Arkle and Pat Taaffe were the finest combination of horse and rider ever to clear a steeplechase fence. They dominated National Hunt racing in the mid-1960s, winning three Cheltenham Gold Cups, two Hennessy Gold Cups, an Irish Grand National and a Whitbread Gold Cup. Bid for Michael Lynne’s portrait of them in The Sporting Sale, Bonham’s Edinburgh, October 24, estimate €790-€1,000; see bonhams.com.
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