Observatory (horse)

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Observatory
Sire Distant View
Grandsire Mr Prospector
DamStellaria
Damsire Roberto
SexStallion
Foaled17 February 1997 [1]
CountryUnited States
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Juddmonte Farms
Owner Khalid Abdulla
Trainer John Gosden
Record10: 6-2-0
Earnings£369,145
Major wins
Jersey Stakes (2000)
Lennox Stakes (2000)
Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000)
Prix d'Ispahan (2001)

Observatory (17 February 1997December 2019) was a thoroughbred race horse. He won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot, and the Prix d'Ispahan in France.

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Background

Observatory was a chestnut horse bred in Kentucky by Juddmonte Farms, the breeding operation of his owner Khalid Abdulla. He was one of the best horses sired by Distant View who won the Sussex Stakes in 1994. [2]

Racing career

1999: two-year-old season

Observatory began his racing career by winning a maiden race at Yarmouth Racecourse but when moved up in class he finished last of the four runners in the Mill Reef Stakes. On his final appearance of the year he returned to Yarmouth and won a minor race over six furlongs in October. [3]

2000: three-year-old season

Observatory began his second season by finishing second in a Listed race at Newmarket Racecourse on 3 June and was then sent to Royal Ascot for the Group Three Jersey Stakes over seven furlongs. He started at odds of 11/2 in a nineteen-runner field and won by one and a half lengths from Umistim. [4] At Goodwood Racecourse on 4 August he added a win in the Lennox Stakes, beating Three Points by one and half lengths [5] but in the Celebration Mile at the same course later that month he was beaten into second by Medicean.

On 23 September Observatory started a 14/1 outsider for the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot. Giant's Causeway started favourite in a field which also included Medicean, Best of the Bests (Prix Guillaume d'Ornano), Indian Lodge (Prix du Moulin) and Crimplene. After placing the colt just behind the leaders, Kevin Darley produced the colt with a sustained run down the centre of the straight to take the lead inside the final furlong and win by half a length from Giant's Causeway. [6]

2001: four-year-old season

On his first appearance as a four-year-old, Observatory was sent to France for the Group One Prix d'Ispahan over 1850 metres at Longchamp Racecourse on 20 May. Starting the 11/10 favourite against four opponents he took the lead over 200 metres from the finish and held off a challenge from Hightori to win by a short head. [7] At Royal Ascot in June he finished fourth behind Fantastic Light, Kalanisi and Hightori in the Prince of Wales's Stakes. He did not race again and was retired to stud at the end of the season.

Stud career

Observatory was based for most of his career at the Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket. The best of his offspring were Twice Over and African Rose. [8] His death was reported in December 2019. [9]

Pedigree

Pedigree of Observatory, chestnut stallion, 1997 [1]
Sire
Distant View (USA)
1991
Mr Prospector (USA)
1970
Raise A Native Native Dancer
Raise You
Gold Digger Nashua
Sequence
Seven Springs (USA)
1982
Irish River Riverman
Irish Star
La Trinite Lyphard
Promessa
Dam
Stellaria (USA)
1986
Roberto (USA)
1969
Hail To Reason Turn-To
Nothirdchance
BramaleaNashua
Rarelea
Victoria Star (CAN)
1972
Northern Dancer Nearctic
Natalma
Solometeor Victoria Park
Solar Display (Family: 4-j) [10]

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