Horlicks (horse)

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Sire Three Legs (GB)
Grandsire Petingo
Dam Malt
Damsire Moss Trooper (USA)
Sex Mare
Foaled 1983
Country New Zealand
Colour Grey
Owner Graham de Gruchy (NZ)
Trainer Dave and Paul O'Sullivan (NZ)
Record 40: 17–10–2
Earnings NZ$4,165,407
Major wins
1988, 1990 ARC Television New Zealand Stakes
1989, 1990 ARC DB Draught Classic
1989 Japan Cup
1989 LKS MacKinnon Stakes
New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame
Last updated on 3 April 2009

Horlicks (1983 – 24 August 2011) was an outstanding Thoroughbred racemare from New Zealand. She won the internationally-contested 1989 Japan Cup in a world record time of 2:22 for 2,400 metres. In addition to the Japan Cup, she won five Group One (G1) races in Australia and New Zealand, namely the LKS MacKinnon Stakes, the Television New Zealand Stakes (twice), and DB Draught Classic (twice).


Horlicks was by Three Legs (GB) from the unraced mare, Malt, by Moss Trooper (USA). Malt was later sold to the United States by Australian Bloodstock agent Brian King.

Racing record[edit]

The grey mare was owned by Graham de Gruchy of Hastings and trained by Dave and Paul O'Sullivan.

Big race wins[edit]

Horlicks retired from racing with a record of 17 wins and 12 places from 40 starts[1] and career earnings of NZ$4,165,407.</>

Stud record[edit]

Horlicks has also proven to be an outstanding broodmare, as the dam of the 2000 Melbourne Cup winner Brew (by Sir Tristram), and the ill-fated stakes winner Bubble. Another daughter, Latte, was the dam of G1 AJC Australian Derby winner, Fiumicino.

In 2006 Horlicks delivered her 13th foal, a colt by One Cool Cat, at Cambridge Stud in New Zealand and was retired from stud duties at the age of 24 years.[2]

Horlicks died on 24 August 2011 at Cambridge Stud and is buried at her breeder and owner's (Graham de Gruchy) stud farm. [3]

Tabulated pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Horlicks (NZ), grey mare, 1983
Three Legs (GB)
Petition Fair Trial
Art Paper
Alcazar Alycidon
Hard Sauce Ardan
Saucy Bella
Teliastory Tulyar
King's Story
Malt (NZ)
Moss Trooper (USA)
Levmoss Le Levanstell
Forest Friend Linacre
Belle Sauvage
Agricola Precipitation
Froth Faux Tirage
Home Brew (Family: 10-d)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Horlicks (NZ) Retrieved 2 May 2009
  2. ^ Horlicks Produces Her Last Foal Retrieved 23 April 2010
  3. ^ "Japan Cup winner Horlicks dies". Radio Sport National. 25 August 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011.