Tony Bin

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Tony Bin
Sire Kampala (GB)
Grandsire Kalamoun
Dam Severn Bridge (GB)
Damsire Hornbeam
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1983
Country Ireland
Colour Bay
Breeder Pat O'Callaghan
Owner Luciano Gaucci
Trainer Luigi Camici
Record 27: 15-5-4
Earnings £1.189.885
Major wins
Premio Presidente della Repubblica (1987, 1988)
Gran Premio di Milano (1987, 1988)
Gran Premio del Jockey Club (1987)
Premio Federico Tesio (1988)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1988)
Timeform rating 134 (1988)
Leading older male in Europe (1988)
Leading sire in Japan (1994)
Last updated on 17 September 2011

Tony Bin (1983–2000) was an Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse who competed in Europe for his Italian owner from a base in Milan and became a leading sire in Japan.


Bred by Pat O'Callaghan, Tony Bin was foaled on 7 April 1983. He was a son of Rathbarry Stud's Kampala and out of the mare Severn Bridge by Hornbeam. The colt was a descendant of the great Nearco through both his sire and his dam. O'Callaghan sold him for 3,000 guineas to the Allevamento White Star breeding and racing operation of Italian businessman Luciano Gaucci.

Racing career[edit]

Tony Bin was trained by Luigi Camici. At age two, his best result in a major race was a third in the GI Gran Criterium at Milan's San Siro Racecourse. As a three-year-old in 1986, he finished second in the GI Gran Premio del Jockey Club.

In 1987 at age four, Tony Bin won some of Italy's most prestigious Group One events, including the Gran Premio del Jockey Club, Premio Presidente della Repubblica and Gran Premio di Milano, repeating as winner of the latter two in 1988. Sent to race in France and England, he ran second in the 1988 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and third to Mtoto in the 1988 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. In October, he beat Mtoto in France's most prestigious race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.


At the end of the 1988 season, Tony Bin was officially rated the equal of Mtoto as the best older male horse in Europe, one pound behind the filly Miesque. Timeform also could not divide Tony Bin and Mtoto, awarding both horses a rating of 134 and making them the best older horses of either sex, one pound ahead of Miesque and the British filly Indian Skimmer.[1]

Stud record[edit]

Tony Bin was sold for US$4 million to the Zenya Yoshida family of Japan. He stood at stud at their Shadai Stallion Station in Shiraoi, Hokkaido, where he met with considerable success. The leading sire in Japan in 1994, Tony Bin produced progeny that includes:

Tony Bin sired other Grade I millionaire winners and was also the damsire of the Japanese colt Heart's Cry, winner of the 2006 Dubai Sheema Classic, who handed Deep Impact his first-ever loss in winning the 2005 Arima Kinen.

In 2000, Tony Bin died unexpectedly of heart failure at the age of seventeen.


Pedigree of Tony Bin (IRE), bay stallion 1983
Kampala (GB)
Zeddaan Grey Sovereign
Khairunissa Prince Bio
State Pension 
Only For Life Chanteur
Life Sentence
Lorelei Prince Chevalier
Rock Goddess
Severn Bridge (GB)
Hyperion Gainsborough
Thicket Nasrullah
Priddy Fair (IRE)
Preciptic Precipitation
Campanette Fair Trial
Calluna (Family: 19-b)


  1. ^ Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1990). Horse Racing: Records, Facts, Champions(Third Edition). Guinness Publishing. ISBN 0-85112-902-1.