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Foggy Recollections

The history of the Grand National is full of strange tales but one of the strangest stories is that of the 1947 winner ‘Caughoo'. Jockey Daniel McCann who was well beaten on ‘Lough Conn' accused winning jockey Eddie Dempsey of hiding ‘Caughoo' in the thick fog that had descended over the Aintree course on the day of the race.

McCann claimed the horse had failed to jump at least half for the Grand Nationals thirty fences! Alleging that Eddie Dempsey had waited for the second circuit in the mist and therefore didn't complete the full course. Photographic evidence later proved that ‘Caughoo' had completed the full course.

The accusations were probably due to the fact that no-one thought that the 100-1 winner ‘Caughoo' would even complete the Aintree course. However, Caughoo an Irish horse had previously won the Ulster Grand National in 1945 and 1946. Caughoo's early career was not so glittering, in Anne Holland's book The Grand National, the Irish at Aintree, a jockey at that time, Morney Wing, jokingly suggested the best thing to do with the horse was shoot it!

WATCH THE 1947 GRAND NATIONAL

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