Newmarket Legends

There have been many great horses that have raced over the Rowley Mile or the July Course at Newmarket but we select just a few that undoubtedly should be regarded as Legends.

Brigadier Gerard

Winner of the 2000 Guineas in 1971, ‘The Brigadier’ was thought to be the best miler ever but few thought that he could ever win over a longer distance. However he went on to win seventeen of his eighteen races, with distances from his five furlong two year old days to a mile and a half of the King George Vl & Queen Elizabeth as a four year old. In the 2000 Guineas he beat the great Mill Reef into second place.(see Below).

Mill Reef

Despite being beaten by Brigadier Gerard in the 2000 Guineas, Mill Reef went on to record six straight Group One victories including the Epsom Derby and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, underlining just how good Brigadier Gerard actually was. The two sadly never met on the racecourse again as Mill Reef got injured as a four year old, but speculation still exists to this day which of them would have won, particularly as the Brigadier had become virtually invincible over the longer trip.


Nijinsky who had won all of his races as a two year, went on to win the Classic Triple Crown in 1970, of the 2000 Guineas, The Epsom Derby and the St Leger. This feat has never been repeated. That same season, Nijinsky also won the Irish Derby and the King George Vl & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Sadly he was beaten by a head in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Oh So Sharp

She won the 1000 Guineas in 1985 and then became the first filly for thirty years to win the Fillies Triple Crown of the 1000 Guineas, the Epsom Oaks and the St Leger, she is the last horse to complete this incredible feat. Oh So Sharp won seven of her nine races.


After winning both of his stars as a two year old, Nashwan went on to win the 2000 Guineas in 1989. That same season he also won the Epsom Derby, the Eclipse Stakes and the King George, becoming the first horse to win those four races in one season. He was shortly afterwards retired to stud with a value of £18m which made him the most valuable stallion ever at that time.

Rock Of Gibraltar

The Rock Of Gibraltar, who was jointly owned by football boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in 2002 and then went on to complete the double by winning the Irish equivalent a few weeks alter. He won a total of ten races from thirteen starts including seven Group One’s.

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