Has any jockey ever won the Lincoln and the Grand National?
The Lincoln Handicap, run over a mile at Doncaster, traditionally marks the start of the Flat season ‘proper’ in Britain and is usually staged a week or two before the Grand National. Collectively, the two races constitute what is known as the ‘Spring Double’ but, granted the distinct demands of the disciplines in which they take place – not least the weights carried by the horses – few jockeys have ridden in, never mind won, both.
Remarkably, the one and only jockey to win both races was David Dick, who is probably best remembered as the jockey of E.S.B., the horse that profited from the inexplicable fall of Devon Loch, just yards from the winning post, in the Grand National in 1956. By that stage of his career, Dick stood 6’ tall and was, at least in theory, too big to a jockey of any description. Nevertheless, as a lithe 17-year-old, in 1941, Dick had also ridden Gloaming to win the Lincolnshire Handicap at Lincoln, which subsequently became the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster.