In 1960, the Grand National was televised for the first time and Merryman II became the 114th winner of the Aintree spectacular, accompanied by Sir Peter O’Sullivan’s commentary and the attention of sixteen BBC cameras around the track.
Considering the race now conservatively reaches 600 million viewers globally, 1960 was a pivotal point in its history. Furthermore, Merryman II became the first Scottish horse to win the race and the last over the traditional upright fences before sloping aprons were introduced to make them easier in 1961.
This advent blog comes from Museum friend, Nick Pemberton.
Newmarket has been the home of many brilliant trainers over the last three hundred years, from Robert Robson and Mat Dawson in the nineteenth century, to the likes of Richard Marsh, George Lambton and Frank Butters in the twentieth century, and more recent greats such as Sir Michael Stoute and of course Sir Henry Cecil. No such list though would be complete without another knight of the Turf – Sir Noel Murless.