|Grandsire||Raise a Native|
|Sussex Stakes (1994)|
|Timeform rating 126 (1994)|
Distant View (9 May 1991 – 12 June 2018) was an American-bred British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He raced only as a three-year-old in 1994 when he won twice and finished second twice in seven races. In the spring of that year he was beaten on his debut but showed promise when finishing fifth in the 2000 Guineas and then won a minor race on his next start. After a narrow defeat in the St James's Palace Stakes he recorded his biggest win when defeating a strong field of milers in the Group One Sussex Stakes at Goodwood Racecourse. He was beaten in his next two races and was retired after being injured in 1995. He had considerable success as a breeding stallion before being retired from stud duty in 2006 and Died on 12 June 2018.
Distant View was a chestnut horse with a white snip and a white sock on his left hind leg,bred in Kentucky by Juddmonte Farms, the breeding organisation of his owner Khalid Abdullah. He stood 15.3 hands high and was described as being "very strong behind the saddle, but with less than perfect forelegs". He was one of numerous important winners sired by the influential American stallion Mr. Prospector. Distant View's dam Seven Springs was a very fast and precocious racemare who won the Prix Robert Papin and the Prix Morny in 1984. She was a half-sister to Regal State, who also won the Prix Morny, and was the dam of the Dubai World Cup winner Pleasantly Perfect.
The colt was sent to Europe where he entered training with Henry Cecil at the Warren Place stable in Newmarket, Suffolk. He was ridden in all but one of his races by Pat Eddery.
Distant View made his racecourse debut in a seven furlong maiden race at Newmarket Racecourse on 14 April 1994 and started the 2/1 favourite against sixteen opponents. He took the lead approaching the final quarter mile but was overtaken and beaten one and a half lengths by the Michael Stoute-trained Zilzal Zamaan, with the pair finishing nine lengths clear of the remainder. Despite his defeat, the colt was then moved up sharply in class to contest the 2000 Guineas over the Rowley Mile at the same track two weeks later, and started a 16/1 outsider. Ridden by Willie Ryan, he made steady progress in the closing stages to finish fifth of the twenty-three runners behind Mister Baileys, Grand Lodge, Colonel Collins and State Performer. Four weeks later, on 28 May, Distant View was dropped back in class for a maiden at Kempton Park Racecourse. Starting the 30/100 favourite he took the lead two furlongs out and drew away from his opponents to win "easily" by six lengths.
On his next appearance Distant View moved back to Group One level for the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. He turned into the straight in seventh place before moving up to take the lead a furlong out but was caught in the final strides and beaten a head by Grand Lodge. At Goodwood Racecourse on 27 July the colt was matched against older horses for the first time in a "vintage renewal"of the Sussex Stakes and started 4/1 second favourite in a nine-runner field. Mister Baileys and Grand Lodge were again in opposition, whilst the other runners included Barathea, Sayyedati, First Trump and Bigstone. Eddery settled the colt in the early stages as Mister Baileys set the pace, and turned into the straight in sixth place. He was switched to the outside to obtain a clear run and began to make rapid progress approaching the final furlong. He overtook Barathea in the closing stages and won by half a length, with a gap of two and a lengths back to Grand Lodge who took third place ahead of Sayyedati and Mister Baileys.
In September, Distant View started 2/1 favourite for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes against a field which included many of the leading British milers as well as East of the Moon and Ski Paradise (Prix du Moulin) from France. He raced in second place before fading in the straight and finished fifth behind the 66/1 outsider Maroof. On his final appearance, Distant View was sent to the United States to contest the Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs in November. He never looked likely to win and finished seventh of the fourteen runners, eight and a half lengths behind the winner Barathea.
Distant View remained in training as a four-year-old in 1995 but sustained an injury and did not race. He was retired to stud at the end of the year.
Distant View was retired from racing to become a breeding stallion for Juddmonte Farms. He stood at Juddmonte's Kentucky base before being moved to the Banstead Manor Stud in England. He was scheduled to be sent to Argentina after a half-share was sold to the Haras Vacacion but was pensioned from stud duty later that year on veterinary advice.
