War horses: Members of the 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade in Cairo.War horses: Members of the 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade in Cairo. Photo: Phillip Schuler

A better stayer than Phar Lap, and if you want to quibble even superior to Peter Pan, considered the more powerful two miler.

And as far as carrying weight was concerned, he made Bernborough look like a pussycat.

Ground conditions didn’t faze him, slow, heavy and even sand, uphill or down, pot holes and craters under artillery fire didn’t take away from his desire to reach the finish.