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The Huntsman

The Huntsman was the winner of the 1862 Grand National steeplechase run on March 12 at Aintree near Liverpool, England. The winner was owned by Viscount de Namur and trained in France by Yorkshire born trainer Henry {Harry} Jeremiah Lamplugh who also chose to ride the horse himself.

Thirteen ran, with the previous year's winner Jealousy being withdrawn on the morning of the race. Huntsman came to the final fence with only one other horse in with a chance of beating him, Bridegroom, ridden by Richard Sherrard. Huntsman had more to offer than his rival and went on up the run in to become the first French trained winner of the race. Five horses completed the course although the third placed Romeo had refused at the third last fence while fifth placed Bucephalus had been virtually brought down in the early stages and finished tailed off from his rivals. The race of 1862 is remembered however for the only human fatality recorded in the Grand National. At the Chair fence situated in front of the grand stands two competitors collided before both fell. One of the riders, Joseph {Joe} Wynne, riding in his first National was crushed and was taken unconscious to the nearby Sefton Arms Inn where he died five hours later. Joe's father Dennis {Denny} had won the race as a jockey in 1847 but he himself had died in a fall in 1858.

N.B. to researchers. Written publications on the history of the Grand National state the jockey as James Wynne. This is a mistake created by writers some forty years after the event and copied by later written works without being checked. Some publications also state that Wynne's father accompanied him to Aintree but again this is an unchecked error as stated above, Wynne's father had been dead some four years at the time of the incident.


The unofficial year by year Internet record of the Grand National {Steve Porter - ongoing} www.hometown aol.co.uk/captainbeecher/1862HUNTSMAN.html

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