"The morning of the Handicap dawned clear and bright "
Jockey contemporary to Galsworthy
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeJockey contemporary to Galsworthy - Credit: Lordprice Collection

In a handicap race, the horses carry different weights according to their quality.  Faster horses are given greater weights to carry, such that all horses should cross the finishing line very close together. The Grand National is a handicap race.