Horse & Hound

the outstandin­g racing career of “immortal” Arkle

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Bay gelding, foaled 19 April 1957 By Archive out of Bright Cherry, by Knight Of The Garter

Anne, Duchess of Westminste­r Tom Dreaper

Mary Baker

Pat Taaffe

ARKLE’S sire, Archive, was well bred but next to useless as a racehorse: he never managed to win a race of any descriptio­n. That meant his stud fee was negligible, which prompted his breeder, Mary Baker, to choose him as a mate for Arkle’s dam, Bright Cherry. Bright Cherry won six times over jumps over two miles for the Tom Dreaper stable. Arkle’s breeder was only too happy to sell him as an unbroken three-year-old for 1,150 guineas in 1960. The rest, as they sayÉ

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 ??  ?? Treble Gold Cup winner Arkle en route to victory at Cheltenham under Pat Taaffe. At level weights, winning was “child’s play”, but his handicap successes under huge burdens were even more remarkable
Treble Gold Cup winner Arkle en route to victory at Cheltenham under Pat Taaffe. At level weights, winning was “child’s play”, but his handicap successes under huge burdens were even more remarkable

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