Have you ever heard of Holy Roller? It is the world’s tallest racehorse standing 18.1 hands high, which means that it is 10 inches taller than the average thoroughbred. Its weight was around 800kg and this also means that it was 300kg heavier than a normal racehorse. It is surely one of the biggest racehorses of all time. Since it was born it was evident that it was a big colt and this was also the reason why its mother was so exhausted after giving birth to him, according to the owner.
When the vets saw it they declared that he has not got a hope of survival but Holy Roller proved them wrong and against all odds it started training under the supervision of Jack and Bob Ingham, two professional trainers. Also, the breaker of the horse declared, “This huge lump knows where he is putting his feet and has tremendous balance.” Holy Roller wasn’t merely tall, but also in proportion and sound and it he grew old this large beast was going to make it to the track. His racing career starts and Holy Rollers surprises everyone, especially those who thought that it was never going to make it.
What his handlers said:
“He hasn’t got a hope.”
THE VET WHO OVERSAW HOLY ROLLER’S BIRTH
“My god, what have we got here?”
“I remember when we used to take him swimming, you’d be halfway across the dam before his feet left the bottom.”
INGHAM PRE-TRAINER PAT QUINN
“His head alone would be 50kg. He’s a gentle giant.”
What his jockeys said:
“He’s so big I couldn’t see the other horses. I had to practically stand up and look over the horse’s head to see where we were going.”
“You’re up so high that you’re looking down on the others and they look like ponies.”
“Don’t put a big jockey on him, he will hit his head on the stall.”