1956 Grand National....what happened to Devon Loch?
Just curious if more educated eyes could tell from the video, what caused him to fall? Did he just slip? Or did he injure himself? Couldn't find a lot googling. At first I laughed, thought it was just bad luck. But if you watch them walk away, it looked like his front left was buckling under his weight...not sure if it was just fatigue, or if it was broken. Poor guy, though...
Pick up Dick Francis's book The Sport of Queens: The Autobiography of Dick Francis. His 1993 revision has a lengthy chapter on the race and his thoughts on the cause of the freak fall. He laments losing a race every jockey dreams of winning in such a bizarre fashion. He also wrote that losing that race in that way was integral to the man he became - and for that he had no regrets.
You know watching that film, just before the final jump, if you look at Devon Loch's hind legs, they were almost "loose" looking for a better term? Like the human adage "my legs felt like jelly". I can see it clearly in the video starting around 1:04 and onward, look at his hind legs. He just looked spent...maybe like marathon runner whose legs just fall out from underneath him, it looks just about the same..
darkmoonlady, that's the impression I got. Maybe he just wasn't fit enough? Or was worked too hard that week? Or who knows. Being the Queen's horse, I can't imagine him not recieving the best possible care, but horses are still horses.
I think I remember Dick Francis' theory was that he recoiled from the sound. Francis said that the roar of the crowd in the stretch was unlike anything he had ever heard before on the track - people cheering for the certain royal victory. He says the horse hesitated a little in the stretch, then pricked his ears, then jumped back at the onslaught of sound as soon as he pricked them.