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Racehorses with one eye

by Roy Peters
(Manchester)

Did Steve Norton train a horse with one eye and have other horses run with one eye?

Steve Norton was training in the 1980's and there is no record of his running a horse with one eye.

It is not uncommon for horses with this disability to race on the flat and over jumps - they soon adapt.

Well known horses include:

IMPERIALISM - POLLARDS VISION - STORM IN MAY who were all successful racehorses.

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Oct 17, 2020
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One-eyed Belper
by: Anonymous

As a student at Aston university, Birmingham a few of us got hooked on horse-racing.
A friend of mine who considered himself an expert highly recommended us placing bets on Belper.
After we won ( handsomely ) we asked him the secret.
His explanation was that this particular track curved in such a way that it helped Belper see from his good eye. If the track had turned the other way Belper would not be in the race!

Nov 01, 2019
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One eyed horse trained in Scotland
by: stewartie

The late George Boyd successfully trained a one-eyed horse named Cyclops (geddit?) from his base at Dunbar where he used the local beach as a gallop. This would be in the late 1950s early 1960s

May 27, 2017
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One eyed
by: Anonymous

One eyed prince and one eyed Tracys Harbert were a perfect fit.one blind in right other in left.

Oct 12, 2015
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Belper
by: Terri

My dad was the lad that 'did' Belper when he worked for John Dunlop, he was born with only one eye and one side of his quarters was higher than the other, but one of the biggest money winners dad ever did. Lived well into his twenties, sadly neither of them are with us any more.

Sep 01, 2015
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Belper
by: Mike

As a student in the early 70s, I used to bet on horses in a small way. Belper was one of the horses I used to follow. Won small amounts betting on it to place. Odds were usually favourable, maybe because of its blindness.

Dec 31, 2014
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One eyed Belper
by: C Ross

I saw Belper run at Epsom on Derby Day 1976(I think, I'm now 50 and that was 37 odd years ago)Empery won the Derby that day. I remember him because he had one eye and he won the City and Suburban Handicap at Epsom in 1974, I understand it was a listed race then. I now have a mare related to him, who is in foal to Poet's Voice and visits Dawn Approach in 2015. He was born in 1969 and was by Busted (Bustino's sire) out of Maurine (who was by Worden, Grundy's broodmare sire). His 1/2 sisiter won the Musidora Stakes at York. He was uncle to French Gold Cup winner Recupere and his Great Grandam Mackwiller won the French 1,000 Gns. Her descendants include Cheveley Park winners, Midget and Ma Biche and more recently this years Dewhurst winner Belardo (Racing Post European Champion 2-y-o).

Oct 16, 2014
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one eyed horses
by: ray sandall

belper won races round brighton in the 1970s

Aug 01, 2014
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one eyed horses
by: ray sandall

belper springs to mind ran a lot round brighton trained by john dunlop

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