (st-lb) Starting price Fate
01 Huperade John Carden 12 10-4 100/1 Fell
01 Ormonde Tudor Keith Barnfield 7 10-0 100/1 Fell
03 Merry Maker Anthony Mildmay-White 11 10-2 50/1 Fell
04 High Ken Michael Dickinson 10 10-12 33/1 Fell
04 Thomond Jim Wilson 11 10-3 100/1 Brought Down
06 Glanford Brigg Martin Blackshaw 10 11-3 28/1 Fell
06 Tregarron Colin Tinkler 9 10-1 12/1 Fell
06 Tudor View Chris Read 10 10-0 100/1 Fell
13 Meridian II Jonjo O'Neill 9 10-0 33/1 Fell
13 Nereo Duke of Alburquerque 10 10-1 100/1 Fell
19 Roman Bar Gerry Newman 7 10-10 33/1 Fell
20 Perpol Ken White 10 10-6 66/1 Pulled Up
22 Ballybright Sam Morshead 9 10-0 80/1 Fell
22 Boom Docker John Williams 9 10-0 50/1 Brought Down
22 Golden Rapper John Francome 10 10-8 28/1 Fell
22 Prolan Mouse Morris 7 10-3 13/1 Brought Down

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Media coverage and aftermathEdit

For the 17th consecutive year the BBC broadcast the Grand National in a Grandstand special, presented by David Coleman. In an interview eleven years after the race, Red Rum's trainer, Ginger McCain, expressed that he felt jockey Tommy Stack had made a tactical error in waiting until the penultimate flight before attempting to race to the finish as is, McCain noted, the textbook way to ride a National. He instead felt that if Stack had allowed Red Rum to "kick on from the fifth last flight he would have stretched his rivals and outpaced them". McCain was also quick to point out how much easier it is to ride the Grand National in your head from the stands and praised his rider for a "marvelous effort" The tactics described by McCain turned out to be those employed by Stack in 1977 when the horse won a record breaking third Grand National.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1976 & 1977 - The Grand National & Aintree 1970-79". Seventiesnationals.webs.com. 18 October 1995. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  2. ^ The Grand National : the history of the Aintree spectacular, by Stewart Peters & Bernard Parkin, ISBN 0-7524-3547-7
  3. ^ "Grand National Anorak |". freewebs.com. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  4. ^ Sporting Life Souvenir Magazine, 4 April 1987, page 6

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