Hurricane Run

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Hurricane Run
Hurricane Run with Kieren Fallon: Painting by Charles Church
GrandsireSadler's Wells
DamHold On
Foaled(2002-04-13)13 April 2002
Died14 December 2016(2016-12-14) (aged 14)
BreederGestüt Ammerland
OwnerMichael Tabor
TrainerAndré Fabre
Record14: 8-3-2
Major wins
Prix Hocquart (2005)
Irish Derby (2005)
Prix Niel (2005)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2005)
Tattersalls Gold Cup (2006)
K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes (2006)
European Three-Year-Old Champion Colt (2005)
European Horse of the Year (2005)
1st in World Thoroughbred Rankings (2005)
Timeform rating: 134
Last updated on 27 September 2023

Hurricane Run (2002–2016) was a champion Irish-bred thoroughbred racehorse. He was the second French-trained horse, after his sire Montjeu, to win both the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The colt was trained by André Fabre in France and ridden in all but one of his races by Christophe Soumillon or Kieren Fallon.


Hurricane Run was bred by German breeders Gestüt Ammerland. The colt was a son of champion Montjeu out of a German-bred dam, Hold On. He was owned by his breeders until bought by Michael Tabor in June 2005.[1]

Racing career[edit]

2004: Two-year-old season[edit]

Hurricane Run, ridden by Christophe Soumillon won on his only start as a two-year-old.[1]

2005: Three-year-old season[edit]

In 2005, Hurricane Run won two Group 1 and two Group 2 races. His victories included the Irish Derby at the Curragh and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at the Longchamp in Paris, ridden on both occasions by Kieren Fallon.[1] His two-length Arc win was rated the best performance of the year by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.[2] He was scheduled to run at Belmont Park in New York in October in the 2005 Breeders' Cup Turf but was sidelined with a cough.[3] Hurricane Run lost only one race that year, when a late charge from behind a wall of horses just failed to catch the winner in the Prix du Jockey Club over 10 furlongs.[1]

Hurricane Run was voted the Cartier Racing Award for European Horse of the Year and was both the world's top-ranked horse and long-distance horse as decided by the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings.[2]

2006: Four-year-old season[edit]

Hurricane Run's season began brightly but tailed off towards the end of the year. After winning the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh, he failed to win the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in June. Ridden by Christophe Soumillon, the colt returned to action on 29 July to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. He was unsuccessful in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the Champion Stakes and the Breeders' Cup Turf, his final race.[1]

Stud record[edit]

Notable progeny[edit]

Hurricane Run sired two individual Group One winners:

c = colt, f = filly, g = gelding

Foaled Name Sex Major Wins
2010 Magic Hurricane g The Metropolitan
2011 Ectot c Critérium International, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes

Hurricane Run was retired for the 2007 breeding season to Coolmore Stud in Ireland. His 2012 stud fee was 12,500 Euros. Hurricane Run was euthanized after complications during an operation on 14 December 2016.[4]


Pedigree of Hurricane Run
Sadler's Wells Northern Dancer Nearctic
Fairy Bridge Bold Reason
Floripedes Top Ville High Top
Sega Ville
Toute Cy Tennyson
Adele Toumignon
Hold On
Surumu Literat Birkhan
Surama Reliance
Hone Sharpen Up Atan
Lucy Sheshoon


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Hurricane Run". Racing Post. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  2. ^ a b "World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings 2005". IHFA. 2005.
  3. ^ "Hurricane Run to miss Breeders' Cup". Irish Independent. 11 October 2005.
  4. ^ Scully, Mark (20 December 2016). "Arc winner Hurricane Run dies aged 14". Racing Post.

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