Great Horse Races

Great horse races 2010-2012

By The UK Horse Racing Tipster

Below are a number of videos containing some of my favourite horse races over the last couple of years. This time period covers the stage of my life that I regained my love for horse racing as a sport.

I used to be into horse racing when I was only 16 years old, not spending much time picking out which horse to bet on but debating more on whether or not to pay the VAT tax before or after the race – and usually getting it wrong most of the time!

I remember watching the hardcore gambling addicts work their way round the local Coral asking for a spare 2p so they could put it on a 10 horse accumulator that always lost but it never seemed to deter their enthusiasm for losing. Soon the attraction for racing wore off for me as I had to go to college.

However after working on a few racing sites over the last few years my love of the actual sport of horse racing (not the gambling side) has come back and I have been lucky enough that this has matched the same period of history that we have seen some truly great and possibly even the best of all racehorses running in the UK.

Horses with names such as:

  • Frankel
  • Black Caviar
  • So You Think
  • Workforce
  • Excelebration
  • Famous Name
  • Nathaniel
  • St Nicholas Abbey

And many more besides.

As you will note these are all flat racehorses and this is because I personally prefer the flat to jumps.

Not just because I always dislike watching the 2nd lap round Aintree on Grand National day when jumps are missed and the vets blue tents are out putting horses down. Instead it’s the love of speed and tactics involved in flat racing that keeps my interest in the sport.

The only disappointing thing is that flat horses have a much shorter career than the great jumpers whereas you would think naturally it would be the other way round. With all that jumping, falling and the longer running distances you would expect it to take much more out of the jumpers than the sprinters.

Whilst the mighty unbeaten Frankel retired at the age of 4, Kauto Star one of the greats of jumping retired at the grand old age of 12, 3 times the formers age.

My Favourite Horse Races on Film

The first race that got my love back for the sport was the Investec Derby of 2010 when I won by picking Workforce.

At the time I didn’t know a thing about the current batch of horses in the race and I put a bet on him at the last minute after watching a BBC clip of him in action. However it wasn’t me winning my bet that got me excited but rather the display of speed he showed during the race that gave me back an interest in horse racing. You can watch the Investec 2010 Derby below.

 

 

 

As you can see he sat near the back of the group the whole way before entering the straight, storming past the every single runner and winning by 7 lengths in a course record of 2:31.33.

Later that year he went on to become the Champion of Europe by applying the same tactics in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, coming right from the back and steaming past the rest of the runners to win the race.

You can see watch the 2010 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe below.

 

Frankel the Freak

The first time I watched Frankel was when he came up against Dream Ahead in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket which is a top race for 2 year olds that is a good indicator of future 2000 Guineas and Derby winners.

Both horses had unbeaten records up until then and I had a bet on Dream Ahead due to David Simcock being one of the trainers we had on www.fromthestables.com and his review that day that said:

 ”He’s very good value and I certainly wouldn’t swap him, for any other in the race.”.

However up until then I had never seen Frankel in action and this race showed me how good he was.

The next year was filled with some of the greatest races ever seen by the viewing public as Frankel utterly destroyed field after field of competitors in style every-time.

You can watch Frankel the Freak in action below during 3 of his best races during 2011.

First is the race that got everyone’s attention in 2011, the Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in which he led from the front the whole race in a feat that many reckon will reckon will never be seen again and he rightly earned his name as “Frankel the freak”. You can watch the Qipco 2000 Guineas below.

 

 

 

And here is Frankel again in the St James Palace Stakes.

This was a race that the jockey Tom Queally was criticised for his tactics due to his handling of the horse. He let the pacemaker take a long lead before using his fast turn of foot to speed up and take over from him very early on and then storming his way to the finish in one of his closest finishes ever with his main rival Excelebration who almost caught up to him.

Speaking about Excelebration, he finished in 2nd place to Frankel 4 times and 3rd once and if you were ever looking for any value in your betting then you were almost always better off putting a place only bet on Excelebration than a win on Frankel.

At one point his winning price got as low as 1/20!

You can watch the 2011  St James Palace Stakes below.

 

 

And here he is again in the Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood where he utterly destroyed the older contender for best horse over a mile Canford Cliffs. Before the race there was much build up about who was the better horse and this was going to decide it once and for all.

As you can see it was decided very easily by Frankel although Canford Cliffs did start to swerve off line during the end.

You can watch the 2011 Qipco Sussex Stakes below

 

 

His final years racing as a 4 year old saw Frankel once again prove what an amazing turn of foot he has as he destroyed the contenders in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot to rightly claim his spot as best horse in the world.

You can watch the 2012 Queen Anne Stakes below.

 

 

Frankel ended his career in October 2012 by winning the Qipco Champion Stakes on British Champions day at Ascot.

The race showed just what a great a horse he was as not only was it on soft/heavy ground but he left the gates last leaving the other horses a good few lengths ahead, something that would have killed the chances of any other horse.

Not only that but he was up against the no 2 rated horse in the world the French Horse Cirrus Des Aigles.

