The 1966 Grand National, Vignettes

70| Michael Lyne (British, 1912-1989)

The 1966 Grand National, Vignettes

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Oil on canvas, 28" x 36"

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$6000 - $8000

Provenance: Frost and Reed

It might be hard to believe now, but when this work was completed it looked as though the 1966 Grand National might be the last one at Aintree. The owner of the course, Tophams Ltd., was embroiled in a legal battle to sell the racecourse to housing developers. When they purchased Aintree from Lord Sefton in 1949, the deal carried stipulations that the area could only be used for agriculture or horse racing during his lifetime. Four days after the 1966 race, the House of Lords upheld Tophams’ appeal to sell to developers but, thankfully for racing, the Liverpool City Council never approved housing plans for the property and Aintree remains to this day.

The 1966 edition was won by Anglo and jockey Tim Norman, who had been injured in a car accident just two days before the race. Their victory came by 20 lengths over Freddie with Pat McCarron aboard, who placed for the second straight year. With a field of 47 runners to start, 12 managed to finish. While some of the silks in the painting have been hard to identify, two horses unseated their riders, as depicted: Flamecap with Frankie Carroll up, and Dorimont, who had been carrying William Shand-Kydd.


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