Green Desert (horse)

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Green Desert
GrandsireNorthern Dancer
DamForeign Courier
DamsireSir Ivor
CountryUnited States
BreederEaton Farms, Inc & Red Bull Stables
OwnerMaktoum Al Maktoum
TrainerMichael Stoute
Record14: 5-5-0
Major wins
July Stakes (1985)
Flying Childers Stakes (1985)
European Free Handicap (1986)
July Cup (1986)
Sprint Cup (1986)
Timeform rating 118 (1985), 127 (1986)

Green Desert (16 April 1983 - 9 September 2015) was an American-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire.

Racing career[edit]

1985: two-year-old season[edit]

After finishing second on his racecourse debut, Green Desert won the July Stakes over six furlongs at Newmarket Racecourse. He then finished second to Nomination in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood before dropping back to five furlongs to win the Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster Racecourse. On his final appearance of the season he finished fourth to Luqman in the Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury.[1]

1986: three-year-old season[edit]

Green Desert began his second season by winning the European Free Handicap over seven furlongs at Newmarket and then finished second to Dancing Brave in the 2000 Guineas. He made no impact on heavy ground in the Irish 2000 Guineas and then finished second to Sure Blade in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. When brought back to sprint distances Green Desert's form improved as he won the July Cup, finished third to Last Tycoon in the William Hill Sprint Championship and won the Haydock Sprint Cup. In his last two races he finished fourth in the Prix de l'Abbaye and last of nine when tried on dirt in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.[2]

Stud record[edit]

Standing at Shadwell Stud,[3] Green Desert was the sire of four Champion Sprinters and seventy-two individual Stakes winners.[4]

Green Desert was euthanised at the Nunnery Stud in September 2015 at the age of thirty-two.[5]

Major winners[edit]

c = colt, f = filly, g = gelding

Foaled Name Sex Major Wins
1988 Sheikh Albadou c Nunthorpe Stakes, Breeders' Cup Sprint, Haydock Sprint Cup
1988 Collier Bay g Irish Champion Hurdle, Champion Hurdle
1991 Owington c July Cup
1993 Oriental Express g Queen Elizabeth II Cup, Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup
1993 Shinko Forest c Takamatsunomiya Kinen
1994 Cape Cross c Lockinge Stakes
1995 Desert Prince c Irish 2000 Guineas, Prix du Moulin, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
1995 Tamarisk c Haydock Sprint Cup
1995 White Heart g Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap, Turf Classic Stakes
1996 Bint Allayl c Cartier Champion Two-year-old Filly
1997 Invincible Spirit c Haydock Sprint Cup
1998 Rose Gypsy f Poule d'Essai des Pouliches
1999 Heat Haze f Beverly D. Stakes, Matriarch Stakes
2000 Desert Lord g Prix de l'Abbaye
2000 Oasis Dream c Middle Park Stakes, July Cup, Nunthorpe Stakes
2003 Markab g Haydock Sprint Cup


  1. ^ Timeform staff (1986). Racehorses of 1985. Timeform. ISBN 0-900599-42-1.
  2. ^ Timeform staff (1987). Racehorses of 1986. Timeform. ISBN 0-900599-44-8.
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  5. ^ Ron Mitchell (9 September 2015). "Top Sire Green Desert Euthanized at Age 32". The Blood-Horse.