Devon Loch Disaster
This was the 1956 Grand National in which the late Dick Francis galloped towards the finish line on the Queen Mother’s horse, Devon Loch. Dick was just yards away from the finish line and was undoubtedly about to win the race when suddenly Devon inexplicably jumped up and fell to his stomach.
It was as if he thought there was a fence in front of him. ESB who was behind, swooped past Devon Loch who was still scrambling to his feet and went on to win the Grand National.
The Queen Mother famously said, “Oh that’s racing.” Dick Francis retired from the sport the following year and became a crime writer!