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The Dragon
05 Apr 16 20:12
Date Joined: 12 Mar 05
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was Rag trade for me , i think it was 75/76, got on my motorbike drove to bookies in Walton (Liverpool) did an ew bet and won a few quid . Happy days

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Report The Dragon April 5, 2016 8:14 PM BST
just checked it was 76
Report The Dragon April 5, 2016 8:21 PM BST
red rum 2nd
Report sixtwosix April 5, 2016 8:59 PM BST
Not sure about my first , but my favourite was Maori Venture at 28/1.
Told all my pals that it might not get round , but if it was within five lengths at the last it would scoot in , having a terrific finish for a staying chaser.

Wish I was always so spot on.
Report Rydal April 5, 2016 9:01 PM BST
Six (old) pence - my pocket money - each way on ESB in the 1956 National.

I had asked my Dad what to back and he had pointed to the initials on the headlines on the national page of the Liverpool Daily Post - "Everybody's Sporting Bet".

It won at 100/7 when Deven Loch slipped up and I went downhill from there.
Report The RealDeal April 5, 2016 9:05 PM BST
West Tip 1986 - but ESB is a great shout, now we should ask for anything earlier than 1956?
Report ReaseHeath April 5, 2016 9:16 PM BST
similar story to Rydal but 16 years later - Well To Do 1972

Placed by my dad on my behalf (he did n't back it himself!) - just after decimalization so 10p (2 shillings in old money) win - think it was 12/1 - also out of my pocket money, inflation was high in the seventies hence the difference between the 1956 stake and the 1972 bet! 

Hope this does n't get be on the aftertimers thread Happy
Report The Dragon April 5, 2016 9:44 PM BST
1956 gosh thats some time ago rydal -respect m8
Report Rydal April 5, 2016 9:58 PM BST
I was nearly 8 years old (we started early in Liverpool!).

I assumed that it would always be as easy and I was bitterly disappointed and amazed the next year when my selection (again ESB) was unplaced - Sundew was the winner.

Innocent times.
Report BornToWin April 5, 2016 10:53 PM BST
My first 'winner' was Durham Edition who of course finished second in 1988.

My mum got me a sweeper from her work, I got a tenner. Cheers mum that was me hooked on the ggs age 10 Laugh

Had him backed the following 2 years as well, finishing 5th and then 2nd again beaten 3/4 length when Mr Frisk smashed the track record.
Report kavvie April 5, 2016 11:13 PM BST
west tip  86 r dunwoody
Report Facts April 6, 2016 6:43 AM BST
Jay Trump in 1965
Report crystalhunt April 6, 2016 10:54 AM BST
Royal Tan 1954 - 3d EW 8/1
Dad put the bet on with street bookie

watch this amazing Pathe News video
250,000 crowd lined the whole course.
No big screen in those days
Report AraziTheGreatest April 6, 2016 9:43 PM BST
Hallo Dandy 1984 my first winner - and bizarely had the winner in 1994, 2004 and 2014 (and just a couple of winners in between).

first bet (age 5!) was Zongalero in 1979, 2nd to Rubstic and had 17 2nd places in total Cry

Cant wait until 2024 Excited
Report sewter lives again April 6, 2016 10:00 PM BST
Rubstic 1979

Generally been a good race for me since then
Report AraziTheGreatest April 6, 2016 10:26 PM BST
thanks Sewter - rub it in why don't you Sad
Report stevo1 April 6, 2016 11:53 PM BST
Highland Wedding long long time ago only once since not great race for me.
Report paulo47 April 7, 2016 5:53 PM BST
Anglo 1966 , followed by Ben Nevis 1980 and Maori Venture 1987 ....think they have paid for the rest of the losers till I am gone ....
Report Steamship April 8, 2016 12:22 AM BST
As a child I'm sure Rag Trade was put on as a bet for me. I told everyone at school to back Mr Snugfit in 85 when Last Suspect caught him.

As an  adult in 1990 I backed and gave my friends four horses in order of me fancying them it was Brown Windsor Rinus Mr Frisk and Durham Edition of course they were the first 4 home.

It has been an up and down race for me over the years. I think I was the only one at Aintree who did not back Papillion instead I had a packet on Mely Moss.
Report rogerthebutler April 8, 2016 11:02 AM BST
I went through a grand few years with Lord Gyllene, Bindaree, Monty's Pass as standouts but in recent years I've had more 'fallers at the first' (seriously!)
Report PJ & Green Beards love nest April 8, 2016 9:56 PM BST
Minniehoma 1994 just after leaving school, paid for a few under aged beverages! Had me hooked now work in the industry
Report boy wonder 07 April 8, 2016 10:34 PM BST
Nicolaus silver 1961
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