The winner of the 1995 Martell Grand National was Royal Athlete, a 12 year old trained by Jenny Pitman. The horse was ridden by Jason Titley and won by a distance of 7 lengths in a time of nine minutes and 4.1 seconds. It was trainer Jenny Pitman’s second victory in the Grand National.
Jason Titley was the first rider to carry a sponsor’s name ‘Danka’ on the winning silks. Forty runners were originally declared however by the day of the race five had been withdrawn leaving a field of thirty five. Red Rum had famously led the parade of competitors since 1979 but was unable to do so in 1995, due to old age and poor health.
Royal Athlete was one of six horses prepared for the race by Jenny Pitman, which at the time was the largest number of horses prepared for a Grand National, by one trainer. He was considered to be out of form at the time and his jockey Jason Titley was making his Grand National debut, he was sent off at 40/1.
Master Oats was the 5/1 favourite after having won the Welsh Grand National in December 1994 and the Cheltenham Gold Cup a month before. He was hoping to become the first horse for 61 years to win both the Gold Cup and Grand National in the same season.
Dubacilla was the 9/1 second favourite and was also hoping for a record as no mare had won the race for 43 years. She was ridden by Dean Gallagher but struggled to keep up in the early stages, however having made up ground in the final mile, she finished a respectable fourth.
Minnehoma at 11/1 and the previous years winner was a favourite with the public as was Party Politics the !992 winner. Its A Snip was sent off at 200/1 having been allocated six stones six pounds, it was the first horse in the race’s history to start on such a low handicap. Carrying ten stones, the minimum allowed in the National, it’s rider was unseated during the first circuit.
Tsuyoshi Tanaka became the first and so far only Japanese rider to take part in the Grand National. Japanese T.V. took great interest in the race and despite his mount The Committee, falling at the first fence, continues to televise the race live every year.
At the final fence Royal Athlete was in the lead with Party Politics and Master Oats in contention, coming into the last hundred yards at a sprint, he crossed the line leaving Party Politics second and Over The Deel a 100/1 shot in third place.
After the race trainer Jenny Pitman admitted she had been wrong to advise Royal Athlete’s owners to forgo the Grand National in favour of the Scottish Grand National, which she had said, she thought the horse could win “doing triple toe loops”, Royal Athlete collected a prize of £118,854.
Position | Name | Jockey | Age | Weight | S/P
1st | Royal Athlete | Jason Titley | 12 | 10-06 | 40/1
2nd | Party Politics | Mark Dwyer | 11 | 10-02 | 16/1
3rd | Over The Deel | Mr. C Bonner | 9 | 10-00 | 100/1
4th | Dubacilla | Dean Gallagher | 9 | 11-00 | 9/1
5th | Into The Red | Richard Guest | 11 | 10-00 | 20/1
6th | Romany King | Mr. Marcus Armytage | 11 | 10-00 | 40/1
7th | Master Oats | Norman Williamson | 9 | 11-10 | 5/1 F
8th | Riverside Boy | Charlie Swan | 12 | 10-00 | 40/1
9th | Garrison Savannah | Warren Marston | 12 | 10-00 | 16/1
10th | Topsham Bay | Philip Hide | 12 | 10-00 | 20/1
11th | Cool Ground | Paul Holley | 13 | 10-00 | 50/1
12th | Ebony Jane | Adrian Maguire | 10 | 10-00 | 20/1
13th | Gold Cap | Graham McCourt | 10 | 10-00 | 50/1
14th | Crystal Spirit | Jamie Osborne | 8 | 10-04 | 12/1
15th | For William | Conor O’Dwyer | 9 | 10-00 | 100/1