races over the past few years have been truly memorable.
The remarkable heights achieved by Frankel alone have given horse racing spectators experiences that they’ll remember to the grave.
While Frankel has been involved in some incredible races and he’s arguably the greatest race horse there’s ever been, there have been other exciting races in the history of the sport. We had a look at some of the best horse races of all time.
7 March 1964: Cheltenham Gold Cup: Arkle and Mill House
Whenever anyone’s looking back on an unforgettable Arkle race, the old Mill House battles immediately spring to mind.
The 1964 Cheltenham Cup was a race to tell the grandchildren about. Dominic Behan’s Arkle was most certainly up there with the best the sport has ever seen and Mill House provided the thoroughbred with ample competition and a series of incredible races. The 1964 Cheltenham Gold Cup wasn’t the closest of these races, but its frenetic exhilaration and quality make it one of the greatest. Few sport events have been more memorable.
26 July 1975: King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes: Grundy and Bustino
When Irish Derby and Epsom Derby winner Grundy went up against top four-year-old Bustino for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, everyone watching knew that they were witnessing history. They might not have anticipated it being quite the race it was however, as Bustino and Grundy ran at an intense speed from the beginning, head-to-head until the straight.
Grundy was slightly ahead by the straight but Bustino never looked like quitting and only lost by half a length - faltering inside the final furlong. Grundy won through a combination of agility, skill and sheer desire. It was soon called ‘The Race of the Century’ and for good reason too.
18 June 1936: Gold Cup: Quashed and Omaha
Every horse racing fan knows that the real race of that century was actually a lot closer to the beginning of it.
Few races have ever been so close and nail biting than that between Quashed and Omaha in the 1936 Gold Cup.
If you’re a horseracing fan and know a bit of its history, you should know that Quashed won by a short head, after steadfastly keeping the lead throughout the race. The finish was as tight as you could ever get in horseracing.
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