Animal: Arkle

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Animal: Arkle Gender: M
born on 19 April 1957 at 03:30 (= 03:30 AM )
Place Maynooth, Ireland, 53n23, 6w35
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 28°46' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 26°31 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 24°24'

Animal: Arkle (His skeleton at the Irish National Stud)
photo: Alan James, license cc-by-sa-2.5


Irish Thoroughbred racehorse, a national legend in Ireland. He was a bay gelding by Archive out of Bright Cherry, and the grandson of the unbeaten (in 14 races) flat racehorse and prepotent sire Nearco.

Owned by Anne Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster, he was trained by Tom Dreaper at Greenogue, Kilsallaghan in County Meath, Ireland, and ridden during his steeplechasing career by Pat Taaffe.

At 212, his Timeform rating is the highest ever awarded to a steeplechaser. Despite his career being cut short by injury, Arkle won three Cheltenham Gold Cups, the Blue Riband of steeplechasing, and a host of other top prizes.

He developed advanced arthritis or possibly brucellosis and was put down at the early age of 13 on 31 May 1970.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from "Great Horses of Our Time" by M. A. Stoneridge (Doubleday, 1972), p. 219: "Arkle was foaled on April 19, 1957, at the inconvenient hour many broodmares prefer of 3:30 A.M. at Ballymacoll Stud."

Ballymacoll Stud is located in the townland of Ballymacoll, approximately four miles (6 km) from the town of Maynooth.


  • Traits : Body : Hair (Bay)
  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (Thrice won the Cheltenham Gold Cup)
  • Mundane : Misc. Mundane : Animals (Thoroughbred racehorse)