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    Coverage of the 1931 Grand National - this famous horse race is won by Grakle.

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    Full title reads: "The Grand National 1931."
    Intertitle reads: The World's Greatest Race - The race for Grand National - first run in 1837 - is 4 miles 836 yards over 30 obstacles and is worth �9,310 to the winner."

    Aintree Race Course, Liverpool, Merseyside. Shots of horses in parade ring. Large crowds are watching the horses. MS of various horses - their names can just be read on their stable blankets. The jockeys ride their horses out onto the course.

    Intertitle reads: "After breaking the tapes once, they got away to a good start." Different angle of false start. They're off properly on the second go.

    Intertitle reads: "Only slow-motion can adequately reveal the beautiful sight of the huge field taking the first jump." Slow motion film horses at jump. More shots horses out on course. Intertitle reads: "falls were few from the first jump until 'Bechers'." Lots of fallers at fence. More shots of race. Intertitle reads: "Canal Turn." Horses come over fence and round turn.

    Intertitle reads: "Valentine's Brook - 5ft high - 3 ft wide with a brook 6ft 6 ins. wide on other side." Horses leap Valentine's. Intertitle reads: "and in slow motion." SV of fence. More shots of race.

    Intertitle reads: "Over the water jump - and then off for the second circuit ..." More shots of horses on course. Intertitle reads: "Backers of 'Easter Hero' saw their money 'on the floor' - 2nd time round." Lots of fallers at fence. Slow motion version. More shots of race.

    Intertitle reads: "Grakle - favourite last year - wins at fifth attempt in record time ... 9 mins, 32 4/5 secs." Final straight - Grakle leads. Horse led into winner's enclosure. CU Grakle.

    Grakle was trained by Tom Coulthwaite on Cannock Chase and owned by Mr C R Taylor.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Black & White
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    01:11:29:00 / 01:21:57:00

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