However, many are still very undecided about which horses are in a league of their own when it comes to exceptional and world-class performances. That’s why we’ve compiled this list that features the stars of the racetracks and their commendable achievements over the years.
Arkle was one horse that hit the headlines and had almost everyone talking. His gifts were too undeniable, and his star-status was proven with the news-worthy wins that piled up. Yes, they’ve been more athletic horses before Arkle’s time, but he proved to be a top contender and a great thoroughbred racer.
In hurdle and National Hunt races, Arkle was the horse to look at; he had bookmakers offers for his performances and bettors placing their odds on him time and again, and for good reason. As a steeplechaser, Arkle was given the highest Timeform record of 212 and has since won the Cheltenham Gold Cup and many more.
- Best Mate
Best Mate came when the Horse racing world desperately prayed for another ‘Star Horse’ to grace the tracks. In the early 2000s, Best Mate was the answer to those prayers. At just five years old, he started hitting records and winning medals, and before we knew it, Best Mate became another Horse racing favourite.
Between 2002 and 2004, Best Mate won three Cheltenham Cups, and even though he didn’t win all his races, Best Mate never fell behind the runner-up position. He enjoyed a three-year career and dominated the Leaderboard with 14 wins and seven second-place finishes.
- Red Rum
Red Rum’s fighting spirit set the phenomenal racer apart from the rest. When the crowd saw the Red Rum race, it wasn’t just thrilling to watch, but inspirational as well. The thoroughbred suffered from a bone disease in his foot, but still holds an unbroken record of a three-time winner at the Grand National in Aintree.
Without letting the ailment hold him back, Red Rum also won the Scottish Grand National and truly excelled in his racing career. When he passed away in 1995, the iconic racers’ body was buried at the winning post at Aintree, so his memory can be honoured by all those who visit.
Yeats is one of the millennial horses that took modern-day racing by storm. The star-racer was born in 2001 and already boasts of being one of the greatest runners of the millennium. Although he had a six-year career, Yeats took a break for almost a year for health reasons. He started in 2004 and wasn’t unbeaten until his health issues started.
However, Yeats returned in 2005 with a new zing for victory. Out of the 24 races in his career, Yeats won 15 and placed 2nd and 3rd twice, respectively. One of Yeats’s greatest accomplishments was winning the Ascot Gold Cup four times in a row from 2006 to 2009 when he retired.
- Brown Jack
Brown jack started his racing career at four years old and was trained handsomely by Aubrey Hastings. The first racing season saw Brown Jack winning seven races out of ten, including the Champion Hurdle and the Ascot Stakes. He jumped over hurdles gracefully and had the crowd wild with awe. Brown Jack later switched to flat racing and dominated the tracks there two. He ran to victory, winning the Goodwood Cup and Doncaster Cup in 1930. Out of 52 wonderful starts, Brown Jack won 18 of them with wide margins that left the rest eating the dust from his hooves.