The 1992 Grand National was won by Party Politics in a time of nine minutes and 6.4 seconds and by a distance of two and a half lengths. The horse was owned by Patricia Thompson, trained by Nick Gaselee of Berkshire and ridden by Welsh jockey Carl Llewellyn. He was bought by Thompson three days before his Grand National victory.
Eight year old Party Politics was a great favourite with the ‘once a year’ punters because of his topical name, the race took place just a few days before the 1992 General Election. Standing at over 17hh he was the tallest horse to ever win the National and was priced at 14/1. A maximum field of 40 horses saw 22 complete the course with no fatalities.
The 15/2 favourite on the day was Docklands Express who had fallen at the first fence in the previous year’s National. He had won the Racing Post Chase at Kempton in February ’92 and was placed third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup a few weeks before the National.
Brown Windsor who had finished fourth in the 1990 race was ridden by Richard Dunwoody and started at 8/1. Laura’s Beau looked a promising contender after winning the four mile National Handicap Chase three weeks prior and started at 12/1. On the first circuit Brown Windsor fell at Becher’s Brook as a result of another horse crashing into him.
On the second circuit an unusually large number of runners were still in contention at the Canal Turn, Laura’s Beau came through to take the last fence in fourth place and after overtaking Dockland’s Express on the run in finished in third position. Party Politics crossed the line to win by two and a half lengths from Romany King, his new owner collected £99,943.
Despite suffering from foot and breathing problems Party Politics went on to take second place behind Royal Athlete in the 1995 Grand National. He enjoyed a 13 year retirement at Thompson’s stud in Newmarket until his death in 2009. His jockey Carl Llewellyn said, “He was a fantastic jumper of the National fences, and gave me one of the best days of my life. It was a real shame that he never got the chance to win back to back Grand Nationals, as he was going significantly better at the Chair in the 1993 ‘void’ National than when he won it in 1992.”
Pos. | Name | Jockey | Age | Weight | SP
1st | Party Politics | Carl Llewellyn | 8 | 10-07 | 14/1
2nd | Romany King | Richard Guest | 8 | 10-03 | 16/1
3rd | Laura’s Beau | Conor O’Dwyer | 8 | 10-00 | 12/1
4th | Docklands Express | P Scudamore | 10 | 11-02 | 15/2 F
5th | Twin Oaks | Neale Doughty | 12 | 11-07 | 9/1
6th | Just So | Simon Burrough | 9 | 10-02 | 50/1
7th | Old Applejack | Andy Orkney | 12 | 10-00 | 35/1
8th | Over the Road | Robbie Supple | 11 | 10-00 | 22/1
9th | Stay on Tracks | Chris Grant | 10 | 10-00 | 16/1
10th | Cool Ground | Martin Lynch | 10 | 11-01 | 10/1
11th | Ghofar | Hywel Davies | 9 | 10-03 | 25/1
12th | Forest Ranger | D Tegg | 10 | 10-00 | 200/1
13th | What’s the Crack | Jamie Osborne | 9 | 10-00 | 20/1
14th | Rubika (FRA) | Peter Niven | 9 | 10-02 | 28/1
15th | Golden Minstrel | E Murphy | 13 | 10-00 | 150/1
16th | Auntie Dot | Mark Dwyer | 11 | 10-07 | 12/1
17th | Roc de Prince (FRA) | Charlie Swan | 9 | 10-09 | 40/1
18th | Mighty Falcon | Paul Holley | 7 | 10-00 | 80/1
19th | Radical Lady | J Callaghan | 8 | 10-00 | 80/1
20th | Willsford | Michael Bowlby | 9 | 10-00 | 16/1
21st | Team Challenge | Ben de Haan | 10 | 10-00 | 100/1
22nd | Sirrah Jay | Ronnie Beggan | 12 | 10-00 | 100/1