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BIT OF GRAND NATIONAL HISTORY. The Grand National was fasti tn ted la IfiSB, and its original title was the .rand Uverpeei steeplechase. On., of the .-oiidiiions .ea.ls verv strangely nowadays, via.: "N,, rider to ■pen a gate, or ride through ;• gateway, or more than 100 yards aloug any road, footpath or driftway." Bach competitor .arried lus pounds and a.eotdiiii; to the .-onditions oa ! gentlemen were allow.-, 1 f. ride, but this stipulation was not enforced. Amongst the riders was one Captain Becker, who .nine down heavily at a brook crossing the course. Prom Ihat time cho obstacle has been known aa "Bechers Brook." a.