YEAR OF SIR IVOR
SIR IVOR erased some of the doubt that American horses lacked the stamina to win the longer classics of Europe when he unleashed a streak of Grade I wins all over Europe. Specifically, he helped convince one Vincent O'Brien, his trainer, who piloted the career of this legendary performer. North American horses were ready to compete with the best of Europe, and SIR IVOR's Epsom Derby win would set off a succession of other North American-bred Thoroughbreds to repeat the victory (NIJINSKY, MILL REEF, ROBERTO and THE MINSTREL). By the close of 1968, the American-born and Irish-trained SIR IVOR had become one of the most talked-about racehorses of the century.
See rare racing footage of SIR IVOR in the following races from 1968: The Epsom Derby, Irish Sweeps Stakes at the Curragh, Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, his loss at the mercy of VAGUELY NOBLE in the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp with footage of Liz and Richard Burton among the famous faces in the crowd and his victory in the Washington D.C. International with American grass champion, FORT MARCY, at Laurel.
The glittering partnership between the Derby winner and champion jockey, LESTER PIGGOTT, had secured their positions in the history books and now, 32 years after shattering victories at Epsom, Newmarket, the Curragh and the Laurel track, Maryland race goers still recall with warmth the year that belonged to SIR IVOR and the very special man who rode him.
This feature was awarded five top cinematic awards, including one for the best sport film of the year! A fitting celebration of a great racing legend named, SIR IVOR, can now be yours.
|Format(s) Available:||DVD And VHS|
|Category:||European Flat Racing|