Horse racing has been popular for centuries and it’s now the second biggest spectator sport in the country, with several exceptional horses capturing the hearts of the nation and becoming household names.
These special stamps celebrate eight horses that merit the title of lsquo;racehorse legend’. They have been selected by collaboration with experts from Great British Racing and the Racing Post. Each special stamp image has been taken from specially commissioned paintings by renowned equestrian artist Michael Heslop, and features the equine heroes in the actual races that made them legends of the racetrack.
This presentation pack has quotes from jockeys that have ridden some of these racehorse legends, including Sir Henry Cecil, Ruby Walsh and lsquo;Ginger’ McCain. Former jockey and horse-racing expert Brough Scott MBE gives you some insight into the horses and explores the origins of horse racing in the UK.
Frankel is a flat-racing legend who is unbeaten in his 14-race career and is the top rated horse in the world since the World Best Racehorse Rankings were initiated in 1977. He was ridden throughout his racing days by Tom Queally and his greatest race was the 2000 Guineas in 2011.
Red Rum is a national hunt legend who was voted number 3 favourite horse by Racing Post readers and is the only horse to have won the Grand National for a third time. He was ridden by Tommy Stack in his greatest race which was in 1977 at the Grand National.
Shergar is a flat-racing legend who was the 1978 European Horse of the Year. He rode in the Epsom Derby in 1981 and had the longest winning margin in that race’s history.
Kauto Star is a national hunt legend whose huge 36-length victory enabled him to replace Desert Orchid as the top-rated steeplechaser. This took place at the 2009 King George VI Chase when he was ridden by Ruby Walsh.
Desert Orchid is a national hunt legend and beat Red Rum to second place on the Racing Post readers favourite horses. His greatest race was back in 1989 at the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Brigadier Gerard is a flat-racing legend who won 17 of his 18 races. He was the British Horse of the Year back in 1972 and was number 5 on the Racing Post readers favourite horses list. His greatest race was in 1971 in the 2000 Guineas when he was ridden by Joe Mercer and he beat Mill Reef who was his great contemporary.
Arkle is a national hunt legend who was won 27 of his 35 starts. He was voted number one favourite horse by the readers of Racing Post. His greatest race was back in 1964 at the Cheltenham Gold Cup when he was ridden by Pat Taaffe, the dramatic win came as he dethroned Mill House and showed his greatness for the first time.
Estimate is a flat-racing legend who won the 2013 Gold Cup at Ascot. He was the first horse owned by a reigning monarch to do so. It is also very rare that a horse becomes a legend from just one race but this is one of those exceptions.
Release Date: 6th April 2017