Meadow Court

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Meadow Court
SireCourt Harwell
GrandsirePrince Chevalier
DamMeadow Music
DamsireTom Fool
CountryGreat Britain
BreederElisabeth Ireland Poe
OwnerMax Bell, Frank McMahon, Bing Crosby
TrainerPaddy Prendergast
Record8: 3-4-?
EarningsUS$254,503 (equivalent)
Major wins
Irish Derby (1965)
K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes (1965)
Last updated on March 6, 2007

Meadow Court (1962-c.1982) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse.


He was bred by the American heiress Elisabeth Ireland Poe who owned Shawnee Farm in Harrodsburg, Kentucky as well as a racing and breeding operation in Ireland. Meadow Court was sired by Court Harwell, and out of the mare Meadow Music. His grandsire was Prince Chevalier, the Leading sire in France in 1960, and his damsire the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Tom Fool.

Meadow Court was owned by Canadian businessman Max Bell and Frank McMahon, the owners of Golden West Farms, and the famous American singer, Bing Crosby.

Racing career[edit]

Meadow Court had the bad luck to be born the same year as the great colt, Sea-Bird behind whom he finished second in the 1965 Epsom Derby. However that year Meadow Court went on to win the Irish Derby. In the winner's circle at the Curragh, Bing Crosby sang When Irish Eyes Are Smiling for the crowd. Meadow Court then gave jockey Lester Piggott his first win in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. In the fall, starting at long odds on, Meadow Court ran second to Provoke in the St. Leger Stakes on a rain soaked Town Moor (Doncaster). A month later, Meadow Court travelled over to Paris to contest the Prix l'Arc de Triomphe. His pacemaker, Khalife, was unable to get to the front and Meadow Court finished a distant ninth to the brilliant Sea Bird II.

Stud career[edit]

Retired to stud duty, Meadow Court's offspring met with modest success. The product of his last mating was born in 1981.