MEMORABLE HORSE RACES
We’ve heard so much about the many great racers and riders in the world of horse racing over the years but what about the races themselves? Which fiercely contested races have been the most memorable? Which have managed to give us historic moments and the most exciting finishes? We take a look at just some of these momentous pursuits in racing history.
One of the most MEMORABLE HORSE RACES to date occurred back in 1956. The final moments of the epic race was where the shocking event occurred which saw Devon Loch, the racehorse owned by the late Queen Mother, literally throw away its huge lead and its guaranteed first place finish. It was in the final moments as jockey Dick Francis lead the horse down the final straight of the race with just 40 yards remaining when for some reason Devon Loch decided to inexplicably jump into the air and collapse on his belly right on the track. Whether or not the horse thought he had seen a fence in front of him is a mystery but still it led the second placed horse E.S.B., ridden by Dave Dick, to take the lead and the ultimate victory.
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speaking of MEMORABLE HORSE RACES, Champion Thoroughbred Red Rum is the only racehorse to have won the Grand National on three separate occasions. He picked up his trio of titles in the 1970’s with the first being won in the incredible closing moments of the 1973 National. The triumphant horse was rode to the finishing post by jockey Brian Fletcher who managed to come from a massive 30 lengths behind Crisp in the final stretch who was racing to victory only to be pipped at the post. The race itself is considered to be one of the greatest National’s in race history.
With punters that hoped to break the bookies bank with Shutthefrontdoor odds that were offered for this year’s Grand National there is always the chance of a major upset or rank outsider shocking everyone during a horse race. And as well as surprise winners there are also some quite remarkable finishes.
Often touted as the ‘Race of the Century’ it was Ascot racecourse that was the setting for the unforgettable battle between Grundy and Bustino, ridden by Pat Eddery and Joe Mercer respectively, in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes back in 1975. Grundy was almost 4 whole lengths behind race leader Bustino when he found a little extra energy to race down that final length to go nose to nose with Bustino. The pair were almost locked together over most of the final 100 yards of the race but it was Grundy who came away right at the end to clinch the outstanding victory.