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Man who staggered the turf world thirty years ago returns to race again with French entry for Grand National . Mr J A Drake , an elderly American who thirty years ago was the leader of a most remarkable ' invasion ' of the British turf when he staggered the racing world with betting coups totaling £ 100 , 000 with his horse , Royal Flush , has returned quietly to England and aspires to win the Grand National with Coup de Chapeau , a half bred French horse , who has been trained by Eric Stedall at Lewes . Coup de Chapeau on the course at Kempton where he ran in the Coventry Trial Handicap Chase but was unplaced . 27 February 1932.