WITH the Cheltenham Festival now 21 days away, the Sun Racing team will be bringing you their 'Festival 50' every day between now and 10 March.
We will salute the Prestbury Park heroes that made us fall in love with the Festival, all the way until the 'Cheltenham roar' signals that the wait is finally over.
Number 21: Sea Pigeon
They just don't make 'em like Sea Pigeon anymore.
A winner as a two-year-old, by the age of 11 he'd won two Champion Hurdles.
He'd changed hands a few times as a talented but quirky horse, but the fairytale truly started when he moved to Yorkshire in the care of Peter Easterby.
They'd team up to win 21 of 40 races over hurdles and another 16 pots on the flat.
As most horses are that build up such a following, he was a difficult ride to say the least.
Ground was also a problem for the horse. The better the ground, the better the horse was but year-after-year it seemingly went against him.
Scottish Champion Hurdles were no problem, but destiny looked to go against him when it mattered most.
That was until 1980 as the Champion Hurdle became a two-mile race for the first time.
He was up against old rival Monksfield who was defending his crown from the year before. But this time the tables turned…
At the ripe old age of ten he had his biggest moment to date.
The late, great Peter O'Sullevan exclaimed 'it's the old man Sea Pigeon, he's won it finally!"
Then like London Buses, you wait years for a Champion Hurdle to come along, then two come at once.
The list so far…
50-41: All can be found here
40-31: All can be found here
30. Edredon Bleu
27. Desert Orchid
26. Hurricane Fly
25. Rooster Booster
24. Inglis Drever
22. Master Minded
21. Sea Pigeon
John Francome was on board and it was one of the most dominant wins you'll ever see.
They cruised to the front and again created one of those unforgettable Festival moments.
Up there with Arkle, Red Rum and Desert Orchid, Sea Pigeon is just one of those horses. What a star.
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