1976 Grand National

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1976 Grand National
Grand National
Date3 April 1976
Winning horseRag Trade
JockeyJohn Burke
TrainerEngland Fred Rimell
OwnerEngland Pierre Raymond
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1976 Grand National
Grand National
Date3 April 1976
Winning horseRag Trade
JockeyJohn Burke
TrainerEngland Fred Rimell
OwnerEngland 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[edit]

PositionNameJockeyAgeHandicap (st-lb)SPDistance
1stRag TradeJohn Burke1010-1214/1
2ndRed RumTommy Stack1111-1010/1
3rdEyecatcherBrian Fletcher1010-728/1
4thBaronaPaul Kelleway1010-67/1
5thCeol-Na-MaraJeremy Glover710-622/1
6thThe DiklerRon Barry1311-725/1
7thSandwilanRon Hyett810-0100/1
8thSpittin ImageAndy Turnell1010-066/1
9thSpanish StepsJeff King1310-222/1
10thBlack TudorGraham Thorner810-050/1
11thChurchtown BoyTaffy Salaman910-633/1
12thHighway ViewP Black1110-1033/1
13thJolly's ClumpIan Watkinson1010-312/1
14thMoney MarketBob Champion911-012/1
15thColondineBrian Forsey910-060/1
16thIndian DivaNicky Henderson910-3100/1Last to finish


FenceNameJockeyAgeHandicap (st-lb)Starting priceFate
01HuperadeJohn Carden1210-4100/1Fell
01Ormonde TudorKeith Barnfield710-0100/1Fell
03Merry MakerAnthony Mildmay-White1110-250/1Fell
04High KenMichael Dickinson1010-1233/1Fell
04ThomondJim Wilson1110-3100/1Brought Down
06Glanford BriggMartin Blackshaw1011-328/1Fell
06TregarronColin Tinkler910-112/1Fell
06Tudor ViewChris Read1010-0100/1Fell
13Meridian IIJonjo O'Neill910-033/1Fell
13NereoBeltrán Osorio1010-1100/1Fell
19Roman BarGerry Newman710-1033/1Fell
20PerpolKen White1010-666/1Pulled Up
22BallybrightSam Morshead910-080/1Fell
22Boom DockerJohn Williams910-050/1Brought Down
22Golden RapperJohn Francome1010-828/1Fell
22ProlanMouse Morris710-313/1Brought Down

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Media Coverage and Aftermath[edit]

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]


  1. ^ "1976 & 1977 - The Grand National & Aintree 1970-79". Seventiesnationals.webs.com. 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 |". freewebs.com. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  4. ^ Sporting Life Souvenir Magazine, 4 April 1987, page 6