Fame and Glory

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Fame and Glory
Racing silks of Derrick Smith.png
Racing silks of Derrick Smith
GrandsireSadler's Wells
DamsireShirley Heights
Foaled(2006-03-20)March 20, 2006
DiedFebruary 13, 2017(2017-02-13) (aged 10)
BreederPtarmigan Bloodstock & Miss Kirsten Rausing
OwnerDerrick Smith & Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor
TrainerAidan O'Brien
Record26: 14-3-1
Major wins
Criterium de Saint-Cloud (2008)
Ballysax Stakes (2009)
Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (2009)
Irish Derby Stakes (2009)
Mooresbridge Stakes (2010)
Tattersalls Gold Cup (2010)
Coronation Cup (2010)
Royal Whip Stakes (2010)
Vintage Crop Stakes (2011, 2012)
Saval Beg Stakes (2011)
Ascot Gold Cup (2011)
British Champions Long Distance Cup (2011)
European Champion Stayer

Fame and Glory (20 March 2006 – 13 February 2017) was an Irish Thoroughbred horse whose wins include the Criterium de Saint-Cloud, Irish Derby, Tattersalls Gold Cup, Coronation Cup and Ascot Gold Cup.


Fame and Glory was a bay horse bred by the Coolmore Stud. He was sired by the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Montjeu. During his racing career he was registered as being owned by Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Mrs F Hay. He was trained at Ballydoyle by Aidan O'Brien.

Racing career[edit]

2008: two-year-old season[edit]

Fame and Glory began his racing career by winning a maiden race at Navan Racecourse on 22 October 2008. He was then sent to France and moved up markedly in class to contest the Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud. Racing over 2000 metres on heavy ground he was ridden by Johnny Murtagh and won by half a length from his stable companion Drumbeat.[1]

2009: three-year-old season[edit]

At three, he went to Epsom via the same route as the previous stablemate Derby winner Galileo and High Chaparral, winning the Ballysax Stakes and Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial in Ireland.[2][3] He ran second behind Sea The Stars in The Derby.

In June 2009, the horse won the Irish Derby, the 8-11 favourite, ridden by Johnny Murtagh, took up the running from stablemate Golden Sword (11-1) with 300m to go and won by five lengths.[4][5] He then ran second behind Sea The Stars in the Irish Champion Stakes before finishing unplaced in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and Champion Stakes.

2010: four-year-old season[edit]

Fame And Glory's 2010 campaign saw two further Group One victories in the Tattersalls Gold Cup and the Coronation Cup, with his season finishing with an unplaced run in the Arc.

2011: five-year-old season[edit]

Set on a staying campaign in 2011, his first two runs resulted in victories in the Vintage Crop Stakes and Saval Beg Stakes. Following these performances he was sent off 11/8 favourite for the Ascot Gold Cup, and duly won by three lengths.

2012: six-year-old season[edit]

Fame and Glory began his six-year-old season with a win in the Listed Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan,[6] but his subsequent efforts were disappointing. He finished unplaced in the Ascot Gold Cup, Irish St Leger and British Champions' Long Distance Cup and was pulled up in the Breeders' Cup Marathon.

Stud career and death[edit]

At the end of his racing career Fame and Glory was retired to become a breeding stallion at the Grange Stud. He died in February 2017 after suffering a suspected heart attack while covering a mare.[7]


Pedigree of Fame and Glory (IRE), bay stallion, 2006[8]
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
Gryada (GB)
Shirley Heights (GB)
Mill Reef Never Bend
Milan Mill
Hardiemma Hardicanute
Grand Cross
Grimpola (GER)
Windwurf Kaiseradler
Gondel Zank
Goldhenne (Family: 1-i)[9]


  1. ^ "Criterium de Saint-Cloud result". Racing Post. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  2. ^ Fame And Glory 5-2 clear favourite for Derby RacingPost.com, 10 May 2009
  3. ^ Fame and Glory on right track Irish Times, 10 May 2009
  4. ^ "O'Brien bags seventh Irish Derby". BBC Sport. 28 June 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2009.
  5. ^ McGrath, Chris (29 June 2009). "Fame And Glory makes no mistake in Irish Derby". The Independent. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
  6. ^ "Vintage Crop Stakes result". Racing Post. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  7. ^ Brian Sheerin (13 February 2017). "Ascot Gold Cup hero Fame And Glory dies". Racing Post.
  8. ^ "Fame and Glory pedigree". equineline.com. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  9. ^ "Thoroughbred Bloodlines - Sunray - Family 1-i". Bloodlines.net. Retrieved 2013-05-18.