They were not so politically correct back in 1953, the favourite of that year’s Grand National was Little Yid, priced at 7/1. On a sad note the previous year’s winner – Teal – was a well supported Ante Post favourite, but died from a ruptured gut in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
A smaller than average crowd watched ‘53’s National, and those in attendance witnessed a host of early race fallers.
Early Mist claimed victory, having picked up the running from Beechers and pulled away to win by an impressive twenty lengths.
The winner was by Brumeux and out of Sudden Dawn, punters lucky enough to have backed Vincent O’Brien’s charge were rewarded by odds of 20/1!
Starting Price: 7/1
Age: 8 years
Winning Distance: 20 lengths
Owner: Joe Griffin
Jockey: Bryan Marshall
Weight Carried: 11st 2lbs
2nd: Mont Tremblant
3rd: Irish Lizard