1955 Grand National

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1955 Grand National
Grand National
Location Aintree Racecourse
Date 26 March 1955
Winning horse Republic of Ireland Quare Times
Jockey Republic of Ireland Pat Taaffe
Trainer Republic of Ireland Vincent O'Brien
Owner Mrs. Cecily Welman
Conditions Heavy
1954
1956
External video
Highlights of the 1955 Grand National (British Pathé)

The 1955 Grand National was the 109th renewal of the Grand National horse race that took place at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England, on 26 March 1955.

Thirty horses ran in the race, which was won by 100/9 shot Quare Times, who was ridden by jockey Pat Taaffe and trained by Vincent O'Brien. This was O'Brien's third consecutive Grand National win.

Early Mist, the previous year's winner and another O'Brien-trained mount, was the favourite. In attendance at Aintree were The Queen Mother (who owned M'as Tu Vu who was also running in the race), and her daughters Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret.

Several fences had been reduced in severity following an outcry over four equine fatalities in the previous year's National. The heavy going meant the 16th fence (the Water Jump) was omitted — the first time in Grand National history that not all 30 fences were jumped.

Finishing order[edit]

Position Name Jockey Age Handicap (st-lb) SP Distance
01 Quare Times Pat Taaffe 9 11-0 100/9 12 Lengths
02 Tudor Line George Slack 10 11-3 10/1
03 Carey's Cottage Tosse Taaffe 8 10-11 20/1
04 Gigolo Dick Curran 10 11-3 100/6
05 Ontray Bobby Brewis 7 10-8 66/1
06 Gentle Moya Mr J Straker 9 10-0 50/1
07 Clearing Rex Hamey 8 10-2 50/1
08 Wild Wisdom Lt Col W Holman 10 10-0 66/1
09 Early Mist Bryan Marshall 10 12-3 9/1
10 Red Rube Alan Oughton 8 10-3 66/1
11 Irish Lizard Michael Scudamore 12 10-9 100/8
12 Royal Tan David Dick 11 12-4 28/1
13 Uncle Barney Leo McMorrow 12 10-0 50/1 Last to complete

Non-finishers[edit]

Fence Name Jockey Age Handicap (st-lb) SP Fate
01 Mariner's Log Dick Francis 8 11-12 100/8 Fell
27 (Open Ditch) Sundew Patrick Doyle 9 11-3 28/1 Fell
06 (Becher's Brook) ESB Tommy Cusack 9 11-1 66/1 Fell
11 (Open Ditch) Oriental Way Fred Winter 7 10-12 33/1 Fell
07 Copp Tim Molony 11 10-8 7/1 Fell
27 (Open Ditch) M'as Tu Vu Arthur Freeman 9 10-7 22/1 Fell
10 No Response Derek Ancil 9 (Valentine's) 10-2 45/1 Fell
11 (Open Ditch) Dark Stranger John Bosley 10 10-5 40/1 Fell
01 Blue Envoy Mr E Greenaway 10 10-1 66/1 Fell
03 (Open Ditch) Another Rake Derek Leslie 10 10-1 45/1 Fell
07 Moogie J Neely 12 10-0 66/1 Fell
11 (Open Ditch) Munster King II Victor Speck 8 10-0 66/1 Fell
28 Sun Clasp Jimmy Power 7 10-0 66/1 Fell
26 Mr Linnett Mr JR Cox 7 11-5 20/1 Pulled Up
24 (Canal Turn) Little Yid Rene Emery 13 10-10 50/2 Pulled Up
06 (Becher's Brook) Roman Fire Jack Dowdeswell 12 10-0 66/1 Brought Down
27 (Open Ditch) Steel Lock Johnny Bullock 11 (Open Ditch) 10-0 66/1 Knocked Over

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The Grand National : the history of the Aintree spectacular, by Stewart Peters & Bernard Parkin, ISBN 0-7524-3547-7
  2. ^ "1955 - The Grand National & Aintree 1946-1959". fiftiesnationals.webs.com. Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  3. ^ "Past Winners of The Grand National". grand-national.net. Retrieved 2014-08-30.