Classic Racehorse Hair Collection

SKU: PT2140

Sale price£45,000
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  • An impossible-to-recreate collection of tail and mane hair from the finest flat and jumps racehorses of the 20th century. 
  • Features stars from the US, UK, Ireland and Europe, including Red Rum and Secretariat
  • 102 horses in total.
  • Offered in two delightful albums. 
  • Many of the strands come from the collection of racing historian Michael Tanner. 

Grand National Winners

Red Rum: Grand National 1973, 1974, 1977. Removed from Red Rum in May 1973 - just two months after his first Grand National victory 

Aldaniti: 1981 

Grittar: 1982 

Corbiere: 1983 

Hallo Dandy: 1984 


Cheltenham Legends

Arkle: Cheltenham Gold Cup 1964, 1965, 1966

Badsworth Boy: Queen Mother Champion Chase 1983, 1984, 1985

Bregawn: Cheltenham Gold Cup 1983 

Burrough Hill Lad: Cheltenham Gold Cup 1984

Comedy of Errors: Champion Hurdle 1973, 1975

Dawn Run: Champion Hurdle 1984, Cheltenham Gold Cup 1986

Desert Orchid: Cheltenham Gold Cup 1989 

Forgive 'n Forget: Cheltenham Gold Cup 1985

Persian War: Champion Hurdle 1968, 1969, 1970 


Flat racing stars

Nijinsky: UK Triple Crown 1970

Secretariat: US Triple Crown 1973

Brigadier Gerard: 2,000 Guineas 1971, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes 1972

Mill Reef: Epsom Derby 1971, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes 1971, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 1971

The Minstrel: Epsom Derby 1977, Irish Derby 1977, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes 1977

Northern Dancer: Kentucky Derby

Shirley Heights: Epsom Derby  

Slip Anchor: Epsom Derby 

The Minstrel: Epsom Derby

Alleged: Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 

Trempolino: Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 


Great sires

Sadlers Wells 


El Gran Senor 



The full collection includes:

Alleged, Alysheba, Arctic Tern, Arkle, Assert, Badsworth Boy, Be My Guest, Bet Twice, Blazing Saddles, Bluebird, Blushing Groom, Boldboy, Bregawn, Brigadier Gerard, Buckskin, Burrough Hill Lad, Busted, Bustino, Caerleon, Chief Singer, Claude Monet, Comedy Of Errors, Commanche Run, Corbiereal, Daniti, Dawn Run, Desert Orchid, Diamond Edge, Don't Forget Me, El Gran Senor, Forego, Forgive 'N' Forget, Freddie, Gallic League, Gaye Brief, Glint Of Gold, Grittar, Hallo Dandy, Henbit, John Henry, Jumbo, Jupiter Island, Kalaglow, Known Fact, Kris, Last Tycoon, Law Society, Le Garcon D'or, Lear Fan, Legend Of France, Lomond, Lyphard, Magic Mirror, Manila, Master Smudge, Midyan, Mill Reef, Morston, Mtoto, Never So Bold, Nijinsky, Northern Dancer, Nureyev, Paean, Pendil, Persian War, Petite Etoile, Reach, Red Rum, Risk Me, Riverman, Sadlers Wells, Sagace, Secretariat, Shadeed, Shardari, Sharpen Up, Sharpo, Shernazar, Shirley Heights, Siberian Express, Slip Anchor, Spanish Steps, Steinlen, Storm Bird, Tate Gallery, Teenoso, Teleprompter, Ten Up, The Dikler, The Minstrel, Tingle Creek, Trempolino, Vaguely Noble, Valiyar, Wassl, Wayward Lad, Well To Do, What A Myth

The collection comes in two delightfully-created, hand-annotated albums, with details of each horse.  

Superb provenance

Many of the strands come from the famed racing collection of Michael Tanner – the acclaimed racing writer and historian. They feature in the smaller of the two albums, containing approx. 35 horses. Tanner acquired the hairs directly from the trainers, owners or custodians involved or pulled them in person. He also acquired some from the celebrated collector Ray Goddard.

The larger album was compiled by a young racing enthusiast in the 80s and 90s. It contains approx. 65 horses, with pictures. He mainly compiled the collection through British, Irish and US stud farms.  

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