Wednesday, October 18, 2006

famous race horses

great race horses
Brown Jack was a legendary stayer who dominated staying races around 1930. Originally trained to run over hurdles he was good enough to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. After this he was switched with dramatic effect to run on the level. His forte was the Queen Alexandra Stakes at Royal Ascot. It was run over two and three quarter miles and was therefore the supreme test of stamina for a horse. Brown Jack made the race his own, winning it on no less than six occasions. His regular partner was the Champion Jockey, Steve Donoghue. He won other big stayers races too. These include the Ascot Stakes, Goodwood Cup, Doncaster Cup, Chester Cup and the Ebor Handicap. These races were often won carrying very large weights

The Brigadier graced the turf for three seasons between 1970 and 1972. During those three years he was more or less unbeatable with a career tally of seventeen wins from eighteen outings. His best distance was a mile, but he showed his versatility and class by winning at a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half. Joe Mercer was his constant pilot and he was trained by Dick Hern at West Ilsley. His catalogue of victories included a number of the top races such as the Middle Park Stakes, St James's Palace Stakes, Sussex Stakes, Goodwood Mile, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Champion Stakes, Lockinge Stakes, Prince of Wales's Stakes, Eclipse Stakes and King George VI Stakes. A great roll of honour by anyone's standard. A race, The Brigadier Gerard Stakes, has been named after him and is run at Sandown Park.

Alleged - Horse Racing History
Trained by the mighty Vincent O'Brien and ridden by the master jockey Lester Piggott, maybe it is no surprise that Alleged proved to be an outstanding horse. He met with defeat on just one occasion, in the St Ledger, where he was a close second. His main claim to fame though is his consecutive victories in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 1977 and 1978. This is an outstanding achievement and without doubt marks Alleged down in the all time greats category. After his retirement he was sent to stud. He went on to produce two further classic winners in Midway Lady and Law Society.

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