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Stables housed one of Grand National's most unlikelist winners, 100/1 shot Tipperary Tim

By Linda Stewart

Fernhill House also has another claim to fame - as the home of one of the Grand National's most celebrated steeds.

Its stableyard, which is also being protected in the latest round of listings, once housed Tipperary Tim, winner of the 1928 Aintree Grand National.

Then-owner of Fernhill House, Samuel Cunningham, chairman of the Northern Whig newspaper, had a keen interest in horse racing and the stableyard was stocked with racehorses, of which the most notable example was Tipperary Tim.

The 10-year-old was trained by Joseph Dodd for owner Harold Kenyon.

It's said that ahead of the race, Tipperary Tim's amateur jockey William Dutton was told by a friend: "Billy boy, you'll only win if all the others fall." And the words turned out to be prophetic, as all of the 41 other starters fell during the race which was a heavy-going one run in misty weather conditions.

As the field neared the Canal Turn on the first circuit, Easter Hero fell, causing a pile-up from which only seven horses emerged with seated jockeys.

By the penultimate fence, only three remained, with Great Span looking most likely to win ahead of Billy Barton and Tipperary Tim until his saddle slipped.

Billy Barton was now in the lead but also fell, and although his jockey Tommy Cullinan managed to remount and complete the race, Tipperary Tim came in first at outside odds of 100/1.

With only two riders completing the course, the race set the record for the fewest number of finishers in a Grand National.

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