St Paddy

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St. Paddy
DamEdie Kelly
DamsireBois Roussel
CountryGreat Britain
BreederSir Victor Sassoon
OwnerSir Victor Sassoon
TrainerNoel Murless
Record14: 9-2-2
Major wins
Royal Lodge Stakes (1959)
Dante Stakes (1960)
Great Voltigeur Stakes (1960)
Jockey Club Stakes (1961)
Eclipse Stakes (1961)
Hardwicke Stakes (1961) British Classic Race wins:
Epsom Derby (1960)
St. Leger Stakes (1960)
Deltic locomotive 55001 was named St. Paddy[1]
Last updated on 18 February 2010

St. Paddy (1957–1984) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. His performances in both 1960 and 1961 were instrumental in making his sire Aureole the Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland both years. St. Paddy was the winner of the 1960 Epsom Derby and St. Leger Stakes.


Owned and bred by Sir Victor Sassoon, he was out of the mare Edie Kelly and sired by Aureole, a winner of the Coronation Cup and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Edie Kelly, who ran 14 times winning one small apprentice handicap, later produced Parmeila, a filly who won the Ribblesdale Stakes and the Park Hill Stakes in 1970.[2] St Paddy's grandsire, Hyperion, and his damsire, Bois Roussel, both won The Derby. St Paddy was bred and raised at his owner's Thornton Stud, Thornton-le-Street, North Yorkshire.[3]

Racing career[edit]

1959:two-year-old season[edit]

St Paddy finished unplaced on his debut in the Acomb Stakes at York in August. In September he won the Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot.

1960:three-year-old season[edit]

On 27 April St Paddy finished unplaced behind Martial in the 2000 Guineas on his seasonal debut.[4] He then won the Dante Stakes at York in May.[5]

In the Derby on 1 June at Epsom he was ridden by Lester Piggott and started at odds of 7/1. The race was run in warm, sunny weather and attracted the customary huge crowd which included the Queen.[6] He was prominent from the start, took the lead three furlongs from the finish and was never in danger, winning easily by three lengths from Alcaeus with Kythnos third. The race was marred by a fatal injury sustained by the favourite Angers.[7]

He was narrowly beaten in the Gordon Stakes by Kipling, to whom he was conceding five pounds. he then won the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York in August.[8] In the St Leger at Doncaster in September he stated odds-on favourite against eight rivals and won easily by three lengths from Die Hard.[9]

1961: four-year-old season[edit]

St Paddy won the Coombe Stakes at Sandown, the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown in July. In the Eclipse he led from the start and won impressively from Proud Chieftain, leading the Glasgow Herald to describe him as "the complete racehorse".[10] He started favourite for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot one week later but was beaten three lengths into second place by the Prix du Jockey Club winner Right Royal.

In Autumn, St Paddy won the Jockey Club Stakes, but was beaten in the Champion Stakes.[11] His defeat meant that he failed to break the record for prize money by a British-trained horse, his final total of $272,141 placing him second behind Ballymoss.[11] He was then retired to stud.

Stud Record[edit]

St. Paddy was retired after the 1961 racing season to stand at stud at Beech House Stud in Newmarket. As a sire, he met with reasonable success, notably siring Connaught, winner of the Eclipse Stakes and Jupiter Island, a multiple graded stakes race winner whose biggest success came in the 1986 Japan Cup.[12] St. Paddy was pensioned in 1981 and died in 1984 at the age of twenty-seven. He is buried at Beech House Stud.[13]

Assessment and Honours[edit]

Following the London & North Eastern Railway tradition of naming locomotives after winning racehorses,[14] British Railways "Deltic" Diesel locomotive no. D9001 (later 55001) was named after this horse on 7 July 1961,[1] and remained in service until 5 January 1980.[15]

In their book A Century of Champions, John Randall and Tony Morris rated St Paddy an “average” Derby winner and the one hundred and twenty-first best British racehorse of the 20th Century .[16]


Pedigree of St. Paddy[17]
Hyperion Gainsborough Bayardo
Selene Chaucer
Angelola Donatello Blenheim
Feola Friar Marcus
Edie Kelly
Bois Roussel Vatout Prince Chimay
Plucky Liege Spearmint
Caerlissa Caerleon Phalaris
Sister Sarah Abbots Trace


  1. ^ a b "Names". The Deltic Preservation Society Online. Chesterfield: The Deltic Preservation Society Limited. 20 January 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2010. St. Paddy was a racehorse which won the 1960 Derby, 2000 guineas, St. Leger, Hardwick and Eclipse stakes
  2. ^ "Edie Kelly Offspring". Retrieved 2011-12-28.
  3. ^ "Thornton Stud". 1999-07-09. Retrieved 2011-12-28.
  4. ^ "Ireland gets first English classic win". Schenectady Gazette. 28 April 1960. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  5. ^ "Horse racing". Reading Eagle. 19 May 1960. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  6. ^ "St Paddy wins Derby". Youngstown Vindicator. 2 June 1960. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  7. ^ "St Paddy home first in 181st Derby". Reading Eagle. 1 June 1960. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  8. ^ "Test Case colt of promise". Evening Times. 20 August 1960. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  9. ^ "St Paddy first in English race". Reading Eagle. 11 September 1960. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  10. ^ "St Paddy can win again". Glasgow Herald. 15 July 1961. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  11. ^ a b "A Roundup Of The Sports Information Of The Week - 10.23.61 - SI Vault". 1961-10-23. Retrieved 2011-12-28.
  12. ^ "Starkey angry at Japan Cup". Sydney Morning Herald. 24 November 1986. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  13. ^ "Grave Matters Beech House Stud". Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  14. ^ Nock, O.S. (1985). British Locomotives of the 20th Century: Volume 3 1960-the present day. London: Guild Publishing/Book Club Associates. pp. 70–71. CN9613.
  15. ^ "D9001/9001/55001". The Chronicles of Napier. P.A. Bettany. Retrieved 12 January 2010. in honour of racehorse owned by Sir Victor Sassoon, winner of the Derby, St. Leger, 2,000 Guineas, Hardwick stakes and Eclipse stakes
  16. ^ Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1999). A Century of Champions. Portway Press. ISBN 1-901570-15-0.
  17. ^ "English Derby Winner: St. Paddy". Retrieved 2011-12-28.

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