Lottery was the name of the winner of the first official running of the Grand National, then known as the Grand Liverpool Steeplechase.

For pessimists who believe the chances of picking the winner are similar to that of the National lottery it’s worth pointing out that the odds on winning on Saturday nights are typically 13,983,816/1, whilst the SP of the horse was only 9/1.

Indeed Lottery was to become one of the leading lights of it’s generation and several races would later be set out with conditions that stopped the winner of the Cheltenham Steeplechase entering (this being Lottery).

John Elmore’s charge won by a cosy three lengths underneath Jem Mason, the race was not then a handicap, and all the seventeen runners carried 12 stone.

In the 1839 running the horse Conrad famously threw his jockey Capt Beecher into the brook that now famously carries his name.

In retirement Lottery at first found employment as a hack for George Dockeray, though sadly ended his days as a cart horse plodding around the streets of Neasden. A sad end for a true champion that would have probably won more than a solitary National had it not been for a burdensome penalty.

Lottery and Jem Mason 1839 Grand National Winner

Lottery and Jem Mason


Winners SP: 9/1

Age: 9

Winners Sex: Gelding

Winning Distance: 3 lengths

Trainer: John Elmore

Jockey: Jem Mason

Weight Carried: 12st

Favourite: The Nun, 6/1

Runners: 17

2nd: Seventy-Four (Tom Oliver), 6 years old, 12/1

3rd: Paulina (Mr Martin), 9 years old, 12/1

4th: True Blue (P Barker), 8 years old, 12/1

Next: Jerry: 1840 Grand National Winner