Red Rum took his double, despite not being the favourite, he stole the show. His win was astonishing. Carrying the top weights of 12-00 due to the previous win and seasons form. He crossed the line a vast 25 lengths ahead of the runner up L’Escargot. His trainers and owners in the run up had only one thing in mind and Red Rum certainly delivered.
Watching Red Rum take the win in 1974 just shows what a fantastic horse he was. As he approached the last fence, he still looks strong and glides over without fault.
Top Handicap Weights For Red Rum
Lets remember horses now are not expected to carry such big weights of 12 stone. In 2009, the handicapping weights were reduced to a maximum of 11stone 10 pounds. So Red Rum clearly truly was a trooper in 1974 and the years that followed with his successes.
Scout: The Punters Favourite
Red Rum was overlooked by punters in the betting ring. All were clearly thinking he surely wouldn’t be able to get round with 12 stone in tow. He was priced at 11/1which will have certainly given those that trusted him a pretty return.
Scout, ridden by Tommy Stack was the leading fancy, as he had wins for his previous three races and with a handicap of 10 stone; all thought the momentum of the season would be in his favour. Scout did finish, although just outside the top 10, at 11th. Interestingly he never returned to the Grand National again.
Fast Forward 43 Years: A Very Late Bet Cashed In For The 1974 Race
Some 43 years after the race in 1974, a chap named Bob Holmes was sorting through his late father -in laws documents and papers. He came across a crumbled up bet slip for the 1974 race. Stating “1. Red Run to win 3.15pm”. Seeing it was a bet placed with William Hill, he took it to them and they confirmed the winning bet slip had never been cashed. They honoured the bet, inflating the win price to the value at that time (2017) and gave him £130. They also gave the same amount to charity of Bob’s choice stating that it was indeed the longest unclaimed bet slip they had on record, the previous one being only 7 years in comparison.