This took place on Wednesday 9th March 1864 on very good going and it was bright and clear. The winner was owned by Lord Coventry, trained by Edwin Weever and ridden by George Stevens, winning by 3 lengths in 11 min and 50 seconds, with a distance back to the third.


There were 86 subscribers, of which 27 declared and 25 accepted, and after 100 sovereigns were added, and the second saved his stake, a pot of £1005 remained. (Equivalent to £116,600 in 2017)

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Pos. Horse Jockey Owner
1 EMBLEMATIC George Stevens Lord Coventry
2 ARBURY B Land Mr J Astley
3 CHESTER W White Mr Dalton
4 THOMASTOWN J Murphy Mr T M Naghten
also OCEAN WATCH W Reeves Captain Lamb
also REPORTER Mr Dixon Mr Fiddaman
also SIR WILLIAM Mr Davison Mr T Iven
also JERUSALEM Mr Edwards Mr W Murray
also HARRY Cassidy Count Cossett
also BANTAM G Holman Mr Aspinall
also WEE NELL Knott Mr T Hunt
also LEONIDAS C Boyce Captain Machell
also SERIOUS CASE G Waddington Mr T S Dawson
also ROMEO F Martin Mr De Gray
also LITTLE BAB Pat Igon Mr W Murray
also PORTLAND Mr Goodman Mr H Matthews
also SANTANELLA D Meaney Marquess of Drogheda
also BELL'S LIFE Griffiths Major Wombwell
also IRELEY Mr Blake Mr B J Angell
also NATIONAL PETITION J Monaghan Mr J Lanigan
also REAL JAM D Hughes Mr T Hughes
also BRIAN BORHOIME Poinons Mr Lawrence
also MARTHA J Land Mr T Wade
also MISS MARIA J Holman Mr H Melville
also SILK AND SATIN Jarvis Mr Spark

Bell’s Life and the Sporting Chronicle provided a detailed account of the race on Saturday 12th March 1864, the article forming the backbone of the information shown below.

Each year the racing press had a beef about  some particular issue with the Grand National, and this year it was their contention that the minimum weight should be 10st, instead of handicapping supposed ‘crocks’ at a weight similar to that carried by a 3 year old in the Derby. However, they did congratulate Mr Topham for attracting a field of 25 for the main race. Furthermore, they went on to congratulate Mr Marshall, assigned as Lord Sefton’s representative, for one of the best and most imposing starts ever witnessed, carried out in brilliant sunshine. The action commenced at 3.13 with Wee Nell in the van, followed by Serious Case, Miss Maria and Jerusalem. At the first post and rails fence Ireley pulled to the front, holding a clear lead by the succeeding ditch and bank, at which  Jerusalem and Satanella never roes, both coming down heavily. This chaos was nothing to that at the next double rails where several refused, some fell and others were thrown out. By the time of Beecher’s first time round truly 200 yards divided the first and the last horses, with Ireley 8 lengths to the good of Bell’s Life and Thomastown. The field started to take closer order over Valentine’s Brook, and were in a cluster down by the canal side. Reaching the racecourse proper, Ireley’s lead was considerably diminished, clearing the gorse hurdle ahead of Arbury, although these two were almost immediately overhauled by Real Jam who later charged the artificial water jump in front of the stands to take command by a length. The lead then changed hands regularly between Real Jam, Arbury and Irely over the next few flights. Reaching Beecher’s the final time, Emblematic beagn making a move towards the leaders, jumping it in fourth place, and as the front runners re-entered the racecourse Emblematic was left solely in attendance of Arbury who continued to lead by a length. The pair approached the final timber together, after which the game was up for Arbury, leaving Emblematic to score with ease by 3 lengths. Arbury was almost a distance clear of Chester, followed by Thomastown.
9/2 Jerusalem
5/1 Bantam
10/1 Emblematic
11/1 Real Jam
11/1 Serious Case
12/1 Portland
12/1 Wee Nell
20/1 Ocean Witch
30/1 Bell's Life
33/1 Thomastown
33/1 Martha
33/1 Romeo
40/1 Arbury
40/1 Ireley
40/1 Chester
50/1 Reporter
50/1 Harry
100/1 Miss Maria
100/1 Silk and Satin
100/1 Santanella
100/1 Brian Borhoime
100/1 National Petition
100/1 Little Bab
100/1 Leonidas
100/1 Sir William
  Over Round 113% Note that unquoted horses have been allocated 100/1

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