Beginners Luck?

In 1924 the Old Etonian and Grenadier Guard Lord Manners of Foston claimed, in the Times Literary Supplement, that he only rode in two races in his life and, quite amazingly, he won them both. So what were these races?

They were the 1882 Grand National and the Grand Military Gold Cup of the same year.

Is this remarkable or strange? Well, let’s put it this way – it would be like picking up a tennis racket for the first time and winning Wimbledon and the French Open in the same year!