Beltrán de Osorio y Díez de Rivera

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Beltrán Alfonso Osorio y Díez de Rivera, 18th Duke of Alburquerque, (15 December 1918 - 18 February 1994) was Grandee of Spain on four occasions, he was also Duke of Algete, Marquis of Alcañices, los Balbases, Cadreita, Cuéllar, Cullera and Montaos, Count of Fuensaldaña, Grajal, Huelma, Ledesma, la Torre, Villanueva de Cañedo and Villaumbrosa. As a Spanish aristocrat he was known as the "Iron Duke" of Alburquerque, and was an amateur horse jockey. The duke became obsessed with winning Britain's Grand National Steeplechase horse race when after watching a film of the race on his eighth birthday. However, each of his attempts ended in failure. On his first attempt in 1952, he fell from his horse, waking up later in hospital with a cracked vertebra. He tried to win again in 1963, and fell from his horse yet again. (Bookies placed a bet of 66-1 against him finishing still on the horse). He raced again in 1965, but again fell from his horse after it collapsed underneath him, breaking his leg. In 1974, after having sixteen screws removed from a leg he had broken after falling in another race, he also fell while training for the Grand National and broke his collarbone. He then competed in  ( Wikipedia article )


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