Horse & Hound

Arkle vs Flyingbolt

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PADDY WOODS looked after Arkle for more than three years and sometimes rode Flyingbolt (pictured) at Tom Dreaper’s Greenogue stables – the horse who came closest to Arkle’s

Timeform rating. Woods also rode Arkle once under Rules, when winning the 1962 President Handicap Hurdle at Gowran Park.

“There were different opinions in the yard, although most were for Arkle,” says Woods. “There was a gallop over the road where the ground in winter was usually heavy. When the two horses galloped over there, Flyingbolt went better. Arkle worked so badly there just before a race at Sandown that Mr Dreaper didn’t want to send him. We took him over and I rode him at Sandown on the morning of the race. A train came past us and Arkle took off. I knew then there was nothing wrong with my fellow. He went and won.”

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