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Sunday, 26 August 2018

Horse Profile: Golden Miller

Introduction

The world of horse racing is full of legendary names, and few are more classic and legendary than the fantastically famous Golden Miller. As regal as the name suggests, this incredible Irish-bred racehorse is one of the most famous of its generation by far. The most famous racehorse at the Cheltenham Gold Cup of all-time, winning it five years in a row from 1932-36!
 
Such feats alone, though, were not the only reason that Golden Miller gathered such love and attention. It’s also the only horse in history to win the premier steeplechase races – the Gold Cup and the Grand National – in a single year. Doing so in 1934, this horse set a precedent that even with all the science and assistance given to horses today we cannot replicate. 
 
Career Summary

Bred by Laurence Geraghty, it was sired by Goldcourt, and was part of a successful line of horses. Trained by Basil Briscoe and owned by Dorothy Paget, Miller soon became a horse of genuine repute in 1931 when it made its debut. Coming first at the Newbury Racecourse, it was sadly disqualified due to weight-based discrepancies.

The first Gold Cup visit, in 1933, ended in failure as it fell at the Canal Turn despite being the favourite. By 1934, it had won its first of five Grad Nationals and also added to the two Gold Cups won. It set a course record in 1934 at the Grand National for a course time, with a time of 9m20.4s at Aintree!

By 1939, it had retired with a stellar record of 29 wins from 52 races. 
 
Achievements & Highlights

Wins – Cheltenham Gold Cup (1932-1936), Grand National (1934).

Associations – Laurence Geraghty, Basil Briscoe, Dorothy Paget, Owen Anthony. 
 



Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Horse Profile: Badsworth Boy

Introduction

An apt name for a tough old horse, Badsworth Boy was a powerful and well-respected British thoroughbred. Having been a popular name in local horse racing circuits, Badsworth Boy went on to claim an incredible Queen Mother Championship Chase hat-trick. This occurred from 1983 until 1985, with three incredible wins that put it as one of the most respected and beloved horses in the country.

Impressively, it all occurred under the tutelage of the one family – the Dickinson family. Michael, Tony and Monica all trained the horse when their chance came along. Indeed, their combined teamwork must have done the job – Badsworth Boy was the 12th horse of all-time in jumping history to claim more than £100,000 in money earned.

While that sounds paltry today, compared to the times then it was an incredible experience. 
 
Career Summary

Badsworth Boy won eight of its eighteen races on the faces. Known for being electric yet somewhat erratic, it’s rapid jumping style could put BB in a bit of trouble at times. It’s three major career wins, though, are some of the most impressive in QMCC history. It won it’s first by claiming massive victories over the likes of Artifice and Rathgorman, who were all favourites over the hat-trick winner.

In 1984, it’s second, it won with more than tenth lengths to spare over the impressive Little Bay. By 1985, it won the hat-trick of wins by defeating Far Bridge by a similarly dominant margin. Sadly, this was to be the second last win of a brief career, with an 87 Winner’s Circle trip being his last. 
 
Achievements & Highlights

The horse gathered an incredible hat-trick, putting it up there within the pantheon of great horses which are sure to be admired. Sadly, the horse died in 2002 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 27. Long gone now, the horse will always be remembered as a fleeting but important part of horse racing. 
 
Wins – Queen Mother Champion Chase 1983, 1984, 1985.

Associations – The Dickinson Family, Doug Armitage, Maurice Gibson and Ronald Howe.