Overdose (horse)

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20090419 Overdose Soumillon.jpg
Overdose, with Christophe Soumillon up, winning the OTP-Hungária Cup
GrandsireSoviet Star (USA)
DamOur Poppet (IRE)
CountryGreat Britain
BreederG. and Mrs Robinson
OwnerZoltan MIKÓCZY
MIKO Racing and Trading Ltd
TrainerJozef Roszival (current)
Sandor Ribarszki
Record19 starts: 16-0-1
Last updated on 30 August 2010

Overdose (2 April 2005 in Nottinghamshire, Great Britain – 1 July 2015 in Germany) was a Hungarian Thoroughbred racehorse. During his career he was victorious in sixteen of his nineteen races.

Overdose in Budapest 2008 Foto:Judit Seipert


Overdose was English-bred and was sold at Tattersalls December Yearling Sales in November 2006 for just 2,000 guineas (£2,100). His sire was a miler called Starborough and he was out of Our Poppet (IRE) by Warning. He was a half-brother of three winners.[1]

His owner, Zoltán Mikóczy purchased Overdose only by chance and has been quoted as saying "I just put my hand up for fun, I like excitement of the horse auctions. I thought no horse can go this cheap and surely somebody else would bid. He's short and I'd say kind of ugly, so of course nobody wanted him."[2]

Racing career[edit]

Overdose had an unbeaten series of 14 races. In these races he won with a total of 116,5 lengths, which means 8,3 lengths per race in average.

He ran a new track record at his home track (Kincsem Park, Budapest, Hungary), for his first ever race (in which he was victorious with 18 lengths).[3]

In 2008 he was named Wunderpferd (wonderhorse) in Germany, for winning German sprint races – including the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche – in such a dominant style.[4]

He won a Group I race at Longchamp, but unfortunately the race was declared void due to a non-opening gate. His time was only 0,1 second behind the track record of Habibti. He did not participated in the re-run at the end of the day, since his unbeaten record was at risk.[5] Only a month later Overdose won a Group III race in Rome, with a dominating 10 lengths.

In the 2008 world thoroughbred rankings Overdose was among a the top sprinters (4th at Timeform with a rating of 126, and 6th at IFHA with 120), despite he did not win a Group I race (at least not officially).[6]

In 2009 Christophe Soumillon volunteered to ride the horse. After his year opening race at Kincsem Park, Budapest, Overdose was called the Budapest Bullet in Britain, and appeared on the cover of the New York Times, which named him the "Hungarian Seabiscuit".[7]

In mid-2009 one of his hooves became inflamed, which resulted in laminitis. This put the horse's whole career in danger. His recovery lasted for 15 months. Overdose returned in July 2010, with two victories in Bratislava and Budapest, growing his unbeaten record to 14 races.

Overdose lost his unbeaten record in his 15th race under disputed circumstances. In Germany, Baden-Baden, the starter waited eight minutes to get him into the startbox. During this time his rider Christophe Soumillon fell from his saddle thrice.[8] This "procedure" resulted in a hopeless race for him. Although he led to 1000 meters, Overdose lost too much power when entering the startbox, therefore he was unable to keep the pace in the last furlong, and finished only seventh. Professionals says that the German starter was under great pressure, since Overdose’s comeback was in the centre of the communication of the racetrack’s actual festival (the Große Woche), and the stands were full, since everybody was keen to see Overdose. After this race the horse has suffered another, but minor injury, which resulted in the miss of the remaining of the season.

