|Breeder||9th Baron Howard de Walden|
|Owner||9th Baron Howard de Walden|
|Horris Hill Stakes (1978)
Greenham Stakes (1979)
St. James's Palace Stakes (1979)
Sussex Stakes (1979)
Celebration Mile (1979)
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (1979)
Challenge Stakes (1979)
Lockinge Stakes (1980)
|Champion European Miler (1979)
Champion European Older Miler (1980)
Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland (1985)
Timeform rating: 135
Kris (1976–2004) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse. In three seasons of racing, he ran sixteen times and won fourteen races, dominating British opposition over one mile in 1979. His two defeats came in the 1979 2000 Guineas (by Tap On Wood) and the 1980 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (by Known Fact).
Kris was a chestnut horse bred in England by his owner Lord Howard de Walden. He was sired by Sharpen Up out of the noted broodmare Doubly Sure, making him a full brother to the champion two-year-old Diesis, and a half-brother to several other good winners including Rudimentary (Sandown Mile). He was trained throughout his racing career by Henry Cecil at his Warren Place stable in Newmarket, Suffolk.
In his three-year-old season, Kris won the Group Three Greenham Stakes at Newbury. He then started favourite for the 2,000 Guineas in which he was beaten half a length by the 20/1 outsider Tap On Wood. He went on to win the St. James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and beat older horses, including the July Cup winner Thatching and the Champion Stakes winner Swiss Maid, in the Group One Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. Kris returned to Goodwood a few weeks later to take the Group Two Celebration Mile and went on to win the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot by five lengths. He finished off the 1979 season with an easy victory in the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket. Although he easily defeated all his British rivals, he was never matched against his contemporary Irish River, who was equally dominant over one mile in France.
As a four-year-old, Kris set a course record for seven furlongs at Haydock Park on his seasonal debut and then won the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury Racecourse. His season was disrupted by several minor injuries, including a muscle strain which prevented him moving up to ten furlongs for the Eclipse Stakes. He finished his racing career at Ascot where he was denied a second successive Queen Elizabeth II Stakes by that season’s 2,000 Guineas winner, Known Fact.
After being syndicated with a value of £4 million Kris stood at his owner's Thornton Stud, before moving to the Plantation Stud at Newmarket in 1994. He sired Oh So Sharp, winner of the 1,000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks and St. Leger in 1985, and Unite, winner of the Epsom Oaks in 1987. Kris was retired from active stud duty in 2002 and died of heart failure two years later at the age of twenty-eight.
Sharpen Up (GB)
|Mixed Marriage||Tudor Minstrel|
Doubly Sure (FR)
|No Angel (Family:2-o)|
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