Overdose (horse)

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Overdose, with Christophe Soumillon up, winning the OTP-Hungária Cup.
Sire Starborough
Grandsire Soviet Star (USA)
Dam Our Poppet (IRE)
Damsire Warning
Sex Stallion
Foaled 2005
Country Great Britain
Colour Bay
Breeder G. and Mrs Robinson
Owner Zoltan MIKÓCZY
MIKO Racing and Trading Ltd
Trainer Jozef Roszival (current)
Sandor Ribarszki
Record 19 starts: 16-0-1
Earnings £151,311
Last updated on 30 August 2010

Overdose (foaled 2 April 2005 in Nottinghamshire, Great Britain) is a Hungarian Thoroughbred racehorse. As of November 2011, he won all but 3 of his 19 races.

Overdose in Budapest 2008 Foto:Judit Seipert


He is English bred and was sold at Tattersalls December Yearling Sales in November 2006 for just 2,000 guineas. His sire was a sprinter called Starborough and he was out of Our Poppet (IRE) by Warning. He is a half-brother of three winners.[1]

The owner, Zoltán Mikóczy bought Overdose only by chance. He has been quoted to say "I just put my hand up for fun, I like excitement of the horse auctions. I thought no horse can go this cheap and surely somebody else would bid. He's short and I'd say kind of ugly, so of course nobody wanted him."[2]

Racing career[edit]

Overdose has an unbeaten series of 14 races. In these races he has won with a total of 116,5 lengths, which means 8,3 lengths per race in average.

He has run a new track record at his home track (Kincsem Park, Budapest, Hungary), for his first ever race (which he has won with 18 lengths).[3]

In 2008 he was named Wunderpferd (wonderhorse) in Germany, for winning German sprint races – including the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche – in such a dominant style.[4]

He has won a Group I race at Longchamp, but unfortunately the race was declared void due to a non opening gate. His time was only 0,1 second behind the track record of Habibti. He has not participated in the re-run at the end of the day, since his unbeaten record was in risk.[5] Only a month later Overdose has won a Group III race in Rome, with a dominating 10 lengths.

In the 2008 world thoroughbred rankings Overdose has been amongst the top sprinters (4th at Timeform with a rating of 126, and 6th at IFHA with 120), despite he has not won a Group I race (at least not officially).[6]

In 2009 Christophe Soumillon volunteered to ride the horse that year. After his year opening race at Kincsem Park, Budapest, Overdose was called the Budapest Bullet in Britain, and has appeared on the cover of the New York Times, which named him the Hungarian Seabiscuit.[7]

In mid-2009 one of his hooves got inflamed, which resulted in laminitis. This brought his whole career in danger. His recovery lasted for 15 months. Overdose has returned in July 2010, with two victories in Bratislava and Budapest, growing his unbeaten record to 14 races.

He has lost his unbeaten record in his 15th race under disputed circumstances. In Germany, Baden-Baden, the starter has waited eight minutes to get him into the startbox. During this time his rider Christophe Soumillon has fallen three times off his saddle.[8] This "procedure" resulted in a hopeless race for him. Although he has led to 1000 meters, Overdose has lost too much power when entering the startbox, therefore he was unable to keep the pace in the last furlong, and finished only seventh. Professionals says that the German starter was under great pressure, since Overdose’s comeback has been in the centre of the communication of the racetrack’s actual festival (the Grose Woche), and the stands were full, since everybody was keen to see Overdose. After this race the horse has suffered another, but minor injury, which resulted in the miss of the remaining of the season.