Any other horse facing those odds would have had a hard time winning in the style he ended his career on.

The racing public were crying out for Frankel to stay in training and maybe even go to America to face the Breeders Cup 1 Mile event 2 weeks later.

They were even given a glimmer of hope by his owner Prince Khalid Abdulla who hinted before the race that he might keep him in training purely due to the love he got from the public.

However it was not to be, and even though the £100-£200 million in stud fees Frankel will probably earn him is probably pocket change to the Prince, he stated after the race that it was to be the last of Frankel the Freak’s racing career.

It still gives me tingles watching Frankel win his last race in this manner. You can watch the the 2012 Qipco Champion Stakes below.

 

 

 

Whilst Frankel was running as a 4 year old in 2012 we had a 3 year old contender called Camelot who was hoping to claim the Triple Crown for the first time since Nijinsky in 1970.

The 2012 Derby saw Camelot deploy similar tactics to Workforce’s Derby win and for nearly the whole race Camelot who was the odds on favourite stayed right at the back of the runners until the last few furlongs when Joeseph O’Brien kicked him in and Camelot made his move.

Camelot travels past all the other runners one by one with ease before taking on and then overtaking his stable mate and pacemaker Astrology to win the most famous UK classic of the year.

Unfortunately Camelot didn’t manage to win the Triple Crown and he failed in the Prix de l’Arc d’Triomphe to make a mark so he ended his 3 year old year on a low.

However the race is still one of my favourites and you can watch the 2012 Investec Derby below.

 

 

Another super star who has come from down under to spend time racing across Europe for the mighty Irish A.P O’Brien stable is So You Think.

At the 2012 Royal Ascot meeting the Australasian super star beat The Queens horse Carlton House who almost sneaked up on the rail before Joseph O’Brien switched him into top gear showing us that despite some loses since joining the Irish stable he was still a super star horse who had made his mark on both sides of the world.

You can watch the 150th Anniversary of the 2012 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes below.

 

 

Speaking of Australian super stars we cannot forget the amazing Black Caviar.

This filly ended her career winning 25 races in a row, one of her last being in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot over 6 furlongs. An Australian sprinting phenomenon, this mare is probably one of the best sprinters we will ever see – or at least I will in my generation.

Whilst we were all hoping that Peter Moody would keep to his blag and extend her trip up to a mile so that we could see her contest against some of our own great milers, possibly even Frankel or Excelebration, it was not to be.

Instead she crossed the world and came to Ascot in a super lycra compression suit, the likes we hadn’t seen before, and raced over her prefered sprinting trip of 6 furlongs.

Black CaviarThis was a race in which the Australian sprinter almost lost her unblemished record by easing a yard or two too early whilst two horses were racing up on her inside.

The jockey, Luke Nolen,  seemed to have got the finish post wrong and had underestimated the grueling Ascot course. He was so apologetic to the interviewers afterwards it almost seemed as if he had lost the race. As he said:

“I underestimated the gruelling six-furlong straight. Because it was such a test for her, she pulled up very quickly and it took me by surprise.”

 

I think the Australians were hoping to show us “POM’s” what Black Caviar was made of and destroy the opposition in the same manner as she regularly did down under. However it was not to be – even though she won the race by a nose as this photo finish shows.

Black Caviar wins by a nose at Ascot

However this Australian superstar is the only horse that can stop Australian Rules Rugby games being played so that crowds can converge in city centres and watch their super star on big screens.

Can you imagine any English football internationals being postponed so that Frankel could run!

You can watch the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot below.

 

 

As a Brit we don’t get to watch much foreign racing easily unless we have bet on the race and are willing to stay up late or get up in the early hours. Therefore this is a documentary about the great Black Caviar and you can see some more of her earlier career wins in Australia plus an extended interview with trainer Peter Moody by At The Races.

 

And my last horse for this page is the one that came 2nd best to Frankel so many times but in a different life would have been called one of the best flat horses ever – Excelebration.

His 2nd last race before losing to Wise Dan in the Breeders Cup Mile over in the United States was also on British Champions day at Ascot in the Qipco Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

In this race he showed just what a fast horse he was and even on soft ground he kicks away from the Queens horse Carlton House and then Cityscape to win by a good distance indeed.

These were both good horses in their own rights and his amazing turn of foot on soft ground showed just what a great horse Excelebration was and if only Frankel wasn’t the same age as him he might have been a bigger star than he was.

You can watch the  Qipco Queen Elizabeth II Stakes below.

 

 

Hopefully these videos go to show that you don’t have to gamble to love horse racing and a good flat race with classy horses like Frankel, Camelot, Workforce, So You Think, Excelebration and Black Caviar is good enough to watch without even having a bet!

I remember my mum for instance, who doesn’t bet at all, and was literally forced into watching me win money on Camelot in the Derby.

When she watched the race and saw Camelot make his way through the pack to win the race, coming all the way from the back of the pack to win in style, even she was jumping in the air when he won!

Therefore you don’t have to spend your cash to like a good horse race and hopefully these videos prove it.

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