Jordan’s 25 Flat Horses From The Last Five Years.

Author: Jordan Yates

“Here you’ll find a list of my personal favourite 25 horses from the flat over the last five years. This is merely based on my personal affection for the horses over the years, rather than an actual statistical-based compilation. So, basically, if you get upset that your favourite horse isn’t involved, create your own list.”

25. Enlace

(Trainer: Mark Johnston)

A tough handicapper who often showed his best form around Goodwood in the earlier parts of his career. Won the Qatar Stakes at the 2015 Glorious Goodwood Festival.

24. Lumiere

(Trainer: Mark Johnston)

Burst onto the scene with an impressive debut win, went on to win the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes in 2015.


23. Blue Point

(Trainer: Charlie Appleby)

One of the best sprinters of his time. Signed off his career with five straight wins, including a Group 1 at Meydan and a double at Royal Ascot in 2019 taking the King’s Stand and Diamond Jubilee.


22. Defoe

(Trainer: Roger Varian)

Winner of multiple Group races, including the Group 1 Coronation Cup at Epsom in 2019. Also a winner at Royal Ascot in 2019 with the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes.


21. Lady Aurelia

(Trainer: Wesley Ward)

American trained speedster won the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot back in 2016 in devastating style. Went on to win the Group 1 King’s Stand as well as being placed in the 2017 Nunthorpe Stakes.


20. Soldiers Call

(Trainer: Archie Watson)

Winner of the Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster as well as claiming a French Group 3. Also a Royal Ascot winner and was placed in both the King’s Stand and Nunthorpe.


19. Minding

(Trainer: AP O’Brien)

Multiple Group 1 winner and one of the best of her generation. Winner of the 1000 Guineas, Oaks, Pretty Polly, Nassau Stakes and QEII.


18. Shalaa

(Trainer: John Gosden)

Six-furlong specialist who won the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes in 2015 as well as the Group 1 Prix Morny in the same year.

17. Vazirabad

(Trainer: A De Royer-Dupre)

Multiple Group 1 winner with wins in the Prix du Cadran and Royal Oak. He’s also a Dubai Gold Cup winner as well as being placed in the Ascot Gold Cup.


16. Mehmas

(Trainer: Richard Hannon)

Winner of the 2016 July Stakes and the Richmond Stakes in the same season. He was also placed in the Group 1 National Stakes as well as the Middle Park.

15. El Astronaute

(Trainer: John Quinn)

Smart sprinter who has won some valuable handicaps throughout his career, most notably at York. He also finished third in the Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp.

14. Order Of St George

(Trainer: AP O’Brien)

Champion stayer who won several Group 1’s including the Ascot Gold Cup. He was also an Irish St Leger winner and finished fourth in the 2017 running of the Arc.


13. Jack Hobbs

(Trainer: John Gosden)

Runner-up in the 2015 Derby to stablemate Golden Horn, went on to win the Irish Derby as well as the Group 1 Sheema Classic at Meydan.


12. Star Catcher

(Trainer: John Gosden)

Winner of three Group 1s which include the Irish Oaks and the Fillies & Mares on Champions Day at Ascot. She also won the Prix Vermaille in France.


11. Stradivarius

(Trainer: John Gosden)

Star stayer who has won the million-pound staying bonus on consecutive occasions as well as winning back to back Ascot Gold Cups and three Goodwood Cups.


10. Legatissimo

(Trainer: AP O’Brien)

Group 1 winner who won the 1000 Guineas in 2015 before missing out by a head in the Oaks. Was also a runner up at the Breeders Cup.


9. Magical Memory

(Trainer: Charles Hills)

Very smart grey who was consistent at a high level for several years. Won the Group 2 Duke of York in 2016 at the Dante Festival.

8. Limato

(Trainer: Henry Candy)

Known for speed but has raced up to a mile, career highlight came with a win in the Group 1 July Cup back in 2016.



7. Ertijaal

(Trainer: A R Al Rayhi)

UAE speedster who was a regular winner at the Carnival. Winner of a Group 2+3 as well as finishing second in the Group 1 Al Quoz.


6. Solow

(Trainer: F Head)

Winner of several Group races, notable wins came in the Dubai Turf as well as the QEII and Queen Anne Stakes.



5. California Chrome

(Trainer: Art Sherman)

2016 Dubai World Cup winner who also won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.


4. American Pharoah

(Trainer: Bob Baffert)

Triple Crown Winner who signed off an almighty career with a win in the 2015 Breeders Cup Classic.


3. Sea Of Class

(Trainer: William Haggas)

Dual Group 1 winner who finished second in the 2018 running of the Arc. Winner of both the Irish and Yorkshire Oaks.



2. Enable

(Trainer: John Gosden)

Superstar who has won Group 1s in the UK, Ireland, France and America. These included back to back Arcs in 2017 and 2018 before finishing runner-up in the 2019 renewal.


1. Golden Horn

(Trainer: John Gosden)

The horse of 2015, winner of the Derby, Eclipse, Irish Champion Stakes, Dante and also lowered the colours of Treve in the Arc.



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