Giant's Causeway (horse)
|Breeder||Orpendale & Michael Tabor|
|Owner||Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor|
|Futurity Stakes (1999)
Prix de la Salamandre (1999)
Gladness Stakes (2000)
St. James's Palace Stakes (2000)
Eclipse Stakes (2000)
Juddmonte International Stakes (2000)
Irish Champion Stakes (2000)
|European Horse of the Year (2000)
Leading sire in North America (2009, 2010)
|Giant's Causeway Stakes at Keeneland|
|Last updated on April 17, 2010|
1999: two-year-old season
2000: three-year-old season
He then won five straight Group One races: the St. James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park, the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, the Juddmonte International Stakes at York and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.
His winning sequence was broken in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on 23 September, when he was beaten half a length by Observatory. On his final racecourse appearance, Giant's Causeway was sent to the United States to contest the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in which he raced on dirt for the first time. Starting at odds of 7.6/1 he was beaten a neck into second place by the American colt Tiznow, with the other beaten horses including Captain Steve, Lemon Drop Kid, Fusaichi Pegasus and Cat Thief.
His performance in 2000 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..
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.
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