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Top 5 UK and Irish Racehorses


The Royal Vegas Online Casino website will take you to a list of the 5 Top racehorses of all time. It’s predominantly US based but here is a list of those who would head the list of greatest British and Irish trained horses of the post-war period– horses ranked according to their Timeform rating.

4= Windy City – trained by Paddy Prendegast at the Curragh, Windy City owes his elevated position in the list to his two year old career as he was sold early on in his three year old season to race in the US.  Windy City was a precocious youngster, winning his first four starts by an aggregate of 28 lengths. Those wins included the Gimcrack Stakes, which he won by five lengths, and the Pheonix Plate where he routed the field by eight lengths. He was defeated in his final race in Europe after losing ground at the start in France when contesting the Prix D’Arenberg at Chantilly. His career in the US went well enough, winning the San Felipe Handicap before sustaining a career ending injury in the Santa Anita Derby (in which he finished second).

4= Abernant – trained by Sir Noel Murless Abernant topped the Timeform ratings for his age group in all three seasons he raced. A lightning quick two year old he was undefeated in five races after losing on his debut. His wins included the Chesham Stakes, the National Produce Stakes, the Champagne Stakes and the Middle Park. At three he cemented his position as a star sprinter but not before narrowly being beaten (by a very short head) in the 2,000 Guineas. He won the King’s Stand, the July Cup, the King George Stakes and the Nunthrope (which he won by 5 lengths after only taking the lead in the final furlong). In his four year old season he once again won the King George Stakes, July Cup and Nunthorpe.  During his career Abernant won fourteen of his seventeen races.

2= Tudor Minstrel – trained by Fred Darling, Tudor Minstrel was unbeaten at two, winning four races including the Coventry and the National Produce Stakes, both by the decisive margin of four lengths. At three he defined himself as one of the great racehorses of the twentieth century by trouncing his field in the 2,000 Guineas, winning, while easing up, by eight lengths. He tried longer trips in both the Derby, where he finished a tired fourth, and the Eclipse where he was second. He showed at Royal Ascot in the St. James’s Palace Stakes that a mile was his optimum trip, recording a resounding success and cementing his lofty reputation.

2= Brigadier Gerard – trained by John Dunlop, Brigadier Gerard was another champion at two, finishing unbeaten, his season culminating in a win in the prestigious Middle Park Stakes. At three he arrived at Newmarket for the 2,000 guineas without a prep race but that didn’t stop him seeing off the challenges of My Swallow and Mill Reef in one of the strongest ever renewals of the race. He maintained his unbeaten record throughout a busy season at three, winning a string of the season’s top mile races before stepping up to ten furlongs to take the Champion Stakes. At four he continued to show both class and versatility, winning championship races at a mile, ten furlongs and a mile and a half.  The only defeat in an eighteen race career came at York in the Benson and Hedges Gold Cup (now the Juddmonte International) where he was beaten in a sensational race by the Derby winner Roberto.

1- Frankel – trained by Sir Henry Cecil, Frankel recorded a highest ever Timeform rating on the back of an unbeaten fourteen race career. At two he started relatively late (in August) with a maiden race win but quickly progressed and two months later established himself as the season’s leading juvenile with a relatively comfortable success in the Dewhurst Stakes. At three he put up an astonishing performance in the 2,000 Guineas, wining by six lengths having strode into a fifteen length lead by halfway. He’d announced himself as a superstar and continued to reinforce that perception through the rest of the year winning the St James’s Palace, Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Kept in training at four he went through that season unbeaten in five starts, stepping up in distance to take the Juddmonte International and Champion Stakes on his final two starts. He retired to universal accolades and Timeform’s rating confirmed his status as the dominant racehorse of modern times.

How do the Royal Vegas Online Casino top 5 compare against these?

And, with no place for favourites and greats such as Nijinsky, Sea The Stars or Mill Reef on this list what would be YOUR top 5?

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