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02 Mar 24 09:13
Date Joined: 30 Jan 03
| Topic/replies: 7,767 | Blogger: madhatter's blog
Nice feature today in the Daily Mail on what was probably the greatest hurdler I've since (although Lanzarote was always my favourite Love).
Still alive, 32 years old and would have surely been the only 4 times winner of the Champion Hurdle had it not been for the foot and mouth outbreak that denied him that chance while still at the peak of his powers.
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Report Trident March 2, 2024 9:52 AM GMT
The quickest and tidiest I've seen a hurdler jump in my life.
Report paulo47 March 2, 2024 9:55 AM GMT
Agree with Trident , and the most muscular I have seen .
Report kingscrewed March 2, 2024 10:29 AM GMT
Horse racing isnt my main sport but was at the grand national when AP McCoy Carried Pridwell? home against it, probably the best ride ive ever seen live (my money was on the winner, so probably biased) think McCoy won ride of the year for it. But Istabraq was a beast of a horse privileged to see 2 fine animals go head to head although memory isnt brilliant from that day due to the vast amount of alcohol!
Report elise March 2, 2024 10:40 AM GMT
Report freddiewilliams March 2, 2024 2:46 PM GMT
32. jeez
Report elise March 2, 2024 2:55 PM GMT

watch the video at the top
Report iswearitsoath March 2, 2024 3:09 PM GMT
always nice to see the old stagers live a long life

i think Spanish Steps, Sea Pigeon and Night Nurse all reached at least 30
Report madhatter March 2, 2024 5:10 PM GMT
and Red Rum, my favourite ever horse by a considerable distanceLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLoveLove
Report madhatter March 2, 2024 5:14 PM GMT
just watched the at Martinstown Stud link elise.
Lovely, thanks for putting up the link.
Istabraq.....17 Grade 1 victories...superb!
Report The Dragon March 2, 2024 5:22 PM GMT
what a horse.. loved moscow flyer also
Report Sunset Cristo March 2, 2024 5:30 PM GMT
I only ever backed Istabraq once. Yes it was the time Pridwell won. Never back on heavy going.
Report breadnbutter March 2, 2024 7:05 PM GMT
Was that not over 2m4f at Aintree, in the slop,
Report acey deucy March 2, 2024 7:28 PM GMT
Report The Dragon March 2, 2024 7:57 PM GMT
brilliant pic aceyCool
Report acey deucy March 2, 2024 8:08 PM GMT
Thanks Dragon he was a handsome beast.Grin
Report Ibrahima Sonko March 2, 2024 8:10 PM GMT
My late nan (88) had a painting of Istabraq over her fire place. Love
Report Cider March 2, 2024 8:20 PM GMT
ballooned that one
Report windsor knot March 2, 2024 11:29 PM GMT
i was there for all his champion hurdles . but when he got beat in filthy ground by limestone lad was probably my fav day to see him . con hill will never have the feel of a great for me .
Report Trident March 3, 2024 8:16 AM GMT
CH is just beating horses he should each time, not the horse's fault, we don't have many decent 2M hurdlers any more. Will never be a great in my book either. I don't think CH jumps particularly well, either.
Report Trident March 3, 2024 8:26 AM GMT
Watching that MARTINSTOWN STUD video reminds me. Horse Racing MUST make the MAIN narrative about the horse, because ultimately that's the sport we love. And it keeps getting pulled away, dealing with other rubbish. I hope the BHA and news outlets start thinking about the Horses again before our sport is gone.
Report bluenose7 March 3, 2024 9:38 AM GMT
SEE YOU THEN now that was a f'in GEE GEE !!!!!  Love
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