His best winners included Observatory, Sightseek, Distant Music (Dewhurst Stakes), Distant Way (Premio Presidente della Repubblica), J'Ray (Canadian Stakes), Decarchy (Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap), Sailor's Cap (Colonial Turf Cup) and Dr Brendler Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial.Notable horses produced by Distant View mares have included Sole Power, Special Duty, Cityscape (Dubai Turf) and Bated Breath (Temple Stakes).
Mr. Prospector (USA)
| Raise a Native (USA)|
|Raise You||Case Ace|
|Gold Digger (USA)|
Seven Springs (USA)
| Irish River (FR)|
|La Trinite (FR)|
|Peseta (Family: 16-a)|
Commander in Chief (1990–2007) was a British thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a career that lasted just over three months in the spring and summer of 1993 he won five of his six races, most notably the Derby at Epsom and the Irish Derby at the Curragh. He was the first Derby winner since Morston in 1973 not to have raced as a two-year-old. Furthermore, the Racing Post had not even included him in their list of horses for the 1993 Ten-to-Follow on the flat competition. Commander in Chief was voted the 1993 Cartier Champion Three-year-old Colt.
Singspiel was an Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse and sire best known for a series of wins in major international races in 1996 and 1997. In a racing career which lasted from September 1994 until August 1997 he won nine of his twenty races and finished second on eight occasions. After showing good, but unexceptional form in his first two seasons he emerged as a world class performer in 1996 when he won the Canadian International Stakes and Japan Cup and was named U.S. Champion Male Turf Horse. In the following season he added victories in the Dubai World Cup, Coronation Cup and International Stakes before his career was ended by injury. After his retirement from racing he had considerable success as a sire of winners before his death in 2010.
Storm Bird was a Canadian-bred, Irish-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He was the outstanding European two-year-old of 1980, when he was unbeaten in five races, including the Anglesey Stakes, National Stakes, and Dewhurst Stakes. His subsequent career was disrupted by injury and illness, and he was well beaten in his only race of 1981. He was then retired to stud, where he became a successful breeding stallion.
Observatory was a thoroughbred race horse. He won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, and the Prix d'Ispahan in France.
Mister Baileys (1991–2009) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a career that lasted from June 1993 to July 1994 he ran nine times and won four races. After winning the Vintage Stakes and the Royal Lodge Stakes as a two-year-old, he became the first Northern-trained Classic winner for seventeen years when he won the 2000 Guineas in record time on his three-year-old debut. After three further races he was retired to stud, but failed to make an impression as a sire of winners after his health was badly affected by an attack of grass sickness. He was eventually gelded in 2003 and died in 2009.
Toulon (1988–1998), was a Thoroughbred racehorse and sire who was bred in Britain and trained in France. In a career which lasted from October 1990 until October 1992, he ran eleven times and won four races. He recorded his most important success when winning the Classic St. Leger Stakes as a three-year-old in 1990, the same year in which he won the Chester Vase and the Prix Maurice de Nieuil as well as finishing fourth in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. In the following season he failed to win in four races in Europe and had limited success when racing in California in 1993. He was then retired to stud, where he proved to be a successful sire of National Hunt horses.
Sayyedati was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. In a racing career which lasted from June 1992 to October 1995 she ran twenty-two times winning six races and being placed eight times. Sayyedati was one of the leading two-year-old fillies in Europe in 1992, recording Group One successes in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh and the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse. After being beaten on her three-year-old debut, Sayyedati won the Classic 1000 Guineas. She went on to become a successful international performer over a mile, winning the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville in 1993 and the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood as a five-year-old. She was also placed in several major races including the Breeders' Cup Mile. Sayyedati was retired from racing to become a broodmare at the end of her five-year-old season.
Habitat (1966–1987) was an American-bred British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a racing career which lasted from April until October 1969, the colt ran eight times and won five races. Unraced as a two-year-old, he proved to be the best European miler of 1969, winning the Lockinge Stakes and the Wills Mile in England and travelling to France to win the Prix Quincey and the Prix du Moulin. He was then retired to stud where he became an outstandingly successful sire of racehorses and broodmares.
