A piece of Aintree racing history comes up for auction

A piece of racing history is to come under the hammer in Tennants Auctioneers’ Summer Fine Art Sale on 15th July – the silver 1968 Topham Trophy, presented by the legendary Aintree figure, Mirabel Topham.

The Topham Chase has been run at Aintree since 1949, one of only three races run over the Grand National fences. The race was inaugurated by Mirabel Topham, whose family owned Aintree; she was a forceful personality in the male-dominated world of racing, having acted as chairman and managing director of the racecourse from 1938 to 1973. Mirabel Topham was also a keen benefactor of the arts, and introduced an annual silversmithing competition in conjunction with the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool to design the trophy for The Topham Chase each year.

The 1968 trophy was designed by H. Abbo, and made by William Comyns & Sons Ltd (Richard Comyns), of London. It was presented to Mrs L Jackson, whose horse Surcharge won the race (Trainer: J Barclay, Jockey: S Davenport), before being exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery in the same year.

The trophy is estimated at £3,000-5,000 and will be on public view from 9th – 14th July in Tennants’ North Yorkshire salerooms ahead of the auction.

A fully illustrated catalogue for the sale will be available here.
Alternatively, please contact the auction house on 01969 623780 or enquiry@tennants-ltd.co.uk.

The Topham Trophy, 1968 (Estimate: £3,000-5,000)