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One of those races that can define elite jumps horses is the Grand National and a horse that will forever be remembered in its history is the incredible Red Rum.
While there have been many champions over the years who have continued to have great success year in, year out, the latest 2018 Grand National betting has the 2017 Becher Chase winner Blaklion as the 12/1 favourite to follow in Red Rum’s footsteps.
He will look to improve upon his 4th place finish in 2017. The select list below will cover four of the most successful and great jumps horses throughout history.
First to make the list is the best of them all and that is the stunning Arkle. He had a lengthy career that resulted in him winning a staggering 27 races from his 35 starts.
Throughout this time he quickly established himself as the greatest of all time in achieving a Timeform rating of 212 which puts him clear of anything in recent times. The nearest being Sprinter Sacre with a rating of 192.
He finished his career with earnings of £95,198 which back then was a huge amount of money and would have amounted to staggering numbers in the modern era.
Arkle was a three time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner between 1964 and 1966 which speaks for itself but it was his weight carrying performances in major staying handicaps that has him in a league of his own with former stablemate Flying Bolt.
Arkle will forever be remembered as the greatest steeple chaser in history.
A more recent star of national hunt racing is the ever popular Kauto Star. Trained by Paul Nicholls he established himself as one of the most successful steeplechasers of the modern era with earnings of £3,775,883.
Kauto will forever be remembered as the horse that won the Stayers Chase Triple Crown and the £1,000,000 bonus. This resulted in this extreme test now being named after the star.
Kauto was a two time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner and his 2009 comeback victory will go down as one of the greatest memories for many racing fans.
Whilst he also won the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Betfair Chase, an incredible four times between 2006 and 2011, he will be remembered most for his domination of the King George VI Chase.
He won the race a record 5 times and every year bar 2010 between 2006 and 2011 which cements his legacy as one of the greatest in the history of the sport.
The incredible grey is one of the leading jumps horses in the history of national hunt racing and finished his career as the now 6th best horse on Timeform ratings in history with a mark of 187. He was a top hurdler but came into his own when sent over fences. The stunning grey finished his career with 70 career starts that resulted in 34 victories.
The 1989 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner had many key victories throughout his career but will be remembered for his similar domination of the King George between 1986 and 1990. Desert Orchid defines what makes national hunt racing so popular with horses taking each other on year after year in the top races.
The last horse to make the list is Red Rum who defines what the Grand National is all about. He achieved the seemingly impossible feat of winning the World’s most famous race a record 3 times.
In addition he finished runner up on two occasions in between. What made Red Rum so special is not only his will to win but his incredible jumping ability which is shown in the fact that throughout his 100 career starts he never fell.
His greatest victory of all will forever be remembered as one of the greatest races in the history of the sport. This was the 1973 running of the race as he came from 30 lengths behind to record an incredible victory.
The 2018 edition looks to be as competitive as ever with the latest tips on the Grand National all being for last year’s 4th placed Blaklion who looked to be unlucky after going for home possibly a little early in 2017.