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Arkle

  • Birth 19 Apr 1957 County Meath, Ireland
  • Death 31 May 1970 Ireland
  • Burial Tullygorey, County Kildare, Ireland
  • Memorial ID 93950331

Race Horse. Best remembered for winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup three consecutive years (1964, 1965, 1966). Considered one of the best racers of his time, he won 27 of the 35 races in which he competed. His major wins include the Cheltenham Gold Cup, King George VI Chase, Irish Grand National, Hennessy Gold Cup, Leopardstown Chase, Whitbread Gold Cup, Gallagher Gold Cup, Punchestown Gold Cup, and the Powers Gold Cup. He was posthumously inducted into the British Steeplechasing Hall of Fame as well as honored on a Republic of Ireland postage stamp and songwriter Dominic Behan penned a song in his honor. In his last race, he was competing in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park when he struck the guard rail with a hoof when jumping the open ditch. This resulted in a fractured pedal bone but it didn't stop him from finishing the race. Despite the injury he came in second. He was in plaster for four months and though he made a good enough recovery to go back into training he never ran again. He was retired and ridden as a hack by his owner and then succumbed to what has been variously described as advanced arthritis, or possibly brucellosis, and was put down at the early age of 13. His skeleton is on display at The Horse Museum in Tully, Kildare, County Kildare, Ireland.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 93950331
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Arkle (19 Apr 1957–31 May 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 93950331, citing Irish National Stud Museum, Tullygorey, County Kildare, Ireland ; Maintained by Find A Grave .