The Grand National 1923 attended by King George V
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GRAND NATIONAL 1923
Title: "The supreme test for horse and jockey is a race of nearly 4.5 miles over 30 jumps, on the world famous Aintree Course. Pathe exclusive" "Stop 'all slinking' pirates and peeping Toms' - every Pathe Cameraman or assistant will wear one of these badges!"
WS Row of policeman being shown a badge. MS A car with VIP men wearing bowler hats arrives and is greeted by officials. King George V in bowler hat chatting in the Royal box. WS The horses parade by. Title: "The Three Favourites. "Forewarned".... J Anthony. Arravale....Ridden by the Veteran Trainer Jockey Mr Whitaker. "Libretto"... G Parfement." MS Jockeys on horseback (3 shots - presumably the favourites). The names on the racing boards are put on display. GV Jockeys walk they horses round the course with their handlers. WS The start of the race? There seems to be some confusion. title: "They're off! and like a regiment of cavalry - charge for the first fence." GV The race begins. The horses take the first fence, the last jockey falls. Title: "Only by our wonderful 'slowed down' pictures, can you see in detail how the field took that first fence where so many good horses chances have been extinguished in previous years." Side view in slow motion of the riders jumping a fence. Live action, several shots horses jumping other fences. There are several falls. Title: "Safely over the first 5 jumps, Beecher's Brook with its dreaded 3ft drop, is reached - -" GV the horses going over (or not) Beecher's Brook. WS another fence just before a bend. Title: "The Prince of Wales watched the Race from a special stand near Valentine's Brook". WS the Royal stand with men in silhouette. Title "The formidable Valentine's Brook - 4ft 11 inches high - 3 ft wide with a brook 6ft 6 inches wide the other side." WS horses at Valentine's Brook, several shots, spectators in foreground. Title "Over the water jump and then off for the second circuit. -" MS King George V using binoculars. WS General race shots. Title: "'The Third Time Pays for All' - Veteran 13 year-old 'Sergeant Murphy' wins amidst hurricane of cheers." WS Riders crossing the finish line. Scenes of large crowds around the winner in the paddock. WS the jockey takes off the saddle. He's surrounded by crowds. MS Horses head.