This was run on good going and the weather was clear. It took place on 25th March and the time was 10 mins 10 1/5secs. Tom Skelton (Tom Tagg ) was riding in his third Grand National and finished second). See article below.


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I am indebted to Tom Tagg's Great, great niece, Jacky Jones and to John Davis for the article shown below. His great tradition of horse riding is carried on by his relation Francesca.

Note that the article wrongly claims that Old Joe won the National at 66/1. Wishful thinking on someones part, as the actual starting price was a, still handsome, 25/1.

Pos. Horse Jockey Owner
1 GAMECOCK W Daniells Mr E Jay
2 SAVOYARD Tom Skelton Baron W Schroeder
3 JOHNNY LONGTAIL Childs Lord Wolverton
4 CHANCELLOR Mr W Moore Captain Foster
also CHANCERY Dollery Mr Popham
also TOO GOOD Mr H Beasley Count G Erdody
also MAGPIE Mr W Woodlands Mr E Woodlands
also ROQUEFORT Mr E P Wilson Mr James Lee
also OLD JOE Mr C J Cunningham Mr A J Douglas
also FRIGATE Mr Lawrence Mr F E Lawrence
also BELLONA Mr George Lambton Mr George Lambton
also SPECTRUM Grimes Sir G Chetwynd
also SPAHI Mr T Beasley Mr J Gubbins
also BALLOT BOX Captain Owen Mr P Nickalls
also SINBAD W Nightingale Mr J Percival
also HUNTER Mr W Beasley Lord Chelmondeley
9/2 Spahi
7/1 Roquefort
100/14 Savoyard
10/1 Magpie
100/9 Frigate
100/9 Bellona
100/8 Old Joe
100/7 Too Good
20/1 Gamecock
20/1 Chancellor
45/2 Sinbad
33/1 Ballot Box
35/1 Spectrum
40/1 Johnny Longtail
50/1 Hunter
100/1 Chancery
  Over Round 112%
I am very grateful to John Pinfold for the picture shown below. I can recommend Gallant Sport and An Aintree Dynasty, both written by John Pinfold.

The above painting of 1887 Grand National winner Gamecock is shown courtesy of Ilaria Dotti. It is by Collender Goldsmith, a listed and renowned British artist widely known for his equestrian oil paintings.


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I am very grateful to John Davis who, unbelievably, managed to get hold of newsprint from the day detailing the race. He has allowed it to be included opposite

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