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Eight Great Finishes

Mine That Bird - and some other crackers!

While we have enjoyed some outstandingly judged end-to-end exhibitions of race riding over the years, it’s still the horse that turns on a scintillating burst of speed from last-to-first in a matter of seconds that tends to grab the glamour.

Here are some cracking finishes – eight of them – courtesy of World Horse Racing.


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32 comments on “Eight Great Finishes

  1. B D steele says:

    The yanks must have the worlds worst race callers,next to them Dumpy sounds like Peter Bromley

  2. Cj Aucamp says:

    Thanks Sportingpost BUT WHAT ABOUT sendig us the same with local horses….8 best races of the season.

  3. Kay says:

    So once again not a single race from SA even Saudi has a race included. Politician’s win in the ’79 Met could have been considered? Maybe Andrew Bon can compile a top 10 list of great finishes on SA race tracks over the years.


    You remember the Peter Bromley Grand National commentaries Mr. Steele ! 😁😁

    Corbiere, Grittar and the trier Zongalero

    “And we cross back to Peter Bromley as they all cross the Melling Road…”

  5. Rian says:

    Sorry Mr Steele, which one , hope you didn’t mean all ??


    Politician finish – definitely in the top 10, Kay.

    I’ll try and contribute and pool it together with all the all Sporting Post Bloggers

    1. Editor says:

      Thanks William

  7. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Pls include one off Wolf Power.


    Kay & Mr. Ed,

    I have 10, I’ll send it through at 8’ish. I need to do more digging…thankfully, no graves though.

    1. Editor says:

      Thanks William

  9. Clinton says:

    Recently at Cheltenham, I witnessed something and even tore my ticket, horse name Champ was 15 lengths behind at the last fence ,came to beat the 2 horses in front,I almost had an heat attack!

  10. Mac Naidoo says:

    What about the Malster by Lester Piggott in Scottsville in one of the greatest finishes and there was Herman browns Gatecrasher

  11. Donald says:

    This one you will not find on camera , more the pity , but I can relate the finish which you had to witness to believe !

    Scottsville in the early 1970,s over 6 furlongs :

    Johnny McCreedy on Flower King for Cyril Hurvitz / Fred Rickaby – the favourite
    Brian Passmore on Happy Evening for Geoff Oldfield / I think the trainer was Les Hammond about 8/1.

    Happy Evening is travelling in front and with about 300 meters to go is joined and then passed by Flower King on the inside. With 200 meters to go Flower King goes a neck clear and with Johnny McCreedy up race over but Brian Passmore in which I can only describe as ” bounces ” Happy Evening to ” come again ” and collar Flower King in a photo finish that took quite a while to declare the winner. That was the best ride in a finish I have ever witnessed !

    I think Geoff Oldfield is still active as I saw he had a horse in training recently. It would be very interesting to know if he remembers that day ?


    Excellent commentary Donald and thanks for sharing

  13. Donald says:

    Hi William , those were the days when the stipes were in control of horse racing and you can be sure that Johnny McCreedy would have had to answer a few questions from Jack Sproul , the chief stipe for many years in what was then known as Natal , but Jack knew a brilliant ride when he saw one !

