A natural on a horse since he was able to walk and imbued with a pure love of riding Declan Murphy became one of the most brilliant jockeys of his generation before his world came crashing down at the final hurdle of a race at Haydock Park.
Mr Darleys Arabian traces an extraordinary bloodline of outstanding racehorses - 95% of all thoroughbreds in the world are descended from one horse the so-called Darley Arabian shipped from Aleppo to Yorkshire in 1704 by a second son who failed to make his fortune and died before he could follow his horse home.
Kauto Star Nijinsky Arkle Desert Orchid Frankel Red Rum … how do you rank the best British and Irish horses from both Flat racing and jumping? How do you compare a fleet-footed sprinter with the robust staying power of a steeplechaser?<br/> Robin Oakley’s highly personal list will provoke debate among racing fans everywhere.
"For decades Peter OSullevan was one of the iconic sports commentators providing the sound track for half a century of horseracing as he called home such legends of the sport as Arkle Nijinsky Red Rum and Desert Orchid.
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