Peter O’Sullevan called the 1993 Aintree renewal “the greatest disaster in the history of the Grand National”. It’s the only time for Grand National has been declared a void race. After a false start the course officials couldn’t recall the horses in time. It’s estimated that Bookmakers had to refund almost £75 million to disappointed punters. The 1993 Grand National was never restaged and unfortunately winning horse Esher Ness and Jockey John White have no place in the Aintree roll of honour.
Commenting on the final furlongs of the race Peter O’Sullevan said “So as they race up to the line, in the National that surely isn’t, Esha Ness is the winner, second is Cahervillahow, third is Romany King, four The Committee, five is Givus A Buck. Then comes On The Other Hand and Laura’s Beau and they are the only ones to have completed in the race that surely never was.”
You can watch the drama unfold (unlike the recall flag!) in the video above.