Many achievements and records have been made in the world of horse racing, from the most contenders in a single race to the incredible speeds that some of the horses have reached over the years. These horses deserved a bet, use betting guides to help you pick the best wagers. But some horses and jockeys have been so spectacular that they are yet to be beaten.
These ten achievements have made it into the history books as world records.
- Winx set a world record for Group 1 wins this year when she stretched her unbeaten runs to an amazing 31, with 23 Group 1 wins. The Australian wonder earned her victory in the Chipping Norton Stakes at Sydney’s Royal Randwick racecourse, which marked her 23rd in the top class of thoroughbred racing.
- The most runners in a race is 4,249 and was achieved in 2013 by the Federation of Mongolian Horse Racing Sport and Trainers in Mongolia. The race itself covered a distance of 18km.
- The longest horse race in the world is also recorded in Mongolia and is the Mongol Derby – the record was achieved in 2011 and was the 1,000lm race in Binder, Mongolia.
- The oldest racehorse to win a race is Al Jabal – a 19-year-old pure bred arab horse who won on the flat at the Three Horseshows Handicap Stakes in Wiltshire in 2002.
- The record for the highest race speed ever recorded over two furlongs was in 2008 and was achieved by Winning Brew in Pennsylvania, US. She covered the quarter-mile distance in an incredible 20.57 seconds at two years old, while the record for 1.5 miles went to three-year-old Hawkster in California in 1989, with a time of 2min 22.8 seconds.
- The unbeaten record for highest jump is 2.47m and was achieved by Huaso Ex-Faithful, ridden by Capt. Alberto Larraguibel Morales in Chile in 1949.
- In March 2010, the highest prize for a single day’s racing was recorded, totaling $26.25 million or £17.62 million for the Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai.
- The most jump racing winners ridden in a single career were made by jockey Tony McCoy from the UK. Between 26 March 1992 and 26 April 2014, he rode 4,106 winning horses to victory.
- Red Rum is renowned for being one of the greatest racehorses of all time and with good reason – this athlete won the Grand National a record three times in 1973, 1974 and 1977, as well as finishing second in 1975 and 1976. This achievement is one that is still talked about today as one of the best records to have ever been accomplished in the sport.
- The quickest racehorse to cover five furlongs was Stone of Folca, ridden by Luke Morris, when they won the Epsom Dash on 2nd June 2012. They achieved it in just 53.69 seconds, the fastest time ever recorded in Britain since the dawn of electronic timing and an achievement that broke the previous record from 1983 by just 0.01 seconds.