A Bird's Eye Review of 2017

11th January 2018

Who will be the horseracing stars of 2018? Will it be Sizing John or Might Bite at the Cheltenham Festival, Enable or even the Aussie wonder mare Winx at Royal Ascot.  Can anyone stop Aidan O'Brien winning the Blue Riband at Epsom?

Thanks to Darren Bird aka Birdie, racing's premier cartoonist, we look back at the racing year of 2017.

January

tizzard

Colin Tizzard was setting the jumping scene alight after Thistlecrack's victories in the King George VI Chase and Cotswold Chase at Kempton and Cheltenham respectively while Native River had recently triumphed in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow.

February

melon

There were juicy prices available for the Willie Mullins trained Melon ahead of the Cheltenham Festival.  Melon later finished 2nd in the Supreme Novices Hurdle

March

sizing-john

Sizing John and Robbie Power took steeplechasing's premier prize, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

April

one-for-arthur

One for Arthur ridden by Derek Fox became only the 2nd Scottish horse to win the Grand National at Aintree.

May

richard-johnson

Richard Johnson was crowned National Hunt champion jockey for the second time.

June

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Wings of Eagles ridden by Padraig Berry won the Derby, the biggest outsider to win at Epsom since Snow Knight in 1974.

barney-roy

Godolphin's Barney Roy beats 2000 Guineas winner Churchill to take glory in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

July

birdie-1-capri-june

Capri and Seamie Heffernen drove home to victory at the Curragh to win the Irish Derby ahead of Cracksman and Wings of Eagles.

August

battash

Battaash and Jim Crowley wins the King George Stakes over 5 furlongs on rain softened ground at Goodwood.

September

decorated-knight

Decorated Knight is the surprise 25/1 winner of the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

October

enable

Enable ridden by Frankie Dettori wins Europe's Premier middle distance race, the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe to complete a fantastic season for the John Gosden trained filly, who had earlier won the Oaks, Irish Oaks, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Yorkshire Oaks.

winx

5 year old Aussie mare Winx wins a record equalling 3rd Cox Plate at Moonee Valley racecourse.

sds

Silvestre De Sousa is Champion flat jockey for the 2nd time.

November

splash-of-ginge

Splash of Ginge just holds on to win the Bet Victor Gold Cup at Cheltenham.

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