Octagonal (horse)

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GrandsireSir Tristram
DamEight Carat
DamsirePieces of Eight
Foaled(1992-10-08)8 October 1992
Died15 October 2016(2016-10-15) (aged 24)
CountryNew Zealand
BreederPatrick & Justine Hogan
OwnerJack & Bob Ingham
TrainerJohn Hawkes
Record28: 14-7-1
Major wins
AJC Sires Produce Stakes (1995)
W. S. Cox Plate (1995)
Canterbury Guineas (1996)
Rosehill Guineas (1996)
Australian Derby (1996)
Mercedes Classic (1996, 1997)
Underwood Stakes (1996)
Australian Cup (1997)
Chipping Norton Stakes (1997)
Australian Champion Two Year Old (1995)
Australian Champion Three Year Old (1996)
Australian Horse of the Year (1996)
Australian Racing Hall of Fame
Last updated on 24 October 2007

Octagonal (8 October 1992 – 15 October 2016) was a champion New Zealand-bred, Australian raced Thoroughbred racehorse, also known as 'The Big O' or 'Occy'. He was by the champion sire Zabeel, out of the champion broodmare Eight Carat, who also produced Group One winners Mouawad, Kaapstad, Diamond Lover and (Our) Marquise.


Bob Ingham, along with brother Jack Ingham, purchased and raced Octagonal. Trained by John Hawkes, Octagonal made his debut late in 1994, and was crowned the Australian Champion Two Year Old on the strength of his autumn campaign, which comprised wins in the Todman Trial and AJC Sires Produce Stakes and close seconds in the STC Golden Slipper and AJC Champagne Stakes.

As a three-year-old, Octagonal won seven of his eleven starts, and took his record to 10 wins from 16 starts. In addition to beating a high-standard crop in Sydney's three-year-old autumn triple crown - the Canterbury and Rosehill Guineas and the Australian Derby - Octagonal won the two richest weight-for-age races on the Australian calendar, the W. S. Cox Plate and the Mercedes Classic. With earnings of just short of A$4 million, Octagonal was voted the 1996 Australian Champion Three Year Old, Australian Horse of the Year, and remains the last horse to have won the triple crown. The Victoria (spring) and Australian Derby (autumn) double eluded him, however, as he was narrowly defeated by Nothin' Leica Dane in the Victoria Derby.

Octagonal returned to the track as a four-year-old, but his win the Underwood Stakes was the only highlight of a spring campaign that saw him unplaced in six of his seven starts. Meanwhile, the horses who had finished second to him in the triple crown - Saintly and Filante - won three races each, including the Epsom Handicap, the W. S. Cox Plate (where they were first and second), and the Melbourne Cup. Octagonal's final campaign, during the autumn, was more consistent, and featured Group One wins in consecutive starts in the Chipping Norton Stakes, Australian Cup, and the Mercedes Classic. At his final start, he was runner-up in the AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes; a feat coincidentally emulated in the farewell of his champion son, Lonhro, seven years later.

Octagonal retired to stud after 28 starts with a record of 14 wins (10 Group 1), 7 seconds (6 in GI or GII races) and a third. He ended his racing career with a stakes tally of A$5,892,231, the highest of any galloper in Australasia to that point.

Octagonal Entered stud in 1997–2013 Woodlands Stud at Cootamundra, New South Wales and Shuttled in 1998–2001 to Haras du Quesnay France and was pensioned from stud duties in 2013.[1] He is the sire of Australian Group One winning brothers Lonhro and Niello, the South African Group 1 winner, Suntagonal and Laverock whose wins include two Group 1 races: the Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris and the Gran Premio del Jockey Club at Milan, Italy's, San Siro Racecourse.

He was euthanized on 15 October 2016 at the age of 24 years at Woodlands Stud at Denman in the NSW Hunter Valley. He was buried next to his fellow stallion mate Canny Lad. Owner Bob Ingham described his career as 'heroic' and 'life-changing'.[2]

Race record[edit]

