Coincidence’s do happen and it was pure coincidence that the last Grand National to be sponsored by the Canadian distillery Seagram would result in a win for the eleven year old horse of the same name. Owned by Sir Eric Parker and trained by David Barons he was ridden by Nigel Hawke.
The win by Seagram would deny the Jenny Pitman trained, Garrison Savannah, of the Gold Cup/Grand National double. Jockey Hawke, has since said of his Grand National ride “I was just in the right place at the right time, we jumped the last behind Garrison Savannah and I’d settled for second “.
However on the run-in Seagram, carrying 10st 6lb found that bit extra and won by five lengths leaving Garrison Savannah runner up. The jockey later admitted to being overwhelmed by the ensuing attention and spending ten minutes in the gents toilet!
Seagram continued his racing career but with little success and not much enthusiasm, he was retired in 1993, aged thirteen. He was later brought out of retirement and put back into training with Josh Gifford.
Unfortunately he showed no form in the few races he had and was retired again. His owner said of him “he gets very bored” and he was hunted regularly in his retirement.