This was run on Saturday 26th March 1949 and 43 ran. The winning time was 9 minutes 23 4/5secs. 


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The British Pathe website and bank of film clips provide excellent coverage of the Grand National. The link below is a 6 minute 39 seconds clip of the Grand National.

Pos. Horse Jockey Owner
1 RUSSIAN HERO L.McMorrow Mr W F Williamson
2 ROIMOND R.Francis Lord Bicester
3 ROYAL MOUNT P.Doyle Mrs May Harvey
4 CROMWELL Lord Mildmay Lord Mildmay
Also HAPPY HOME B.Marshall Miss Dorothy Paget
Also CLONCARRIG K Gilsenan Sir Allan Gordon-Smith
Also BRIGHTER SANDY R Turnell Mr T M Barker
Also ULSTER MONARCH R Curran Mr N P Donaldson
Also CAVALIERO J Brogan Mr W R Porter
Also CAUGHOO D McCann Mr J J McDowell
Also ROYAL COTTAGE R Black Mr H E Pretyman
Also ACTHON MAJOR R J O'Ryan Mrs J S Gorman
Also CADDIE II J Maguire Mr P Mellon
Also LEAP MAN E Vinall Mr A W Fletcher
Also BRUNO II M Pringle Major W J Anstrucher-Gray
Also FLAMING STEEL Mr J Spencer Mr A D Wimbush
Also BRICETT T Molony Mr H Linsley
Also GALLERY G Slack Mr J Davey
Also ARDNACASSA M Connors Mr S H Martin
Also SAN MICHELE Mr J Boddy Mr H W Metcalfe
Also ASTRA A P Thompson Mr J W Ellis
Also MAGNETIC FIN L Vick Mr N Willis
Also TONDERMAN Mr J Bloom Mr J Bloom
Also LOYAL ANTRIM Mr A Scannell Mr S Martin
Also BORA'S COTTAGE E Kennedy Mr F L Vickerman
Also MONAVEEN A Grantham Mr D Hawkesley
Also WOT NO SUN G Kelly Major T D Wilson
Also REPLICA E Reavey Mr R K Mellon
Also ARRANBEG R McCarthy Mrs V H Parr
Also MARTIN M Major W H Skrine Major W H Skrine
Also SOUTHBOROUGH P Murray Contessa di Sant Elia
Also STONE COTTAGE M Hogan Mr Clifford Nicholson
Also CLYDUFFE J Power Mr A A Stewart Black
Also CELTIC CROSS J Parkin Mr T Southern
Also MORNING STAR G Bowden Major J F Gresham
Also SEN TOI T Cusack Mr J J Cleaver
Also PERFECT NIGHT D Ancil Mr A F M Wright
Also SHIP'S BELL M O'Dwyer Mrs M Parker
Also OFFALY PRINCE Mr A Parker Mr G C Judd
Also BARN DANCE E Hannigan Mrs E G Williams
Also PARTHENON R Bates Lord Bicester
Also SAGACITY A Power Mr John McCann
Derek Ancil on Bachelor’s report in the 1949 Grand National. This is the title of a chapter from Chris Pitt’s book ‘Go Down to the Beaten’, which looks at personal stories by connections of horses which failed to win the Grand National, a copy of which can be purchased by clicking the link below:-

GALLERY of 1949

I am grateful to Chris Pitt for providing the pictures in the Gallery.

The first shows Perfect Night brought down at Becher´s on the first circuit by the fallen Magnetic Fin.

The second shows the jockey Derek Ancil.