Altior is an Irish bred British trained horse and national hunt specialist. After mixed fortunes in bumper races, he went on to instantly have much more positive results in his first outings over the hurdles, winning  the Sharp Novices’ Hurdle and Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. The following season these successes continues with noteable wins in the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase, Arkle Challenge Trophy and the Celebration Chase to name a few.

Altior was bred in Ireland by Ethan Simlett and was eventually bought for €60,000 by Highflyer Bloodstock. He soon moved into training with Nicky Henderson courtesy of ownership by Patricia Pugh. The horse certainly has quite some pedigree as his sire High Chaparral was a Derby winner and two times Breeders Cup Turf winner too.

His ascent to greatness hasn’t been without its problems though. In the 2017/18 season, breathing problems stalled potential career defining opportunities to run in the Tingle Creek Chase, with an eye on the Queen Mother Champion Chase further down the line. However, before long he was back in the mix, in the Game Spirit Chase against some quality opposition. He wasn’t fazed and won handily, which surely bodes well for the future. It’s a case of stay tuned, the best may well be still to come!

Poet’s Word

Poet’s Word is an Irish bred horse trained in the UK. The thoroughbred is a lesson in perseverance on account that his first two seasons were not especially earth shattering in terms of achievement. At age four though, this changed when he won the Glorious Stakes and placed second in the Champion Stakes and Irish Champion Stakes. the following year more successes came, amongst them wins in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Poet’s Word was bred by the Woodcote Stud and bought for 300,000 guineas before being trained Michael Stoute through way of ownership by Saeed Suhail. He was sired by the successful Poet’s Voice and is related to Nashwan on his mother’s side (Whirly Bird). He certainly has unrivalled lineage and has a winning mentally, much like the winners at  Online Casino Deutschland.

One of the horses most recent outings was in the group one Juddmonte International Stakes race in August 2018, where he came a very respectable second to Roaring Lion. Unfortunately an injury suffered since that time ended not only Poet’s Words season but also his career, cutting short an increasingly successful spell in racing. With career earnings of £3 million and now a place in the stallion roster at Nunnery Stud in Norfolk, his story is far from over.

Native River

Native River is an Irish bred, British trained horse who specialises in National Hunt races. To be more specific he favours long distance steeplechase events, or rather excels at them. With a positive approach to racing, Native River isn’t afraid to take the lead and dare others to take him on. This isn’t a display or arrogance by horse or jockey, but instead an approach that simply works for a horse with such immense talent, stamina and durability.

Native River has shown steady and impressive progress through the years. In 2015/16 he won the Worcester Novices’ Chase and the Mildmay Novices’ Chase. The following year, he’d made leaps and bounds in progress by winning the Hennessy Gold Cup and Welsh Grand National amongst others, and more importantly placing an impressive third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The following season he improved yet further in winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup, beating favourite Might Bite into second place. Not bad going for a horse that was bought for €6,000! Despite the price tag, Native River was sired by Indian River who achieved much success in his own right, including a win in the Prix du Président de la République.

There’s nothing quite like a racing rivalry, and that is expected to continue between Might Bite and Native River as there are indications that they both have the Chase Triple Crown in their sights. Attaining the Chase Triple Crown involves winning the Betfair Chase, the King George VI Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the same year. Doing so brings with it a cool £1 million bonus, so who can blaim them for being ambitious.

Red Rum

Red Rum is surely, even today, one of the most recognisable names in horse racing. It’s testament to what he achieved in his career, that even those born well after he’d stopped racing still know who this thoroughbred steeplechaser was.

Initially bred to run 1 mile races, Red Rum’s talents were actually better suited to much longer distances, as his future successes would attest to. His brilliance wasn’t spotted immediately and it wasn’t until he was passed to Ginger McCain’s training yard that amazing things started to happen.

Red Rum’s crowning achievement remains a one off in racing even today. That being the feat of winning the Grand National three times, in 1973, 1974 and 1977. Casual and serious racing fans alike will realise how difficult the Grand National is, with it’s sizeable fields and taxing jumps, though Red Rum was able to sweep these complexities aside. In the 1973 race he was 30 lengths off the pace and his eventual victory against fellow 9-1 shot Crisp is deemed by many to be one of the best horse racing moments of all time. Even in the ‘gap years’ of 1975 and 1976, Red Rum came second in the National, demonstarting just how much of a firm fixture he’d become in the race during the 70s.

In retrospect Red Rum was in very safe hands throughout his time in racing, with Brian Fletcher as jockey for his first two Grand National wins (Fletched had already ridden one National winner in 1968 – Red Alligator) and trained by the talented Ginger McCain. Red Rum’s time in racing ended in 1978 following a hairline fracture, but the nations love for him didn’t and hasn’t diminished. He died aged 30 and a life sized sculpture of this much loved high achiever overlooks the paddock at Aintree, a place in which he made many a memory.