TOP 5: Last to First

What makes racing so special is its tremendous excitement and unpredictability. However, nothing quite beats the feeling of watching a horse come late to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

We’ve searched the archives and found a suitable top 5 from around the world on both the Flat racing and the National Hunt scene that justify their position in this article.

5 Chautauqua

You can pretty much take your pick when it comes to deciding which one of this star grey sprinter’s Group wins was the most impressive, however, upon reflection it’s tough not to side with the 2016 Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize at Hong Kong’s famous Sha Tin racecourse!

To think he does that almost every time as well!

Lord Glitters

One of the more memorable horses given his striking grey coat and regular appearances in Group races around Britain. This victory came In Europe’s richest handicap over a mile, the Balmoral,  at the climax of last year’s QIPCO British Champions Day. Although well backed on the day, he still had plenty to do come the final furlong as he came from the back to zip around the outside to claim victory close to home.

See The World 

Our first entry from the National Hunt scene see’s See The World, ridden by Aidan Coleman, miraculously win following a major mishap. Coleman’s mount hangs badly left as it looks like the jockey has lost a reign, unbelievably though he manages to pull the horse back on course to chase down AP McCoy’s Lincoln City in the closing stages!

What a turn of foot!

Pakistan Star

The best-known horse on this list, Pakistan Star couldn’t have started his debut in a more unconvincing manner. He completely missed the break and tailed off the group by 6 or so lengths. As they turned for home the penny drops and he picks up drastically to sweep round the outside, scything down his rivals in the home stretch.

Gust of Wind

This is almost unexplainable! Dead last 2 out, you would have been excused for tearing up your betting slip. Clearly not deterred though, this Australian colt blows the field right away as he comes from nowhere to sweep past and win.


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