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Owner Moores International Furnishings Ltd.svg
Racing silks of Moores International Furnishings Ltd
GrandsireSing Sing
DamGuiding Star
Foaled27 April 1977
CountryUnited Kingdom
BreederJohn Parker
OwnerMoores International Furnishings Ltd
TrainerRobert Armstrong
Major wins
European Free Handicap (1980)
Norwest Holst Trophy (1980)
July Cup (1980)
Haydock Sprint Cup (1980)
Prix de l'Abbaye (1980)
Challenge Stakes (1980, 1981)
Prix de la Forêt (1980, 1981)
Prix Maurice de Gheest (1981)
Diadem Stakes (1981)
British Horse of the Year (1980)
Top-rated European racehorse (1980)
Timeform top-rated horse (1980)
Timeform rating: 137 in 1980, 132 in 1981
Mooretyle Convivial Maiden Stakes at York Racecourse.

Moorestyle (1977–1984) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He was unfashionably bred, sold cheaply as a yearling and began his career in minor handicap races. As a three-year-old however, he improved to become the one of the outstanding British sprinters of the post-war era and was named the best horse of the year in Europe by all the major rating organisations. His wins that year included the July Cup at Newmarket, the Haydock Sprint Cup, the Prix de l'Abbaye and the Prix de la Forêt. He had further successes as a four-year-old and was retired to stud at the end of 1981. He had little opportunity to prove himself as a stallion, dying of grass sickness in 1984.


Moorestyle was a bay horse bred in England by John Parker. He was sired by Manacle out of the Swedish-bred mare Guiding Star. Manacle was a sprinter whose most notable other offspring was Mendip Man, who dead-heated for first place in the Prix de l'Abbaye in 1976. As a yearling Moorestyle was bought for 4,000 guineas by representatives of Moores International Furnishing and was named to promote the company's products.[2] The colt was sent into training with Robert Armstrong at Newmarket, Suffolk, and was ridden in most of his races by Armstrong's brother-in-law Lester Piggott.[1]

Racing career[edit]

Moorestye ran five times as a two-year-old, winning twice and finishing second twice without racing in top class competition. On his first start as a three-year-old he won the Free Handicap over seven furlongs and was then stepped up to Group one level for the first time when he was sent to France to contest the Poule d'Essai des Poulains. Racing over 1600 metres] (one mile) for the first time he finished second to In Fijar, ahead of the subsequent Washington, D.C. International Stakes winner Argument. On his return to England, Moorestyle won the Norwest Holst Trophy, a handicap race over seven furlongs at York Racecourse in May.

In the summer of 1980, Moorestyle returned to sprint distances when he ran in the July Cup over six furlongs at Newmarket. He took the lead a quarter mile from the finish and won from Vaigly Great and Sharpo. In the following month he finished second to Boitron in the Prix Maurice de Gheest, in which he was attempting to concede weight to the four-year-old winner. The multiple Group One winner Kilijaro finished third. In autumn, Moorestyle returned to England and won the Sprint Cup (then a Group Two race), beating Kampala and King of Spain and the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket. In France he won the Prix de l'Abbaye over 1000 metres (beating Sharpo) and the Prix de la Foret over 1400 metres.

Moorestyle remained in training as a four-year-old in 1981. Before the start of the season, Moores Furnishings sold a half share in the horse to the British National Stud.[2] His early season was disrupted when he was injured in training incident involving The Derby contender Beldale Flutter.[3] In the summer he was beaten by Marwell in the July Cup, by Sharpo in the Nunthorpe Stakes and by To-Agori-Mou in the Waterford Crystal Mile, but won the Prix Maurice de Gheest. He returned to his best form in the autumn, winning the Diadem Stakes, the Challenge Stakes before ending his career with four-length win in the Prix de la Forêt.[4]


In 1980 the title of British Horse of the Year was decided by a poll of racing journalists conducted by the Racegoers' Club. Moorestyle received 23 of the 31 votes, becoming the first sprinter to win the award since its institution in 1959.[5]

In the International Classification, compiled by the official handicappers of Britain, France and Ireland, Moorestyle was the highest-rated horse of 1980, one pound ahead of Ela-Mana-Mou and Argument.[6]

The independent Timeform organisation awarded Moorestyle a rating of 137 in 1980, making him the highest-rated horse of the year and the equal fourteenth highest rated horse since the organisation began publishing ratings in 1947. In the remainder of the decade his rating was only surpassed by Shergar, Dancing Brave and Reference Point.[7]

In their book, A Century of Champions, based on the Timeform rating system, John Randall and Tony Morris rated Moorestyle the eighth best British or Irish sprinter of the 20th century.[1]

Stud record[edit]

Moorestyle was retired to the British National Stud but made little impact as a breeding stallion. He died in 1984 after contracting grass sickness.[8] The best of his progeny was Lockton, a colt who won the National Stakes as a two-year-old and later became a successful stallion in Turkey.


Pedigree of Moorestyle (GB), bay stallion, 1977[9]
Manacle (GB)
Sing Sing
Tudor Minstrel Owen Tudor
Agin the Law Portlaw
Hard and Fast
Hard Sauce Ardan
Saucy Bella
Boodley Borealis
Guiding Star (SWE)
Tantieme Deux-Pour-Cent
Relance Relic
Star of Bethlehem
Arctic Star Nearco
Merry Xmas Chamossaire
Merry Perrin (Family:5-j)[10]


  1. ^ a b c Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1999). A Century of Champions. Portway Press. ISBN 1-901570-15-0.
  2. ^ a b "British Business Backs a Winner". Sydney Morning Herald. 23 April 1981. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
  3. ^ Clive Gammon (1981-08-03). "In a racing world gone slightly mad". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
  4. ^ "Piggott in Front". Evening Times. 26 October 1981. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
  5. ^ "Amadeus Wolf among 11 bidding for Betfred Sprint Cup glory". Retrieved 2012-12-29.
  6. ^[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1990). Horse Racing: Records, Facts, Champions (Third ed.). Guinness Publishing. ISBN 0-85112-902-1.
  8. ^ "Grass Sickness Remains Research Priority". 2001-05-25. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
  9. ^ "Moorestyle pedigree". 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
  10. ^ "Thoroughbred Bloodlines - Miami - Family 5-j". Retrieved 2012-12-29.