The world of horse racing is full of miraculous stories, legendary winners and incredible battles for the first-place finishes that will put any horse and jockey in the history books. Iconic horses like Red Rum, Frankel, Secretariat and other have rightly taken their places in horse racing legend – but what about the near men, unlucky riders and unfortunate beasts that didn’t quite make the cut? From solo winners to bone crunching disasters and ridiculous loss-streaks, these are four of the craziest stories ever to come out of the horse racing scene. Foinavon at the 1967 Grand National One of Europe’s, and the world’s, most watched horse races, only twice in the 180-year history of this great race has only one horse crossed the finish line. Most interesting of these two cases was the 1967 event, which has since gone down in the books as possibly the most incident-packed race of all time. It was won by 100-1 outsider

Foinavon, a horse known for his jumping form and patchy race career until the point. Once owned by Princess Anne, Foinavon had already been through several owners by 1967 – and no-one gave him an outside chance of winning this most famous of races. However, the race would be anything but a run-of-the-mill event. Enter the 23rd fence on the second lap of the course with Foinavon cruising in last place, behind a tight pack that included race favourite Honey End and the unseated runner Popham Down. Just before the jump Popham Down panicked and veered across the track, causing a 28-horse pile up that knocked a dozen riders off their horses and even made some start running backwards. The only horse to avoid the ensuing melee? You guessed it: Foinavon. The 100-1 shot, ridden by replacement jockey John Buckingham, snuck past every other horse and over the fence, seeing off a spirited challenge from Honey End to win the race…