This took place on Wednesday 9th March 1870 on very good going and the weather was clear. The winner was owned by Matthew Evans, trained by R Roberts and ridden by George Stevens, winning by a neck in 10 minutes 9.5 secs, with 3 lengths back to the third.


There were 88 subscribers at 25 sovereigns each, with 300 sovereigns added. There were 31 declared of which 23 accepted, meaning the nett value of the pot was £1465. (Equivalent to £122,000 in 2017)

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Pos. Horse Jockey Owner
1 THE COLONEL George Stevens Mr Matthew Evans
2 THE DOCTOR G Holman Mr V St John
3 PRIMROSE Mr W R Brockton Mr W R Brockton
4 SURVEY R L'Anson Mr J Nightingale
also KEYSTONE Mr R Walker Mr G Nelson
also GARDENER Ryan Captain Machell
also Q.C. Mr A Yates Mr May
also ALCIBIADE Captain Harford Mr R J Angell
also PEARL DIVER J Page Mr E Brayley
also MOOSE A French Mr E Brayley
also HALL COURT Mr Thomas Captain J M Browne
also TATHWELL G Waddington Mr S J Wellfitt
also SCARRINGTON R Wheeler Mr T Wilkinson
also MIDDLETON Mr T Kirk Mr Yardley
also PRETENTAINE II Mumford Mr R Hennessey
also GUY OF WARWICK Mr Edwards Mr E Weever
also THE ELK B Land Mr Rose
also CENNA Count Baron Finot
also CRISTAL Mr Crawshaw Duke of Hamilton
also TRAVELLER Napier Lord Eglinton
also CASSE TETE J Rudd Mr Brayley
also FAN H Taylor Mr Lawrence
also KARSLAKE Captain Tempest Captain Tempest

Bell’s Life and the Sporting Chronicle provided a detailed account of the race on Saturday 12th March 1870, the article forming the backbone of the information shown below.
Racing newspapers of the day recognised the anticipation associated with the Grand National well before race day by reporting, ‘Opinions are unanimous in racing circles that the Grand National has not excited so much heavy wagering for many years past as on the present anniversary’. The start was effected at 3.05pm, the field getting away together led by Gardener in advance of Primrose, Karslake and Cinna. After 200 yards the lead had changed hands many times until, at the first fence, Traveller fell leaving The Elk and Primrose to the fore. At the third fence Fan broke the rail on the take-off side and tumbled into the ditch, while over Beecher’s Brook The Elk took the advantage from Primrose and Guy of Warwick. At the post and rails before Valentine’s Middleton swerved the wrong side of the flag to put paid to his chance. As the field approached the made fence before the Stand Water, Guy of Warwick pulled himself to the front, closely followed by The Elk. Onto the second circuit there was little change up front until Beecher’s, where Karslake assumed the lead from Cristal and Survey, but by the time the large ploughed field was reached Survey had taken over. Before the field reached the canal bridge Survey was joined by Primrose, QC pressing closely on their heels. Two fences from home Survey hit the flag, passing the advantage to Primrose, from The Colonel, Pearl Diver and The Doctor who was hugging the rails on the inside, the front four covered by no more than 2 lengths. Over the final timber there was little to choose between Primrose and The Colonel, but after a stroke of the whip the favourite took control to win by a neck from the fast finishing The Doctor. The brave Primrose was 3 lengths back in third, Survey in fourth, Keystone was fifth and Gardener sixth.

4/1 The Colonel
5/1 The Doctor
10/1 Primrose
100/7 Q.C.
100/6 Pearl Diver
100/6 Guy of Warwick
20/1 Survey
20/1 Tathwell
20/1 Cristal
20/1 Gardener
33/1 Alcibiade
33/1 Cenna
40/1 Hall Court
50/1 Karslake
66/1 Fan
66/1 The Elk
1000/5 Middleton
1000/5 Karslake
1000/5 Scarrington
500/1 Casse Tete
500/1 Pretentaine II
500/1 Moose
500/1 Keystone
  Over Round 101% Note that unquoted horses have been allocated 500/1

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