This was run on good going and the weather was cloudy. It took place on 26th March and the time was 9 mins 49 secs. The winner was trained by Mr Auliffe.

GRAND NATIONAL 1897

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Pos. Horse Jockey Owner
1 MANIFESTO T Kavanagh Mr H M Dyas
2 FILBERT Mr C Beatty Mr G R Powell
3 FORD OF FYNE Mr Withington Major J A Orr-Ewing
4 PRINCE ALBERT Mr G S Davies Mr J S Forbes
also LOTUS LILY Mr A W Wood Captain R W Ethelston
also TIMON Tervit Mr R W Brown
also FAIRY QUEEN Mr E H Lord Mr G S Davies
also SEAPORT II C James Mr H White
also NELLY GRAY G Morris Major J A Orr-Ewing
also ARGONAUT R Woodland Mr J A Miller
also WESTMEATH W Taylor Mr F D Leyland
also CLAWSON Mr W Bissill Mr Jolland
also NORTON J Hickey Mr Spencer Gollan
also DAIMIO H Escott Mr C Gibson
also CATHAL Mr R Ward Mr Reginald Ward
also WILD MAN FROM BORNEO Mr T J Widger Miss Norris
also THE SOARER Mr D G M Campbell Mr W H Walker
also BALLYOHARA Denby Lord Shrewsbury
also GOLDEN CROSS G Wilson Mr E P Wilson
also BARCALWHEY C Hogan Captain A E Whitaker
also RED CROSS H Taylor Count Zech
also THE CONTINENTAL H Brown Mr A H Hudson
also CHEVY CHASE Anthony Mr F F McCabe
also GREENHILL E Matthews Mr C D Rose
also MEDIATOR Grosvenor Lord Coventry
also LITTLE JOE Bland Mr R T Bell
also GOLDFISH T Fitton Mr E C Smith
also GAUNTLET Captain W H Johnstone Mr F D Leyland
   
6/1 Manifesto
7/1 Cathal
9/1 Wild Man From Borneo
10/1 Norton
100/6 The Soarer
20/1 Nelly Gray
20/1 Timon
25/1 Ford of Fyne
25/1 Greenhill
25/1 Prince Albert
25/1 Barcalwhey
28/1 Chevy Chase
33/1 Argonaut
33/1 Clawson
33/1 Golden Cross
40/1 Daimio
50/1 Fairy Queen
50/1 Seaport II
66/1 Gauntlet
66/1 Goldfish
100/1 Filbert
100/1 Westmeath
100/1 Ballyohara
100/1 Red Cross
100/1 The Continental
100/1 Mediator
100/1 Little Joe
100/1 Lotus Lily

John Pinfold comments that a racecard he most covets is from 1897 or 1899 as he is a great fan of Manifesto and his jockey George Williamson (still the only man to have ridden the winner of both the Grand National and the Velka Pardubicka). He further comments that one can see Manifesto's skeleton at the University of Liverpool's Victoria Museum.

I am very grateful to John Pinfold for the picture shown below. I can recommend Gallant Sport and An Aintree Dynasty, both written by John Pinfold. To purchase a copy of either book go to the Amazon Grand National store shown below.
http://astore.amazon.co.uk/wwwgreyhoundd-21?node=337&page=1