66 horses took part in 1929’s National, but Gregalach finished in front at the finishing line. The Irish bred My Prince chestnut returned at odds of 100/1.
In 1928 only two horses finished from a field of 42, so in 1929 they have actually aimed to have less runners take part! The plan backfired and despite raising the entry costs to £100 and offering a forfeit stage at which horses could be withdrawn the record number started the race!
In a tremendous display off jumping all 66 of the horses cleared the first fence, what a sight that must have been. If you want to relive the action there is some great pathe footage on the internet.
The culprit for 1928’s chaos Easter Hero started the 9/1 jolly, but Gregalach denied favourite backers by accelerating past the top weight at the penultimate fence.
History could have been much different if Easter Hero had not spread a plate during the race, as this discomfort must surely have been a negative factor for the American owned horse.
Gregalach fell the following year, and in 1931 was going very well when it’s massive weight burden caused it to tire into a narrow second.
The game old stead would last race in the National aged twelve and finished pulled up, the 12st7lbs being too much for it to carry!
Starting Price: 100/1
Age: 7 years
Winning Distance: 6 lengths
Owner: Margaret Gemmell
Jockey: Robert Everett
Weight Carried: 11st4lbs
2nd: Easter Hero
3rd: Richmond II
4th: Melleray’s Belle