It is always interesting from a historical perspective to see Cheltenham Gold Cup winners sent straight to Aintree for the Grand National, certainly something that doesn’t happen much anymore.
The Gold Cup winner Ballinode was many peoples Grand National tip, and started at 10/1.
1925’s Grand National was the first race to be started with the aid of a raising starting tape. The new device worked well and all the runners set off at a good clip.
Stephen Sanford (American owner of Sergeant Murphy) had brought The Drifter who made most of the early running. The race saw many in contention at the halfway stage and it was hard to pick the winner as the horses began the second circuit.
It was easier to pick a victor towards the latter stages, and if in-running betting existed the short favourite would have been Old Tay Bridge. However halfway along the run-in it J Anthony’s ride began to tire and Major Wilson kicked Double Chance to victory by four lengths!
The winner’s breeding was rather uncertain and the sire was either Day Comet or Roi Herode, though the dam is known: Kelibia.
As a flat horse its achievements were so negligible that it was gifted by it’s original owner (Lord Rothschild) to an ex-trooper who served in his squadron. I bet most of us wish that we were given a Grand National Winner!
Starting Price: 100/9
Age: 9 years
Winning Distance: 4 lengths
Owner: David Goold
Jockey: Maj. John Wilson
Weight Carried: 10st9lbs
2nd: Old Tay Bridge
3rd: Fly Mask