The 1983 Grand National was won by Corbiere in a time of nine minutes and 47.4 seconds. His trainer Jenny Pitman has the distinction of being the first woman ever to train a Grand National winner. He was owned by Mr S Burrough and ridden by Ben de Haan. From a field of 41 competitors only 10 completed the course with the winner collecting a prize of £52,949.
The favourite in 1983 was Grittar the previous years winner, at odds of 7/1, with the popular Greasepaint at 14/1 and Corbiere well fancied starting at 13/1. Jenny Pitman had trained the horse from 3 years of age and had noted his courage early on when he was the only horse on the gallops to battle through a hailstorm. A top class hurdler, the chestnut gelding soon made his mark over fences and following his impressive win of the Welsh National, became a leading contender for the Grand National.
Corbiere held a prominent position from the start of the race jumping the early fences with Delmoss and by Valentine’s he was in joint lead with Hallo Dandy. Hallo Dandy faltered soon after leaving Corbiere and Greasepaint to fight it out. Corbiere jumped the last better than Greasepaint and gained two lengths but Greasepaint wasn’t finished and began to eat into the lead only to be beaten to the post by three quarters of a length with Yer Man in third place and the 60/1 shot Hallo Dandy in 4th.
Corbiere ran in four more Grand Nationals, finishing third twice, falling once and finishing 12th in his final appearance in 1987. He was retired from racing but appeared in the show jumping ring and helped in tutoring a quartet of unbroken, and at the time unknown, Irish horses consisting of Royal Athlete, Esha Ness, Willsford and Garrison Savannah.
Position | Name | Jockey | Age | Weight | SP
1st | Corbiere | Ben De Haan | 8 | 11-04
2nd | Greasepaint | 14/1
3rd | Yer Man | 80/1
4th | Hallo Dandy | 60/1