Hallo Dandy- The 1984 Grand National (Aintree)

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1984 saw the Grand National at Aintree being limited to forty contenders, which surprisingly resulted in a record number of horses finishing the course — tw…


lolleo73 says:

My first national winner. Only had two winners since with Seagram and

Richard B says:

Just seemed like yesterday. The last horse into the race was McCain’s Kumbi
on 9st 5lbs. Today that would equate to a rating of 128 assuming Corbiere
on 12st was 165. Thats compares very favourably to the current quality of
the race. Note its generally considered 138 today was 128 back then as the
handicapper is quick to raise and slow to drop horses so ratings tend to
inflate. You didnt need soft fences back then to attract a quality field.

edward mercer says:

THIRTY years ago… I cannot believe it 

grincher2006 says:

Peter O Sullivan had a nightmare at the Chair fence. 141 horses were
entered for the GN in 1984. At the 5-day decs stage 80 horses remained.
Kumbi the last horse into the race was number 70 out of 141. This meant a
lot of classy horses at their peak ran on perfect jumping ground. Best
horse in the race was Corbiere given his huge weight burden

grincher2006 says:

if you take some time to do a bit of research then you will discover that
the 1960s were far safer than the last 10-years of modifications. You will
also discover that 1966 to 1989 are also safer than 1990 to 2013. The
problem is certain people are reactionaries without being informed

nfelvis68 says:

Well said. It’s just a test of stamina now.

grincher2006 says:

I quite agree, since they changed the fences for these brush hurdles in
2013. No point in this race unless you have the proper big stiff fences
which is the point of the race – a jumping test

patricia crowe says:

see this has brought a tear 2 my eye i worked 4 micheal cunningham he gave
me my 1st job at his racing stables in nobber co meath i got to ride
greasepaint out and also Drumrone who was owned by micheals mother in law
mrs peggy st john nolan such great memories

standardpoodle09 says:

Full race shows Burnt Oak and P Scudamore try to use a bit of pace to try
to slip the field – surely the furthest in front at first bechers of all
time? But why waste the ground by going to the outside? And why put a champ
jock on a specialist 3 miler who by then they would have presumably known
would never go the distance – looked spectacular for 12 fences mind….

Limekiln100 says:

Some truly fantastic “out of your hands” jumping by the winner.The turf on
the GN course used to feel like a carpet back then-the hand of man has
lessened this and reduced the cushioning effect.Would dearly love to watch

waqar khan says:

thank for showing this i was away

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