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Sire Donatello II
Dam Aurora
Grandsire Blenheim
Damsire Hyperion
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1945
Country Great Britain
Color Chestnut
Breeder Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby
Owner Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby
Trainer Walter Earl
Record 17: 11-2-4
Earnings £37,206[1]
Alycidon is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Aurora by Donatello II. He was born around 1945 in Great Britain, and was bred by Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby.
Major wins
Princess of Wales's Stakes (1948)
Jockey Club Stakes (1948)
Ormonde Stakes (1949)
Ascot Gold Cup (1949)
Goodwood Cup (1949)
Doncaster Cup (1949)
Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland (1955)
Alycidon Stakes at Goodwood
Deltic locomotive 55009 was named Alycidon[2]
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 11, 2010

Alycidon was a Thoroughbred racehorse who was foaled in 1945 and died in 1963. He was a top-class British stayer who became a Champion Sire in 1955, despite suffering from low fertility and a relatively short career at stud.



He was a good type of horse by the outstanding racehorse and useful sire, Donatello II, his dam Aurora was by the great sire, Hyperion. Alycidon was a brother to the stakeswinner, Acropolis and a half brother to Agricola (Newmarket Stakes, leading sire in New Zealand), Borealis (sire of stakeswinners) and others. He was inbred in the third and fourth generations (3x4) to Swynford.[3]

Racing record

After he had whipped around at the start of his first outings as a three-year-old, Alycidon always raced in blinkers, but there was nothing irresolute about his racing. His first important success came in the 1948 Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket and later that year, in spite of starting at 20-1, he was beaten only by Black Tarquin in the St. Leger. He won two more races that year and two more as a four-year-old before meeting with Black Tarquin again in the Ascot Gold Cup. He won by five lengths after Black Tarquin had seemed not to stay the distance, and completed his career by adding the Goodwood Cup and Doncaster Cup - to make a tally of 11 wins worth £37,206.

Stud record

Alycidon was retired to stud in 1950. His progeny enabled him to be top stallion in 1955 and placed on the sires list on several other occasions. He sired 18 stakeswinners for 29 stakeswins including the fine stayer Grey of Falloden (9 wins and £25,098) and other high-class fillies such as the Epsom Oaks winners Homeward Bound (£42,243) and Meld (British Fillies Triple Crown); Almeria, Alcide, Khalekan (stakeswinner and sire in Australia) and Alcimedes (a successful sire in New Zealand) were amongst his get.[1]


The Alycidon Stakes was named in honour of Alycidon in 1979, and its title was changed to the "Alycidon Glorious Stakes" in 1987, before this race was later known as the Glorious Stakes.

Following the LNER tradition of naming locomotives after winning racehorses,[4] British Railways "Deltic" Diesel locomotive no. D9009 (later no. 55 009) was named Alycidon after this horse on 21 July 1961,[2] and remained in service until 2 January 1982.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), “Thoroughbred Breeding of the World”, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Names". The Deltic Preservation Society Online. Chesterfield: The Deltic Preservation Society Limited. 20 January 2008. http://www.thedps.co.uk/staticpages/index.php?page=names. Retrieved 12 January 2010. "The racehorce had, ... in 1949, won ... [the] Ascot Gold Cup, Corporation Stakes, Doncaster Cup and Goodwood Cup." 
  3. Morris, Simon; Tesio Power 2000 - Stallions of the World, Syntax Software
  4. Nock, O.S. (1985). British Locomotives of the 20th Century: Volume 3 1960-the present day. London: Guild Publishing/Book Club Associates. pp. 70–71. CN9613. 
  5. "D9009/9009/55009". The Chronicles of Napier. P.A. Bettany. http://www.napier-chronicles.co.uk/9009.htm. Retrieved 12 January 2010. "in honour of racehorse owned by 17th Earl of Derby, won The Ascot Gold Cup, Goodwood Cup, Corporation Stakes and Doncaster Cup" 

  • The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing - written by Bill Mooney and George Ennor

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