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Abernant (horse)

Sire Owen Tudor
Dam Rustom Mahal (FR)
Grandsire Hyperion
Damsire Rustom Pasha
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1946
Country Great Britain
Color Grey
Breeder Catherine Macdonald-Buchanan
Owner Reginald Macdonald-Buchanan
Trainer Noel Murless
Record 17-14-2-0
Earnings £26,394[1]
Abernant is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Rustom Mahal (FR) by Owen Tudor. He was born around 1946 in Great Britain, and was bred by Catherine Macdonald-Buchanan.
Major wins
Bedford Stakes (1948)
Middle Park Stakes (1948)
Champagne Stakes (1948)
National Breeders' Produce Stakes (1948)
King's Stand Stakes (1949)
July Cup (1949 & 1950)
Nunthorpe Stakes (1949 & 1950)
King George Stakes (1949 & 1950)
Timeform rating: 142
Abernant Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 6 November 2009

Abernant (1946–1970) was British Thoroughbred racehorse who is "considered by many as the greatest British sprinter of the 20th century," according to Godolphin Racing.



He was sired by the Epsom Derby winner Owen Tudor, by Hyperion, a son of the English Triple Crown winner, Gainsborough. Abernant's dam, Rustam Mahal, was a non-winning daughter of Rustom Pasha and the very important broodmare Mumtaz Mahal who in turn was sired by The Tetrarch.[1] Abernant was a half brother to Kurdistan (by Tehran) who was a successful sire in New Zealand, siring among others, Baghdad Note, a winner of the Melbourne Cup.[2]

Racing record

Abernant was a dominant two-year-old in English racing, winning five of his six starts. Ridden by jockey Sir Gordon Richards, he was unbeatable at distances of five to six furlongs. At age three he lost the eight furlong 2,000 Guineas by a matter of inches to Nimbus but after being limited to sprints, he won four major races. At age four in 1950, he won the Lubbock Sprint Stakes and repeated as the easy winner of the July Cup, the Nunthorpe Stakes and the King George Stakes. He ended his career that year with fourteen wins from the seventeen races he entered.

His Timeform rating of 142 equals that of Ribot as the third best ever awarded. In the years that followed his retirement, among the many accolades, The Independent newspaper wrote that Abernant "was the best sprinter ever to grace a racecourse." [1]

Stud record

Abernant sired several stakeswinners that included:

  • Even Star (Irish 1,000 Guineas)
  • Welsh Rake (1963 GB Queen Anne Stakes)
  • Zahedan (1965 GB National Stakes)[3]

He died in 1970 at age twenty-four and is buried at Egerton Stud in Newmarket. In a recent interview with trainer Mark Tompkins, Julie Murless, the daughter of Abernant's trainer, recalled that the gentle horse loved children and as a child of five she would sit on his back. [2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Birch, Franklin E., Pedigrees of Leading Winners 1912-1959, The Thoroughbred Breeders Assoc., London, 1960
  2. NZ Blood-horse Ltd, Register of Thoroughbred Stallions of New Zealand, Vol. IX, May 1976
  3. Abernant (GB) Retrieved on 2009-6-11

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