This was run on Monday 29th February 1836 at Aintree. There were 10 runners and the winners time was 20 minutes 10 seconds. There were 10 entries of 10 sovereigns each, with 80 added, the second saving their stake. The winner's pot was 170 sovereigns (equivalent to £19,900 in 2017)


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Pos. Horse Jockey Owner
1 THE DUKE Captain Martin Becher Mr Sirdefield
2 POLYANTHUS Dick Christian Mr Aspinall
3 COCKAHOOP Bartholomew Bretherton Mr Thomas
4 PERCY Mr W.Tempest Mr Speed
also LAURIE TODD Horatio Powell Sir T.Stanley
also THE BARONET Mr E.N.Kershaw Mr E.N.Kershaw
also DERRY John Devine Mr Webster
also GULLIVER Mr J.Denton Mr Oswald
also THE SWEEP Giles Patrick Mr Ward
also COWSLIP Mr S.Martin Mr Devine
2/1 Laurie Todd
3/1 The Duke
5/1 Polyanthus
6/1 Percy
6/1 The Baronet
8/1 Derry
8/1 Gulliver
9/1 Cockahoop
10/1 The Sweep
12/1 Cowslip
  Over round 155%

Pursuing the same liberal system which marked their conduct in the establishment of their Spring and Summer Races, the Liverpool people have got over their first steeple chace (sic) with a success which, accustomed as they are to see everything prosper, must have astonished even themselves. To get up a Grand Steeplechase of this kind, with National appeal, so as to afford satisfaction to all parties, is no easy matter even with those who have had the benefit of many years of experience. It is no small credit to the spirited proprietor of the Waterloo Tavern, Mr Lynn, and his coadjutor, Mr Webster, that their maiden efforts should have realised such flattering results. By a most admirable arrangement, the line of country chosen commenced and finished opposite the Grand Stand on the Aintree Race course, the spectators being thus enabled to congregate in one spot instead of being dispersed to all parts. The company was very numerous and highly respectable, the principal gentry fro Liverpool, Manchester and Chester. A vast number of fashionable ladies graced the Stand.

I am very grateful to George Selwyn and John Pinfold for the picture of The Duke shown below. The picture is from page ii of Gallant Sport written by John Pinfold and printed by Halifax: Portway Press in 1999. To purchase a copy of this go to the Amazon Grand National store shown below.

Whilst this is not an original results card, all details, including jockeys colours, are correct.

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