The regulars at my pub always disagreed as to which was the greatest National Hunt horse of all time.
So we compromised and hung up a painting showing all 3 champions.
Arkle was the king of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Red Rum was the king of Aintree in the Grand National.
Desert Orchid was the king of jump racing during the 1989-91 seasons.
We Three Kings - Prints, Posters & Prices
Susan Crawford's classic art work of the three giants of British horse racing showing Arkle, Red Rum and Desert Orchid all in one.
We Three Kings - Red Rum, Desert Orchid and Arkle.
Steeplechase fans, fine art connoiseurs and horse lovers will admire this painting. Many older horse fans may even remember placing a winning bet on one of these national hunt race horses. Everyone can appreciate the advanced painting skills required to create this portrait. It can adorn any room, hallway or office. It is ideal for any public area such as a hotel, guest house, pub or restaurant. Racing fans can explain to their friends why these three horses were so special. National hunt experts can debate over which of the three was the best horse.
We Three Kings is painted by the artist Susan Crawford. Susan was born in Scotland where her parents trained race horses. She studied fine art in a school in Florence, Italy and decided to focus on painting horses. She then went on to paint in Ireland, the USA and the Middle East. She has also painted portraits of the British Royal Family and the Sultans of Brunei and Oman. Susan has painted 22 Derby winners but her most acclaimed painting is this portrait of the three champions of National Hunt racing. Her work has been exhibited in many galleries including the Royal Scottish Gallery, the Royal Academy Of Arts, the Queen's gallery and the Victoria and Albert museum.
Arkle won the Cheltenham Gold Cup three times in succession in 1964, 1965 and 1966. He was an Irish racehorse that was so spectacular that the racing authorities had to design two handicap weighting systems to make it fair for the other horses. In the 1964 Irish Grand National he carried two and a half stone in excess of his rivals and still won. Some named the horse a "freak of nature" whilst others merely referred to the horse as "Himself".
Red Rum was the justified winner of the Grand National 3 times in 1973, 1974 and a fortunate win in 1977. Incredibly, he also finished second in 1975 and 1976. He was owned by Liverpool car dealer Ginger McCain and was trained galloping through the sea on Southport beach, building his legendary stamina. He is buried next to the winning post at Aintree racecourse where the Grand National is run.
Desert Orchid made history winning the King George IV Chase four times and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He won 34 out of 70 races, an astonishing 50% win rate, and lived to the age of 27.