Refuse To Bend

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Refuse To Bend
Sire Sadler's Wells
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Dam Market Slide
Damsire Gulch
Sex Stallion
Foaled 2000
Country Ireland
Colour Bay
Breeder Moyglare Stud Farm
Owner Moyglare Stud Farm
Godolphin Racing (2004)
Trainer Dermot K. Weld
Saeed bin Suroor (2004)
Record 15: 7-0-1
Earnings £780,896
Major wins
National Stakes (2002)
Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial (2003)
2,000 Guineas (2003)
Desmond Stakes (2003)
Queen Anne Stakes (2004)
Eclipse Stakes (2004)
Last updated on 7 September 2007

Refuse To Bend (17 March 2000, Ireland – 10 February 2012) was a retired Thoroughbred racehorse.


He was owned by Swiss businessman Walter Haefner and was bred at his Moyglare Stud Farm near the town of Maynooth, County Kildare, in Ireland. By the Champion Sire Sadler's Wells, and out of the mare Market Slide, Refuse To Bend's grandsire was the great Northern Dancer and his damsire was Gulch, the 1988 U.S. Champion Sprint Horse.

Refuse To Bend died of a heart attack at the age of 12 at Haras du Logis in Normandy on 10 February 2012.[1]

Racing career[edit]

A half-brother to Melbourne Cup winner, Media Puzzle,[1] Refuse To Bend made his debut in August 2002 in Gowran, Ireland at Gowran Park, winning a Maiden race by four lengths. He then moved up to compete against top-level colts in the National Stakes at the Curragh Racecourse. A win in that race and another in the following spring's 2,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown Racecourse made him a legitimate contender for the 2003 British Classic Races.

Ridden by regular jockey Pat Smullen, Refuse To Bend won the first Classic of the 2003 season, the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket Racecourse. Still undefeated, he went into the Epsom Derby as the betting favourite but finished a shocking thirteenth behind winner Kris Kin. Refuse To Bend went on to win the Group III Desmond Stakes but was unplaced in two other races. Sold to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the colt finished the 2003 racing season with three wins in six starts.

At age four, under trainer Saeed bin Suroor and jockey Frankie Dettori, Refuse To Bend came back to earn impressive wins against strong fields in two Group I races. He defeated the redoubtable Warrsan in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park and in the Queen Anne Stakes he beat both the top mare Soviet Song and the 2003 Breeders' Cup Mile champion, Six Perfections

Stud record[edit]

Refuse to Bend was retired at the end of the 2004 racing season. He stood at Darley's Kildangan Stud, in Kildangan, County Kildare, Ireland and Whitsbury Manor Stud.[1] Later he was transferred to Normandy.[1] His first crop of foals were born in 2006. His most known offsprings are the French-trained Group 1 winners Sarafina and Wavering.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Refuse To Bend dies at 12". Owners and Breeders. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2013.