This took place on Thursday 27th March 1873 on good going and the weather was perfect. The winner was owned and trained by James Machell and ridden by Mr J M Richardson, winning by 6 lengths, with 10 lengths back to the third, although no time was not taken because the watch stopped.


There were 106 subscribers at 25 sovereigns, with 500 sovereigns added, and 29 paid 5 sovereigns. A field of 28 ran for a pot of £1960. (Equivalent to £149,000 in 2017)

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Pos. Horse Jockey Owner
1 DISTURBANCE Mr J M Richardson Captain James Machell
2 RHYSHWORTH Boxall Mr H Chaplin
3 COLUMBINE Harding Mr W H P Jenkins
4 MASTER MOWBRAY G Holman Mr J Goodliffe
also ALICE LEE Waddington Mr Studd
also STAR AND GARTER Captain Smith Mr Vyner
also REVIRESCAT Mr W H Johnstone Mr J H Maxwell
also FOOTMAN R Marsh Mr Moreton
also RED NOB Mr J Goodwin Mr Sankey
also CASSE TETE J Page Mr E Brayley
also CURRAGH RANGER Ryan Captain F J Montgomery
also ACTON R L'Anson Mr Jones
also LINGERER Mr Mumford Mr W Burton
also REUGNY J Cannon Lord Aylesford
also TRUE BLUE Marquis of Queensberry Marquis of Queensberry
also LOUSTIC Mr Bembridge Colonel Byrne
also CINDERELLA J Adams Lord Angelsey
also ISMAEL Daniels Mr W Wilson
also CRAWLER Mr A Yates Mr Lynton
also CONGRESS Mr E P Wilson Mr H Wilson
also CECIL Wyatt Mr Etches
also CHARLIE Gregory Mr Horwood
also SOLICITOR Mr G Dalglish Mr G Dalglish
also HUNTSMAN Mr H Ellison Mr H Ellison
also NEW YORK W Reeves Lord Stamford
also BROADLEA Mr Thomas Lord Poulett
also SARCHEDON Pope Mr W H Powell
also RICHARD I Captain McAlmont Captain McAlmont

Bell’s Life and the Sporting Chronicle provided a detailed account of the race on Saturday 29th March 1873, the article forming the backbone of the information shown below.
This year, for the first time, the racing papers mentioned important trials leading up to the big race, reporting ‘Everything done in the racing world within the last two months strengthened the inference that this year’s Grand National would prove the most successful on record. All the steeplechases, especially at Rugby, Croydon and Bristol, received great patronage, so that from the day the weights appeared betting became frantic’. Once race time arrived the flag fell without a hitch, a few minutes behind the appointed time, and Rhyshworth led the field, followed by New York, Congress, Crawler and Cecil. At the first fence New York took charge, although Rhyshworth regained the lead at the second, where Casse Tete came to grief. At the third Ismael refused and interfered with both Cinderella and Reugny. Reaching Becher’s Brook for the first time Rhyshworth bore to the left causing Cecil to check so badly that he became suspended across the fence. The leaders continued to be New York and Rhyshworth by the time Valentine’s was reached, with Congress, Solicitor and Star and Garter in their slipstream. No immediate change in the order took place canal side, nor when the leaders reached the racecourse proper, but at the Stand Water jump Solicitor rushed through to head the field. Out into the country the favourite appeared full of running until he collided with ‘two louts’ on the course putting paid to his chances. Worse was to come because New York and Lingerer rolled over him, while Footman was brought down in the confusion. Reaching Becher’s for the second time the field was severely depleted, being led by Columbine who was pursued by Rhyshworth, Alice Lee and Disturbance. Fully a mile and a half from home the race appeared to rest between these four horses. Crossing Valentine’s Columbine held a 6 length lead over Rhyshworth, but that lead had been whittled down at the canal side. Passing the five furlong post the trio of leaders, Columbine, Rhyshworth and Disturbance were bunched together having dropped Alice Lee. At the first flight of hurdles in the home straight Disturbance took command from Rhyshworth, so that at the distance flight he was able to surge ahead to win in a canter by 6 lengths, with Columbine a further 10 lengths behind Rhyshworth in third. Master Mowbray caught Alice Lee for fourth, while Stand and Garter finished sixth.

100/15 Footman
8/1 Rhyshworth
100/12 Cinderella
10/1 Casse Tete
10/1 Cecil
12/1 Master Mowbray
12/1 Broadlea
14/1 Alice Lee
20/1 Disturbance
25/1 Curragh Ranger
25/1 Sarchedon
30/1 Acton
33/1 Loustic
33/1 Red Nob
33/1 Reuguy
40/1 Richard I
50/1 New York
50/1 Huntsman
50/1 Solicitor
50/1 Charlie
50/1 Congress
50/1 Crawler
50/1 Ismael
50/1 True Blue
50/1 Lingerer
50/1 Revirescat
50/1 Star and Garter
50/1 Columbine
  Over Round 139% Note that unquoted horses have been allocated 50/1.

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