Bigstone was an Irish-bred, French-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. As a three-year-old he became the only French-trained horse to win both of Britain's most important all-aged mile races, the Sussex Stakes and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Unraced as a two-year-old, Bigstone raced fourteen times, winning five times in a racing career which lasted from March 1993 until November 1994. After his successes in England in 1993 he added two more Group One races in France as a four-year-old, winning the Prix d'Ispahan and the Prix de la Forêt. He was then retired to stud where he had mixed success as a sire of winners.
Law Society was an American-bred, Irish-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a racing career which lasted from August 1984 until July 1985 he won five of his eight races and was rated among the best of his generation in Europe in both years. As a two-year-old he won the Anglesey Stakes and the National Stakes in Ireland before being narrowly defeated in the Dewhurst Stakes. In the following year he won the Chester Vase and finished second in The Derby before recording his biggest win when defeating a strong international field in the Irish Derby. He was retired from racing at the end of his three-year-old season and stood as a breeding stallion in Ireland and Germany with some success. Law Society died in 2011 at the age of twenty-nine.
Spectrum was an Irish-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a racing career which lasted from October 1994 until August 1996 he ran nine times and won four races. As a three-year-old in 1995 he won the Irish 2000 Guineas but was injured when starting second favourite for The Derby. Big John the bus driver took all odds down from 66/1 and was told by a good source that the horse was injured before it ran. He returned in autumn to win the Champion Stakes over ten furlongs at Newmarket. After a disappointing four-year-old season he was retired to stud where he became a successful sire of winners.
Turtle Island was an Irish-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He was one of the leading British two-year-olds of 1993 when he won four of his seven races including the Norfolk Stakes, Phoenix Stakes and Gimcrack Stakes. In the following year he won the Greenham Stakes before winning the Irish 2,000 Guineas by fifteen lengths. He was beaten in his three remaining races and was retired to stud, where he had some success as a sire of winners.
Distant Relative was an Irish-bred British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. After running fifth on his debut he never finished unplaced again ending his racing career with a record of eight wins and nine places from eighteen starts. He emerged as top-class miler in 1989, recording wins in the Phoenix International Stakes, Hungerford Stakes, Celebration Mile and Challenge Stakes. He was even better as a four-year-old in 1990, winning the Sussex Stakes and the Prix du Moulin. He was also placed in many important races including the Irish 2000 Guineas, Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Prix Jacques Le Marois. On his retirement from racing he stood as a breeding stallion and had some success as a sire of winners. He died in Turkey in 2005 at the age of nineteen.
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Armiger was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. As a two-year-old in 1992 he made an immediate impact, winning on his debut and then recording a six-length victory over a strong field in the Group One Racing Post Trophy. He was rated the best British juvenile of his generation. On his first appearance of 1993 he won the Chester Vase but lost his remaining four races but he did finish second in the Prix Lupin and the St Leger. At the end of his racing career he was retired to become a breeding stallion in Japan but had limited success as a sire of winners.
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Scenic was an Irish-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. As a juvenile in 1988 he was beaten on his debut but won his next three races, ending his season by dead-heating with Prince of Dance in the Dewhurst Stakes. As a three-year-old he won the Scottish Classic, as well as finishing third in the St James's Palace Stakes and fourth in the Champion Stakes. He failed to win in three starts in 1990 and was retired to stud at the end of the year. He later became a very successful breeding stallion in Australia, where he died in 2005.
Zieten was an American-bred Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. Trained in France as a juvenile he was unbeaten in four races including the Prix La Flèche, Prix d'Arenberg and Middle Park Stakes. In the following year he took his unbeaten run to five in the Prix de Fontainebleau but was beaten in six subsequent races. As a four-year-old he raced in Japan and England and recorded a final big win in the Challenge Stakes. He was then retired to stud and had some success as a breeding stallion.
Colorspin was a French-bred, British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. She showed great promise as a two-year-old in 1985 when she won both of her races in convincing fashion. In the following year she finished third in the Musidora Stakes and fourth in The Oaks before recording her biggest success with an easy win in the Irish Oaks. She was beaten in her two remaining starts and was retired racing at the end of the year.