1992 Grand National

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1992 Grand National
Grand National
Location Aintree Racecourse
Date 4 April 1992
Winning horse Party Politics
SP 14/1
Jockey Carl Llewellyn
Trainer Nick Gaselee
Owner Patricia Thompson
Conditions Good to soft[1]
1991
1993 (void) →
External video
All the 1990s Grand Nationals in full Racing UK, BBC Sport, YouTube
Replay of the latter stages of the 1992 Grand National BBC Sport

The 1992 Grand National (known as the Martell Grand National for sponsorship reasons) was the 146th renewal of the world-famous Grand National horse race that took place at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England, on 4 April 1992.

It was won in a time of nine minutes and 6.4 seconds, and by a distance of two-and-a-half lengths by 14/1 shot Party Politics, ridden by Welsh jockey Carl Llewellyn. The winner was trained by Nick Gaselee of Hungerford, Berkshire, and carried the colours of owner Patricia Thompson, pink with purple crossbelts, hooped sleeves and a purple cap. The winning owner collected £99,943 of a total prize fund shared through the first five finishers of £167,386. For safety reasons the field was restricted to 40 runners. All of the horses returned safely to the stables.[1]

The winner proved a very popular horse with a topical name; many of the once-a-year punters backed him because the race fell just five days before the 1992 United Kingdom general election.[2]

Leading contenders[edit]

Docklands Express was sent off as the 15/2 favourite despite having been a first fence faller in the previous year's National. In the year since he had put together several good performances in the major chases, winning the Racing Post Chase at Kempton in February and then finishing third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup the following month. With regular rider Anthony Tory unavailable, champion jockey Peter Scudamore took the ride and gave their backers every chance jumping the Canal Turn on the second circuit among an unusually large number of runners still holding a chance of victory. Scudamore moved his mount through the field on the run back to the racecourse, turning for home a close-up third but was unable to quicken into the second-last fence and was beaten by the final flight, fading to finish over 25 lengths down in fourth.[3]

Brown Windsor was backed down to 8/1 in partnership with 1986 winning rider Richard Dunwoody despite the horse having been off the course for more than a year after finishing fourth in the 1990 race. The horse returned to the course early in 1992 in three preps for the National, winning the third and was among the leaders when falling at Becher's Brook on the first circuit. Owner Michael Buckley later said: "The form says he fell, but that's unfair to Brown Windsor. Richard Dunwoody was unseated. Albeit by a loose horse crashing into him mid-air."

Twin Oaks was allocated top weight of 11 stone 7 lbs and had won two of his three prep races since pulling up in the Welsh Grand National in December, one of those being the Peter Marsh chase at Haydock in February and was sent off at 9/1 in company with regular jockey, Neale Doughty, himself the winner of the race in 1984. Doughty rode a patient waiting race towards the rear of the main pack before moving through the field three fences from home. They jumped into a distant fourth briefly at the second last flight but could make no impression from that point and finished twenty-seven and a half lengths distant in fifth. This proved to be Twin Oaks' only attempt at the National and went on to win the Tommy Whittle Chase in December before being retired after a poor run in a Greenalls Gold Cup in February 1993.

Cool Ground was bidding to become only the second horse ever to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National in the same season. In the absence of regular rider, Adrian Maguire, Martin Lynch took the ride and was in contention in the first dozen at The Canal Turn but was under pressure after jumping the third last flight and never got closer than his eventual tenth place finish.[4]

Auntie Dot proved popular with the public after her third in the previous year's National and four victories in the year since enhanced her credentials when sent off as a 12/1 shot with Mark Dwyer in the saddle. The mare was at the rear of the main pack at the Canal Turn second time around but was unable to get on terms and finished a distant sixteenth in what proved to be her final race.

Laura's Beau attracted attention after winning the four mile National handicap chase at Uttoxeter three weeks before the National and was sent off at 12/1 with Conor O'Dwyer in the saddle. Having spent the majority of the race well to the rear, Laura's Beau came through the field after the Canal Turn to take the last fence in fourth place, albeit a long way behind. he overhauled Docklands Express on the run in to take third place.

Both the eventual winner and second, Romany King were also well supported at 14/1 and 16/1 respectively while the grey, Stay On Tracks and the 1990 Midlands Grand National winner, Wilsford were both also 16/1.

