A look at the most successful horses in racing history

There are some horses that are so famous, even those who know exactly nothing about horse racing have heard of them. Desert Orchid, Nijinsky, Red Rum, Arkle – all became celebrities in their own right and in each case, the world mourned their passing. Yet strangely, none of these household names make it into the top lists when you look at career success.

 

In many sports, it can become almost meaningless to try to define the greatest of all time. Pele or Ronaldo? Fangio or Schumacher? Bradman or Lara? It’s impossible to say. But horseracing is a sport steeped in statistics that has changed very little over the years. Here, then, we can say with some confidence, are the five most successful racehorses ever.

 

Secretariat

 

In 1973, this chestnut stallion became the first horse in a quarter of a century to win the Triple Crown. Justify repeated the feat last year, becoming only the 13th horse to do so in more than a century. But for Secretariat, that was just the beginning. By the time he went to stud, he had won an incredible 16 of his 21 races, coming second in three of the others. In his brief career, he generated more than $1.3 million in winnings, a sum that was unheard of in horse racing in the early 1970s.

 

Winx

 

From the USA of the 70s, we proceed to present day Australia. For the past three years, there has been only one word to describe Winx: Unbeatable. If you’d looked up the Unibet racing odds on any of the Group One races in Australia since 2016, you would have seen Winx head and shoulders ahead of the rest. Her record speaks for itself: 29 consecutive wins, 22 at Group One level is unprecedented, not just in Australia but in horse racing worldwide.

 

Man O’ War

 

Here’s the horse that is often compared to Secretariat by American racing fans. He single handedly put horse racing back on the map in the 1920s – in fact, many say he saved the sport from extinction. Born in 1917, there was no cosseting of special dietary regime for this stallion, who won all but one of his 21 races. Yet the one race he never won was the Kentucky Derby.

 

Frankel

 

An unbeaten career record and career earnings just shy of £3 million. Has there ever been a horse like Frankel? When he retired unbeaten in 2012, the BBC’s horseracing guru Cornelius Lysaght argued in his favour over such legends as those mentioned above. Frankel’s wins included the 2000 Guineas, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, the Champion Stakes and the St James’s Palace Stakes, to name just a few.

 

Phar Lap

 

Fans of horse racing on the big screen will know all about Phar Lap, but his real life was just as extraordinary as the movie. He was described as the horse that was just too good. With 37 wins out of 51 starts, he had only just begun, before his untimely death in 1932, the circumstances of which are still shrouded in mystery almost 90 years later.

Royal Ascot in Perspective!


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It can often be said that ‘showing your age’ is a bad thing, especially when you happen to be over 300 years old. The History of Royal Ascot goes back so far though, that it’s only right to do it justice by putting it all into historical perspective for you. So take a tour with us down memory lane, and see ‘what came next’ as far as the birth of Royal Ascot is concerned. Spoiler alert: Most of the modern world came next!

Be sure to tune into the action this year from Tuesday 18th June to Saturday 22nd June 2019. Chance your arm and have a punt on the likes of the Queen Anne Stakes, the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes and of course the Ascot Gold Cup!

Like a flutter on the horses? Try your luck with top racing slots

We spend over £4.3 billion betting on horse racing each year. But the racetrack isn’t the only place punters can get their kicks these days. If you like a flutter on the horses, why not try backing a few horse racing-inspired slot games online?

You’ll find hundreds to choose from at casino sites like bgo.com. Join eight-time champion jockey Peter Scudamore for a spin of Scudamore’s Super Stakes. Designed by NetEnt, this slot features a Classic Cup Bonus, where it’s possible to win up to 5,000 times your stake. Or soak up the excitement of Royal Ascot playing Ascot: Sporting Legends. Any spin of this Playtech slot could see you ride away with the Daily, Weekly or Sporting Legends Jackpot.

Excited to find out more about these and other racing slots? We’ve got good news for you. To celebrate Royal Ascot happening this month, we’ve teamed up with the guys from bgo to bring you a list of all the top racing slots out there right now. Check it out below and see what’s worth a spin. Good luck!

What Are The Highlights Of The 2019 Cheltenham Festival?

We are just weeks away from the start of the 2019 Cheltenham Festival, the biggest meeting in National Hunt racing by some distance. There are 28 races scheduled across four days this year, with the Cheltenham Gold Cup the feature contest. Here are some of the horses and races to look out for at Prestbury Park next month.

Altior Puts Unbeaten Record On The Line In Champion Chase

After three successful outings so far season, Altior is now unbeaten in 12 races over fences as his domination of the 2m chase division continues. Nicky Henderson’s stablestar will look to retain his crown in the Queen Mother Champion Chase where he is the odds-on favourite at 2/5.

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The challengers to Altior include recent Grade One Dublin Chase winner Min, Footpad and Un de Sceaux but it would be a huge upset if the nine-year-old did not win his fourth straight race at the Festival this year.

Buveur D’Air Bids For Hat-Trick In Champion Hurdle

Another horse who has been so successful in his respective division at the Festival is Buveur D’Air who is on the verge of a hat-trick of Champion Hurdle victories. The 2017 and 2018 winner of the 2m contest, which is the feature race on day one of the meeting, has tasted defeat this season, though, as he was second behind Verdana Blue in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton.

Henderson’s hurdler started his campaign in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle which he won for a third time in a field which included Samcro and Summerville Boy. Those two novices both went into the race with big reputations, however, the defending champion was a comfortable winner as proved his class with a seven-length success.

Buveur D’Air bounced back from his Kempton defeat to claim the Contenders Hurdle on his latest start. He is as big as 2/1 in the Champion Hurdle betting and victory once again in the race would help cement his name alongside some of the greats of the sport which have won this contest three times.

Presenting Percy Takes On Older Horses In Gold Cup

Presenting Percy goes into the Cheltenham Gold Cup at a top price of 7/2 with the bookmakers listed by Oddschecker for the 3m2f contest on the final day of the meeting, despite only having the one run so far this season.

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Patrick Kelly’s chaser ended the 2017/18 campaign as the leading novice chaser in the UK and Ireland. The Irish horse was an impressive winner of the RSA Chase which immediately put him in the frame for the 2019 Gold Cup.

With just the five runs under his belt over fences, Presenting Percy will be one of the least experienced horses in the field this year. He will be taking on last year’s winner Native River, former King George VI Chase winner Might Bite and Road To Respect. Although those runners have been there before, none of them have really stood out this season, therefore, the opportunity may be there for Presenting Percy to seize on the biggest stage of them all.

Stayers’ Hurdle The Target For Impressive Paisley Park

The star performer in the 3m hurdle division this season has been Paisley Park, who has just got better with every run. The seven-year-old has appeared four times in the campaign and he has done enough in those appearances to earn the spot as the 2/1 favourite for the Stayers’ Hurdle.

Emma Lavelle’s horse stood out after claiming the Grade One JLT Hurdle at Ascot just before Christmas where he finished ahead of West Approach and Top Notch respectively. He then featured at Cheltenham in what was arguably an even better performance in the Cleeve Hurdle as his margin of victory was 12 lengths on that occasion.

The Stayers’ Hurdle is an interesting race this year as it features a former Champion Hurdle winner in Faugheen, Unowhatimeanharry, who has had so much success in the division over the last couple of seasons, and last year’s winner Penhill, who is going straight into the race again without a preparation run.

If Paisley Park repeats what he has shown this season, he will be difficult to beat, however, we have seen a number of surprises in this race before so it is sure to make for fascinating viewing.

Look out for the final declarations for all 28 races 48 hours prior to each day’s action, especially if the horse you are looking to back has multiple entries across the week.