1979 Grand National

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1979 Grand National
Grand National
Location Aintree
Date 31 March 1979
Winning horse Rubstic
Jockey Maurice Barnes
Trainer Scotland John Leadbetter
Owner Scotland John Douglas
1978
1980
External video
Replay of the 1975-79 Grand Nationals in full Racing UK, BBC Sport, YouTube
Coverage of the 1979 Grand National by British Movietone

The 1979 Grand National was the 133rd renewal of the world-famous Grand National horse race that took place at Aintree near Liverpool, England, on 31 March 1979.[1][2]

The race was won by Rubstic who was the first ever Scottish-trained winner.

The favourite Alverton died in the race, a month after winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Another fatality was Kintai, who had to be put down later on.

Finishing order[edit]

Position Name Jockey Age Handicap (st-lb) SP Distance
01 Rubstic Maurice Barnes 10 10-0 25-1
02 Zongalero Bob Davies 9 10-5 20-1
03 Rough and Tumble John Francome 9 10-7 14-1
04 The Pilgarlic Richard Evans 11 10-1 16-1
05 Wagner Ridley Lamb 9 10-0 50-1
06 Royal Frolic John Burke 10 11-10 25-1
07 Prime Justice A K Taylor 9 10-0 200-1 Last to complete


Non-finishers[edit]

Fence Name Jockey Age Handicap (st-lb) Starting price Fate
01 Double Negative Eddie Woods 9 10-5 66-1 Fell
01 Sandwilan Jenny Hembrow 11 10-0 100-1 Fell
01 Wayward Scot R F Davies 10 10-7 100-1 Fell
01 Vindicate Aiden O`Connell 12 11-8 200-1 Fell
06 (Becher's Brook) Oskard Martin Blackshaw 10 10-0 100-1 Fell
06 (Becher's Brook) Purdo Bob Champion 08 10-12 25-1 Fell
08 (Canal Turn) Sand Pit Tommy Carmody 09 10-7 22-1 Fell
10 Drumroan Gerry Newman 11 10-4 20-1 Fell
15 (The Chair) Alpenstock Dennis Gray 12 10-0 100-1 Brought Down
15 (The Chair) Ben Nevis Charlie Fenwick 11 11-2 14-1 Brought Down
15 (The Chair) Cartwright A. Phillips 10 10-0 200-1 Brought Down
15 (The Chair) Godfrey Secundus Colin Tinkler 9 10-3 25-1 Brought Down
15 (The Chair) Kick On Ron Hyett 12 10-0 50-1 Brought Down
15 (The Chair) Kintai Bryan Smart 10 10-0 100-1 Brought Down
15 (The Chair) No Gypsy John Suthern 10 10-1 66-1 Brought Down
15 (The Chair) Rambling Artist David Goulding 9 10-6 16-1 Brought Down
15 (The Chair) The Champ Bill Smith 11 10-12 25-1 Fell
21 Brown Admiral Sam Morshead 10 10-0 100-1 Unseated Rider
22 (Becher's Brook) Alverton Jonjo O'Neill 9 10-13 6-1 F Fell
22 (Becher's Brook) Churchtown Boy Taffy Salaman 12 10-0 25-1 Brought Down
22 (Becher's Brook) Mr Snowman Graham Thorner 10 10-9 10-1 Fell
24 (Canal Turn) Lord Browndodd Andy Turnell 11 10-3 25-1 Pulled Up
26 Dromore Mr Peter Duggan 11 10-10 50-1 Pulled Up
27 (open ditch) Artistic Prince Philip Blacker 8 10-3 25-1 Fell
27 (open ditch) Coolishall Anthony Webber 10 10-2 12-1 Fell
29 Flitgrove Richard Linley 8 10-1 50-1 Pulled Up
29 Red Earl James Evans 10 10-0 50-1 Pulled Up

Media Coverage and Aftermath

Unfortunately, the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Alverton broke his neck at Bechers 2nd circuit and was euthanized.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Montreal Gazette - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  2. ^ "Past Winners of The Grand National". grand-national.net. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  3. ^ "1978 & 1979 - The Grand National & Aintree 1970-79". seventiesnationals.webs.com. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  4. ^ The Grand National : the history of the Aintree spectacular, by Stewart Peters & Bernard Parkin, ISBN 0-7524-3547-7
  5. ^ "Grand National Anorak |". freewebs.com. Retrieved 2014-08-27.