Without a doubt, 2021 has been an edgy year in many regards, and horse racing is no different. Despite the general slowdown of economy, however, this particular industry has not failed to deliver in terms of sheer entertainment, drama, and sheer enthusiasm as the fans keep cheering on for their favourite horse racing contenders.
Although there are plenty of things to be excited about as the year unravels, today’s post serves as a rundown of the greatest moments we’ve had the pleasure to witness thus far, in both flat racing and jump racing alike.
The Grand National is back
This is arguably the top general highlight in 2021, as the event was put on hold due to the global crisis of 2020. But now, the glorious Aintree showpiece is making a bombastic return! Although there was no way of seeing the event from the spectators’ seat, you still had the option of tuning in from your sofa and watching the broadcast live.
And how can we not mention Blackmore, the star of the show? Undoubtedly, her victory was a huge milestone for female riders. As time goes on, we can expect many great things from her. If you’ve missed out on the opportunity to show your support with a bet, many websites allow you to bet on totalizators, and she will be making plenty of appearances in the future. Our tip is to keep an eye on the odds to get in at the most opportune moment.
Blackmore’s dominance at the Cheltenham Festival
Speaking of Rachael Blackmore, looking at how she turned heads at the Cheltenham Festival, there’s no stopping her. Before she came around, no female rider has ever managed to win the Champion Hurdle on day one. Period. And before the festival came to an end, she swooped in to claim as much as five more victories. As you can imagine, this sufficed to for her to take home the Ruby Walsh Trophy and being crowned the Festival’s leading jockey.
The amazement was quite evident from the way that people kept cheering her on through social media (for obvious reasons, there was no way to attend the event in person). She is a pride and joy to the people of England and no one can disagree.
Adayar’s performance at Epsom
2021 has been one of the finest seasons for flat racing, and Charlie Appleby is inclined to agree. Adayar turned out to be an absolute powerhouse as he won him his second Derby triumph at Epsom that was held in June. The very same horse attained the honour of winning the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes at Ascot during the season’s duration.
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The reason why this is so amazing is the fact that – since 2001 – no horse had been able to achieve the same. Unfortunately, Galileo is no longer with us, but Adayar’s success is both an achievement and a lingering reminder that nothing lasts forever.
O’Brien’s three consecutive victories
The world of flat horse racing was set ablaze when Aidan O’Brien cemented his name in the industry as one of the top-class trainers as Frankie Dettori, the legendary jockey, was the one in the saddle in the 1,000 Guineas race.
Everything combined, O’Brien has 7 1,000 Guineas victories under his belt and most of them are recent. This trend suggests an upswing in his performance so it’ll be interesting to follow his future endeavours.
With that, we conclude our selection of 2021’s most memorable moments in horse racing. What’s your favorite one? Be sure to let us know in the comments below and as always, follow our news feed to keep in the loop with the industry’s latest happenings!
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