1882 Grand National
|Date||24 March 1882|
The race was held on 24 March in some of the worst conditions ever seen in the race's history. The heavy snow and freezing conditions had put many off and there were only twelve starters including: Cyrus, The Scot, Eau de Vie, Zoedone, Fay and Seaman. Seaman was not a fit horse and he and his owner, Lord Manners, had only come to be in the race as the result of an extraordinary wager.
An extraordinary wager
In late 1881, the 3rd Baron Manners bet a large sum of money that he could buy, train and ride the winner of the 1882 Grand National. With just four months in which to prepare, he managed to procure Seaman, a six-year-old gelding, for £1,900. The vendor, an Irishman called Henry Linde, expressed his concerns over the sickly Seaman and didn't believe the horse was capable of such a feat, even if there had been sufficient time in which to train him. It was widely held that Manners lacked the riding ability and experience necessary to win such a tough race. Lord Manners, recognising his own short comings, set about entering as many amateur races as he could in order to gain some experience. He had limited success until three weeks before the National, when he won the Grand Military Gold Cup at Sandown, riding a horse called Chancellor.
On 24 March, in heavy snow, twelve horses lined up for the start of the 1882 Grand National. The dreadful conditions caused some of the more cautious riders to hold back and it was another outsider that took an early lead. Eau de Vie was jumping well despite the heavy going and managed to maintain the lead until the second lap when his rider's stirrup broke on the approach to Becher's Brook. By this time, there were only six runners left as many had retired, and as Eau de Vie swerved off into the crowd, Zoedone took the lead, with Fay, Cyrus, Seaman and The Scot following. With only two fences left before the home straight, Cyrus moved out in front and looked certain to win. Seaman in second place looked exhausted and was starting to go lame but with just 300 yards to go, Seaman managed to find something and with the determined Manners driving him on, won the race by a head; much to the amazement of the crowd. A long way behind was the only other horse to finish the course, Zoedone, who went on to win the 1883 National. Seaman never raced again but lived with the family at the family home for the rest of its life.
|02||Cyrus||Tom Beasley||10-9||9-2||A distance|
|03||Zoedone||Arthur Smith||10-0||20-1||Last to complete|
|17||The Liberator||Jimmy Adams||12-7||20-1||Fell|
|?||The Scot||James Jewitt||11-8||5-1||Fell|
|18||Wild Monarch||Henry Andrews||10-12||100-7||Fell|
|17||Eau De Vie||Dan Thirlwell||10-8||100-8||Ran Out|
|?||Montauban||George Waddington||10-7||?||Pulled Up|
|17||Black Prince||F Wynne||10-0||?||Fell|
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- The Grand National 1839-1930 by David Hoadley Munroe
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