In 2011 he started the season in Berlin, Germany, with a dominating victory, and ran a new track record. This was the season-opening raceday of the track, and there was a full house.[9] After this great result Overdose was the favourite of all British bookmakers for both of his forthcoming races in the United Kingdom; the Temple Stakes and the King’s Stand Stakes.[10][11]

On the day of his long waited first race in Britain, Overdose appeared on the cover of four newspapers. Second time on Racing Post’s cover that week (the first occasion has been his arrival to Britain). He was in the centre of the television broadcast as well. Unfortunately Overdose’s travel took three days from Hungary to Britain, and the five days he spent in Britain before the race was not enough to regenerate. Maybe this was the reason why Overdose only placed seventh by four lengths behind the winner in the Group II Temple Stakes.[12] But the team knew, there is more in him, therefore they have stayed in Britain, to prepare him for the Royal Ascot. After the Haydock race Overdose was able to regenerate during the remaining three weeks to his Royal Ascot race. He was not a favourite anymore. He started in the Group I King’s Stand Stakes on the lead, and ran head to head with the Hong Kong superstar Sweet Sanette in the forthcoming furlongs. In the end Overdose finished fourth, only a length away from the winner, and a neck away from Sweet Sanette. The remaining horses were more than two lengths away from the winning four.[13] After the race the officials of the Ascot Racecourse said that they had never seen a horse performing in such a high level after suffering laminitis.[14]

Another minor injury resulted in the horse's missing of almost all races of the autumn season, and Overdose was able to race again in November only; the second time in Rome, and for the first time with Frankie Dettori. This time Overdose won with only a half length, but he was spared, Dettori did not ask for more from him.

In February 2012, Overdose suffered a serious injury at Meydan Racecourse, in the very beginning of the 2012 Dubai Racing Carnival.


Race record[edit]

Result Date Race Venue Group Distance Weight Jockey Time Winner/2nd Margin
Won 2 June 2007 2yo - cat. IV. Hungary Kincsem Park, Budapest NA 1000 m 58.0 kg Martin Srnec 0:58.0 2nd: Femme Fatale 18
Won 22 July 2007 Cena Muscatita - cat. I. Slovakia Závodisko, Bratislava NA 1200 m 58.0 kg Martin Srnec 1:12.02 2nd: Addison 6
Won 9 September 2007 Graf N. Esterhazy Mem. Austria Freudenau, Vienna LR 1200 m 61.0 kg Piotr Krowicki 1:11.4 2nd: Ceodora 13
Won 30 September 2007 Szent László Díj Hungary Kincsem Park, Budapest Gr2 1400 m 57.0 kg Martin Srnec 1:23.6 2nd: Over Play 16
Won 21 October 2007 CE Challenge Cup Fut. Austria Magna Racino, Ebreichsdorf Gr1 1300 m 57.0 kg Zdenko Smida 1:18.2 2nd: Over Play 8
Won 6 April 2008 Preis vom Marchfeld - cat. I. Austria Magna Racino, Ebreichsdorf NA 1100 m 55.0 kg Piotr Krowicki 1:04.6 2nd: Special Key 6
Won 18 May 2008 Lanson Cup Germany Baden-Baden, Iffezheim LR 1200 m 58.0 kg Piotr Krowicki 1:08.92 2nd: Laokoon 9
Won 1 June 2008 Cena Min. Pod. Slov. Rep. Slovakia Závodisko, Bratislava Gr3 1200 m 57.0 kg Piotr Krowicki 1:10.09 2nd: Városbíró 8
Won 5 July 2008 Hamburg Trophy Germany Hamburg-Horn G3 1200 m 54.5 kg Andreas Suborics 1:12.19 2nd: Abbadjinn 1.5
Won 31 August 2008 138. Goldene Peische Germany Baden-Baden, Iffezheim G2 1200 m 56.0 kg Andreas Suborics 1:08.21 2nd: Abbadjinn 2.5
(Won) 5 October 2008 Prix de l'Abbaye - VOID RACE France Longchamp, Paris G1 1000 m 62.0 kg Andreas Suborics 0:54.4 2nd: Strike Up The Band 4.25
Won 16 November 2008 Premio C. e F. Aloisi Italy Capannelle, Rome G3 1200 m 64.5 kg Andreas Suborics 1:10.0 2nd: Black Mambazo 10
Won 19 April 2009 OTP-Hungária Nagydíj Hungary Kincsem Park, Budapest Gr1 1000 m 62.0 kg Christophe Soumillon 0:54.6 2nd: Spinning Crystal 8
Won 18 July 2010 Cena Mysa Slovakia Závodisko, Bratislava LR 1000 m 59.0 kg Gary Hind 1:00.77 2nd: Boschka 0.5
Won 15 August 2010 Pannónia Életbiztosító Díj Hungary Kincsem Park, Budapest LR 1000 m 59.0 kg Gary Hind 0:56.4 2nd: Spinning Crystal 10
7th 29 August 2010 140. Goldene Peitsche Germany Baden-Baden, Iffezheim G2 1200 m 59.0 kg Christophe Soumillon 1:11.38 Winner: Amico Fritz -5.25
Won 17 April 2011 Hoppegartener Fliegerpreis Germany Hoppegarten, Berlin NA 1000 m 59.0 kg Andreas Suborics 0:57.1 2nd: Shot To Nothing 6
7th 21 May 2011 Temple Stakes United Kingdom Haydock Park G2 1000 m 59.0 kg Andreas Suborics 0:57.67 Winner: Sole Power -4
4th 14 June 2011 King's Stand Stakes United Kingdom Ascot Racecourse G1 1000 m 59.0 kg Andreas Suborics 0:59.50 Winner: Prohibit -1.25
Won 13 November 2011 Premio C. e F. Aloisi Italy Capannelle, Rome G3 1200 m 61.0 kg Frankie Dettori 1:08.40 2nd: Dagda Mor 0.5

