Pappa Fourway

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Pappa Fourway
SirePappageno II
GrandsirePrince Rose
DamOola Hills
BreederBallykisteen Stud
OwnerMrs E. Goldson
TrainerBill Dutton
Record15: 12-1-1
Major wins
King's Stand Stakes (1955)
July Cup (1955)
Diadem Stakes (1955)
Timeform Top-rated horse (1955)
Timeform rating: 139
Last updated on January 1, 2008

Pappa Fourway (1952–1978) was an Irish-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse. He was one of the outstanding specialist sprinters of the twentieth century and one of the best horses trained in the North of England. After winning four times as a two-year-old in 1954 he was the dominant European sprinter of 1955 when he was undefeated in eight races including the King's Stand Stakes, July Cup and Diadem Stakes. He was retired to stud in the United States where he had modest success as a sire of winners.


Pappa Fourway was a powerfully built bay horse standing 16 hands high[1] bred in County Tipperary, Ireland by the Ballykisteen Stud. He was sired by Pappageno, a stallion best known as a sire of stayers and National Hunt horses including the Scottish Grand National winner Pappageno's Cottage. His dam was a mare named Oola Hills, who was the ancestor of Park Top, Lyric Fantasy and Royal Applause.[2] As a yearling, Pappa Fourway was sent to the sales, where he was purchased for 150 guineas and entered into the ownership of Mrs Elaine Goldson. The colt went into training at William Parker "Bill" Dutton's Grove Cottage stable at Malton, North Yorkshire. Dutton (1901–1958) had been a successful amateur jockey, winning the 1928 Grand National on Tipperary Tim before training major winners in both flat and jump racing. He trained another outstanding sprinter in Right Boy and won the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Limber Hill.

Racing career[edit]

1954:two-year-old career[edit]

Pappa Fourway won four times from seven starts as a two-year-old. He won the Moulton Stakes, finished second in the Lavant Stakes at Goodwood, and was third in the Malton Stakes.[3]

1955:three-year-old career[edit]

Pappa Fourway began his 1955 by running in handicap races. He made his first appearance as a three-year-old in the Prince of Wales's Handicap at Chester on 3 May. Carrying a weight of 132 pounds[4] he won by three lengths from thirteen opponents. Three weeks later, he was assigned a weight of 133 pounds in the Stewards' Stakes at Epsom and won by six lengths in a time of 55.4 seconds. On 31 May, Pappa Fourway won the Festival Stakes at Birmingham Racecourse by three lengths.[5]

On 24 June, he carried a weight of 133 pounds in the Gosforth Park Cup at Newcastle Racecourse and won by three lengths from ten opponents. Five days later, Pappa Fourway was moved into top level weight-for-age competition in the July Cup at Newmarket. Such was the impression he had made in handicap races that only two horses appeared to oppose him and he won "easily"[6] by two lengths from the 1954 winner Vilmoray[7] and Royal Palm. In July, Pappa Fourway contested the King's Stand Stakes at Ascot and won by two lengths from Democratic, to whom he conceded fourteen pounds in weight.[8] Pappa Fourway contracted a respiratory infection which affected many Yorkshire-trained horses in the summer of 1955, forcing him to miss the Nunthorpe Stakes[9] which was won in his absence by Royal Palm.

In autumn, Pappa Fourway returned to Ascot for the Diadem Stakes on 8 October. Only Trouville, the French-trained winner of the Cork and Orrery Stakes, opposed him[10] and was beaten by six lengths. On his final racecourse appearance, Pappa Fourway won the Tetrarch Stakes at Manchester by two lengths. He had won 12 races worth £9,889 when he was exported to the United States in 1956.[5]


Timeform awarded Pappa Fourway a rating of 139, the highest for any horse in 1955.[11] The rating places Pappa Fourway as one of the best twenty horses of the last sixty years.[12] A rating of 130 is considered the mark of an above average European Group One winner.

In their book A Century of Champions, John Randall and Tony Morris rated Pappa Fourway the third best British sprinter and the thirty-ninth best British racehorse of the 20th Century.[13]

Stud career[edit]

Pappa Fourway stood as a stallion in America with limited success, siring twenty stakes winners including Pappas All (Arlington-Washington Futurity Stakes, Hollywood Juvenile Championship Stakes)[14] and Dancing Pappa (runner-up in the Strub Stakes). He was exported to Mexico in 1970.Sire of multiple stakes winners in Mexico like Oyarzun Gamu Temu Lasko Luksor Lariska etc


Pedigree of Pappa Fourway (IRE), bay stallion, 1952[15]
Prince Rose Rose Prince Prince Palatine
Indolence Gay Crusader
Kassala Cylgad Cyllene
Farizade Sardanapale
Oola Hills
Denturius Gold Bridge Golden Boss
Flying Diadem
La Solfatara Lemberg
Chikoo Firdaussi Pharos
Chor Bazar Gainsborough
Voleuse(Family: 26)[2]


  1. ^ Hugh McMahon. "Pappa Fourway pedigree". Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  2. ^ a b "Old Merlin Mare - Family 26". Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  3. ^ "Pappa Fourway Horse Pedigree". Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  4. ^ "Chester Runners and Probable Betting". The Bulletin. 3 May 1955. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  5. ^ a b Mortimer, Roger; Onslow, Richard; Willett, Peter (1978). Biographical Encyclopedia of British Flat Racing. Macdonald and Jane’s. ISBN 0-354-08536-0.
  6. ^ "Vastly Improved Acropolis". Evening Times. June 30, 1955. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  7. ^ "Pappa Fourway to take July Cup". The Bulletin. 29 June 1955. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  8. ^ "Tudor Jester has pace to upset popular fancy". The Bulletin. 15 July 1955. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  9. ^ "Set Back to Boyd's Dunbar Stable". Evening Times. 27 August 1955. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  10. ^ "Longstone can win his last race in Britain". The Bulletin. 8 October 1955. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  11. ^ Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1990). Horse Racing: Records, Facts, Champions(Third Edition). Guinness Publishing. ISBN 0-85112-902-1.
  12. ^ "Dosage". Archived from the original on 2012-05-22. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  13. ^ Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1999). A Century of Champions. Portway Press. ISBN 1-901570-15-0.
  14. ^ "Pappa's All is Victor". Youngstown Vindicator. 23 July 1960. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  15. ^ Hugh McMahon. "The Sport Horse Show and Breed Database". Retrieved 2012-06-05.
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