The Grand National & Aintree 1946-1959

1948 - Sheilas Cottage`s year

Leading Fancies

The form horse of the race was SILVER FAME who was unbeaten in five starts this season with wins at Sandown, Manchester, Stratford and two at Cheltenham including a win at the Cheltenham Festival. This was to be his third attempt at the National having been unlucky not to complete in his two previous attempts. He started favourite at 9-1. Next best was the King George VI Chase winner ROWLAND ROY. National debutants CLONCARRIG and ROIMOND were amongst several starting at 22-1. CLONCARRIG had shown he could act over the fences having won the Molyneux Chase at the Autumn meeting whilst ROIMOND had scored a hat-trick of wins in the autumn. LOYAL ANTRIM came in for considerable support but his jumping would be a worry and 1947 runner up LOUGH CONN was without a win all season but had been consistantly running well in good company. As for PRINCE REGENT he returned for one more attempt at the age of thirteen and was starting at 25-1. Again he was lightly raced having been off the course since winning a three runner Becher Chase at the Autumn meeting.

GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP CHASE, 4 1/2 miles, £9,103 to the winner

 

 1 PRINCE REGENT  13, 12-3 T W Dreaper- IRE T.Hyde 
 2 HAPPY HOME  9, 11-10 F T WalwynG.Kelly 
 3 KLAXTON  8, 11-8 J.Anthony R.Smyth 
 4 ROWLAND ROY  9, 11-8 F T Walwyn B.Marshall  
 5 ROIMOND  7, 11-7 G.Beeby R.Black 
 6 CADDIE II  10, 11-7I.Anthony J.Maguire 
 7 SILVER FAME  9, 11-6 G.Beeby M.Molony 
 8 REVELRY  8, 11-6 F T Walwyn D.Moore 
 9 HALYCON HOURS  8, 11-5 H.Smyth M C Prendergast 
10 LOVELY COTTAGE  11, 11-4 J.Morant C.Hook 
11 BRICETT  11, 11-3 W.Hall T.Molony 
12 REARMAMENT  11, 11-2 J.Anthony D.Ruttle 
13 CAUGHOO  9, 11-1 IRE E.Dempsey 
14 WAR RISK  9, 11-1 B.Hobbs R.Turnell 
17 CLONCARRIG  8, 10-13 T.Masson Mr J Hislop
18 WEEVIL  9, 10-11 T.Farmer V.Mooney 
19 CROMWELL  7, 10-11 P.Cazalet Lord Mildmay 
20 CLONABOY  10, 10-10  E.Hannigan 
21 GORMANSTOWN  8, 10-9  M.Hogan 
22 SHEILAS COTTAGE  9, 10-7  A P Thompson 
23 PLATYPUS  7, 10-6  A.Jack 
24 LOUGH CONN  12, 10-5  J.Fitzgerald 
25 FIRST OF THE DANDIES  11, 10-4  J.Brogan 
26 HOUSEWARMER  11, 10-6*  H.Nicholson 
27 SIR JOHN  7, 10-3  Maj C Blacker 
28 TUDOR CLOSE  11, 10-3  T.Maher 
29 LOYAL ANTRIM  11, 10-3  E.Newman 
30 ZAHIA  8, 10-2  E.Reavey 
31 SCHUBERT  14, 10-2  L.McMorrow 
32 ULSTER MONARCH  9, 10-1  Capt J Eustace-Smith 
33 MUSICAL LAD  11, 10-1  M.Browne 
34 ULTRA BENE  9, 10-1  A.Grantham 
35 LE DAIM  9, 10-1 S.Pinch 
37OFFALY PRINCE  9, 10-5* Mr A Parker 
38 SKOURAS  8, 10-0  A.Power 
39 PARTHENON  9, 10-0  P.Murray 
40 SODA II  7, 10-0  H.Bonneau 
41 MALTESE WANDERER  9, 10-0  K.Gilsenan 
42 HIGHLAND LAD  9, 10-0  E.Kennedy 
43 TOMMY TRADDLES  7, 10-0  C.Harrison 
44 SOME CHICKEN  11, 10-0  W.Redmond 
45 SERPENTINE  10, 10-0  C.Mitchell 
46BORAS COTTAGE  10, 10-0  E.Vinall 

Non Runners :  15 KEEP FAITH (W T Dreaper - IRE) - E.Newman                                                 16 BRIGHTER SANDY (W.Hall) - M C Prendergast                                                                                                        36 DUSKY CHIMES () - Mr D.Ancil

 

Racecard to follow when I have numbers for runners 

S.P : 9-1 Silver Fame, 100-9 Rowland Roy, 22-1 Cloncarrig, Lough Conn, Loyal Antrim & Roimond, 25-1 First of the Dandies, Housewarmer & Prince Regent, 28-1 Caughoo, 33-1 Cromwell, Happy Home, Revelry, War Risk & Weevil, 40-1 Klaxton & Soda II, 50-1 Caddie II, Halcyon Hours, Highland Lad, SHEILA`S COTTAGE & Some Chicken, 66-1 Clonaboy, Gormanstown, Lovely Cottage, Platypus & Schubert, 100-1 Bora`s Cottage, Bricett, Le Daim, Maltese Wanderer, Musical Lad, Offaly Prince, Parthenon, Serpentine, Sir John, Skouras, Tommy Traddles, Tudor Close, Ulster Monarch, Ultra Bene & Zahia

Aintree Debutants (19)

Bora`s Cottage, Caddie II, Clonaboy, Highland Cottage, Happy Home, Le Daim*, Loyal Antrim*, Maltese Warrior, Offaly Prince, Platypus*, Roimond, Serpentine*, Sir John, Skouras, Tommy Traddles,  Tudor Close*, Ultra Bene*, Weevil*, Zahia 

Winners at Aintree (5)

CaughooGrand National (1947) 
CloncarrigMolyneux Chase (1947) 
Housewarmer Molyneux Chase (1946) 
Lovely Cottage Grand National (1946) 
Prince Regent Champion Chase (1946) & Becher Chase (1947) 
War RiskGrand Sefton Chase (1946) 

 Analysis 

Saturday 20th March - Going : Good 

To follow when I have a copy of the racecard 

Result

1stSHEILA`S COTTAGE A P Thompson 
2ndFIRST OF THE DANDIES J.Brogan 
3rdCROMWELL Lord Mildmay 
4th HAPPY HOME G.Kelly 
5thPLATYPUS A.Jack 
6th ROWLAND ROY B.Marshall 
7th PARTHENON P.Murray 
8th MALTESE WARRIOR K.Gilsenan 
9th OFFALY PRINCE Mr A.Parker 
10thKLAXTON R.Smyth 
11th WAR RISK R.Turnell 
12thREVELRY D.Moore 
13th SCHUBERT L.McMorrow 
14th LOVELY COTTAGE C.Hook 

Time : 9 mins 25 2/5 secs

Distances : 1-6-6-10-6

Owned by John Procter

Trained by Neville Crump in Middleham, Yorkshire

The winner 

A notoriously bad tempered mare, SHEILAS COTTAGE repaid her jockey by biting off the top of one of his fingers as he went to congratulate her that evening. She was immediately retired to stud where she produced six foals. Eventually she was gifted to her jockey Thompson who showed that he held no hard feelings as she spent her twilight years with him and when she died she was buried in his garden in Wexford. -