  14. Kay says:

    Thank you William Milkovitch


    In the meantime, here’s a bit of chicken soup for the racegoers souls…

    Agapanto (Arg)
    Al Mufti (USA)
    Arcole (Arg)
    Arctic Cove
    Bella Bianca (Arg)
    Bimbina (Arg)
    Bold Speed
    Bombarda (Arg)
    Calvados (Arg)
    Carolera (Arg)
    Castle Walk
    Cerulean Blue
    Cipayito (Arg)
    Cowdray Park
    Dancing Duel
    Dandy Sun (Arg)
    Devon Air (GB)
    Ecurie (Arg)
    Empress Club (Arg)
    Enchanted Garden
    Epoque (Arg)
    Fanciful (Arg)
    Festive Forever
    Festive Season
    Fools Holme (USA)
    Garb of Guise
    Hispanola (Arg)
    Ilustrador (Arg)
    In Camera
    Jungle Warrior
    La Fastidiosa (Arg)
    Lambent Light (USA)
    Marie Galante
    Mark Anthony
    Military Muse
    Obsessao (Arg)
    Olympic Duel
    Potomac (Arg)
    Prontissimo (Arg)
    Resfa (Arg)
    Right Prerogative
    Royal Chalice
    Sandunguera (Arg)
    Sapieha (Ire)
    Saturado (Arg)
    Scented Royal
    Sortilega (Arg)
    Splendid Anne (Arg)
    Springing Leopard (USA)
    Steaming Jungle
    Sunera (GB)
    Surfing Home (USA)
    Taima Bluff (Arg)
    Tecla Bluff (Arg)
    Tempest Queen
    Tensing (Arg)
    Topasannah (Ire)
    Tostada (Arg)
    Up the Creek
    Violero (Arg)
    Voodoo Charm

    Lovely menu, wouldn’t you say ?

    1. Editor says:

      Bold Speed – now also a maiden filly racing in KZN

  16. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…who remembers the late Craig Anthony winning on Welcome Guess in the Computaform sprint for his late Dad Lawrence Trainer Robbie Sage.. Germiston 1000m he could not possibly win at the 400m a turn of foot 2nd to non that was just Welcome Guess style of running coming from hopeless positions…Another cracking win was Tudor Ruler for Mrs Hemming over the same C/D with Striker up,,Mr Ed any chance of downloading the 2 horses wins for the SP viewers to watch along with my all time favourite maiden win of Tracey Elements win if possible…Cecil bet you didn’t know that my all time favourite was Wolf Power,,I hope I’ve put smile on your face 😂 God Bless

    1. Editor says:

      Frank, those race movies are buried deeper than the Terrence Stamp and Bud Spencer spaghetti westerns in the archives somewhere
      Will try our best

  17. Dave other says:

    Sorry to be pedantic Mr Ed – Terrence Hill ?

    1. Editor says:

      Not pedantic – rather you are hundred percent correct, Dave!
      Other classic movie buffs may have missed that 🙂


    Frank, I have that finish listed as one that the Editor will post later when is done with my full list

    It was Welcome Guest beating The Barbican in the Computaform Sprint

  19. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Blast from the past, Terence Hill / Bud Spencer in Odds and Evens. Good old days, rental projectors, VHS tapes, and Drive – Ins. LoL if my sons read this – what’s that

    There is just somethiny about greys – Wolf Power and Ilha Da Vitoria

    Hello Frankie 🤟

    1. Editor says:

      Well found Cecil – just googled it – the whole movie available on youtube – Odds and Evens – Bud Spencer & Terence Hill
      Must have won a few Oscars


    They Call Me Trinity

    1. Editor says:

      And the sequels!

  21. Rod Mattheyse says:

    William what about Rolands Song

    My best memory of Olympic Duel – was when She found Out of Africa too strong in the maidens at Greyville. My first time on a race track and a full R20 on at 7-2, Robbie Hill up for Dennis Drier for the Oppenheimers, Out of Africa entered straight in front and drew further and further clear. For my R20 it matters not everyone rememberers Olympic Duel and not Out of Africa. Had a good day that day also backed Blue Jewel Robbie Fradd for clodagh Shaw.

  22. Frankie says:

    Frankie Zackey…Tks Mr Ed 😂 Ouch The Barbican cost me my 1968 Chevy Camaro once upond a fine day,,if memory serves me right it was a 1000m dash out at Greyville getting beat by a head,,he certainly put me back on my feet

  23. George Croucher says:

    Terence Stamp’s Far From The Madding Crowd a Masterpiece

    1. Editor says:

      That’s early 70’s, George?


    Rod, do you remember when St Just downed Olympic Duel @ Greyville ?

    Olympic Duel started 4/10.

    Rolands Song for sure, I know one of her victories was a cliffhanger…but which one ?

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