The World's Biggest Race Horse - Holy Roller
Date of Record: 26/04/1995
Holy Roller stood a towering 18.1 hands high, ten inches taller than the average thoroughbred.
His weight was estimated as he was too big to get on the scales, at up to 800kg, 300kg more than a 'normal' racehorse.
His colossal head alone was thought to weigh 50kg, eclipsing the total body-weight of some of his jockeys.
His hooves required custom-made size-eight plates (standard issue is a size 5).
Besides being huge, he was also a winner, crossing the line first in 12 of 25 race starts.
He made his debut in a 1200m maiden at Canterbury the day after April 26, 1995.
In 1999, he won a barrier trial defeating Group One winners Tie The Knot, Dodge and Arena.
An ultrasound scan taken in the aftermath of his trial win however meant that Holy Roller was duly retired to Dr Hoares (equine veterinarian's) property, a well deserved good home.
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