Finishing order[edit]

Position Name Jockey Age Weight SP Distance
1st Party Politics Carl Llewellyn 8 10-07 14/1 Won by 2½ lengths
2nd Romany King Richard Guest[5] 8 10-03 16/1 15 lengths
3rd Laura's Beau Conor O'Dwyer[6] 8 10-00 12/1 8 lengths
4th Docklands Express Peter Scudamore 10 11-02 15/2 F 2 lengths
5th Twin Oaks Neale Doughty[7] 12 11-07 9/1 A head
6th Just So Simon Burrough 9 10-02 50/1 4 lengths
7th Old Applejack Andy Orkney 12 10-00 35/1 2½ lengths
8th Over the Road Robbie Supple 11 10-00 22/1 4 lengths
9th Stay on Tracks Chris Grant 10 10-00 16/1 2 lengths
10th Cool Ground Martin Lynch[8] 10 11-01 10/1 3½ lengths
11th Ghofar Hywel Davies 9 10-03 25/1 2½ lengths
12th Forest Ranger D Tegg 10 10-00 200/1 A neck
13th What's the Crack Jamie Osborne 9 10-00 20/1 10 lengths
14th Rubika (FRA) Peter Niven[9] 9 10-02 28/1 7 lengths
15th Golden Minstrel Eamon Murphy 13 10-00 150/1 2 lengths
16th Auntie Dot Mark Dwyer 11 10-07 12/1 1 length
17th Roc de Prince (FRA) Charlie Swan 9 10-09 40/1 ¾ length
18th Mighty Falcon Paul Holley 7 10-00 80/1 ¾ length
19th Radical Lady J Callaghan 8 10-00 80/1 3½ lengths
20th Willsford Michael Bowlby 9 10-00 16/1 8 lengths
21st Team Challenge Ben de Haan 10 10-00 100/1 A distance
22nd Sirrah Jay Ronnie Beggan 12 10-00 100/1 Last to complete

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Non-finishers[edit]

Fence Name Jockey Age Weight SP Fate
1st Rawhide Kevin O'Brien 8 10-00 50/1 Unseated rider
6th (Becher's Brook) Brown Windsor Richard Dunwoody 10 10-08 8/1 Fell
7th (Foinavon's) Omertà Lorcan Wyer 12 10-04 33/1 Pulled up
8th (Canal Turn) Honeybeer Mead N Mann 10 10-00 100/1 Unseated rider
9th (Valentine's) Stearsby S Mackay 13 10-06 250/1 Refused
15th (The Chair) Rowlandsons Jewels Graham Bradley 11 10-03 60/1 Unseated rider
17th Huntworth M Richards 12 10-00 66/1 Pulled up
19th (open ditch) Bonanza Boy Steve Smith-Eccles 11 10-11 25/1 Unseated rider
19th (open ditch) New Halen Robert Bellamy 11 10-00 66/1 Refused
20th Golden Fox Simon Earle 10 10-00 200/1 Refused
22nd (Becher's Brook) Mister Ed Derek Morris 9 10-00 100/1 Fell
22nd (Becher's Brook) Cloney Grange D H O'Connor 13 10-00 100/1 Fell
24th (Canal Turn) Kittinger I Lawrence 11 10-00 200/1 Refused
24th (Canal Turn) Royal Battery (NZL) Rodi Greene 9 10-00 80/1 Pulled up
25th Why So Hasty W Worthington 11 10-00 250/1 Pulled up
26th Karakter Reference D O'Sullivan 10 10-01 50/1 Pulled up
27th (open ditch) Seagram (NZL) Nigel Hawke 12 11-04 33/1 Pulled up
28th Hotplate Graham McCourt 9 10-05 50/1 Pulled up

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Media coverage and aftermath[edit]

The race and its buildup was broadcast live on BBC television for the thirty-third consecutive year as part of a Grandstand Grand National special hosted by Des Lynam. The commentary team for the twenty-second consecutive year was John Hanmer who covered the first four fences, Julian Wilson who covered the fence before Becher's Brook until Valentine's Brook before handing back to Hanmer who covered the field back onto the racecourse proper, before handing over to the anchor commentator, Peter O'Sullevan who covered the start, midway point and finish of the race. This was the last year that Wilson commentated for the BBC thus bringing an end to the longest unbroken commentary team line-up in the televised history of the race.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d April 1992
  2. ^ [1] BBC Politics '97: 1992 General Election details
  3. ^ [2] Racing Post: Dual Post Chase hero Docklands dies aged 29: 29 March 2011
  4. ^ [3] Equine World UK: Lynch has Oscar primed in time for 2011 Grand National bid
  5. ^ [4] Richard Guest profile: BBC: 6 April 2002
  6. ^ [5] Telegraph: O'Dwyer cleared for Aintree: 5 April 2006
  7. ^ [6] Party Politics proves pundits wrong: The Guardian: 6 April 1992
  8. ^ [7]
  9. ^ [8] The Scotsman: Ad hoc selection of class horses: 30 March 2003; Peter Niven