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Statue of racing legend Red Rum at Aintree.
Statue of racing legend Red Rum at Aintree.

People are greatly passionate about horse racing in the UK. The Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National are some of the most popular events in the whole world. A great majority of fans attend these events with horse racing betting very common among the race-goers.

1- Sprinter Sacre:

The story of Sprinter Sacre is hugely inspirational for people desiring glory and success in their fields. Despite many odds, the great horse won many racing honors and carved a big name for himself in the United Kingdom.

Sprinter Sacre looked destined for glory from the very beginning. He won one race after another and garnered headlines from the very start of his career. He claimed notable victories at the Tingle Creek Chase, Queen Mother Champion Chase, and Arkle Challenge.

However, his racing career got in jeopardy when he was found to be suffering from a heart complication after he pulled up in a race in 2013. His performance got greatly affected by this problem as he struggled to win any racing contest.

But his perseverance paid off as he finally managed to secure a victory in about two and a half years. And once his losing jinx was broken, he produced other important victories. He claimed the 2016 Queen Mother Champion Chase even after committing a big mistake during the race.

2- Red Rum

Red Rum is a household name in the United Kingdom. He has the distinction of being the only racehorse in history who won the Grand National for a record three times.

The legendary racehorse led an early life of obscurity before he became such a big name in the horse racing world. He also suffered from an incurable bone disease known as pedal osteitis. Ginger McCain tried his best to cure Red Rum after seeing such a huge potential in him.

The 1973 Grand National was one of the greatest moments of Red Rum's career when he stunned everyone with his performance. His rival Crisp was leading by 15 lengths at the last fence and the contest looked over for all the other competitors.

That's when Red Rum started reducing the gap and shocked everyone by winning the race in the end. He won the following year's Grand National too. But the biggest victory of his career came in the 1977 Grand National when he claimed the race by a huge margin.

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