The Best Racehorses Ever!
As Kauto Star is voted the most popular racehorse of the 21st century in an online poll for Lovetheraces.com, racing expert Keith Hamer rounds up the top 10 of all time…
Undoubtedly the most famous grey horse to grace jump racing, he won 27 of his 55 races in a nine-year career and was the first horse to win the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park four times.
The only three-time winner of the Grand National, helped save the race at Aintree when it was endangered in the 1970s and is buried by the winning post.
The best National Hunt horse of all time and known simply as "himself". The Irish chaser won 27 of his 35 races and had to be retired in 1966 after finishing second in the King George VI Chase despite breaking a leg bone early on.
Arguably the best steeplechaser since Arkle, he’s won a world record five King George VI Chases and is the only horse to have regained the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
His story is one of rags to riches. From an inauspicious start, Seabiscuit became an unlikely champion and a symbol of hope to many Americans during the Great Depression of the 1930s and has been the subject of two major films.
"Big Red" as he was affectionately known, became the first winner of the American Triple Crown for 25 years, setting new race records in two of the three events in the series — the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes.
This colt is the most famous Flat horse in training at the moment, and the highest-rated, challenged only by the Australian mare Black Caviar. Frankel has won all of his nine races so far, including last year's 2000 Guineas by six lengths.
His kidnapping and untimely death appears to be remembered more than his fantastic record on the track. Owned by the Aga Khan, he won the 1981 Derby at Epsom by 10 lengths, but was kidnapped in February 1983 and never seen again.
The truly perfect thoroughbred, Mill Reef won three of the top two-year-old races including the Gimcrack Stakes at York by 10 lengths in hock-deep mud. His finest hour was in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in France.
A legend in the history of Australian racing, Phar Lap was only six when he died in 1932, but he won the Melbourne Cup and the Agua Caliente Handicap in Tijuana, Mexico in track-record time in his final race.
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