ARKLE (7 yo)
The greatest steeplechaser of all time, although he had a strange quirk, crossing his forelegs when jumping. Many joke that his talent was a result of Guinness being part of his daily diet! Victorious in 27 of his 34 starts at distances from 1m 6f up to 3m 5f he was often referred to simply as ‘Himself’.
Taaffe is the most successful Gold Cup jockey to date, famous for his partnership with ARKLE, Taaffe rode 32 Cheltenham winners, including four Gold Cups (1964-1968) and five Champion Chases.
DUCHESS OF WESTMINSTER
The Duchess (Anne) spotted ARKLE in 1960 as an unbroken 3yr old (Lot 148) in Goff’s Ballsbridge Sale. She bought him for 1,150 Guineas and named him after a mountain near one of the Westminster estates in Sutherland. She rode ARKLE during their summer holidays in Ireland and in retirement she indulged his every whim.
Jockey: Pat Taaffe
Trainer: Tom Dreaper (see 1946)
Owner: Duchess of Westminster