Three greatest horse races of all time
Written by CRM
Tuesday, 14 July 2020 17:15
For a horse racing fan, nothing is more entertaining than talking about the beautiful sport of horse racing. For them, Cheltenham Festival traditions, Grand National races, and Kentucky Derby betting are a source of great memories and they try to relive these memories by discussing these topics again and again.

1- Red Rum’s shocking victory

In the 1973 Grand National, Crisp started very strong in the race. He got ahead of the other competitors by jumping flamboyantly and soon he managed to establish a huge lead. To the delight of trainer Fred Winter, Crisp was 20 lengths clear by the end of the first circuit.

However, he lost out on one of the biggest horse racing prizes, mainly due to his fatigue and the brilliance of Red Rum. As Crisp slowed down in the ending stages of the race, the Ginger McCain trained racehorse came thundering to win by three-quarters of a length. That race is often regarded as one of the greatest Grand Nationals in history. 

2- Affirmed and Alydar in the Belmont Stakes

In the history of horse racing, you cannot find a better and more fierce rivalry than between Affirmed and Alydar, the two great American racehorses who surprised everyone with their racing skills in the 1978 American Triple Crown race. Even though Affirmed garnered more success, Alydar was just as brilliant and talented.

The Laz Barrera trained horse prevailed against Alydar by one length in the Kentucky Derby before repeating the feat in the Preakness against the same rival by a neck. The pair then came head-to-head in the Belmont Stakes where their competitiveness and level of quality did not dip, providing the audience with a great sporting spectacle again. In the final stages of the race, Affirmed looked to be losing with the John M. Veitch trained horse getter the upper hand. However, Steve Cauthen managed to steer him to victory by a head, thus making Affirmed the eleventh winner of the US Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. 

3- Great contest between Arkle and Mill House 

The rivalry between Arkle and Mill House also became greatly famous. This was a tribal contest with Mill House representing England while Arkle representing Ireland. Mill House first locked horns with Arkle in the 1963 Hennessy Gold Cup, with the English-trained racehorse winning the race easily.  

The amazing pair met in the 1964 Cheltenham Gold Cup again, and even though Arkle won the race by five lengths, Mill House matched the Tom Dreaper trained horse stride for stride over the final two miles. It was one of the best races in terms of anticipation, excitement, and quality on the turf.

The next year, Arkle defeated his rival by an incredible twenty lengths. His domination in the prestigious race continued the following year too when he won the race by an unbelievable thirty lengths, despite making an early mistake.