Ragusa (horse)

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DamFantan II
BreederHarry F. Guggenheim
OwnerJames R. & Meg Mullion
TrainerPaddy Prendergast
Record12: 7-1-2
EarningsUS$421,147 (equivalent)
Major wins
Irish Derby (1963)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1963)
Great Voltigeur Stakes (1963)
St. Leger Stakes (1963)
Eclipse Stakes (1964)
Timeform rating: 137
Timeform top-rated three-year-old (1963)
Last updated on August 29, 2008

Ragusa (1960–1973) was an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse.


Ragusa was a bay horse bred by Harry Frank Guggenheim. He was sired by Ribot, who was standing in Italy when Guggenheim sent his mare Fantan to be covered in 1959. The mare proved very difficult to get "in foal" and did not conceive until 15 June, well after the usual breeding season had finished. Ragusa was a small and weak foal who needed to be hand fed on milk and eggs, and Guggenheim decided to sell him. At the Ballsbridge Sales in September 1961, Ragusa was sold for 3,800 guineas, to Paddy Prendergast on behalf of James R. Mullion and Meg Mullion of the Ardenode stud in County Kildare, Ireland.[1]

Racing career[edit]

1962: two-year-old season[edit]

Ragusa made his first racecourse appearance in October 1962 at the Curragh where he won the Suir Maiden Plate over seven furlongs.

1963: three-year-old season[edit]

On his first appearance of the 1963 season, Ragusa was sent to England, where he started favourite for the Dee Stakes at Chester Racecourse but finished second to My Myosotis. In June, he started a 25/1 outsider for the Derby at Epsom and exceeded expectations by finishing third of the twenty-six runners behind Relko and Merchant Venturer.

At the Curragh later that month, Ragusa won the Irish Derby by two and a half lengths after Relko was withdrawn at the start. In July, Ragusa started at odds of 4/1 in a field of ten runners for Britain's most prestigious all-aged race, he King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. He won by four lengths from the four-year-old Miralgo. At York Racecourse in August, he defeated the 2000 Guineas winner Only for Life in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at odds of 2/5. At Doncaster Racecourse in September, Ragusa started the 2/5 favourite for the St Leger and won in a canter by six lengths.

1964: four-year-old season[edit]

Ragusa began his third season by winning the Ardenode Stakes at Naas, then ran third in the Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh. In July, he returned to England and won the Eclipse Stakes by one and a half lengths from Baldric. On his final racecourse appearance, he finished unplaced in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Stud career[edit]

Ragusa was retired from racing to become a breeding stallion in Ireland. The best of his progeny included Morston, Ragstone, Caliban (Coronation Cup), and Homeric. Ragusa died in 1973.


Pedigree of Ragusa (IRE), brown stallion, 1960[2]
Ribot (ITY)
Tenerani (ITY) Bellini Cavaliere d'Arpino
Bella Minna
Tofanella Apelle
Try Try Again
Romanella (ITY) El Greco Pharos
Gay Gamp
Barbara Burrini Papyrus
Fantan (USA)
Ambiorix (FR) Tourbillon Ksar
Lavendula Pharos
Sweet Lavender
Red Eye (USA) Petee-Wrack Wrack
Charred Keg Stimulus
Jug of Wine (Family: 9)


  1. ^ "Ardenode Stud steeped in history". Daily Telegraph. 2008-01-31. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  2. ^ "Ragusa pedigree". equineline.com. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2013-05-25.