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1848 Grand National

The 1848 Grand National Steeplechase was the tenth official annual running of a handicap steeplechase horse race at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool on Wednesday, March 1. It attracted a, then record, field of twenty-nine competitors for a prize valued at £1,015 to the winner.[1]

The race was won by Lieutenant Josey Little on Captain William Peel's Chandler trained by Tom Eskrett. Lieutenant Little wore Captain Peel's colours of white silks with a black cap. The horse won in a time of 11 minutes and 21 seconds, forty-two seconds slower than the course record set the previous year. With the proceeds of the race Lieutenant Little was able to purchase his promotion to the rank of Captain in the 1st King's Dragoon Guards.[2] Tom Olliver rode in the race for a record tenth time, finishing second on The Curate. The race was marred by the fatal falls of three competitors at the same fence in the latter stages of the second circuit, taking the total number of fatalities in the history of the race to five.

Finishing order

No official returns for the Grand National exist prior to 1865. The return below is that published by the reporter of The Times newspaper the day after the race.

position name rider age weight starting price dstance or fate
Winner Chandler Lieut Josey Little 12 11-12 12/1 1/2 a length
Second The Curate Tom Olliver 11-02 4/1 favourite 1 & 1/2 lengths
Third Standard Guard William Taylor 10-12 100/6
Fourth British Yeoman Mr Charles Bevill 10-08 Not quoted
Fifth Sir Arthur Murphy 11-01 15/1
Non Finishers
Wolverhampton Bartholomew Bretherton 11-12 Not quoted
Saucepan Terry Abbott 11-11 Not quoted Refused at the first fence on the second circuit, stopping many others.
Mathew Denny Wynne 10 11-10 8/1 Brought down on the first circuit
Jerry Sanders 11-07 Not quoted Pulled up
Father Matthew John Lamplugh 11-06 Not quoted Fell
Mr O'Higgin's Pioneer Captain William Peel 8 11-06 25/1 Brought down
The Switcher Lord Strathmore 11-05 Fell
Ashberry Lass Collis 6 11-03
Cheroot McGee 11-02
Aristides Rowlands 11-01 Not quoted
Khondooz H Rackley 11-00 25/1 Pulled up
Sophia William Ford 11-00 Not quoted
The Irish Bard Frisot 11-00 Not quoted
Eagle Johnny Broome 10-13 Not quoted Fell at Becher's Brook 2nd time when tailed off
Mr Harrison's Pioneer J Neale 10-13 Not quoted Brought down
Picton N Burke 10-13
Counsellor John Frisby 10-12 25/1 Fell fatally at the ditch and bank along the canal side on the second circuit
Fortune Teller Neptune Stagg 10-10 33/1 Fell
The Sailor William Holman 6 10-08 Fell fatally at the bank and ditch on the canal side on the second circuit
The Gipsy Queen Whitfield 10-06 Refused
Variety Horatio Powell 10-08
Blue Pill W Allensby 10-03 Fell fatally at the bank and ditch along the canal side on the second circuit
Sparta T Turner 10-00 Fell
Naworth William Archer 9-08


  1. Green, Reg (1989). A Race Apart: The History of the Grand National. Hodder & Stoughton. p. 32. ISBN 9780340415788. 
  2. "1st Dragoon guards regimental history". Archived from the original on 2009-05-03. http://www.webcitation.org/5gVUv4DNe. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 


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