Over at Royal Mail, they are celebrating eight legendary racehorses whose achievements have made them household names. Illustrated by renowned equestrian artist Michael Heslop, the Special Stamps feature Frankel, Red Rum, Shergar, Kauto Star, Desert Orchid, Brigadier Gerard, Arkle and Estimate. Discover the superb Presentation Pack, limited edition Medal Cover and Framed Stamps.
- The stamps feature original artwork of eight champion horses achieving their greatest wins on UK race courses over six decades
- The horses that make up the set are: Frankel, Red Rum, Shergar, Kauto Star, Desert Orchid, Brigadier Gerard, Arkle and Estimate
- It is 40 years since Red Rum won his historic third Grand National title
- Known as the ‘Sport of Kings’, it was due to the patronage of James I of England (James VI of Scotland) and Charles I that Newmarket, Suffolk, developed into the home of organised horse racing
- The reign of Charles II saw powerful stallions being imported from the East – notably the Byerley Turk, Darley Arabian and Godolphin Arabian, who arrived in Britain in the late 17th and early 18th centuries – which resulted in all of the UK’s thoroughbred racehorses today deriving from the offspring of these three founding sires
- Royal Mail commissioned the artwork by renowned equestrian artist, Michael Heslop. The paintings capture each horse in action, during one of its legendary UK wins
- British horse racing journalist, presenter, and former jockey, Brough Scott said: “British Racing has been going on for almost as long as the Royal Mail and it is great for it to be recognised in this way.”
- A replica Royal Mail coach and horses will be in attendance at the Randox Health Grand National Festival on the 6 & 7 April. Horse drawn mail coaches carried post from 1784 to the 1850s
- The stamps are on sale from today at www.royalmail.com/racehorselegends and from 7,000 Post Office branches across the UK and by calling 03457 641 641
What a great way to personalise your mailing items and very interesting and exciting collectors item!