Cape Cross (horse)

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Cape Cross
SireGreen Desert
DamPark Appeal
BreederDarley Stud
TrainerGodolphin Racing
Record19: 5-3-3
Major wins
Lockinge Stakes (1998)
Queen Anne Stakes (1999)
Celebration Mile (1999)
Last updated on June, 06 2009

Cape Cross (March 13, 1994 – April 21, 2017) was an Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse. He is a son of the July Cup winner Green Desert and Cheveley Park Stakes, winner Park Appeal who was the Champion two-year-old filly in England and Ireland in 1984.

Racing career[edit]

As a two-year-old Cape Cross raced twice, winning his maiden on the second attempt. His first start as a three-year-old was in the Craven Stakes, where he finished third. This was followed by an eight place in the 2000 Guineas. He only won once as a three-year-old. He won the Lockinge Stakes as a four-year-old, when starting a 20/1 outsider. He won twice as a five-year-old, the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Celebration Mile.

Stud career[edit]

Since retiring to stud, Cape Cross has sired the winners of 21 group 1 races worldwide. Until 2016 he stood at the Kildangan Stud in Ireland at a fee of €35,000[1] In March 2016 he was retired from stallion duty after suffering fertility problems.[2] He was euthanized on 21 April 2017 due to infirmities of old age.[3]

Notable progeny[edit]

c = colt, f = filly

Foaled Name Sex Major Wins
2001 Ouija Board f Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks, Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (twice), Hong Kong Vase, Prince of Wales's Stakes, Nassau Stakes
2002 Able One c Champions Mile (twice), Hong Kong Mile
2006 Sea the Stars c 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby, Eclipse Stakes, International Stakes, Irish Champion Stakes, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
2007 Behkabad c Grand Prix de Paris
2009 Nayarra f Gran Criterium
2012 Golden Horn c Epsom Derby, Eclipse Stakes, Irish Champion Stakes, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
2013 Awtaad c Irish 2000 Guineas


Pedigree of Cape Cross
Green Desert
Danzig Northern Dancer Nearctic
Pas De Nom Admiral's Voyage
Foreign Courier Sir Ivor Sir Gaylord
Courtly Dee Never Bend
Park Appeal
Ahonoora Lorenzaccio Klairon
Helen Nichols Martial
Quaker Girl
Balidaress Balidar Will Somers
Violet Bank
Innocence Sea Hawk II


  1. ^ "Cape Cross | Bloodstock Stallion Book | Racing Post". 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
  2. ^ Stevens, Martin. "Cape Cross retired from covering duties at Darley". Racing Post Bloodstock. Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Godolphin sire Cape Cross euthanized at 23 - Daily Racing Form". Retrieved 20 May 2017.