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Sire Mossborough
Dam Indian Call
Grandsire Nearco
Damsire Singapore
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1954
Country Great Britain
Color Chestnut
Breeder Richard Ball
Owner John McShain
Trainer Vincent O'Brien
Record 17: 8-5-1
Earnings £107,165
Ballymoss is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Indian Call by Mossborough. He was born around 1954 in Great Britain, and was bred by Richard Ball.
Major wins
Irish Derby (1957)
St. Leger Stakes (1957)
Eclipse Stakes (1958)
K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes (1958)
Coronation Cup (1958)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1958)
European Horse of the Year (1958)
Timeform rating: 136
Ballymoss Stakes at the Curragh
Deltic locomotive 55018 was named Ballymoss[1]
Republic of Ireland postage stamp (1981)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 26, 2007

Ballymoss (1954–1979) was an Irish Thoroughbred Champion racehorse. The son of Mossborough, his grandsire was the extremely important Nearco. Out of the mare Indian call, the damsire of Ballymoss was Singapore whose sire was the 1918 U.K. Triple Crown winner Gainsborough.

Ballymoss was sold by his breeder at the Doncaster yearling sales. He was bought by American businessman John McShain who operated Barclay Stable in New Jersey plus a racing operation in Ireland where he maintained a home at Killarney. Ballymoss was the first top-flight flat racing horse trained by the successful steeplechase horse trainer, Vincent O'Brien.

Racing at age three, Ballymoss was somewhat slow in developing. He finished second in the 1957 Great Voltigeur Stakes and second to Crepello in the Epsom Derby but won the Irish Derby and the fall's St. Leger Stakes. At age four, Ballymoss was the preeminent horse in European racing. His victories in the United Kingdom included the Eclipse Stakes, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Coronation Cup. Shipped to Laurel Park Racecourse in the United States, Ballymoss was a disappointing third to Australian champion Sailor's Guide in the 1958 Washington, D.C. International, but then went on to win the prestigious Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and was voted 1958 European Horse of the Year.

Ballymoss was retired at the end of the 1958 racing season after setting a new career earnings record of £107,165.

Following the LNER tradition of naming locomotives after winning racehorses,[2] British Railways "Deltic" Diesel locomotive no. D9018 (later no. 55 018) was named Ballymoss after this horse on 24 November 1961,[1] and remained in service until 12 October 1981.[3]

As a sire

Ballymoss was sent to stand at stud at Whitsbury Manor Stud in Fordingbridge, Hampshire. He became successful as a sire of stallions, ranking second on the 1967 General Sires List and third in 1968. Notably, Ballymoss sired Royal Palace, winner of the 1967 Epsom Derby and 2,000 Guineas, plus Ballymoss Nisei () who won in Japan and where he stood at stud.

One of the leading broodmare sires in the United Kingdom, among his other offspring Ballymoss was the:

  • damsire of Northern Sunset, 1995 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year


  1. 1.0 1.1 "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. "Ballymoss ... [won] the Irish Derby and St. Leger races in 1957, and the Eclipse Stakes the following year" 
  2. 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. 
  3. "D9018/9018/55018". The Chronicles of Napier. P.A. Bettany. http://www.napier-chronicles.co.uk/9018.htm. Retrieved 12 January 2010. "in honour of racehorse owned by Mr. S McShain, won The Irish Derby, St. Leger, Eclipse Stakes, French Prix de L'Triumphe" 

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