Hallo Dandy 1984
Gordon Richards was the jockey on Hallo dandy for this race and did wonderfully in seeing off favourite Greasepaint, Corbiere and Lucky Vane. He retied in 1986 but was unfortunately loaned to an Earl of Onslow, a Tory member of the House of Lords who used Hallo Dandy for hunting. 8 years later Hallo Dandy was in a terrible state and had obviously not been looked after at all.
Thankfully a Carrie Humble (Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre that retrains retired horses) and Aintree commentator Peter O’Sullevan, bought Hallo Dandy back to full health. He died at the Grand Old age of 33 – thankfully, due to Carrie Humble, more happy years than miserable years with this Earl of Onslow.
Last Suspect 1985
A brilliant 50-1 outsider no-one saw Last Suspect coming, ridden by Hywel Davies fended off some classic National horses to win the 1985 Grand National in Mr Snugfit, Corbiere and Greasepaint who was the 13-2 joint favourite.
West Tip 1986
One of the Grand National’s best. West Tip not only won in 1986 at odds of 15-2 but ran a consecutive six Nationals from 1985 to 1990 on West Tip, where he was actually favourite in 1985 but fell at Bechers Brook on the second lap, finishing each way in all but 1990 where he finished a respectable tenth.
Richard Dunwoody, the famous jockey also won in 1994 aboard Freddie Star’s horse Miinnehoma when the conditions could have been classed as torrential.
Maori Venture 1987
1987 Grand National Winner Maori Venture was a rank outsider at 28-1, and at 11 years old but at a good weight of 10-13 was ridden superbly by Steve Knight was able to see off the likes of The Tsarevich,Lean Ar Aghaidh and 1986 winner West Tip who was the 5-1 favourite.
T & J. Dowd – 23rd April 2009 – New Zealand
I think we backed Maori Venture because we were visiting friends in Cheshire and we come from New Zealand. We had not heard about this race but our friends told us how amazing it was.
We told them we knew nothing about racing and doubted we would win any money. When my wife saw that a horse called Maori Venture was running we just had to back it, I mean most people just back a horse they like the sound of so why not. When we went back to New Zealand we made a habit every year of making sure we watch it, if the horse has a name that means something to our homeland then we will back it 100%!
Rhyme ‘N’ Reason 1988
Ridden by Brendan Powell the 1988 Grand National winner was a generous 10-1 shot which made this a bad day for the bookmakers. Especially as Rhyme ‘N’ Reason fell at Bechers Brook first time round but managed to continue to victory. 2nd favourite was 1986 winner West Tip at 11-1 who managed a respectable 4th.
Rhyme ‘N’ Reason also won the Irish National in 1985 making him one of the ‘Special’ horses that were able to complete a double.
Mr Frisk 1990
A winning horse ridden by an amateur jockey by the name of Marcus Armytage, this was a truly fascinating finish with Mr Frisk and Durham Edition going all out after the final fence. Mr Frisk was always in the lead, with it looking like he was being caught up, then he wasn’t, then he was, then he wasn’t.
It was real nail and tooth stuff but Mr Frisk just had enough of a lead, the fans were going loopy with Durham Edition a punters choice with odds of 9-1 just being beaten to the post by 16-1 Mr Frisk 1990 Grand National Champion by half a length.
Memory of P. Somersall – 24th April 2009 – UK
This has to be my favourite National of all time, the first one I watched was in 1987 when Maori Venture won it, but because 1990 was so close I reckon it has to be up there with the best of them. I was watching this one on tv and everyone who was watching with me were shouting for Durham Edition to catch Mr Frisk up. It looked as though it would but Mr Frisk just kept on going showing great stamina although you would have to give credit to both jockeys for making this National such a great close race!