The Grand National of 1928 had been eagerly anticipated by the townsfolk of Llanymynech.

Among the runners was Tipperary Tim though few would have backed the horse to win.

Three years earlier Tipperary Tim had competed in the Llanymynech Steeplechase and ended second.

The steeplechase was first contested in the town in 1886, first at Penref Farm and then Lwynygroes and Pool Quay until it was discontinued in 1910.

In 1922 the race was revived and continued at Llwyngroes until the outbreak of World War Two.

In 1925, Tipperary Tim ended second in the Llanymynech Optional Selling Steeplechase.

Three years later the same horse was unfancied among 42 runners at the Grand National in Aintree.

On a misty morning in Liverpool, jockey William Dutton heard a friend call out 'Billy boy, you'll only win if all the others fall down.'

Amazingly just minutes later, Dutton and Tipperary Tim were crowned champions when the entire field had fell, most in a mass pile up on the Canal Turn which claimed all but seven horses

Three horses remained ahead of the penultimate fence when Great Span's saddle slipped and Billy Barton fell giving Tipperary Tim the lead for the first time.

Tommy Cullinan remounted Billy Barton and gave furious chase but it was too late to prevent the 100/1 Tipperary Tim being crowned champion.

The race still holds the record for the least number of finishers and won by a horse which had only managed second in the Llanymynech Steeplechase just three years earlier.