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Sunday, 15 December 2019

Horse Profile: Night Nurse

Introduction

While more commonly known to most people as a powerful medicine to be taken at night, Night Nurse is one of the most popular racehorses of its era. Known for its frightening pace and unending stamina, Night Nurse left many other horses with nightmares over a racing career that seen a glut of wins across a 7-year spell. Foaled in 1971, this Gelding went on to form one of the most impressive dynasties of any horse in the era.
With 35 wins across its career, it was one of the most impressive horses of the era. 
 
Career Summary

It’s first career wins came in its first races, having won two of its first three races and coming second in one of its first flat races, too. In 1975, it won ten races in a row and carried out an incredible uneaten season, something rarely seen at the time. This meant that it held English, Welsh and Scottish Champion hurdle trophies all at the same time – an incredible feat.
A winning habit was formed, and over the next seven years the horse won the majority of the Hurdles that existed at the time. from the Fighting Fifth to the Mandarin Handicap, this is a horse that took part in various tournaments and made a pretty impressive habit of coming out on top each time. 
 
Achievements & Highlights

Wins – Fighting Fifth Hurdle (1975), Irish Sweeps Hurdle (1975), Champion Hurdle (1976, 1977), Scottish Champion Hurdle (1976), Welsh Champion Hurdle (1976, 1977), Templegate Hurdle (dead heat)(1977), William Hill Hurdle, Free Handicap Hurdle, Sean Graham Trophy Chase (1979), Black & White Whisky Gold Cup Chase (1979), Mandarin Handicap Chase (1982), Pennine Chase (1982), Red Alligator Chase (1980), London & Northern Group Chmp. Nov. Chase.

Associations – Reg Spencer, Eleanor Samuelson, Peter Easterby. 
 
Earnings – £174,000+