1955 was truly a year for mudlarks, the going was bottomless in the truest sense of the word! Umbrellas were the must have accessory as the track was deluged by three days of heavy unrelenting rain!
On the day of the race the decision was taken to miss out some of the track, including the water jump. As would be expected in the heavy going, there were plenty of fallers.
Quare Times won in good style, and relished the sticky conditions. Tudor Line would once again come second, but this time its margin was a dozen lengths instead of a neck.
The winner’s pedigree was Artists Son (Gainsborough)- Lavenco. On a sour note the day had the lowest attendance in the race’s recorded history, the 1950’s proving a low point in Aintree’s history. However the race was well attended by Royalty with the Queen Mother having M’as Tu Vu running in the race. If the Queen Mum had backed her horse at 22/1 she would have been dismayed, as it was a faller.
The trainer of the winner was Vincent O’Brien, who amazingly had trained a third successive National winner, on each occasion triumphing with different horses!
Starting Price: 100/9
Winning Distance: unknown
Owner: Cecily Welman
Jockey: Pat Taaffe
Weight Carried: 11st
2nd: Tudor Line
3rd: Carey’s Cottage