Fairy King (horse)

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Fairy King
Sire Northern Dancer
Grandsire Nearctic
Dam Fairy Bridge
Damsire Bold Reason
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1982
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Swettenham Stud & Partners
Owner Robert Sangster
Trainer Vincent O'Brien
Record 1: 0-0-0
Earnings Nil
Major wins
Leading sire in France (1996)

Fairy King (1982–1999) was an American-bred Thoroughbred racehorse and a successful sire.


A full brother to Sadler's Wells, he was bred and raced by Robert Sangster and associates. Out of the mare Fairy Bridge, he was sired by Northern Dancer who is regarded as the 20th century’s best sire of sires. [1]

Racing career[edit]

Fairy King made only one racing start and broke down with damage to a bone in his foot.

Stud record[edit]

Retired to stud duty at the Coolmore Stud breeding operation in Ireland, Fairy King most often sired specialist milers. Initially he carried a low stud fee but success from his first crops led to him quickly being much in demand. He stood in Ireland throughout his career and was shuttled to Australia in 1992 and again in 1996.

Fairy King sired 395 race winners, including 73 stakes race winners. Among his notable offspring were:

Suffering from laminitis, Fairy King was euthanized at Coolmore Stud on June 5, 1999.


Pedigree of Fairy King
Northern Dancer
Nearctic Nearco Pharos
Lady Angela Hyperion
Sister Sarah
Natalma Native Dancer Polynesian
Almahmoud Mahmoud
Fairy Bridge
Bold Reason Hail To Reason Turn-to
Lalun Djeddah
Be Faithful
Special Forli Aristophanes
Thong Nantallah
Rough Shod