Bracelet (horse)

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GrandsireSadler's Wells
DamCherry Hinton
DamsireGreen Desert
Foaled24 January 2011[1]
BreederRoncon & Chelston
OwnerSusan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
TrainerAidan O'Brien
Record6: 4-0-0
Major wins
Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial (2014)
Ribblesdale Stakes (2014)
Irish Oaks (2014)

Bracelet (foaled 24 January 2011) is an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. She won the second of her two starts as a two-year-old in 2013 and developed into a top-class filly in the following year, taking the Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial and Ribblesdale Stakes. She recorded her biggest victory on her sixth and final appearance when she won the Irish Oaks. She was retired from racing at the end of the season and became a broodmare for the Coolmore Stud.


Bracelet is a bay mare with a narrow white blaze and two white socks bred in Ireland by Roncon & Chelston, breeding companies associated with the Coolmore Stud. The filly was sent into training with Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle and was ridden in four of her six races by her trainer's son Joseph. Like many Coolmore horses, Bracelet raced in the colours of a partnership consisting of Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith.

She was from the tenth crop of foals sired by Montjeu whose wins included the Prix du Jockey Club, Irish Derby, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. As a breeding stallion his other progeny included Motivator, Authorized, Pour Moi, Camelot, Scorpion, Masked Marvel, Hurricane Fly, St Nicholas Abbey and Hurricane Run.[2] Bracelet's dam Cherry Hinton (not to be confused with the mare foaled in 1975) failed to win in five starts but did finish fifth in the 2007 Epsom Oaks[3] and also produced the Rockfel Stakes winner Wading. As a daughter of Urban Sea, Cherry Hinton was a half-sister to both Galileo, Sea The Stars and Black Sam Bellamy.[4]

Racing career[edit]

2013: two-year-old season[edit]

Bracelet made her racecourse debut in the Listed Fillies' Sprint Stakes over six furlongs at Naas Racecourse on 3 June 2013 and finished eighth of the ten runners behind the favourite Sandiva. Ten days later the filly stepped up in distance but dropped in class for a maiden race over seven furlongs at Leopardstown Racecourse. Starting at odds of 1/2 she took the lead inside the final furlong and won "comfortably" by two lengths from the David Wachman-trained Tap Dancing.[5]

2014: three-year-old season[edit]

On 30 March 2014, Bracelet began her second season in the Group 3 Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial over seven furlongs on very soft ground. After being restrained by Joseph O'Brien in the early stages she began to make steady progress approaching the last quarter mile, overtook the Dermot Weld-trained favourite Balansiya 100 yards from the finish and won by a length.[6] Ryan Moore took the ride when Bracelet was sent to England to contest the 201st running of the 1000 Guineas over the Rowley Mile course at Newmarket Racecourse. She started the 11/1 fifth choice in the seventeen-runner field but was outpaced in the closing stages and came home in fourteenth place, more than ten lengths behind the winner Miss France.

Bracelet was ridden by Joseph O'Brien when she was stepped up in distance to contest the Ribblesdale Stakes over one and half miles at Royal Ascot 0n 19 June. Equipped with a hood for the first time, she was made the 10/1 fifth choice in the betting behind Vazira (Prix Saint-Alary), Inchila (fourth in The Oaks), Bright Approach (third in the Cheshire Oaks) and Wonderstruck. After racing in mid-division Bracelet made a forward move early in the straight, took the lead approaching the final furlong and won by half a length and a head from the outsiders Lustrous and Criteria.[7] After the race Joseph O'Brien said "She did everything right today. She's tough, she stays and she tries."[8]

A month after her win at Ascot Bracelet, ridden by Colm O'Donoghue, was one of ten fillies to contest the Irish Oaks over one and a half miles on good-to-firm ground the Curragh. The O'Brien stable fielded three other runners, namely Tapestry, Marvellous and Palace (Cairn Rouge Stakes). The Epsom Oaks runner-up Tarfasha started favourite ahead of Marvellous, Volume (third in the Epsom Oaks) and Tapestry with Bracelet next in the betting on 10/1. The start of the race was delayed when Volume was found to be wearing a set of horseshoes which were banned in Ireland, and which needed to be replaced before she was allowed to take part.[9] O'Donoghue settled the filly in fourth place as Volume set the pace from Palace and Tarfasha. Bracelet moved forward on the outside shortly after the final turn, took the lead a furlong from the finish and held off the late challenge of her stablemate Tapestry to win by a neck, with the rallying Volume a neck away in third place.[10] After the race Aidan O'Brien praised the winning jockey, commenting "It’s great for Colm. He’s just got beat in this race a few times and he’s also been beat in the Derby a few times. He gave her a marvellous ride and he’s a world-class rider".[11]

Bracelet did not race again and was retired at the end of the year.

Breeding record[edit]

After her retirement from racing, Bracelet became a broodmare for the Coolmore Stud. Her first foal was born in 2017:

  • Chain of Gold, a colt, foaled in 2017, sired by Bayern


Pedigree of Bracelet (IRE), bay mare, 2011[1]
Montjeu (IRE)
Sadler's Wells (USA)
Northern Dancer Nearctic
Fairy Bridge Bold Reason
Floripedes (FR)
Top Ville High Top
Sega Ville
Toute Cy Tennyson
Adele Toumignon
Cherry Hinton (GB)
Green Desert (USA)
Danzig Northern Dancer
Pas de Nom
Foreign Courier Sir Ivor
Courtly Dee
Urban Sea (USA)
Miswaki Mr Prospector
Allegretta Lombard
Anatevka (Family: 9-h)[4]


  1. ^ a b "Bracelet pedigree". Equineline.
  2. ^ "Montjeu Stud record". Retrieved 2011-09-13.
  3. ^ "Cherry Hinton - Race Record & Form". Racing Post.
  4. ^ a b "Adelaide - Family 9-h". Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  5. ^ "Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden result". Racing Post. 13 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial result". Racing Post. 30 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Ribblesdale Stakes result". Racing Post. 19 June 2014.
  8. ^ Nick Pulford (19 June 2014). "Royal Ascot O'Brien strikes with Bracelet in Ribblesdale". Racing Post.
  9. ^ Cook, Chris (19 July 2014). "Bracelet wins Irish Oaks after Luca Cumani is wrong-footed at Curragh". The Guardian.
  10. ^ "Irish Oaks result". Racing Post. 19 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Irish Oaks: Bracelet gives Aidan O'Brien fourth win at the Curragh". BBC Sport. 19 July 2014.