New Royal Mail Stamp Issue Celebrates Racehorse Legends
On the 6th April 2017 Royal Mail will issue a set of eight stamps entitled Racehorse Legends. The stamps showcase the greatest horses to have lit up British racing. Royal Mail chose the eight horses that they honoured in conjunction with Great British Racing and the Racing Post. But which equine heroes made the cut?
Every racing enthusiast will have their own favourites and so Royal Mail had to make some difficult choices. They have left out several iconic horses including Mill Reef, Dancing Brave and Night Nurse. But the horses chosen to feature in the issue are certainly all animals which captured the nation’s heart.
Inspiring the entire nation with his exploits, Red Rum completed 5 Grand Nationals winning three times and finishing second twice. He never fell during his racing career and made a star of his trainer Ginger McCain. Rummy graces a 1st class stamp and is shown winning his historic third grand National in 1977.
Readers of the Racing Post voted Arkle to be their favourite horse. He won 27 of his 35 races including the 1964 Cheltenham Gold Cup and this victory is shown on a 1st class stamp. He also won the Irish Grand National whilst carrying two and a half stone more than his rivals.
This gorgeous grey was the Racing Post’s readers’ second favourite horse. His most famous win was the 1989 Cheltenham Gold Cup, a race in which he beat rival Yahoo in an epic encounter. "Dessie" became a national treasure and is the only grey to feature in this stamp issue which features a £1.05 stamp showcasing his memorable Gold Cup win.
This racing superstar won two Cheltenham Gold Cups and was victorious in the King George VI Chase a record five times. In 2009 he won the King George by an incredible 36 lengths and it is this feat which is celebrated on a £1.05 stamp.
The Amazing Frankel remained unbeaten in his 14 race career. His victories included his win in the 2011 2,000 guineas which has been described as one of the finest moments in British racing. It is this race which features on a £1.33 stamp. Frankel’s record saw him become the highest rated racehorse since the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings began in 1977.
A winner of 17 out of his 18 races, this horse’s greatest achievement was his victory in the 1971 2000 guineas. Therefore, a £1.33 stamp reminds us of this momentous race in which he defeated the great Mill Reef.
A £1.52 stamp depicts the 1981 Epsom Derby in which Shergar romped to victory by the greatest winning margin in the history of the race. Sadly, this outstanding horse is now mostly remembered because masked gunmen stole him and then was never seen again.
This horse became a legend by winning the Cheltenham gold cup in 2013. Why? Well, because the Queen owned him and was the first horse owned by a reigning monarch to win the big race. This magical moment is captured on a £1.52 stamp.