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Bois Roussel

Bois Roussel
Sire Vatout
Dam Plucky Liege
Grandsire Prince Chimay
Damsire Spearmint
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1935
Country France
Color Brown
Breeder Leon Volterra
Owner 1) Leon Volterra
2) Hon. Peter Beatty
Trainer Fred Darling
Record 3: 2-0-1
Earnings £10,229
Bois Roussel is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Plucky Liege by Vatout. He was born around 1935 in France, and was bred by Leon Volterra.
Major wins

Prix Juigné (1938)

British Classic Race wins:
Epsom Derby (1938)
Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland (1959, 1960)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Bois Roussel (1935–1955) was an French-bred thoroughbred champion racehorse and champion broodmare sire. He was named for Haras du Bois-Roussel, the breeding farm in Alençon where he was born. His breeder was Leon Volterra who acquired his sire, Vatout, and his dam as part of his purchase of Haras du Bois Roussel from American, Jefferson Davis Cohn. According to Thoroughbred Heritage, his dam, Plucky Liege, was one of the most important broodmares of the 20th Century. [1]

Raced at age three by Leon Volterra, Bois Roussel made his racing debut in early 1938 at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, winning the Prix Juigne, an event for unraced colts and geldings. Shortly thereafter, Volterra sold Bois Roussel to the Hon. Peter Beatty, son of Admiral David Beatty and grandson of Chicago department store magnate, Marshall Field. His new owner sent Bois Roussel to England to run in June's Epsom Derby. Making just the second start of his career, bettors sent the colt off at 20:1 odds. Ridden by jockey Charlie Elliott Bois Roussel scored an upset victory in England's most prestigious race, earning prize money that was more than Peter Beatty had paid for him. [2] In his only other race, Bois Roussel ran third to the very great Nearco in the Grand Prix de Paris.

As a sire

Retired to stud duty in England, Bois Roussel was a very successful and influential sire. Among his progeny were:

  • Ridge Wood (b. 1946) - won St. Leger Stakes
  • Fraise du Bois II (b. 1948) - won Irish Derby

Champion broodmare sire

Bois Roussel's daughters were also outstanding producers who made him the Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland in 1959 and 1960. Among their best runners were:

Bois Roussel died 1955 in France at age 20.

Pedigree of Bois Roussel
Prince Chimay Chaucer St. Simon
Canterbury Pilgrim
Gallorette Gallinule
Vashti Sans Souci Le Roi Soleil
Vaya Beppo
Plucky Liege
Spearmint Carbine Musket
Maid of the Mint Minting
Concertina St. Simon Galopin
St. Angela
Comic Song Petrarch



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