Minnehoma won the race in a time of ten minutes and 18.8 seconds by a distance of one and one quarter lengths. Jockey Richard Dunwoody replaced the horses regular partner Peter Scudamore, who had retired, to claim his second National victory having won in 1986 aboard West Tip. Miinnehoma was trained by Martin Pipe and owned by well known comedian Freddie Starr.
The thirty six competitors were led out by the country’s favourite racehorse Red Rum and there were no serious injuries or fatalities during the race. Mrs Rosemary Henderson riding Fiddlers Pike became only the second women to complete the National course. The press had dubbed the middle aged women the ‘Galloping Grandmother’, she said the race was “the experience of a lifetime” and finished in a very respectable fifth place.
Due to the previous years disastrous false start, a new push button starting system was used, whilst improved security precautions kept animal rights protestors at bay.
Moorcroft Boy at 5/1 was the favourite on the day, in an impressive season he had finished first or second in nine consecutive long distance chases. Master Oats had beaten Moorcroft Boy in February 94 and started at 9/1 but for the only time in his career fell at the 13th fence. Also at 9/1 was The Fellow, a French trained horse hoping to be the first to win a National for 85 years.
Young Hustler was a 16/1 shot who was well placed when brought down by a loose horse at the 11th, he continued riderless and actually passed the post first. By the time the runners reached the water there were only 13 left and by Becher’s on the second circuit, only a handful remained.
The last two fences were taken together by Miinnehoma and Moorcroft Boy but on the long run in Moorcroft Boy’s stamina ran out. Just So ridden by Simon Burrough made a tremendous challenge at The Elbow but Miinnehoma held on to win, Just So was second with Moorcroft Boy in third place.
From a field of 36, only 6 horses completed the course with the winner collecting £115,606 in a time that was the second slowest National since WW2.
After the race winning jockey Richard Dunwoody said, “I didn’t know it at the time, but the omens were good. It had snowed when West Tip won the National for me eight years earlier and he’d worn the same number”, adding yet another ‘coincidence’ to the Grand Nationals already long list of such events. TV presenter Des Lynam conducted the first interview over a mobile phone with owner Freddie Starr, who was unable to attend the race because of, yes, television commitments!.
Pos | Name | Jockey | Age | Weight | Starting Price
1st | Miinnehoma | Richard Dunwoody | 1 | 10-08 | 16/1
2nd | Just So | Simon Burrough | 11 | 10-03 | 20/1
3rd | Moorcroft Boy | Adrian Maguire | 9 | 10-00 | 5/1 F
4th | Ebony Jane | Liam Cusack | 9 | 10-01 | 25/1
5th | Fiddlers Pike | Mrs. Rosemary Henderson | 13 | 10-00 | 100/1
6th | Roc De Prince (FRA) | Jonathan Lower | 11 | 10-00 | 100/1