In 2010 he has started the season in Berlin, Germany, with a dominating victory, and has ran a new track record. This was the season-opening raceday of the track, and there has been full house.[9] After this great result Overdose has been the favourite of all British bookmakers for both of his forthcoming races in the UK: the Temple Stakes and the King’s Stand Stakes.[10][11]

On the day of his long waited first race in Britain, Overdose has appeared on the cover of four newspapers. Second time on Racing Post’s cover that week (the first occasion has been his arrival to Britain). He was in the centre of the television broadcast as well. Unfortunately Overdose’s travel took three days from Hungary to Britain, and the five days he spent in Britain before the race was not enough to regenerate. Maybe this was the reason why has he only become seventh by four lengths behind the winner in the Group II Temple Stakes.[12] But the team knew, there is more in him, therefore they have stayed in Britain, to prepare him for the Royal Ascot. After the Haydock race Overdose has been able to regenerate during the remaining three weeks to his Royal Ascot race. He was not a favourite anymore. He has started the Group I King’s Stand Stakes on the lead, and has run head by head with the Hong Kong superstar Sweet Sanette in the forthcoming furlongs. In the end Overdose has finished fourth, only a length away from the winner, and a neck away from Sweet Sanette. The remaining horses has been more than two lengths away from the winning four.[13] After the race the officials of the Ascot Racecourse said that they have never seen a horse performing in such a high level after suffering laminitis.[14]

Another minor injury has resulted in the miss of almost all races of the autumn season, and Overdose was able to race again in November only: the second time in Rome, and the first time with Frankie Dettori. This time Overdose has won with only a half length, but he was spared, Frankie has not asked more from him.

In February 2012, Overdose has suffered a serious injury at Meydan Racecourse, in the very beginning of the 2012 Dubai Racing Carnival. His comeback is expected to early 2013.


Race record[edit]

Result Date Race Venue Group Distance Weight Jockey Time Winner/2nd Margin
Won 2 June 2007 2yo - cat. IV. Hungary Kincsem Park, Budapest NA 1000 m 58.0 kg Martin Srnec 0:58.0 2nd: Femme Fatale 18
Won 22 July 2007 Cena Muscatita - cat. I. Slovakia Závodisko, Bratislava NA 1200 m 58.0 kg Martin Srnec 1:12.02 2nd: Addison 6
Won 9 September 2007 Graf N. Esterhazy Mem. Austria Freudenau, Vienna LR 1200 m 61.0 kg Piotr Krowicki 1:11.4 2nd: Ceodora 13
Won 30 September 2007 Szent László Díj Hungary Kincsem Park, Budapest Gr2 1400 m 57.0 kg Martin Srnec 1:23.6 2nd: Over Play 16
Won 21 October 2007 CE Challenge Cup Fut. Austria Magna Racino, Ebreichsdorf Gr1 1300 m 57.0 kg Zdenko Smida 1:18.2 2nd: Over Play 8
Won 6 April 2008 Preis vom Marchfeld - cat. I. Austria Magna Racino, Ebreichsdorf NA 1100 m 55.0 kg Piotr Krowicki 1:04.6 2nd: Special Key 6
Won 18 May 2008 Lanson Cup Germany Baden-Baden, Iffezheim LR 1200 m 58.0 kg Piotr Krowicki 1:08.92 2nd: Laokoon 9
Won 1 June 2008 Cena Min. Pod. Slov. Rep. Slovakia Závodisko, Bratislava Gr3 1200 m 57.0 kg Piotr Krowicki 1:10.09 2nd: Városbíró 8
Won 5 July 2008 Hamburg Trophy Germany Hamburg-Horn G3 1200 m 54.5 kg Andreas Suborics 1:12.19 2nd: Abbadjinn 1.5
Won 31 August 2008 138. Goldene Peische Germany Baden-Baden, Iffezheim G2 1200 m 56.0 kg Andreas Suborics 1:08.21 2nd: Abbadjinn 2.5
(Won) 5 October 2008 Prix de l'Abbaye - VOID RACE France Longchamp, Paris G1 1000 m 62.0 kg Andreas Suborics 0:54.4 2nd: Strike Up The Band 4.25
Won 16 November 2008 Premio C. e F. Aloisi Italy Capannelle, Rome G3 1200 m 64.5 kg Andreas Suborics 1:10.0 2nd: Black Mambazo 10
Won 19 April 2009 OTP-Hungária Nagydíj Hungary Kincsem Park, Budapest Gr1 1000 m 62.0 kg Christophe Soumillon 0:54.6 2nd: Spinning Crystal 8
Won 18 July 2010 Cena Mysa Slovakia Závodisko, Bratislava LR 1000 m 59.0 kg Gary Hind 1:00.77 2nd: Boschka 0.5
Won 15 August 2010 Pannónia Életbiztosító Díj Hungary Kincsem Park, Budapest LR 1000 m 59.0 kg Gary Hind 0:56.4 2nd: Spinning Crystal 10
7th 29 August 2010 140. Goldene Peitsche Germany Baden-Baden, Iffezheim G2 1200 m 59.0 kg Christophe Soumillon 1:11.38 Winner: Amico Fritz -5.25
Won 17 April 2011 Hoppegartener Fliegerpreis Germany Hoppegarten, Berlin NA 1000 m 59.0 kg Andreas Suborics 0:57.1 2nd: Shot To Nothing 6
7th 21 May 2011 Temple Stakes United Kingdom Haydock Park G2 1000 m 59.0 kg Andreas Suborics 0:57.67 Winner: Sole Power -4
4th 14 June 2011 King's Stand Stakes United Kingdom Ascot Racecourse G1 1000 m 59.0 kg Andreas Suborics 0:59.50 Winner: Prohibit -1.25
Won 13 November 2011 Premio C. e F. Aloisi Italy Capannelle, Rome G3 1200 m 61.0 kg Frankie Dettori 1:08.40 2nd: Dagda Mor 0.5

