Local horse is a Grand National outsider

Burton Tan, pictured with groom Don Towley
Burton Tan, pictured with groom Don Towley

Burton Tan, pictured above being exercised by groom Don Towley at Skeffington Vale, was on his way to compete in the 1965 Grand National.

The horse would be ridden in the race at Aintree by its owner, Major R B Collie, a former joint-master of the Fernie Hunt, it was revealed in the Mail 50 years ago this week.

The 10st 6lb Burton Tan had won its last two races – at odds of 4-1 and 10-1 – and its ante-post price was set to be 500-1 for the National.

Major Collie’s wife was planning to put a £5 each way bet on the horse.

Winning the big race – due to take place on March 27, 1965 – was a long-held ambition of racing enthusiast Major Collie, who then owned six other horses at his stables in Skeffington, including Darien and Flight 062 which were familiar names to punters, reported the Mail on March 18, 1965.