THE HORSECARS

High fashion, drama, tears and trophies; it’s easy to see why you could confuse Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony with a standard day out at the races…

To celebrate the most watched award ceremony in the world, we’ve created the ever so slightly less coveted “Horsecars” to pay tribute to a few amazing moments from the racing world in the last year.

Best Picture – Somewhere over a Haydock Rainbow

The stormy weather at Haydock produced this quite stunning snap in the last race on the 18th November last year. Sadly, there was to be no pot of gold under the winning post for rider Harry Cobden and horse Brio Conti as they could only finish second to Constantine Bay.

There may be riches aplenty for both rider and horse later in the season though as trainer Paul Nicholls has earmarked Brio Conti as one of his leading chances for a winner at the Cheltenham Festival in the Martin Pipe Conditional Handicap.

Lifetime Achievement Award – Sprinter Sacre

One of the greatest two-mile chasers in the history of horse racing called time on a simply spellbinding career in October.

His comeback story throughout last season, peaking with a glorious victory at the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the Cheltenham festival was perfectly put by Channel 4 commentator Simon Holt as ‘The Impossible Dream coming true”.

At his best he was simply unbeatable.

Best Fairy Tale – Guy Disney wins the Royal Artillery Gold Cup

Guy Disney, a former soldier who lost his lower right left in Afghanistan when his vehicle was hit by a grenade has made an astonishing comeback to be the first amputee jockey to win at a professional racecourse.

Disney used to be a successful point-to-jockey before the incident, and after Afghanistan he dreamed of riding horses again. In 2015, he rode in his first race coming third in Sandown, a little of a year later, the military man came back to Sandown and triumphed on Rathlin Rose.

Disney reflected on his inspiration win, “to ride a winner here is very, very special”. Staying humble he says, “I’ve been phenomenally lucky, I’ve been amazingly well looked after – people have had it far worse than I have.”

Best finish – Librisa Breeze powers home in the Challenge Cup, Ascot

There have been some spectacular photo finishes throughout the year but this piece of race-riding wizardry takes the biscuit in our book.

Practically last as the huge field entered the final furlong, Robert Winston and Librisa Breeze found a gap and a frightening burst of speed from somewhere, to surge past a dozen rivals in a matter of strides and land the valuable handicap by a neck.

One of the most unlikely winners you’ll ever see!