This race took place on 30th March and the winner was Rough Quest which was owned by Mr A T A Wates. Winning jockey Mick Fitzgerald famously said the experience was better than sex. There were only 28 runners.


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Youtube and the BBC provide excellent coverage of the 1996 Grand National. The link below is of a 9 minute 53 second clip of the entire race.

Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer
1 ROUGH QUEST M Fitzgerald T Casey
2 ENCORE UN PEU D Bridgewater M C Pipe
3 SUPERIOR FINISH R Dunwoody Mrs J Pitman
4 SIR PETER LELY Mr C Bonner M D Hammond
also YOUNG HUSTLER C Maude N A Twiston Davies
also LIFE OF A LORD C Swan A P O'Brien
also DEEP BRAMBLE A P McCoy P F Nicholls
also SON OF WAR C O'Dwyer Peter McCreery (Ire)
also LUSTY LIGHT W Marston Mrs J Pitman
also PARTY POLITICS C Llewellyn N A Gaselee
also CHATAM J Lower M C Pipe
also CAPTAIN DIBBLE T Jenks N A Twiston Davies
also RUST NEVER SLEEPS T Horgan Donal Hassett (Ire)
also BISHOPS HALL Mr M Armytage R H Alner
also WYLDE HIDE F Woods A L T Moore (Ire)
also ANTONIN J Burke Mrs S A Bramall
also RIVERSIDE BOY R Farrant M C Pipe
also BAVARD DIEU J F Titley N A Gaselee
also BRACKENFIELD Guy Lewis P F Nicholls
also OVER THE DEEL Mr T McCarthy J Howard Johnson
also INTO THE RED R Guest J White
also GREENHILL RAFFLES M Foster Miss Lucinda Russell
also VICOMPT DE VALMONT P Hide P F Nicholls
also OVER THE STREAM A Thornton K C Bailey
also THREE BROWNIES P Carberry M F Morris
also FAR SENIOR T Eley P Wegmann
also SURE METAL D McCain D McCain
7/1 fav Rough Quest
9/1 Superior Finish
14/1 Encore un Peu

David Bridgwater feeling that at the end of the day it’s only a horse race after the 1996 Grand National. These are the titles of chapters 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:-