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Be My Guest (horse)

Be My Guest
Sire Northern Dancer
Dam What a Treat
Grandsire Nearctic
Damsire Tudor Minstrel
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1974
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Walter Haefner
Owner 1) Diana Guest Manning
2) Coolmore Stud
Trainer Vincent O'Brien
Record 7: 4-1-0
Earnings US$49,869 (equivalent)
Be My Guest is a thoroughbred racehorse out of What a Treat by Northern Dancer. He was born around 1974 in the United States, and was bred by Walter Haefner.
Major wins

Waterford Crystal Mile (1977)
Blue Riband Trial Stakes (1977)

Desmond Stakes (1977)
Leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland (1982)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Be My Guest (1974–2004) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and Champion sire. He was bred in Kentucky by Walter Haefner, a Swiss businessman and owner of Moyglare Stud Farm in Ireland. Sired by the great Northern Dancer, his dam was What a Treat, the 1965 American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and a daughter of the 1947 2,000 Guineas Stakes winner, Tudor Minstrel.

Be My Guest was sold at the 1975 Goffs [1] yearling sale for a then British and European record price of 127,000 guineas. His new owner, Diana Guest Manning, was the daughter of Frederick Guest and his wife Amy Phipps of the American Phipps family who have been major long-time figures in thoroughbred racing in the United States.

While Be My Guest was a good miler who won three Conditions races at age three in 1977 under trainer Vincent O'Brien, he is best remembered as one of the foundation sires responsible for turning Ireland's Coolmore Stud into one of the most important Thoroughbred breeders in the world. [2] Syndicated for £800,000, during his career at stud, Be My Guest sired 78 stakes winners who were able to win at various distances and was the Leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland in 1982. In addition, Be My Guest's daughters produced more than 90 stakes winners. Some of his notable progeny were:


  • Luth Enchantée (b. 1980) - a filly who beat her male couterparts in winning the Group Ones Prix du Moulin de Longchamp and Prix Jacques le Marois;


Pensioned after the 2002 breeding season [3], Be My Guest died on February 19, 2004 at the age of thirty.

Pedigree of Be My Guest
Northern Dancer
Nearctic Nearco Pharos
Lady Angela Hyperion
Sister Sarah
Natalma Native Dancer Polynesian
Almahmoud Mahmoud
What a Treat
Tudor Minstrel Owen Tudor Hyperion
Mary Tudor
Sansonnet Sansovino
Lady Juror
Rare Treat Stymie Equestrian
Stop Watch
Rare Perfume Eight Thirty



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