One of the best known Grand Nationals of all time. Future author Dick Francis on board the Queen Mother’s horse Devon Loch. Yards from certain victory, the horse suddenly and inexplicably leapt into the air, did the splits on landing and handed the race to E.S.B.
The race also featured 1953 winner Early Mist, 1954 winner Royal Tan and 1957 winner Sundew.
E.S.B. wins the 1956 Grand National:
Full race result:
|1||ESB||David Dick||10||11st 3lb||100/7|
|2||Gental Moya||George Milburn||10||10st 2lb||22/1|
|3||Royal Tan||Tosse Taaffe||12||12st 1lb||28/1|
|4||Eagle Lodge||Alan Oughton||7||10st 1lb||66/1|
|5||Ken Royal||Tim Moloney||8||10st 8lb||28/1|
|6||Martinique||Stan Mellor||10||10st 0lb||40/1|
|7||Carey’s Cottage||Bob Turnell||9||10st 13lb||10/1|
|8||Clearing||Johnny Bullock||9||10st 1lb||66/1|
|9||Wild Wisdom||Luther Bridge||11||10st 1lb||66/1|
Also ran: Early Mist, High Guard, Must, Reverend Prince, No Response, Mariner’s Log, Merry Windsor, Athenian, Border Luck, Ma’s Tu Vu, Dunboy II, Polonius, Domata, Witty, Sundew, Pippykin, Armorial III, Much Obliged, Ontray, Devon Loch.
Race time: 9m 22.8s
1956 Grand National Race Card
Seen here is the 1956 Grand National souvenir programme. Given that this is one of the most memorable Grand Nationals in history, this race card is highly sought after. In good, clean condition, we would expect this programme to be amongst the most valuable of the post-war era.