All horses are beatable, including Arkle. But that, says Stan Mellor, the first jump jockey to ride 1, winners and one of the few men who. Thoroughbred pedigree for Arkle, progeny, and female family reports from the Thoroughbred Horse Pedigree Query. The latest Ask Steven looks at the great Arkle and asks what his race to winning ratio was.
There were poems and songs about him. Indeed, Matey winning his third Cheltenham Gold Cup last year to match Arkle's treble was considered an act of impertinence by some still worshipping at the shrine of the horse known simply as "Himself". They knew how good Arkle was. Racing fans recognized that he was incredible, not only thanks to his fluid galloping, and exuberant jumping, but that he did so usually carrying extra weight. In addition to the Gold Cups of , and , he won the Hennessy Gold Cup twice, Whitbread Gold Cup, King George VI Chase and Irish Grand National. The lightly weighted grey, Stalbridge Colonist, was in with only 10 st.