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Of course Pas Seul should be in the list, and what are Fort Leney and The Dikler doing there???
And the really big name missing is Prince Regent – surely he would be in anyone’s all-time top 10.
Anyway, in the motley collection of animals presented for our inspection, Mill House is clearly the best. I actually saw this horse in the flesh when he finished 4th (receiving 3lbs from Himself) in the 1964 Hennessy, one of the most extraordinary races it has been my privilege to watch. I attended the race with my dad, who bought the Timeform racecard which eulogised Mill house as (and I can remember the exact words) "magnificent chaser, quite outstanding in appearance" – and he was all of that. He was a stupendous horse at that stage in his injury-plagued career – when he won that famous 1967 Whitbread under top weight he was but a pale shadow of his former self.
(Edited by Venusian at 7:28 pm on Mar. 1, 2007)