Marvel artists Martin Griffiths and Simon Furman have turned Britain’s racehorse legends into superheroes with their very own comic book, joining the likes of Spider-Man, Captain Marvel and Black Panther.
‘Magnificent Racehorses’ tells the stories of ten of Britain’s greatest racehorses. They were selected after a poll by The Jockey Club, which runs some of the world’s leading racecourses, including Liverpool’s Aintree, which will stage the Grand National on Saturday.
British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, an avid horsewoman and racehorse owner, also makes an appearance in the comic book. Here she is with her Gold Cup-winning horse, Estimate. The original painting of the Queen was commissioned by The Jockey Club, and can be found in The Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket, England.
No equine superhero comic book would be complete without Red Rum, the only horse to have won the Grand National at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England, three times. Red Rum won the National 1973, 1974 and 1977, and finished in second place in 1975 and 1976. Trained by Ginger McCain, he died in 1995 at the age of 30.
Desert Orchid, nicknamed ‘Dessie’ was one of the most loved jump horses in recent memory, winning 34 of 70 starts, amassing £654,066 in prize money, between 1984 and 1990. The dashing grey triumphed in the 1989 Gold Cup and also won the King George VI Chase at Kempton four times. After his death in 2006 at the age of 27, his ashes were buried at Kempton Park Racecourse, near his statue.
The rivalry between Denman and Kauto Star at the Cheltenham Gold Cup captured the imagination of the British public a decade ago. Nicknamed ‘The Tank’ for his fierce galloping and courage, Denman won the Gold Cup in 2008. Kauto Star, his stablemate and best friend at the yard of their trainer Paul Nicholls in Ditcheat, Somerset in England, triumphed in the Gold Cup in 2007 and 2009, and also won a record five King George VI Chases between 2006 and 2011.