Overdose has suffered a serious injury at Meydan Racecourse, just before the beginning of the 2012 Dubai Racing Carnival. His possible return to the racetreack is expected to early 2013.

(Please note, that G1, G2 and G3 means internationally recognized Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 races, while Gr1, Gr2 and Gr3 means Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 races, recognized in Hungary, Slovakia and Austria.)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Horse Overdose Racing Post
  2. ^ The ugly misfit nobody wanted could be fastest horse in Europe, The Scotsman, 1 October 2008
  3. ^ Official race result, PannoniaOverdose.hu
  4. ^ Overdose ist definitiv ein Wunderpferd, horseracing.ch, 15 May 2008
  5. ^ Prix de l'Abbaye descends into French farce as Overdose is denied by chaotic false start, Daily Mail, 5 October 2008
  6. ^ World Thoroughbred Rankings – 2008, PannoniaOverdose.hu
  7. ^ Hungary’s Spirits Are Back Up, on a Horse, The New York Times, 19 April 2009
  8. ^ The eight minutes start misery in Baden-Baden, Video on youtube (watch the second gate from the left), 29 August 2010
  9. ^ Overdose regains top form, sets record at Hoppegarten, Thoroughbred Times, 17 April 2011
  10. ^ Overdose favorite for British debut in Temple Stakes, Thoroughbred Times, 16 May 2011
  11. ^ Overdose 8-1 favourite for King's Stand Stakes, Racing Post, 21 April 2011
  12. ^ Diary of Overdose’s British races, PannoniaOverdose.hu, 15–20 May 2011
  13. ^ Results of King’s Stand Stakes – 2011, Racing Post
  14. ^ Overdose’s comeback to the sprinter elite, PannoniaOverdose.hu – 14 June 2011

Tabulated pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Overdose (GB), B. h. 2005
Starborough (GB)
Ch. 1994
Soviet Star (USA)
Bay 1984
Nureyev Northern Dancer
Veruschka Venchi
Marie d'Anjou
Flamenco Wave (USA)
Ch. 1986
Desert Wine Damascus
Anne Campbell
Armada Way Sadair
Hurry Call
Our Poppet (IRE)
Bay 1997
Known Fact In Reality
Slightly Dangerous Roberto
Where You Read
Bay 1985
Main Leaf Mill Reef
Lovely Light
Gay Charlotte Charlottown
Merry Mate Family No. 7-a

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