Incredible blind horse Laghat raced to 26 wins on the track

A blind horse has amazed racing fans by galloping to victory in 26 races.

Laghat caught the fungal infection mycosis, which robbed him of the sight in his right eye and led to 95 per cent blindness in his left.

Now retired and aged 17, his supporters have fond memories of his career on the track, which began in 2006.

After taking to training like any other horse, he made a winning debut at San Rossore in Pisa, Italy – and proved he would be a force to be reckoned with by scoring again 15 days on.

Other horses he was competing against apparently appeared as shadows to him.

“Laghat has a sixth sense, which tells him where to put his legs," said his rider in amateur races and owner Federico de Paola.

Laghat's career was not a short one either, as he competed for nine years until his retirement in 2015.

As well as his long list of wins from 123 races, he was placed in 30 of them, winning connections more than £100,000 in prize money.

While competing, he never collided with other horses, even in large fields of 16 runners.

De Paola told The Mail : "I only entered him for the races because I thought it would be some exercise for him, but I was amazed when he won and he has kept on winning."

Those closest to him told how he knew when he had been first past the post, because he would be playful in his stable.

If the result didn't go his way, he would kick and bite his equine companion.

Known as the “blind beauty,” Laghat recorded his 20th win in 2012 – and two years later Enrico Querci wrote a novel about his life.

San Rossore racecourse hosted a special event to mark Laghat's retirement in 2015.

He is living out his days with a Norwegian Fjord horse called Cerere – and is visited regularly by people who have been amazed by his story.

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