1994–95 season as a two-year-old
Result Date Race Venue Group Distance Weight (kg) Jockey Winner/2nd
Won 3 Dec 1994 2yo Hcp Colts & Geldings Rosehill NA 1100 m 53 M. Evans 2nd - Fracture
Won 25 Mar 1995 Todman Stakes Rosehill G2 1200 m 55.5 G. Cooksley 2nd - Our Maizcay
2nd 8 Apr 1995 Golden Slipper Rosehill G1 1200 m 55.5 G. Cooksley 1st - Flying Spur
Won 17 Apr 1995 Sires Produce Stakes Randwick G1 1400 m 55.5 G. Cooksley 2nd - Isolda
2nd 29 Apr 1995 Champagne Stakes Randwick G1 1600 m 55.5 G. Cooksley 1st - Isolda
1995–96 season as a three-year-old
Result Date Race Venue Group Distance Weight (kg) Jockey Winner/2nd
2nd 2 Sep 1995 Roman Consul Stakes Randwick G3 1200 m 55 G. Cooksley 1st - Our Maizcay
Won 16 Sep 1995 Heritage Stakes Rosehill LR 1300 m 55.5 G. Cooksley 2nd - Mi Modest
Won 2 Oct 1995 Stan Fox Stakes Randwick G3 1400 m 55 G. Cooksley 2nd - Encores
3rd 14 Oct 1995 Caulfield Guineas Caulfield G1 1600 m 55.5 D. Gauci 1st - Our Maizcay
Won 28 Oct 1995 Cox Plate Moonee Valley G1 2040 m 48.5 S. Dye 2nd - Mahogany
2nd 4 Nov 1995 Victoria Derby Flemington G1 2500 m 55.5 S. Scriven 1st - Nothin' Leica Dane
2nd 24 Feb 1996 Hobartville Stakes Warwick Farm G2 1400 m 55.5 G. Cooksley 1st - Nothin' Leica Dane
Won 9 Mar 1996 Canterbury Guineas Canterbury G1 1900 m 55.5 D. Beadman 2nd - Filante
Won 23 Mar 1996 Rosehill Guineas Rosehill G1 2000 m 55.5 D. Beadman 2nd - Saintly
Won 30 Mar 1996 Mercedes Classic Rosehill G1 2400 m 52 D. Beadman 2nd - Count Chivas
Won 6 Apr 1996 Australian Derby Randwick G1 2400 m 55.5 D. Beadman 2nd - Saintly
1996–97 season as a four-year-old
Result Date Race Venue Group Distance Weight (kg) Jockey Winner/2nd
6th 17 Aug 1996 Manikato Stakes Moonee Valley G1 1200 m 57 D. Gauci 1st - Poetic King
7th 31 Aug 1996 Memsie Stakes Caulfield G2 1400 m 57 D. Gauci 1st - Sir Boom
5th 14 Sep 1996 Feehan Stakes Moonee Valley G2 1600 m 57 D. Gauci 1st - Toil
Won 22 Sep 1996 Underwood Stakes Caulfield G1 1800 m 57 D. Beadman 2nd - Seascay
4th 12 Oct 1996 Caulfield Stakes Caulfield G1 2000 m 57 D. Beadman 1st - Juggler
5th 26 Oct 1996 Cox Plate Moonee Valley G1 2040 m 57 D. Gauci 1st - Saintly
9th 2 Nov 1996 Mackinnon Stakes Flemington G1 2000 m 57 D. Beadman 1st - All Our Mob
2nd 15 Feb 1997 Apollo Stakes Warwick Farm G2 1400 m 57 D. Beadman 1st - Juggler
Won 22 Feb 1997 Chipping Norton Stakes Warwick Farm G1 1600 m 57 S. Dye 2nd - Juggler
Won 10 Mar 1997 Australian Cup Flemington G1 2000 m 57 S. Dye 2nd - Gold City
Won 22 Mar 1997 Mercedes Classic Rosehill G1 2400 m 57 S. Dye 2nd - Arkady
2nd 12 Apr 1997 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Randwick G1 2000 m 57 S. Dye 1st - Intergaze


Octagonal's major race winners include:

Horse Race Distance
Lonhro 2001 Caulfield Guineas
2002 Mackinnon Stakes
2003 Chipping Norton Stakes
2003 Queen Elizabeth Stakes
2003 George Main Stakes
2002 & 2003 Caulfield Stakes
2003 & 2004 George Ryder Stakes
2004 C F Orr Stakes
2004 Australian Cup
Laverock 2006 Prix d'Ispahan (Paris)
2006 Gran Premio del Jockey Club (Milan)
Niello 2003 Spring Champion Stakes
2004 Canterbury Guineas
2004 Rosehill Guineas
Suntagonal 2002 Premier's Champion Stakes (Durban) 1400 R496,400


Pedigree of Octagonal (NZ)
Zabeel (NZ)
Sir Tristram (Ire)
Sir Ivor (USA)
Sir Gaylord (USA)
Attica (USA)
Isolt (USA)
Round Table (USA)
All My Eye (GB)
Lady Giselle (Fr)
Nureyev (USA)
Northern Dancer (Can)
Special (USA)
Valderna (Fr)
Val de Loir (Fr)
Derna (Fr)
Eight Carat (GB)
Pieces of Eight (Ire)
Relic (USA)
War Relic (USA)
Bridal Colors (USA)
Baby Doll (GB)
Dante (GB)
Bebe Grande (Ire)
Klairessa (GB)
Klairon (Fr)
Clarion (Fr)
Kalmia (Fr)
Courtessa (GR)
Supreme Court (GB)
Tessa Gillian (GB) (Family: 9-c)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Not Commercial But An Excellent Resource". Retrieved 15 November 2023.
  2. ^ "Octagonal Dies in Australia". Blood Horse. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2023.

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