Istabraq was one of the all-time-great hurdlers. He made Cheltenham his own for four years in a row, and arguably would have added a fifth Back-to-back Festival Win had it not been for the Foot and Mouth Outbreak in 2001. The Istabraq Story DVD is the Story of A Champion Racehorse Told by Those Closest to Him - A Story of Brilliance Which Ultimately Came to A Dramatic But Happy Conclusion.
- The Story of One of the All Time Great Hurdlers.
- Highlights From His Greatest Moments at the Cheltenham Festival.
- Told BY Those Closest to Istabraq.
- 90 Minutes Running Time.
"istabraq Has Given US Wonderful Memories to Cherish and All Who Were Associated With Him Feel Especially Privileged. WE Would Like to Thank All Who Sent Letters, Cards and Messages of Goodwill. the Outpouring of Affection and Appreciation For Him Has Been Overwhelming." – Aidan O’brien.
In All Sporting Fields, Champions Come and GO But Only A Few Will Stay Long in the Memory. National Hunt Racing Would Probably List the Steeplechasers Golden Miller, Arkle and Desert Orchid AS the ‘greats’ of the Sport For NO Hurdler Has Ever Achieved Such Popular Acclaim – Until Istabraq.
Istabraq First Burst Onto the Cheltenham Festival Scene in 1997 BY Winning the Sun Alliance Novices' Hurdle. in 1998 HE Moved Up, and Won the Champion Hurdle. HE Then Incredibly Won the Champion Hurdle Again in 1999 and 2000. the Festival Was Cancelled in 2001 Due to the Outbreak of Foot and Mouth – Would HE Have Won? We’ll Never Know. and SO to 2002.
There Was Huge Interest in His Attempt to Claim an Unprecedented 4TH Champion Hurdle in 2002 at Cheltenham - Proof of the Horse’s Enormous Popularity ON Both Sides of the Irish Sea. Despite Consistent Rumours About His Well-being, the Irish Made Him A Sentimental Favourite For the Race. However, IT Was Soon Evident That Istabraq Was Not in Ideal Shape and HE Was Pulled UP After Just Two Flights.
He was, Nevertheless, Cheered Home All the Way Back – A Fitting Farewell.
So, Enjoy Again Some of the Highlights From the Career of Istabraq in This is A Fitting Tribute to A Legendary Race Horse – Istabraq