In the world of competition and there will always be someone who will be crowned the best by the masses. This fact is the same for horse racing. Some races are infamous for causing hairs to stand and goosebumps to raise.
In Ascot on the 18th of June 1936 eyes watered as two veteran horses raced against each other. Omaha, the winner of the 1935 US Triple Crown and Quashed, the winner of the Oaks races that year, battled it out against each other. During the final quarter-mile Quashed narrowly lead and refusing to let the young horse sprint by. The horses seemed to be almost uniform as they passed through the finishing post. In those days the result of the race was determined by the picture taken as the horses crossed the finishing line. The minutes went by slowly and the atmosphere became tense before the result went up in the frame. Quashed won by a short head. About 40 years later another hardcore clashing race took place in Ascot in July of 1975. The teeth gritting race was between Grundy, Derby and Bustino. The race was run at a blistering speed from the offset. All horses ran until it ended in a head-to-head all the way up the course. Grundy kept sneaking up behind Bustino refusing to be shaken off however Bustino faltered along the final strait. The race is known as the hardest race of all time. This race is famous there’s even a song about it written by Dominic Behan. The ballad is named ‘Arkle’ after the infamous race that took place during the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1964. The famous showdown was between two young and horses. The horses named Arkle and Mill House (Willie Robinson) raced fiercely against each other. The race itself lived up to all the hype that was created before it began. Arkle swerve into Mill House’s slipstream until Arkles rider Taaffe eased him into the lead, by sending the horse scampering to win the race by five lengths. It isn’t really the most famous of races, but the anticipation, and excitement as the pair stormed against each other in the quality of the race makes it a well-known race.
Finally looking at a famous race that took place overseas in Paris was the Grand Steeplechase de Paris. Here people witnessed the bond between the horse, Mandarin and its jockey. Mandarin’s bit broke early during the race, but a combination of physical power and willpower kept the horse and jockey in sync. After three fences the exhausted Mandarin broke one of his forelegs, but he kept dragging on, taking the lead only to have a French horse named Lumino launch a never expected speed bomb and surpass Mandarin at the line. Many people relive this race in their mind because of the beautiful race between the horse and its rider and the drama as the horse literal breaks down to pieces.