Waterloo (horse)

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SireBold Lad (IRE)
GrandsireBold Ruler
CountryUnited Kingdom
BreederNew England Stud
OwnerRichard Stanley
TrainerBill Watts
Record11: 6-3-1
Major wins
Queen Mary Stakes (1971)
Cheveley Park Stakes (1971)
1000 Guineas (1972)
Falmouth Stakes (1972)
Timeform rating 120

Waterloo (foaled 1969) was British Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare best known for winning the classic 1000 Guineas in 1972. Waterloo was one of the leading British two-year-olds of 1971 when her wins included the Queen Mary Stakes and the Cheveley Park Stakes. In the following year she followed up her victory in the Guineas by winning the Falmouth Stakes. She was later sold and exported to the United States and had some success as a broodmare.


Waterloo was a chestnut mare with a white star[1] bred by Richard Stanley at the New England stud. She was one of the first crop of foals sired by Bold Lad (IRE), the leading European two-year-old of 1966. Waterloo's dam Lakewood was a descendant of Orama, making her a close relative of the 2000 Guineas winner Nearula and the Australian champion Todman.[2] The filly was sent into training with Bill Watts at Richmond, North Yorkshire and raced in the colours of Richard Stanley's wife, Susan. She was ridden in most of her races by the leading northern jockey Edward "Eddie" Hide.

Racing career[edit]

1971: two-year-old season[edit]

After winning on her debut, Waterloo was sent to Royal Ascot in June where she won the Queen Mary Stakes by six lengths at odds of 9/2.[3] In August she was sent to France where she was matched against colts in the Prix Robert Papin. She finished fifth behind Sun Prince and Deep Diver. On her return to England she finished second to Rose Dubarry in the Lowther Stakes at York. In September she was sent to Scotland where she won the Harry Rosebery Trophy at Ayr Racecourse.[4] On her final appearance she contested the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket and won at odds of 100/30 by one and a half lengths from Mariela.[5]

1972: three-year-old season[edit]

Waterloo began her three-year-old season by finishing third to the colts High Top and My Brief in the Classic Trial at Thirsk Racecourse having been eased down in the closing stages. At Newmarket on 27 April she was one of eighteen fillies to contest the 1000 Guineas over the Rowley Mile course. Ridden as usual by Hide, she took the lead a quarter of a mile from the finish and won by two lengths from Marisela and Rose Dubarry.[5]

At Royal Ascot in June she finished second by a neck to the Irish-trained filly Calve in the Coronation Stakes. In the following month she won the Falmouth Stakes, beating Miss Paris by a head. On her final appearance she ran in the Strensall Stakes at York in which she finished second to Pearl Star, to whom she was conceding eleven pounds.[4]


In their book, A Century of Champions, based on the Timeform rating system, John Randall and Tony Morris rated Waterloo an "inferior" winner of the 1000 Guineas.[6] Waterloo was given a rating of 120 by the independent Timeform organisation.[7]

Stud career[edit]

At the end of her racing career, Waterloo was sold for a price in excess of £100,000 and exported to the United States. The best of her offspring was Water Cay (sired by J O Tobin), who finished second in the Queen Anne Stakes in 1987. Her daughter Water Woo (by Tom Rolfe) produced the Eclipse Stakes winner Environment Friend.

1975 Water Frolic (USA) : Bay filly (second foal), by Sir Ivor (USA) - won 3 races including the Fern Hill Handicap, Ascot and placed 2nd twice from 7 starts in England 1978

1976 Water Woo (USA) : Chesnut filly, foaled 19 May, by Tom Rolfe (USA) - won race from 1 start in France 1978, dam of Environment Friend (GB)(1988, by Cozzene (USA)), won G1 Eclipse Stakes, Sandown; G2 Dante Stakes, York; 2nd G1 Coronation Cup, Epsom twice

1978 Vaslav (USA) : Chesnut colt, by Nijinsky (CAN) - won 1 race from 3 starts in England 1981-2

1983 Water Cay (USA) : Brown colt, foaled 11 February, by J.O. Tobin (USA) - won 4 races including the Donnington Castle Stakes, Newbury; 2nd G2 Royal Lodge Stakes, Ascot; G2 Queen Anne Stakes, Royal Ascot; 3rd G1 Futurity Stakes, Doncaster from 13 starts in England 1985-7


Pedigree of Waterloo (GB), chestnut mare, 1969[8]
Bold Lad (IRE)
Bold Ruler (USA)
Nasrullah Nearco
Mumtaz Begum
Miss Disco Discovery
Barn Pride (GB)
Democratic Denturius
Light Fantasy
Fair Alycia Alycidon
Fair Edwine
Lakewoods (GB)
Hyperion (GB)
Gainsborough Bayardo
Selene Chaucer
Holwood (GB)
Umidwar Blandford
Beausite Bold Archer
Orama (Family: 1-u)[2]


  1. ^ "Waterloo image". sporthorse-data.com. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  2. ^ a b "Thoroughbred Bloodlines - Maid of the Glen - Family 1-u". Bloodlines.net. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  3. ^ Abelson, Edward; Tyrrel, John (1993). The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books Publishing. ISBN 978-1-873626-15-3.
  4. ^ a b Mortimer, Roger; Onslow, Richard; Willett, Peter (1978). Biographical Encyclopedia of British Flat Racing. Macdonald and Jane's. ISBN 0-354-08536-0.
  5. ^ a b "White and Gold" (28 April 1972). "Waterloo battles home for victory". Glasgow Herald. p. 6. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  6. ^ Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1999). A Century of Champions. Portway Press. ISBN 978-1-901570-15-1.
  7. ^ Timeform (1986). Racehorses of 1985. Timeform. ISBN 0-900599-42-1.
  8. ^ "Waterloo pedigree". equineline.com. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2013-05-26.