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1976 Grand National

1976 Grand National
Grand National
Location Aintree
Date 3 April 1976
Winning horse Rag Trade
Jockey John Burke
Trainer Fred Rimell
Owner Pierre Raymond
External video
Replay of the 1975-79 Grand Nationals in full Racing UK, BBC Sport, YouTube
The 1976 Grand National British Movietone

The 1976 Grand National was the 130th renewal of the world-famous Grand National horse race that took place at Aintree near Liverpool, England, on 3 April 1976.

The race was won by Rag Trade, who was the fourth winner trained by Fred Rimell and the second winner owned by Pierre Raymond Bessone. Red Rum finished second for the second year in a row. Rimell's fourth winner gave him the outright record for training most National winners which he had previously shared with six other trainers. His record was equalled by Ginger McCain in 2004.

Finishing order

Position Name Jockey Age Handicap (st-lb) SP Distance
1st Rag Trade John Burke 10 10-12 14/1
2nd Red Rum Tommy Stack 11 11-10 10/1
3rd Eyecatcher Brian Fletcher 10 10-7 28/1
4th Barona Paul Kelleway 10 10-6 7/1
5th Ceol-Na-Mara Jeremy Glover 7 10-6 22/1
6th The Dikler Ron Barry 13 11-7 25/1
7th Sandwilan Ron Hyett 8 10-0 100/1
8th Spittin Image Andy Turnell 10 10-0 66/1
9th Spanish Steps Jeff King 13 10-2 22/1
10th Black Tudor Graham Thorner 8 10-0 50/1
11th Churchtown Boy Taffy Salaman 9 10-6 33/1
12th Highway View P Black 11 10-10 33/1
13th Jolly's Clump Ian Watkinson 10 10-3 12/1
14th Money Market Bob Champion 9 11-0 12/1
15th Colondine Brian Forsey 9 10-0 60/1
16th Indian Diva Nicky Henderson 9 10-3 100/1 Last to finish


Fence Name Jockey Age Handicap (st-lb) Starting price Fate
01 Huperade John Carden 12 10-4 100/1 Fell
01 Ormonde Tudor Keith Barnfield 7 10-0 100/1 Fell
03 Merry Maker Anthony Mildmay-White 11 10-2 50/1 Fell
04 High Ken Michael Dickinson 10 10-12 33/1 Fell
04 Thomond Jim Wilson 11 10-3 100/1 Brought Down
06 Glanford Brigg Martin Blackshaw 10 11-3 28/1 Fell
06 Tregarron Colin Tinkler 9 10-1 12/1 Fell
06 Tudor View Chris Read 10 10-0 100/1 Fell
13 Meridian II Jonjo O'Neill 9 10-0 33/1 Fell
13 Nereo Beltrán Osorio 10 10-1 100/1 Fell
19 Roman Bar Gerry Newman 7 10-10 33/1 Fell
20 Perpol Ken White 10 10-6 66/1 Pulled Up
22 Ballybright Sam Morshead 9 10-0 80/1 Fell
22 Boom Docker John Williams 9 10-0 50/1 Brought Down
22 Golden Rapper John Francome 10 10-8 28/1 Fell
22 Prolan Mouse Morris 7 10-3 13/1 Brought Down

[1] [2] [3]

Media Coverage and Aftermath

In an interview eleven years after the race, Red Rum's trainer, Ginger McCain expressed that he felt jockey, Tommy Stack had made a tactical error in waiting until the penultimate flight before attempting to race to the finish as is, McCain noted, the text book way to ride a National. He instead felt that if Stack had allowed Red Rum to "kick on from the fifth last flight he would have stretched his rivals and outpaced them". McCain was also quick to point out how much easier it is to ride the Grand National in your head from the stands and praised his rider for a "marvelous effort" The tactics described by McCain turned out to be those employed by Stack in 1977 when the horse won a record breaking third Grand National.[4]


  • "Past Winners of The Grand National". Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  1. ^ "1976 & 1977 - The Grand National & Aintree 1970-79". 1995-10-18. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  2. ^ The Grand National : the history of the Aintree spectacular, by Stewart Peters & Bernard Parkin, ISBN 0-7524-3547-7
  3. ^ "Grand National Anorak |". Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  4. ^ Sporting Life Souvenir Magazine, 4 April 1987, page 6

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