|Crisp clears Bechers Brook in the 1973 Grand National Steeplechase|
In order to combat this threat, Sir Chester began lobbying for the legalisation of off-course betting agencies.
Complete Jumps Record
41 Starts - 20 Wins 7 Seconds 3 Thirds
After three unplaced runs (Caulfield, Yarra Glen and Flemington) on the flat, Crisp is back over the hurdles, back in town and back in business with an easy five length win over Subdivider.
|Crisp jumping brilliantly with Ron Hall aboard in the Bourke Hurdle at Flemington|
WON 16/10/68 Caulfield: Oby Hurdle-16f & 65 yds
Crisp, with new rider J. Williams in the saddle finishes second in the Cup hurdle on Melbourne Cup day.
WON 26/07/69 Moonee Valley: Hiskens Steeple-2 ½ miles
|Crisp shows his effortless style in winning the Hiskens Steeple at the Valley|
Crisp lined up against 6 rivals in the A.V. Hiskens Steeplechase over 2 ½ miles at Moonee Valley. Punters were split as to who to send out favourite for the event and when they jumped, Summer Flight at 7/4 just shaded Crisp at 15/8.
|Crisp and Tom McGinley making it back to back wins in the Hiskens Steeple|
Crisp's winning margin of 12 lengths only told half the story of his Hiskens triumph, the other half was told when his time was posted, it showed that he'd smashed the course record by more than 11 seconds.
Sir Chester entered Crisp for the Broadmeadows Steeplechase at Moonee Valley a few weeks after his Hiskens win, but when he saw that Crisp had been allotted 12.13 (82kg) for the race, he scratched him. Sir Chester realised that if Crisp was to continue racing, it would have to be overseas.
"If I continue to race Crisp with those sorts of weights he will eventually fall and probably kill himself.
"I don't intend to see such a great horse crucified because there aren't enough races with a 12.7 maximum" he said.
|Crisp, looking for the lead after the first fence in the Colonial Cup at Camden, South Carolina|
While Crisp was in the U.S preparing for his assignment in the Colonial Cup, plans were being put in place for a campaign in England, with the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup paramount on the Aussie champ’s agenda.
|Crisp stretching out before the Broadstone Handicap Steeplechase|
WON 16/03/71 Cheltenham: National Hunt Champion Steeplechase-2 miles
|Crisp parades with Richard Pitman up before the Cheltenham Gold Cup|
WON 4/02/72 Sandown Park: Gainsborough Steeple-3 miles 118yds
Crisp, carrying 12 stone scored an emphatic win in the Yellow Pages Coventry Pattern Chase over 3 miles at Kempton Park. Crisp had to concede weight to proven three-milers, The Dikler and Titus Oakes who were out to test his stamina over the 3 mile course. Grey Sombrero set the pace from the outset while Pitman was happy to bide his time on Crisp at the tail of the small field. With a mile to go, Pitman made his move. Crisp steadily moved passed the early leader Grey Sombrero and with four to jump, joined The Dikler and Titus Oates in the lead. Crisp and The Dikler jumped the second last together and it wasn’t until the last jump that Crisp was able to shake-off The Dikler and start to open up a decisive lead. Crisp went on to win the chase with ease, scoring by two and a half lengths from The Dikler with Kinloch Brae a further seven lengths away in third place.
N. Wakley – 3rd The Dikler 9.12 (10/1) B. Brogan. ¾ len x hd.
|Red Rum (8) snatches victory from Crisp in the 1973 Grand National Steeplechase|
"When I got to the elbow I gave him another few taps but he was gone, he was lifeless. His legs were going out sideways now, he was in a terrible state."
WON 10/11/73 Doncaster: Pattern Chase-3 ¼ miles
|Crisp leads Red Rum over the second last in the Pattern Chase|
The presence of both Red Rum and Crisp scared off the opposition and turned the Pattern Chase into a match-race between last season’s Grand National winner and runner-up. With both horses carrying 11.10 it meant that Crisp was meeting Red Rum 23 lbs better than when they last met in the Grand National. Both horses had been in top form coming into the race. Crisp had kicked off the new season with a third at Worcester followed by a record breaking win at Newbury at his previous start while Red Rum was undefeated this season having won his last three.
Australian Jumps Record
17 Starts 11 Wins 4 Seconds 0 Thirds
24 Starts 9 Wins 3 seconds 3 thirds
41 Starts 20 Wins 7 Seconds 3 Thirds
7th 14/11/70 Camden, South Carolina. USA: Colonial Cup-2 miles 6 ½f