Despite the fact that Forbra only won 7 races during his career, his victory in The Grand National at the long odds of 50-1, was just reward for the efforts of a fine chaser and something of an Aintree specialist. He ran twice more in the race and finished on both occasions in the first four.
Prior to his famous victory in 1932 he had the distinction of scoring a victory over the great Golden Miller in a race where 'The Miller' was disqualified for carrying the wrong weight. Unfortunately, Forbra, who never fell during his racing career was 'put down' in 1935 after a race at Newbury, having broken a fetlock between the final twn fences.
Forbra's owner Mr William (Billie) Parsonage was a well known commission agent based in Ludlow, Shropshire and had previously attempted to win the National with a number of fine staying chasers. The best known of these was Master Billie who had been greatly fancied and heavily backed in 1929.
Forbra was the first Grand National winner to emerge from the famous Kinnersley stables, near Worcester, where in later years Fred Rimell, son of Forbra's trainer Tom Rimell became a Champion trainer winning more Nationals and almost all the major NH events of his time.