British thoroughbred racing dwelt in the starting gates as most of its rival jurisdictions built halls of fame, but the United Kingdom’s modern greats of horses, jockeys, trainers and major contributors are about to receive recognition.

Next week, a panel of eight thoroughbred racing experts – two of whom, Brough Scott and Alan Byrne, are the Racing Post bosses who gave me my first full-time job – will unveil the British Champions Series Hall of Fame’s inaugural inductees. The British Champions Series Hall of Fame will comprise only Flat racing figures from the 1970s onwards, not that there will be a shortage of worthy contenders for what its promoters are billing as the highest accolade in the sport. Expect to see the likes of Nijinsky, Lester Piggott, Vincent O’Brien and Peter O’Sullevan among the first British Champions Series Hall of Fame intake.

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