Rainbow Quest (horse)

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Rainbow Quest
SireBlushing Groom
GrandsireRed God
DamI Will Follow
CountryUnited States
BreederAlan Clore
OwnerKhalid Abdullah
TrainerJeremy Tree
Record14: 6-4-2
Major wins
Haynes, Hanson and Clark Conditions Stakes (1983)
Great Voltigeur Stakes (1984)
Clive Graham Stakes (1985)
Coronation Cup (1985)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1985)
Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland (2003, 2004)
Last updated on January 3, 2010

Rainbow Quest (1981–2007) was an American-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and Champion broodmare sire.


Rainbow Quest was a bay horse with two white socks and a small white star bred in Kentucky by British businessman, Alan Clore. He was sired by Blushing Groom out of the mare I Will Follow.

Racing career[edit]

1983: two-year-old season[edit]

Rainbow Quest began his racing career at Newmarket Racecourse in August 1983 when he defeated twenty-nine opponents in the El Capistrano Stakes. In the following month, he beat nineteen rivals in the Haynes, Hanson and Clark Conditions Stakes over one mile at Newbury Racecourse. In October, Rainbow Quest was matched against El Gran Senor, Siberian Express (winner of the Prix Morny), and Superlative (July Stakes) in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. El Gran Senor took a lead in the closing stages, but Rainbow Quest cut his advantage back to half a length at the line. In the 1983 International Classification, Rainbow Quest was rated the second best two-year-old in Europe, one pound behind El Gran Senor.[1]

1984: three-year-old season[edit]

On his three-year-old debut Rainbow Quest was beaten a short-head by Lear Fan in the Craven Stakes and then finished fourth behind El Gran Senor, Chief Singer, and Lear Fan in the 2000 Guineas. He was then diverted from The Derby to the Prix du Jockey Club, in which he finished third behind Darshaan and Sadler's Wells. He was then sent to Ireland, where he finished second in the Irish Derby, beaten a length by El Gran Senor. In August, Rainbow Quest returned to England and recorded a victory in the Great Voltigeur Stakes. On his final appearance of the season, he contested the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longcamp in October. He was made favourite for the race by British bookmakers but finished eighteenth of the twenty-two runners behind Sagace.[2]

1985: four-year-old season[edit]

Rainbow Quest began his third season with an easy win in the Clive Graham Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse in May. He then ran in the Coronation Cup at Epsom Downs Racecourse and recorded a win from Old Country. In July, Rainbow Quest finished second to Pebbles in the Eclipse Stakes and third behind Petoski and Oh So Sharp in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. On his final appearance, he ran for the second time in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. He finished a neck behind Sagace but was awarded the race when French horse was disqualified for causing interference.[3]

Stud record[edit]

Riviera Red, from Rainbow Quest's 2000 crop, was a moderate racehorse, but attracted some attention when he was the equine model for the proposed White Horse at Ebbsfleet statue.[4]

As a result of irreparable complications following surgery for colic, Rainbow Quest was euthanized on July 7, 2007 at Juddmonte's Banstead Manor Stud near the village of Cheveley in East Cambridgeshire.[5]

Major winners[edit]

c = colt, f = filly, g = gelding

Foaled Name Sex Major Wins
1987 Knight's Baroness f Irish Oaks
1987 Quest for Fame c Epsom Derby, Hollywood Turf Cup
1987 Saumarez c Grand Prix de Paris, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
1988 Sought Out f Prix du Cadran
1990 Armiger c Racing Post Trophy
1990 Raintrap c Prix Royal-Oak, Canadian International Stakes
1990 Urgent Request c Santa Anita Handicap
1991 Rainbow Dancer c Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap, Oak Tree Turf Championship Stakes
1991 Sakura Laurel c Tenno Sho, Arima Kinen
1991 Sunshack c Critérium de Saint-Cloud, Prix Royal-Oak, Coronation Cup
1992 Spectrum c Irish 2,000 Guineas, Champion Stakes
1994 Fiji f Yellow Ribbon Stakes, Gamely Stakes
1995 Croco Rouge c Prix Lupin, Prix d'Ispahan
1995 Nedawi c St Leger
1995 Ebadiya f Moyglare Stud Stakes
1997 Millenary c St Leger
2006 Crowded House c Racing Post Trophy
2008 Colour Vision g Ascot Gold Cup

Broodmare sire[edit]

Rainbow Quest was the Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland in 2003 and 2004. Among his daughters' top runners were:


Pedigree of Rainbow Quest (USA), bay stallion 1981
Blushing Groom (FR)
Red God (USA)
Nasrullah Nearco
Mumtaz Begum
Spring Run Menow
Boola Brook
Runaway Bride (GB)
Wild Risk Rialto
Wild Violet
Aimee Tudor Minstrel
I Will Follow (USA)
Herbager (FR)
Vandale Plassy
Flagette Escamillo
Where You Lead (USA)
Raise a Native Native Dancer
Raise You
Noblesse Mossborough
Duke's Delight


  1. ^ Timeform (1984). Racehorses of 1983. Timeform. ISBN 0-900599-40-5.
  2. ^ Timeform (1985). Racehorses of 1984. Timeform. ISBN 0-900599-40-5.
  3. ^ Timeform (1986). Racehorses of 1985. Timeform. ISBN 0-900599-42-1.
  4. ^ "White Horse sculpture given go-ahead by council". www.kentnews.co.uk. KOS Media. 15 April 2010. Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  5. ^ Burnet, Rob, "Rainbow Quest dies after colic complications", thoroughbrednews.com.au, 11 Jul 2007.