Rag Trade brought off an exciting win in the daunting Grand National Steeplechase at Aintree, near Liverpool, on Saturday (3 April) after resisting a staff challenge from Red Rum.
GV Field approaching and jumping Beechers Brook with Rag Trade leading as they go over the jump followed closely by Red Rum (3 shots)
TV Rag Trade in at the finish followed by Red Rum (2 shots)
SV Winner led in
SCU Pierre Raymond receiving trophy (SILENT)
WITSON: "Straight across the course, Spittin Image and Nereo prominent towards the outside with Tregarron on the inside. It's Highway View and Money Market, and just behind these Ceol-Na-Mara and Rag Trado in the centre of the course as they jump Beechers and over it-- the leader was spitting Image and Tregarron a faller....."
O'SULLIVAN: "(indistinct) It's Rag Trade from Red Rum. Red Rum is fighting back, but he can't get to him. Rag Trade is diving for the lino, Red Rum is second, Eyecatcher third, that's how they're going to finished in the National. Rag Trade is the winner, Red Rum is second. (indistinct) ...winner of the great Aintree classic for Pierre Raymond who won it in '63 with Ayala, whom he bought for a mere 250 guineas."
READER: The victory meant almost 37,500 pounds sterling for Mr. Raymond.
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This film is serviced with commentary by Julian Wilson and Peter O'Sullivan of the BBC. A transcript appears overleaf.
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Background: Rag Trade brought off an exciting win in the daunting Grand National Steeplechase at Aintree, near Liverpool, on Saturday (3 April) after resisting a staff challenge from Red Rum.
Rag Trade, a 14-1 outsider, edged ahead after the last of the 30 fences, to win by two lengths and deny Red Rum what would have been a record third triumph.
It was one of the most dramatic finishes in recent years with Rag Trade, a 10 year old chestnut gelding, just managing to find extra reserves of strength in the run up to the line.
His victory gave his trainer, Fred Rimell, his fourth victory in the National -- rated the toughest and most spectacular steeplechase event in the world.
Red Rum finished second at 10-1 with Eyecatcher eight lengths away in third place and Barona, the 7-1 favorite, taking fourth place.
Rag Trade's victory in the four and a half mile (7 kilometre) event earned GBP37,430 (SUS75,000) for his owner, Mr. Pierre Raymond, who previously won in 1963 with Ayala.
The race, seen by an estimated television audience of 700 million in 100 countries, lived up to its reputation by providing plenty of thrills and spills. The obstacles took a high toll and only half the 32 starters completed the course.
SYNOPSIS: Rag Trade brought off an exciting win in the Grand National steeplechase at Aintree in England on Saturday. In one of the most dramatic finishes in recent years, he warded off a challenge from Red Rum. With a commentary on the final stages, Julian Wilson and Peter O'Sullivan of the BBC.