Sport: Grand National, Apr. 6, 1931

By 9 a.m. the trams were crowded and along the roads to Aintree lumbered busses filled with girls nibbling chocolate bars, clerks in their Sunday suits, gentlemen with binoculars who made notes on the margins of their form charts. By 11 a.m. the bookmakers were on their platforms shouting odds soon to be changed: "Fifty to one against the field except Easter Hero!" All morning there were long lines of bettors at the windows of the new "tote" (totalizator) machines.

The sky, which had been misty, brightened...

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