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We’ve reached the top five, prestigious company in the world of This Is Horse Racing. Perhaps, perhaps not. Regardless the fifth most read story of the year is nothing to discount and event rider Jennie Brannigan’s attempt at the Maryland Hunt Cup didn’t go unnoticed.

Joe Clancy’s story titled “Event rider Brannigan tackles Hunt Cup” checks in fifth on the most read stories of the year. The story outlined a few other attempts from world-class show riders attempting to win timber racing’s most prestigious event.

“And that history is part of the reason eventer Jennie Brannigan will be aboard Joshua G. in the historic timber stakes at Glyndon, Md. Saturday,” Joe wrote. “Brannigan, whose resume includes several wins at the CIC three-star level, would also like to improve upon the foundation left by her predecessors. Riding Tall Chief in 1965 and Evening Mail in 1973, Chapot finished third twice. Freeman was third aboard Morning Mac in 1971. Davidson could do no better than fifth with Appolinax in 1983 after pulling up Danny’s Brother in 1975. Plumb and Oliphant finished second to Fort Devon, one of the Hunt Cup’s all-time best, in 1976. A year later, the Olympic silver medalist fell at the ninth fence with Koolabah.

“Brannigan knows she’s trying something different, is aware she’s following some legends and also has a keen grasp on how difficult it all might be. The Hunt Cup is the oldest, most historic and most arduous steeplechase race in the United States with 22 timber fences (some nearly 5 feet tall) and 4 miles to navigate.”

The story was posted April 26 and is No. 5 on the TIHR Top 10 for 2017. Enjoy.

No. 5: Event rider Brannigan tackles Hunt Cup

 

Check out the first five in the TIHR Top 10 for 2017:

No. 6: My summer rental with Penny Chenery

No. 7: Jumping Around Podcast: The Senior Senator story 

No. 8: Parker barn rolls to quick start in 2017

No. 9: The Outside Rail: Stopping by the farm

No. 10: DiSanto's death a loss to New York racing

 

The countdown runs through New Year's Eve. Be sure to check back Thursday for No. 4.