Famous Racehorses – The Luck of the Irish in the 1928 Grand National

Grand National - Unlikely Winners

Who was Tipperary Tim? 100-1 were the odds of Tipperary Tim wining the 1928 Grand National. However, the luck of the Irish was on the side of the 10-year-old. Bad weather and a series of horses falling resulted in a surprising Grand National upset. Before the race, someone joked that the only way Tipperary Tim would win was if all the other horses fell during the race. Amazingly, these words turned out to be true.

Punters Favourite and an Unlikely Winner – Tipperary Tim

Poor weather set the drama of the 1928 Grand National Steeplechase. The racecourse was rated heavy after weeks of rain and mist fell as competitors started the race. A sickening pile up on the first circuit resulted in falls or delays for most of the runners. It looked like Great Span would become a famous racehorse until its saddle slipped. Suddenly, Billy Barton took the lead coming up to the finish but fell over before the line. The crowd must have been astonished to see 100-1 Tipperary Tim gallop to one of the Grand National’s most dramatic wins.