|Breeder||Harry F. Guggenheim|
|Owner||James R. & Meg Mullion|
|Irish Derby (1963)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1963)
Great Voltigeur Stakes (1963)
St. Leger Stakes (1963)
Eclipse Stakes (1964)
|Timeform rating: 137
Timeform top-rated three-year-old (1963)
|Last updated on August 29, 2008|
Ragusa was a bay horse bred by Harry Frank Guggenheim. He was sired by Ribot who was standing in Italy when Guggenheim sent his mare Fantan to be covered in 1959. The mare proved very difficult to get "in foal" and did not conceive until 15 June, well after the usual breeding season had finished. Ragusa was a small and weak foal who needed to be hand fed on milk and eggs and Guggenheim decided to sell him. At the Ballsbridge Sales in September 1961 Ragusa was sold for 3,800 guineas, to Paddy Prendergast on behalf of James R. Mullion and Meg Mullion of the Ardenode stud in County Kildare, Ireland.
1962: two-year-old season
1963: three-year-old season
On his first appearance of the 1963 season, Ragusa was sent to England where he started favourite for the Dee Stakes at Chester Racecourse but finished second to My Myosotis. In June he started a 25/1 outsider for the Derby at Epsom Downs Racecourse and exceeded expectations by finishing third of the twenty-six runners behind Relko and Merchant Venturer.
At the Curragh later that month Ragusa won the Irish Derby by two and a half lengths after Relko was withdrawn at the start. In July Ragusa started at odds of 4/1 in a field of ten runners for Britain's most prestigious all-aged race, he King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. He won by four lengths from the four-year-old Miralgo. At York Racecourse in August he defeated the 2000 Guineas winner Only for Life in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at odds of 2/5. At Doncaster Racecourse in September, Ragusa started the 2/5 favourite for the St Leger and won in a canter by six lengths.
1963: four-year-old season
Ragusa began his third season by winning the Ardenode Stakes at Naas but then ran unaccountably badly when finishing third against moderate opposition in the Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh. In July he returned to England and won the Eclipse Stakes by one and a half lengths from Baldric. On his final raceourse appearance he finished unplaced in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Ragusa was retired from racing to become a breeding stallion in Ireland. The best of his progeny included Morston, Caliban (Coronation Cup), Ragstone (Ascot Gold Cup) and Homeric. Ragusa died in 1973.
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