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Racing silks of Enrique Sarasola
Sire Fairy King
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Dam Helice
Damsire Slewpy
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1993
Country France
Colour Bay
Breeder Ecurie Skymarc Farm
Owner Enrique Sarasola
Trainer Elie Lellouche
Record 13:8-1-2
Earnings $2,210,000
Major wins
Prix Noailles (1996)
Prix Lupin (1996)
Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (1996, 1997)
Prix Niel (1996)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1996)
Prix Ganay (1997)
European 3-Yr-Old Champion Colt (1996)
European Horse of the Year (1996)
Last updated on June 23, 2007

Helissio (1993–2013) was a Thoroughbred racehorse sired by Fairy King and a grandson of Northern Dancer. Owned by the Spanish businessman Enrique Sarasola, he was voted the European Horse of the Year for 1996

His career highlight was winning the 1996 running of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamps by five lengths and earned a Timeform rating of 136. He failed to reproduce that form the following year finishing 7¾ lengths behind the winner Peintre Celebre.

Retired after his four-year-old campaign, Helissio stood at stud at the Widden Stud in Australia and Shadai Stallion Station in Japan. He later stood at The National Stud in Newmarket, England, Larkinglass Farm and Park House Stud. He sired Helenus, a top class Australian three-year-old stayer; the brilliant Japanese horse Pop Rock; and Weekend Beauty, the dam of six-time Group One winner Weekend Hussler.

Helissio died of a heart attack at Scarvagh House Stud in Ireland on 8 October 2013.[1]

Detailed information, including pedigree analysis and progeny performance, can be found at the Scarvagh Stud/Sandley Stud website.


  1. ^ "Scarvagh stallion Helissio dies aged 20". racingpost.com. Retrieved 12 October 2013.