1976 saw Fred Rimmell win a record four Grand Nationals as Rag Trade denied Red Rum’s hat-trick effort.
The Menelek – The Rage Irish bred chestnut was brought for a then considerable 18,000 guineas by the celebrity hairdresser Mr “Teasy Weasy” Raymond, it raced in 1975’s National (under then young star John Francome) but was last of those that finished. In 1975’s race Arthur Pitt trained him, but afterwards Raymond transferred it to Rimmell’s yard.
The horse took a traditional National training schedule and won the Welsh National at Chepstow, though in winning made a few jumping errors that some thought would prohibit its chances at Aintree.
In the 1976 National he held of Red Rum over the final few furlongs (12lb received) to scoop the prize. In 1977 he missed the race due to injury and in 1978 was 8/1 favourite under Jonjo O’Neil, though the 5lb’s more than his 1976 weight was too much to carry, and sadly the horse broke down and was later destroyed.
Starting Price: 14/1
Age: 10 years
Winning Distance: 2 lengths
Owner: P. B. Raymond
Jockey: J. Burke
Weight Carried: 10st 12lbs
2nd: Red Rum