Best Horses Australia

Earl Hamilton
• Saturday, 21 November, 2020
• 9 min read

Having put another great Spring Carnival behind us now is a fantastic time to take stock and rank the best 20 horses in training in Australia. After the 2013 retirements of Black Caviar, Atlantic Jewel, Pierre, All Too Hard, Ocean Park and five-time Group 1 winner Shoot Out there are plenty of new faces at the top of Australian racing.

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For the purposes of this exercise I’ve included New Zealand-trained thoroughbreds on the basis of their Australian performances. It’s A Dundee (Country/State: New Zealand, Age: four-year-old, Group 1 wins: five, favorite distance range: middle distance) It’s A Dundee’s five victories at Group 1 level mean he has more top-level victories than any other horse in active training in Australia.

Even though he is a six-length winner of an Australian Derby (2400 m, Group 1, three-year-olds) I’ve got a little distance query about him in a mile and a quarter race against the best company. But I’d go as far as saying that he will need to win a Championship race in the autumn to retain this title at the end of the season.

It’s hard to believe how far this horse has come in 18 months, but he is now one of the stars of Australian racing. If Happy Trails continues to improve over summer he could exit the autumn as the best horse in the country.

Florence (New South Wales, six-year-old, one, middle-distance/staying) I’ve got the Melbourne Cup (3200 m, Group 1, handicap) winner as the third- best horse in Australia on the basis of his fantastic performances throughout the year. On those performances in the majors, Florence is one of Australian racing’s biggest draw cards and is the pin-up horse among the nation’s imported galloped.

Ouster (New South Wales, three-year-old, two, sprint-mile) A serious lack of depth at the top of Australian racing means that Ouster, a three-year-old, slots into number four on the back of a trio of thrilling victories over the Spring Carnival against his own age. AdvertisementAdvertisementIt’s hard to justify having Ouster ranked so high because his Group 1 victories have been by relatively narrow margins against an untapped three-year-old sprinting brigade.

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But my eye tells me this is a freakishly-talented horse whose acceleration can take him to Group 1 victories at international level. A professional filly, Guelph has disposed of her Group 1 opposition by using a brilliant turn of foot (in the Sires Produce), coming from last (Champagne), leading (Thousand Guineas) or sitting wide (Flight).

Bob an’s outstanding turn of foot should see him make light work of the transition to weight-for-age racing. If Chris Waller wants to win another Don caster (1600 m, Group 1, handicap) he can do it with Bob an.

Equally, if he’d rather win the $4m Queen Elizabeth (2000 m, Group 1, weight-for-age) Bob an is good enough to be set for the autumn’s big race. And as a genuine weight-for-age star so far this season, he deserves a ranking in the top ten.

AdvertisementAdvertisementBut because I don’t think our sprinting ranks are very strong I can’t have him any higher than seventh. This horse has been racing against the best horses of his age group since debuting on Cox Plate Day last year.

He is a dual Group 1 weight-for-age winner and was a strong fourth in the Cox Plate. Her demolition of the 2012 Blue Diamond (1200 m, Group 1, two-year-olds) was one of the better wins in that race’s history, while her victory in September’s Mir (1200 m, Group 1, weight-for-age), when she made an off-colour Buffering look average, was dominant.

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Fiveandahalfstar (New South Wales, four-year-old, two, middle-distance/staying) Fiveandahalfstar missed the Spring Carnival through injury but remains a key player in Australian racing on the back of a three-year-old season that netted Group 1 victories in the Victoria Derby (2500 m, Group 1, three-year-olds) when he beat home Super Cool and It’s A Dundee, and the BMW (2400 m, Group 1, weight-for-age) when he had Fore teller finish in his wake. He’ll need to have an impressive autumn campaign to justify his position in the top 15 of Australian racing.

Hawk spur (New South Wales, four-year-old, one, middle-distance/staying) Hawk spur’s Spring Carnival ended in disappointment after luckless but creditable performances in both the Turnbull and Caulfield Cup before a dismal failure in the Melbourne Cup. Nuisance De Lune (Victoria, six-year-old, none, middle-distance/staying) Nuisance De Lune had an incredibly disappointing Spring Carnival but providing he makes it back to the races, there’s still a very big win in this horse.

AdvertisementAdvertisementHe actually beat Fawner, Florence and Hawk spur home in the Turnbull and was second to Fore teller in the Maybe Diva (1600 m, Group 1, weight-for-age). On the back of his Herbert Power (2400 m, Group 2, handicap) victory with 59.5kgs, when history said he should not have won, I’ve got him at 15.

It followed solid efforts in the Mankato (1200 m, Group 1, weight-for-age) when he was fourth after missing the start and Arc Sprint Classic when he was third. The Polanski camp is in possession of the most exciting stayer, outside Florence, in the country.

