Nicolaus Silver was a racehorse noted for winning the 1961 Grand National.

Nicolaus Silver
DamRays of Montrose
BreederJames Heffernan
OwnerCharles Vaughan
TrainerFred Rimell
Major wins
Grand National (1961)
Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup (1961)

Nicolaus Silver, a grey horse was bred in Tipperary, Ireland, by James Heffernan. He was by Nicolaus, out of another grey, Rays of Montrose. After racing in Ireland, his trainer Dan Kirwan of Lower Grange, Gowran, County Kilkenny, died suddenly in 1960 which led the eight year old grey to be sold at the Dublin Ballsbridge sales in November 1960 where he had a keen bidding in the knowledge that the horse was already qualified for the Aintree Grand National and was bought for £2,600 by Charles Vaughan.[1] He was sent to England to be trained by Fred Rimell at Kinnersley. The horse won the Aintree Grand National in 1961. At that time, Nicolaus Silver was only the second grey horse to win the Aintree Grand National since its first running in 1839. There was not another grey winner until Neptune Collonge won the race in 2012.

Ridden by jockey Bobby Beasley Nicolaus Silver started at odds of 28/1 in a field of thirty-five runners for the 1961 National. He was among the leaders from early on the second circuit and drew clear over the last two fences to win by five lengths.[2] It was Rimell's second National win having won the race in 1956 with ESB.[3] Prior to the race, Nicolaus Silver had been the target of dopers.[4]

Nicolaus Silver completed the course in the next two Grand Nationals, finishing seventh in 1962 and tenth in 1963.[1]

References edit

  1. ^ a b Green, Reg (1993). The History of the Grand National: A Race Apart. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0-340-58515-3.
  2. ^ "Nicolaus Silver". Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  3. ^ Anne Holland (24 October 2019). The Grand National: A Celebration of the World’s Most Famous Horse Race. Orion. pp. 33–. ISBN 978-1-4746-1200-5.
  4. ^ "Bobby Beasley: Quixotic jockey and trainer". 16 January 2008. Archived from the original on 20 June 2022. Retrieved 16 April 2012.