Papillon (horse)

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Sire Lafontaine
Dam Glens Princess
Damsire Prince Hansel
Sex Gelding
Foaled 1991
Country Ireland
Colour Bay
Breeder E McCormack
Owner Mrs J Maxwell Moran
Trainer Ted Walsh
Record 39: 9-5-2
Earnings £434,203
Major wins
Grand National (2000)
Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase (1998, 2000)

Papillon is an Irish racehorse formerly trained at Greenhills stables, near Naas in County Kildare. His most notable success was winning the 2000 Grand National.

Papillon is owned by American Mrs Betty Moran, owner of Brushwood Stable. She was not a fan of the Grand National and it took considerable persuasion before she would allow Papillon to be entered for the race in 2000.[1]

Papillon had started the day with odds of 33–1 but was backed down to 10-1 by the time the race began. He was a first ever ride in the race for 20-year-old jockey Ruby Walsh, and was trained by Ruby's father Ted Walsh. When Papillon crossed the finishing line to win the world's richest steeplechase he became an instant punters' favourite. Papillon previously came a very close second in the 1998 Irish Grand National to Bobbyjo under top-weight.[2]

In 2001 Papillon returned to Aintree to attempt to defend his winning record. However, conditions were completely different from the previous year, as the race was run on very heavy ground and Papillon carried more weight. He was brought down at the 19th fence but Ruby Walsh realised there would be very few completions and remounted the horse to finish last of the four finishers, earning £25,000 for doing so.

Papillon was retired at the end of the 2002/03 season, having earned his connections over £400,000 in win and place prize money.


Pedigree of Papillon (IRE), Bay Gelding, 1991 [3]
Pretense Endeavour II
Sequoia Princequillo
The Squaw II
Vandale (FRA) Plassy
Lilya (FRA) Clarion (FRA)
La Fougueuse
Glens Princess
Prince Hansel
The Phoenix Chateau Bouscaut (FRA)
Fille de Poule
Saucy Wilhemina William of Valence (FRA)
Merry Perrin
Deep Glen
Deep Run Pampered King II
Trial by Fire (FRA)
Glenawina Soldado
Rowley's Last


  1. ^ "Papillon 2000 Grand National winner". Grand National. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "1998 Irish Grand National". Sky Sports. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Papillon Pedigree". Equineline. Retrieved 7 April 2016.