This cover from Royal Mail commemorates famous racehorses. The cover coincides with the first day of the three-day race meeting at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool, UK, in 2017, culminating in the annual Grand National race. The Grand National is one of the major events of the British sporting calendar.
Date of Issue: 6th April 2017 (first day cover)
Country: United Kingdom
Top row, from left to right:
- Frankel – foaled 2008 (unbeaten)
- Red Rum – foaled 1965
- Shergar – foaled 1978 (stolen, never found)
- Kauto Star – foaled 2000
Bottom row, from left to right:
- Desert Orchid – foaled 1979 (“Dessie”)
- Brigadier Gerard – foaled 1968
- Arkle – foaled 1957
- Estimate – foaled 2009 (owned by Queen Elizabeth)
The insert to the cover provides stats for each horse. Click the image below for easier reading.