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3 Best Irish Race Horses Of All Time

The Irish racehorses have earned a lot of racing honors over the years. Below we look at three of the best Irish racehorses of all time.

1- Arkle

Arkle was the first racehorse whose popularity extended beyond the racing circle. He claimed the coveted Cheltenham Gold Cup for 3 years in a row. Mill House was his great rival who had also beaten him before. However, he got the best of Mill House to win his first Gold Cup by 5 lengths. He won the trophy by 20 lengths the next year and 30 lengths a year after that to make 3 consecutive Gold Cup victories. Arkle has the Timeform rating of 212 which is the highest by a steeplechaser.

Tom Dreaper was his trainer while he was mostly ridden by Pat Taafe. He won an incredible 27 races out of the 35 in which he ran. Unfortunately, he suffered a huge injury in the 1966 King George VI Chase forcing him to leave racing forever.

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2- Shergar

Shergar was one of the greatest Irish racehorses who was owned by Agha Khan IV, the Ismaili Muslims leader. He recorded a great victory at the 1981 Epsom Derby when he won by a record 10 lengths. Timeform has given him a rating of 140.

He began racing in the year 1980 and won in one race while finished second in the other. He won five of the six races he ran in 1981. His victory in the Epsom Derby by an unbelievable 10 lengths is a record that stands to this day. He also won King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes by 4 lengths that same year.

Unfortunately, Shergar was kidnapped in 1983. Even to this day, no one could find the culprits for the kidnapping, however, Shergar was never seen again.

3- Synchronised

Synchronised became hugely popular after his performances in the 2011-12 National Hunt season. He won the Lexus Chase in that season before registering the biggest victory of his career by winning the most prestigious steeplechase of Britain- the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He can also boast of winning the Midlands Grand National as well as the Welsh National. Jonjo O'Neill was his trainer while he was owned by the Irish businessman J.P. McManus.

The competition was expected to be very tough with Kauto Star and Long Run in the race. However, Kauto Star (two times Gold Cup winner) pulled up in the early stages of the race and Synchronised took the lead over the final fence to get a narrow victory over The Giant Bolster by 2¼ lengths.