Lucky gray (Western Australia, six-year-old, three, mile/middle-distance) I like to assess Group 1 horses on their performances in big Group 1s, usually in Sydney or Melbourne, so on that basis Lucky gray is fortunate to make the top 20. He is favored to add a fourth Group 1 to his resume in Saturday’s Kingston Town.

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He won the Spring Champion (2000 m, Group 1, three-year-olds) at Rand wick and was second in the Victoria Derby. He may be a Queen Elizabeth horse in the autumn and if you listen to trainer Peter Snowden speak about Complacent you’ll quickly understand the outgoing Darla conditioner has an incredible opinion of this horse.

AdvertisementAdvertisementUnlucky horses to miss out on my top 20: Long John, Red Tracer, Dear Demi, Royal Descent, Super Cool, Overreach and Silent Achiever Horse must have earned at least $5,000,000 (AUD) in total career prize money according to Racing Australia (http://www.racingaustralia.horse/).

Largely bred for racing, a thoroughbred might turn out to be more horse than most beginners can handle. And in most cases, you should pass on a retired racehorse that is trained to bolt at the crack of a starter pistol.

The versatile Morgan is a great choice for a family horse. These horses are typically attentive, social, and have a strong desire to please their caretakers.

The Missouri fox trotter horse is another gained breed for a comfortable ride. With its head down and tail up, the horse steps deliberately with one always foot in contact with the ground.

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Justus de Cuveland/Getty Images Icelandic horses are sure-footed, long-lived, and resistant to harsh conditions. They descend from Shetland ponies, and their small stature makes them feel less imposing to new riders.

Their special step is called a “told,” which is a sped-up walk that offers a level ride even over rocky terrain. Australian Scenic/Getty Images Clydesdale's often have a quiet demeanor that beginners enjoy.

These horses tend to be forgiving of a beginner’s mistakes and are generally calm and steady. Sometimes saddle fit and tack sizing can be difficult for these large horses.

Physical Characteristics: Feathering on legs; round feet; broad forehead; arched, long neck In general, beginners should avoid untrained and highly spirited horses, as they can be difficult for even veteran equestrians.

Similarly, the athleticism of Andalusian horses can make them difficult to manage for beginners. Growing up till the age of 28 which is shocking for the amount of years a horse can actually live and also remarkable as well.

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Loved by the people and most anticipated of that time; A trusted one too in the faith of many’s favor and has proven to live up to their expectations on several occasions. American champion thoroughbred racehorse, Ruffian. You cannot go against a Ruffian and expect to come out with a clean slated escape.

By witness of 50, 764 people who were present to watch her perform with confidence as she always shown boldly at Belmont Park only to see that she had, in the middle part of her race, snapped her forefront bones and dropped to what later appeared to be her demise after medical attendance. Black Caviar, an Australian Thoroughbred racehorse undefeated in 25 races. Here we speak of Royalty Horses which represents one of the best in its field.

Besides this, Frankel has a Bronze statue that’s been unveiled by the Queen of England herself which is round about the greatest Honor any horse could have gotten in the European Union. When we speak about ‘Thoroughbred’, Race Horse Frankel hails this word in his victories as well as in the history of his bloodline too.

A champion Thoroughbred racehorse in the United, States Sea biscuit statue. A hilarious name to keep for a Horse I’d say, but then again it isn’t the name of a horse which makes it a winner but its ability to perform in stride and by the force of human driven demand as well as nature to take its ‘course’. Sea biscuit on the other hand is a direct example outlining this statement as don’t be fooled by his name since the history at which this horse has been a part of is something honorable.

In his time, falling and getting back up then giving his competitors a duel finish and a run for their lungs at the last minute. While Frankel is more of today’s billionaire’s greatest treasures on earth, Par Lap on the other hand is a monument of history which is sunk deeper than we think as far as the best race horses of all time are concerned.

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Mafia hits are more common these days and with people dying like flies out of the outcome of their wrongful mistakes which they paid at the cost of their lives. Phar's lap, met his fatal unfortunate end back in 1932 and a death that remained a mystery ever-since.

It is however, believed that he has been poisoned by Mafia members who had concerns of being out of ‘business’ due to the horses' reputation of a constant winning streak. Par Lap will forever be remembered in Australian sporting history as the greatest race horse they’ve ever bred due to having a winning streak of succeeding 37 of 51 of his starts back in the 30s.

The elders always have the most amount of respect and that’s what we are to give to Man o War who is also a part of a thoroughbred heritage that dominated the very early 1900s altogether. His life began in 1917, that can be considered as the era of industrial revolutions and other major things of the world that we are privileged to have in the way that we do in modern times.

Which simply means to say that although horse racing is a billion dollar industry and has subsequently made people millionaires too. And Dollar signs for those somewhat heartless millionaire tycoons that bet only on banking the most amount of money out of the life and physical strain of a horse.

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