Giant's Causeway (horse)

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Giant's Causeway
Sire Storm Cat
Grandsire Storm Bird
Dam Mariah's Storm
Damsire Rahy
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1997
Country United States
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Orpendale & Michael Tabor
Owner Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor
Trainer Aidan O'Brien
Record 13: 9–4–0
Earnings $3,078,989
Major wins
Futurity Stakes (1999)
Prix de la Salamandre (1999)
Gladness Stakes (2000)
St. James's Palace Stakes (2000)
Eclipse Stakes (2000)
Sussex Stakes(2000)
Juddmonte International Stakes (2000)
Irish Champion Stakes (2000)
Awards
European Horse of the Year (2000)
Leading sire in North America (2009, 2010)
Honours
Giant's Causeway Stakes at Keeneland
Last updated on April 17, 2010

Giant's Causeway (born February 14, 1997) is a Kentucky-bred thoroughbred racehorse who competed primarily in Europe. In 2000, he won five straight Group One races. His performance that year earned him European Horse of the Year honors.

In 2001, Giant's Causeway entered stud at Coolmore Stud in Ireland, then the following year was sent to stand at Coolmore's Australia branch. His success led to the stallion going to Coolmore's U.S. unit, Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky. In 2006, he stood for a fee of $300,000; his 2007 fee is private, but likely higher.[citation needed] In 2008 he covered 2007 Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches.

Giant's Causeway is the sire of First Samurai, 2000 Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand, 1000 Guineas and Coronation stakes winner Ghanaati, Maids Causeway, Oonagh Maccool, My Typhoon, Aragorn, Rite of Passage, Heatseeker, and Noble Causeway among others. In 2007, his son Mike Fox won Canada's most prestigious horse race, the GI Queen's Plate and Red Giant won the $1 million Virginia Derby. His best offspring so far was from his first crop in 2004. Shamardal was the European Champion Two-Year-Old Colt that year and returned the following year to claim the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, the Prix du Jockey Club and the St. James's Palace Stakes.

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Giant's Causeway
Sire
Storm Cat
Storm Bird Northern Dancer Nearctic
Natalma
South Ocean New Providence
Shining Sun
Terlingua Secretariat Bold Ruler
Somethingroyal
Crimson Saint Crimson Satan
Bolero Rose
Dam
Mariah's Storm
Rahy Blushing Groom Red God
Runaway Bride
Glorious Song Halo
Ballade
Immense Roberto Hail To Reason
Bramalea
Imsodear Chieftain
Ironically

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