Gallop Magazine 1/2013

Spring / 2013

We visit Qatar, tell you about Quarter Horse racing, give you the whole Triple

Gallop Magazine 1/2013
Gallop Magazine 1/2013

Crown story, bring you the worlds best fillies and mares and show you fantastic photos by Richard Dunwoody.


    Many race horses rarely see paddocks or grass. In large parts of the world, there is a methodology that keeps many trainers from letting horses be horses. But Down Under things are the other way around. Here holidays in the paddocks are an integrated part of race horse training. This holds true, even if the horse in question is a star like Black Caviar. Photos abound of her swimming in the ocean or munching on grass in a paddock with her pet goat. Because this is just the Ozzie way…
    Here is a glimpse into a part of the racing world that more people should learn about.


    Richard Dunwoody rode 1,699 winners in the UK alone. Over jumps. At 22 he won The Grand National. At 30 he did it again. In 1999 he retired and two years ago he decided to become a photographer. The result can be seen in this issue of Gallop Magazine.


    Drag racing on horse back.
    Pure speed.
    All horse.
    If you are looking for the fastest equine on Earth, look no further than the quarter horse. At their swiftest, racing quarter horses can exceed speeds of 55 miles per hour, meaning the only faster animals on the planet are the cheetah and the Pronghorn antelope. Of course, as the name implies, they are only at their best for a short distance.
    Amanda Duckworth tells the story of the fastest horse racing in the world.


    ”250 years ago, a young architect by the name of John Carr began a glittering career by designing a grandstand at York Racecourse in England. This was not merely York’s first grandstand, nor was it only the first grandstand of any thoroughbred racecourse, but–in the modern sense of building type–it was the first grandstand of any sporting venue anywhere in the world.” This is the beginning of Paul Roberts preface to his book Racecourse Architecture. A dive into the oldest form of sports venue architecture. We show you some of the most stunning examples.
    (The picture shows Ascot – today and some 200 years ago)


    Ever wondered what makes up a triple crown? A three headed king? A king of three nations? Who needs three crowns?
    Well, in the world of horse racing, the Triple Crown is the title awarded to a racehorse who wins the biggest three races on the flat for 3-year-olds. In most European countries, those races are local runnings of the 2000 Guineas, Derby and St. Leger.
    But in the USA, where the Triple Crown is viewed as the Holy Grail of racing, the races the 3-year-olds must conquer are the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. The horse that wins all three earns the title of Triple Crown winner, but the last time it happened was in 1978 when Affirmed won. When will it happen next time?

    We give you the story about the the three races, and all the horses that have won the title so far.


    As in so many other sports, horse racing is a place where the males get the big money.
    But in horse racing the girls are the ones that the crowds come to watch year after year. Many good fillies and mares keep fighting long after the boys have retired to a promiscuos life in the breeding shed.
    Here’s the first part of Geir Stabell’s tribute to 10 of racing’s true amazons where he tells the stories about Goldikova, Ruffian, Personal Ensign, Ouija Board and Makybe Diva. (Part two will follow in #2/2013)


    When the gates opened for the 2008 running of The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris, experienced racing fans noticed that there was something different with the enormous Longchamp Racecourse. Everything that could be draped, painted or covered was in burgundy. And the word QATAR was everywhere.
    The small gulf state had taken its first big step into the global racing scene, and it was only the beginning.

    We tell you who is who in Qatar and give you a look at the racing scene in the “other gulf state”