Overdose suffered a serious injury at Meydan Racecourse, just before the beginning of the 2012 Dubai Racing Carnival. After that he was retired from racing and was available at Bábolna-Dióspuszta Stud in Hungary in 2014 first, then in 2015 at Vollblutgestüt Lindenhof in Germany.

(Please note, that G1, G2 and G3 means internationally recognized Group 1, Group 2 and Group 3 races, while Gr1, Gr2 and Gr3 means Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 races, recognized in Hungary, Slovakia and Austria.)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Horse Overdose Racing Post
  2. ^ The ugly misfit nobody wanted could be fastest horse in Europe, The Scotsman, 1 October 2008
  3. ^ Official race result, PannoniaOverdose.hu
  4. ^ Overdose ist definitiv ein Wunderpferd, horseracing.ch, 15 May 2008
  5. ^ Prix de l'Abbaye descends into French farce as Overdose is denied by chaotic false start, Daily Mail, 5 October 2008
  6. ^ World Thoroughbred Rankings – 2008, PannoniaOverdose.hu
  7. ^ Hungary’s Spirits Are Back Up, on a Horse, The New York Times, 19 April 2009
  8. ^ The eight minutes start misery in Baden-Baden, Video on youtube (watch the second gate from the left), 29 August 2010
  9. ^ Overdose regains top form, sets record at Hoppegarten, Thoroughbred Times, 17 April 2011
  10. ^ Overdose favorite for British debut in Temple Stakes, Thoroughbred Times, 16 May 2011
  11. ^ Overdose 8-1 favourite for King's Stand Stakes, Racing Post, 21 April 2011
  12. ^ Diary of Overdose’s British races, PannoniaOverdose.hu, 15–20 May 2011
  13. ^ Results of King’s Stand Stakes – 2011, Racing Post
  14. ^ Overdose’s comeback to the sprinter elite, PannoniaOverdose.hu – 14 June 2011


Pedigree of Overdose (GB), B. h. 2005
Starborough (GB)
Ch. 1994
Soviet Star (USA)
Bay 1984
Nureyev Northern Dancer
Veruschka Venchi
Marie d'Anjou
Flamenco Wave (USA)
Ch. 1986
Desert Wine Damascus
Anne Campbell
Armada Way Sadair
Hurry Call
Our Poppet (IRE)
Bay 1997
Known Fact In Reality
Slightly Dangerous Roberto
Where You Read
Bay 1985
Main Leaf Mill Reef
Lovely Light
Gay Charlotte Charlottown
Merry Mate (Family No. 7-a)

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