Crisp is one of the finest horses to have entered the English Grand National, but his race ended in failure, becoming the first victim of the brilliance of Red Rum at Aintree.
The Australian-bred horse had dominated during his time in his native country, winning the Hiskens Steeplechase in back-to-back seasons before arriving in England to take on the elite horses of the sport.
He made an impact at Cheltenham Festival in the Champion Chase with a fine performance to take the crown. The next major challenge on the agenda was the Gainsborough Chase, with Fred Winter’s charge rising to the occasion to secure the victory.
As a result of his performances, Crisp was installed as the joint-favourite alongside Red Rum for the National at Aintree. With Richard Pitman in the saddle, the 10-year-old seemed well on his way to clinching the crown ahead of his rival. The Australian thoroughbred controlled proceedings from the off and by the 22nd fence out of the 30 jumps appeared to be closing in on the victory.
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Elliott’s charge is the leader in the betting tips for Grand National 2019 due to his performance at Aintree last season as well as his victory in the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham Festival in 2019. If the nine-year-old accomplishes the feat, he will become the first horse to defend the title at the National since Red Rum won the event in 1974.
Impressive competitors have taken to the track at Aintree in the National. Crisp was a fine horse, but the difference between creating a legend and fading into obscurity comes at the decisive moments in action. Red Rum and Tiger Roll beat out Crisp on the line and rose to the occasion at the National to close out the victory by a head whereas Crisp failed to hold on to claim the crown. His name will be remembered, but never as one of the truly elite horses on the track.