Pivotal (horse)

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Sire Polar Falcon
Grandsire Nureyev
Dam Fearless Revival
Damsire Cozzene
Sex Stallion
Foaled 19 January 1993
Country United Kingdom
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Cheveley Park Stud
Owner Cheveley Park Stud
Trainer Sir Mark Prescott
Record 6: 4-0-0
Major wins
King's Stand Stakes (1996)
Nunthorpe Stakes (1996)

Pivotal is a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a racing career restricted to six races between October 1995 and August 1996 he established himself as one of the leading sprinters in Europe. His most important wins came in the King's Stand Stakes and the Nunthorpe Stakes as a three-year-old in the summer of 1996. He was then retired to stud where he became an exceptionally successful breeding stallion.


Pivotal is a chestnut horse bred and owned by the Cheveley Park Stud. He was sired by Polar Falcon, an American-bred horse who won the Lockinge Stakes and the Haydock Sprint Cup in England in 1991. The colt was sent into training with Sir Mark Prescott at the Heath House stable in Newmarket. He was ridden in all but the first of his races by the British jockey George Duffield.

Racing career[edit]

1995: two-year-old season[edit]

Pivotal did not appear on the racecourse until the late autumn of 1995. At Newbury Racecourse on 19 October he started a 16/1 outsider for a six furlong maiden race and finished ninth of the twenty runners behind the Barry Hills-trained Fly Tip. Eleven days later, Pivotal recorded his first success in a six furlong maiden race at Newcastle Racecourse. Ridden for the first time by George Duffield he took the lead inside the final furlong and won by two and a half lengths from Domak Amaam.[1] In November, Pivotal was brought back in distance for a five furlong race at Folkestone Racecourse. He took the lead approaching the final furlong and accelerated clear of the field to win by four lengths in "impressive" style.[2]

1996: three-year-old season[edit]

Pivotal did not appear as a three-year-old until June when he was sent to Royal Ascot to contest the all-aged King's Stand Stakes over five furlongs. He started at odds of 13/2 in a seventeen runner field which included Royal Applause and Hever Golf Rose. Duffield positioned the colt among the leaders from the start before producing a strong late run to take the lead in the last strides to win by half a length from Mind Games.[3] On his next appearance, Pivotal started favourite for the July Cup over six furlongs at Newmarket Racecourse but finished sixth of the ten runners behind Anabaa. At York on 22 August, Pivotal was brought back to five furlongs for the Nunthorpe Stakes. He started poorly and was "pushed along" by Duffield in the early stages but finished strongly to catch the front-running Eveningperformance in the last stride and won by a short head.[4]

Stud record[edit]

Pivotal was retired to stand at his owners' Cheveley Park Stud at Newmarket. He has proved to be an "excellent" breeding stallion, siring winners of major races over a wide range of distances.[5]

His best winners include:


Pedigree of Pivotal (GB), chestnut stallion, 1993[6]
Polar Falcon (USA)
Nureyev Northern Dancer Nearctic
Special Forli
Marie d’Argonne Jefferson Charlottesville
Mohair Blue Tom
Fearless Revival (GB)
Cozzene Caro Fortino
Ride The Trails Prince John
Stufida Bustino Busted
Ship Yard
Zerbinetta Henry the Seventh
Yucatan (Family: 7)


  1. ^ "EBF Amble Maiden Stakes result". Racing Post. 30 October 1995. Retrieved 2013-05-19. 
  2. ^ "Epee Conditions Stakes result". Racing Post. 6 November 1995. Retrieved 2013-05-19. 
  3. ^ "King's Stand Stakes result". Racing Post. 21 June 1996. Retrieved 2013-05-19. 
  4. ^ "Nunthorpe Stakes result". Racing Post. 22 August 1996. Retrieved 2013-05-19. 
  5. ^ "Pivotal Stud Record". 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2013-05-19. 
  6. ^ "Pivotal pedigree". equineline.com. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2013-05-19.