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    Re: The One's who made history

    Have you ever heard thousands of people take a sharp Intake of breathe In unison ? One of which your own.? The silence between that gasp and the exhaling that seems to last forever.? Scroll through to 6 minutes In the video when I believe thousand of hearts stopped In horror Including mine.

    The 2010 Gold Cup

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    Now something that made history In that It saw one of the fences renamed.

    A pile up so spectacular that It forever was know In history as ' Disaster at the 23 rd. '

    The 1967 Grand National.

    One horse, shouldn't really have been there at all. In two seasons, he hadn't managed to clock up one win. Such a rank outsider and no hoper, that neither his trainer nor owner even bothered going to Aintree that day to see him. In fact, the pundits treated him with complete derision.

    All was well by the 22nd obstacle with the no hoper far behind. Popham Down had been brought down at the very first obstacle and had ridden riderless. Then for reasons still unknown today, he sharply swung out to the right, crashing Into the field. What followed was the biggest pile up In racing history.

    One horse was so far behind that he avoided the disaster..... By the time jockeys had scrambled to remount, they couldn't catch him.

    The 23 rd was renamed ' The Foinavon' In his memory.

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    This went down In history as one of the most bizzarre. To this day, no-one knows what happened and why this horse did what he did.

    The 1956 Grand National

    He didn't have just any owner for his owner was Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.

    He had success at Cheltenham that year and was well fancied and well backed.
    Toward the end of the race, only 10 horses remained on their feet and It was looking good for The Queen Mother. He was on the final run In, just 40 yards from the winning post, right In front of the Royal Box and 5 lengths clear.

    There's many speculations to this day as to why he did what he did. Some pundits have offered, stomach cramp, a shadow being thrown up from the water jump on the opposite side, even cheers from the crowd spooked him but what he did went down In history as ' The Phantom Leap'

    In racing now, the term ' To do a Devon Loch' Is a metaphore for an unexpected failure.

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    I didn't put a link In for ' Rummy' Red Rum... I like this best, a tribute.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvax6vFJdF0

    Red Rum Is buried at the winning post on Aintree race course, home of The Grand National. It's a very humble place to be where grown men leave roses and shed tears. It's hard not to.

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    Next up, a horse simply known as Dessie. Many argue that simply because he was a Grey, the nation took to their hearts more than others.

    He made history In 1990 when he became the only horse to win 4 King George Stakes and a statue honours him at Kempton Park. He lost that title when Kauto Star eclipsed his record winning 5 King Georges.

    1989 winner of the Gold Cup.

    The racing world still mourn and honour him but sorry, I dispute many a pundit who claim he was the greatest steeple chaser of our time. I had the honour of seeing him race and parade myself and he certainly had a presence so many others lack.

    DESERT ORCHID

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    I was mainly raised just a few miles down the road from Aintree, in Ormskirk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FourPart View Post
    I was mainly raised just a few miles down the road from Aintree, in Ormskirk.
    Lucky you !!!! So many of the Grade 1 Steeple Chase races are held there, not just The Grand National. I find the journey from Bristol when I do go as difficult and tiring. I'd be there all the time If I lived near.

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    I'm going to put one In here that I am sure no pundit would Include. He may not have made history per say but for me he did In another remarkable way and no doubt why he'll be talked about by pundits for many a year.

    I had a soft spot for this horse since I first saw him charging up the Cheltenham Hill On March 2009. A young novice who Impressed me and we believed we'd witnessed a future great. I really do believe he was headed for championship and great things possibly even a Grand National winner.

    On 19th March 2011 I was devastated when he fell at Uttoxeter In the Midlands Grand National and broke his neck. Seeing him stricken on the turf really upset me and I openly sobbed that day.

    Yet testament to his trainer Paul Nicholl's he was winched up and given months of specialist care Including months of box rest. No-one ever expected to see him on British turf again so you can only Imagine the reception he got when with such bravery he ran at Huntingdon after being out of action for two years In February last year. Not only did he run again but he won that race.

    It was a treat to see him parade at Cheltenham last year but sadly he was pulled up In his race. No shame there after what he went through.

    TRICKY TRICKSTER

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    I can't help but wonder how good he'd have been without that fall that robbed him.

    The day Tricky won the Aon ... look at that finish !!!! Also the day, Denman dumped AP McCoy on the Newbury turf.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PjOgVwco_E

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