Society Rock

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Society Rock
Racing silks of Simon Gibson.png
Racing silks of Simon Gibson
Sire Rock of Gibraltar
Grandsire Danehill
Dam High Society
Damsire Key Of Luck
Sex Stallion
Foaled 2007
Country Ireland
Colour Bay
Breeder San Gabriel Investments
Owner Simon Gibson
Trainer James Fanshawe
Record 23: 6-6-2
Earnings £1,043,732[1]
Major wins
Pavilion Stakes (2010)
Golden Jubilee Stakes (2011)
Haydock Sprint Cup (2012)
Duke of York Stakes (2013)

Society Rock (foaled 8 February 2007) is an Irish-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse who has won the Golden Jubilee Stakes and Haydock Sprint Cup. He is owned by Simon Gibson and trained by James Fanshawe.


Society Rock is the son of Rock of Gibraltar who won seven Group 1 races in a row, including the 2000 Guineas. Rock of Gibraltar has sired a number of other top racehorses, including Eclipse Stakes winner Mount Nelson and Prix de la Forêt winner Varenar. Society Rock's dam is High Society, a daughter of Key Of Luck.[1]

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In Society Rocks early days he was given the stable name of Rocky then Society Rock (Rocky) won two of his four starts as a two-year-old, including the valuable Tattersalls Timeform Millions Sprint at Newmarket. He won the Listed Pavilion Stakes at Ascot in his first run as a three-year-old.[1] After finishing second in another listed contest he stepped up to the highest class for the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. Ridden by Pat Cosgrave, he started as a 50/1 outsider. He was held up near the rear of the field in the early stages, but came through the pack to finish in second place, 1¾ lengths behind winner Starspangledbanner.[2] In his last start of the season he finished seventh in the July Cup.[1]

2011: Four-year-old season[edit]

Society Rock started the 2011 season by finishing tenth in the Abernant Stakes and then second to Bated Breath in a five-runner race at Haydock Park. He then went so Royal Ascot for the Golden Jubilee Stakes again. Ridden again by Pat Cosgrave, who had been his jockey for every race since Royal Ascot the previous year, he started at 25/1. Again he was held up near the rear, coming though to challenge the leaders in the final furlong. He stayed on well to take the lead in the final 75 yards and went a to win by half a length from Monsieur Chevalier, with Star Witness in third place.[3] After Ascot, Society Rock finished second to Moonlight Cloud in the Prix Maurice de Gheest. He finished four lengths behind the winner, but the horses behind him included Dream Ahead and Zoffany.[4] He then finished sixth behind Dream Ahead in the Haydock Sprint Cup, followed by two disappointing efforts in the British Champions Sprint Stakes and Hong Kong Sprint.[1]

2012: Five-year-old season[edit]

Society Rock started his five-year-old season by finishing third in the Duke of York Stakes, less than half a length behind winner Tiddliwinks.[5] He then went to Royal Ascot for the third successive year. He ran in the same race again, which had been renamed to the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in honour of the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. The 1/6 favourite for the race was the Australian mare Black Caviar. Society Rock started at 8/1 and was ridden by Johnny Murtagh. He missed the start and was at the very rear of the field, but made up ground in the final furlong to finish in fifth place, about two lengths behind winner Black Caviar.[6] After this run he was made favourite for the July Cup, which was run on heavy ground. In the race he finished in third, 6 lengths behind surprise winner Mayson.[7] Society Rock then started the Haydock Sprint Cup at 10/1 and was ridden by Kieren Fallon. Fallon settled him in the midfield and made up ground in the last furlong and a half. He then ran on to take the lead with 75 yards to run and went on to win by ¾ length from Gordon Lord Byron, with Bated Breath a further 1¼ lengths back in third.[8] Fallon commented after the race "He's like a little terrier and tries very hard, which is what you need in a race like this."[9]

The trainer has stated that Society Rock is being aimed at the British Champions Sprint Stakes on Champions Day at Ascot (20 October).[10]


Pedigree of Society Rock, bay stallion, 2007[11]
Rock of Gibraltar (IRE)
b. 1999
b. 1986
b. 1977
Northern Dancer*
Pas de Nom
b. 1981
His Majesty
Spring Adieu
Offshore Boom
ch. 1985
Be My Guest
ch. 1974
Northern Dancer*
What a Treat
Push a Button
b. 1980
Bold Lad
River Lady
High Society (IRE)
b. 1999
Key Of Luck
b. 1991
Chief's Crown
b. 1982
Six Crowns
b. 1984
Gay Mecene
Ela's Gold
b. 1990
b. 1976
Rose Bertin
Majestic's Gold
b. 1978

Note: b. = Bay, ch. = Chestnut

* Society Rock is inbred 3x4 to Danzig. This means that the stallion appears once in the third generation and once in the fourth generation of his pedigree. He is also 4x4 inbred to Northern Dancer.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Society Rock". Racing Post. 2011-06-02. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  2. ^ "Results from the 3.50 race at ASCOT - 19 June 2010". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  3. ^ "Results from the 3.45 race at ASCOT - 18 June 2011". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  4. ^ "Results from the 2.45 race at DEAUVILLE (FR) - 7 August 2011". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  5. ^ "Results from the 3.00 race at YORK - 16 May 2012". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  6. ^ "Results from the 3.45 race at ASCOT - 23 June 2012". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  7. ^ "Results from the 3.20 race at NEWMARKET (JULY) - 14 July 2012". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  8. ^ "Results from the 3.25 race at HAYDOCK - 8 September 2012". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  9. ^ "HAYDOCK Society rocks Sprint Cup rivals - Horse Racing News". Racing Post. 8 Sep 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  10. ^ "Improving High Jinx handed Champions Day target - Horse Racing News". Racing Post. 19 Sep 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  11. ^ "Society Rock (IRE) pedigree". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 

His stable name is Rocky