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Grand National Cup won by the Queen Mum’s jockey for sale

Mr What

THE gold Presentation Cup for the record-breaking 1958 Grand National winner will go under the auctioneer’s hammer next month.

The nine carat gold trophy made by Liverpool jewellers Boodle & Dunthorne, is expected to sell for £12,500 - £15,000 on December 3.

Mr What, the acclaimed winner of the 1958 Grand National Steeplechase, ridden by the Queen Mother’s jockey Arthur Freeman and trained by Tom Taafe, of Rathcoole, Ireland, raced to victory by 30 lengths, against odds of 18 to 1.

They galloped the four and a half mile race to win a record prize of £13,744 at Aintree, a fortune in 1958.

This unprecedented achievement was cited as the longest winning distance since 1893, although the jockey was 6lbs overweight.

The horse’s owner David Coughlan was presented with the gold cup by the Tophams, the family who owned Aintree Racecourse before it was sold to property developer Bill Davies in 1973.

The gold cup has a circular body with two scrolled handles, set on a tapering circular base, with a detachable domed lid and crown finial, engraved with two horses and their jockeys jumping a fence.

Already the cup’s sale by Birmingham auctioneer Biddle & Webb has created great interest among the racing cognoscenti.

Jeremy Thornton, Biddle & Webb managing director, is quietly confident that the presentation cup will attract a lot of interest from private collectors and specifically those collectors of racing memorabilia.

He said: “The 1958 Grand National Trophy is a valuable item in its own right, but the cup’s provenance and the racing history behind it makes it very desirable indeed.

“The item is beautifully crafted and handling it is very exciting, particularly as winning it is considered to be the very pinnacle of success for many race horse owners, trainers and jockeys.”

Jacqueline Adams, head of Biddle & Webb’s silver and jewellery department, said: “This really is a unique piece of racing history commemorating a Grand National victory by a brave horse in a memorable race.”

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