The Grand National & Aintree 1946-1959

1949 - Russian Hero`s year

 
Leading Fancies
 
To follow when I have a copy of 1948-49 Chaseform/Sporting Chronicle 
 
GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP CHASE 4 1/2 miles, £9,528 to the winner, £1,158 to the second, £579 to the third & £289 to the fourth
 
To follow when I have a copy of the racecard 
  
S.P :  6-1 Cromwell, 10-1 Happy Home, 100-8 Cavaliero, 18-1 Cloncarrig & Royal Mount, 20-1 Bricett, 22-1 Roimond, 28-1 Ulster Monarch, 33-1 Flaming Steel & Royal Cottage, 40-1 Brighter Sandy, Gallery & Wot No Sun, 50-1 Acthon Major, Astra, Barn Dance, Bora`s Cottage, Loyal Antrim, Lucky Purchase, Magnetic Finn & Monaveen, 66-1 Ardnacassa, Arranbeg, Bruno II, Caddie II, Caughoo, Celtic Cross, Clyduffe, Leap Man, Martin M, Morning Star II, Offaly Prince, Parthenon, Perfect Night, Replica, RUSSIAN HERO, Sagacity, San Michelle, Sen Toi, Ship`s Bell, Southborough, Stone Cottage & Tonderman
 
Aintree Debutants (16)
 
Arranbeg*, Astra*, Barn Dance, Celtic Cross*, Flaming Steel*, Gallery, Magnetic Fin*, Monaveen, Morning Star II*, Replica*, Royal Cottage*, Russian Hero, Sagacity*, Sen Toi*, Ship`s Bell, Wot No Sun  
 
Winners at Aintree (5)
 
Caughoo Grand National (1947) 
Cloncarrig Molyneux Chase (1947) 
Lucky Purchase Foxhunters Chase (1947) 
San Michelle Foxhunters Chase (1948) 
Ulster Monarch Valentines Chase (1948) 
 
Analysis
 
Saturday 26th March - Going : Firm 
 
Sources Pathe/British Movietone newsreel, Chaseform
* denotes not covered by the newsreel footage
 
First fence : PATHENON (fell), STONE COTTAGE (fell)
 
Second fence fence : SAGACITY (unseated rider after fence - leather broke)*
 
Fourth fence : SHIPS BELL (fell)* 
 
Fifth fence : CAUGHOO (ran out), REPLICA (fell)
 
First Bechers (sixth) : LOYAL ANTRIM (fell)*, MAGNETIC FINN (fell), PERFECT NIGHT (hampered & unseated rider - remounted)
 
Seventh fence : CADDIE II (fell)*, CLONCARRIG (unseated rider)*, MARTIN M (fell)*
  
Order at first Canal (8th) : (1) ACTHON MAJOR, (2) ASTRA, (3) WOT NO SUN. (4) ROIMOND, (5) SAN MICHELE, (6) RUSSIAN HERO, (7) ROYAL MOUNT, (8) BRIGHTER SANDY, (9) LEAP MAN, (10) GALLERY, (11) ULSTER MONARCH, (12) TONDERMAN, (13) MONAVEEN, (14) SOUTHBOROUGH, (15) FLAMING STEEL, (16) MORNING STAR, (17) CLYDUFFE, (18) CAVALIERO, (19) BRICETT,, (20) HAPPY HOME, (21) OFFALY PRINCE, (22) CROMWELL, (23) ROYAL COTTAGE, (24) BARN DANCE, (25) CELTIC CROSS (fell), (26), BORAS COTTAGE, (27) SEN TOI  (unseated rider), (28) PERFECT NIGHT, (29) BRUNO II, (30) ARRANBEG, (31) LUCKY PURCHASE, ARDNACASSA (pulled up)
 
Valentines (9th) : CAVALIERO (fell)
 
Tenth fence : ACTHON MAJOR (fell when leading), ARRANBEG (fell)*, OFFALY PRINCE (fell)
 
Eleventh fence : BARN DANCE (unseated rider)
 
The Chair : LEAP MAN (unseated rider)
 
Order at half way : (1) ROIMOND, (2) WOT NO SUN, (3) RUSSIAN HERO, (4) SAN MICHELLE, (5) ROYAL MOUNT, (6) ULSTER MONARCH, (7) SOUTHBOROUGH, (8) MONAVEEN, (9) GALLERY, (10) HAPPY HOME, (11) CROMWELL, (12) ASTRA, (13) TONDERMAN, (14) BRIGHTER SANDY, (15) ROYAL COTTAGE, (16) BRICETT, (17) FLAMING STEEL, (18) BORAS COTTAGE, (19) CLYDUFFE, (20) MORNING STAR II, (21) LUCKY PURCHASE, (22) BRUNO II, (23) PERFECT NIGHT
  
Nineteenth fence : MONAVEEN (unseated rider)
 
Twentieth fence : MORNING STAR II (fell)* 
 
Twenty first fence : BRUNO II (fell)
 
Second Bechers : ROYAL COTTAGE (refused & unseated rider), WOT NO SUN (fell)
 
Twenty third fence : SAN MICHELE (fell)
 
Order at second Canal : (1) ROYAL MOUNT, (2) ROIMOND, (3) RUSSIAN HERO, (4) CROMWELL, (5) SOUTHBOROUGH (fell), (6) HAPPY HOME, (7) ASTRA, (8) TONDERMAN, (9) ULSTER MONARCH (fell), (10) GALLERY, (11) BRIGHTER SANDY (brought down), (12) BRICETT, (13) FLAMING STEEL, (14) BORAS COTTAGE, CLYDUFFE, PERFECT NIGHT., LUCKY PURCHASE
 
Second Valentines (25th) : BORAS COTTAGE (fell), BRICETT (fell remounted)
 
Twenty seventh fence : PERFECT NIGHT (unseated rider remounted)
 
Twenty eighth fence : ASTRA (unseated rider), GALLERY (unseated rider)  
 
Result
 
1st RUSSIAN HERO L.McMorrow 
2nd ROIMOND R.Francis 
3rd ROYAL MOUNT P J Doyle 
4th CROMWELL Lord MIldmay 
5th FLAMING STEEL Mr J.Spencer 
6th HAPPY HOME B.Marshall 
7th TONDERMAN Mr J.Bloom 
8th LUCKY PURCHASE A.Jack 
9th BRICETT (remounted)T.Molony 
10th CLYDUFFE J.Power 
11th PERFECT NIGHT (remounted)Mr D.Ancil 
 
Time : 9 mins 24 1/5 secs
Distances :
Owned by Mr W F Williamson
Trained by George Owen at Malpas, Cheshire. 
 
The winner
 
RUSSIAN HERO famously never won another race in twenty seven attempts although he finished second a few times and was just touched off by a head at Leicester over two miles  in 1950. His National record  thereafter was pretty dismal as he was a first fence faller in 1950 but was unlucky to be hampered and knocked out of the 1951 National when leading at the Chair. Finally on his last ever racecourse appearance in 1952 he came down at the first fence again.