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Caerleon II

Sire Nijinsky
Dam Foreseer
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Damsire Round Table
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1980
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Claiborne Farm
Owner Robert Sangster
Trainer Vincent O'Brien
Record 8: 4-2-0
Caerleon is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Foreseer by Nijinsky. He was born around 1980 in the United States, and was bred by Claiborne Farm.
Major wins

Anglesey Stakes (1982)
Benson & Hedges Gold Cup Stakes (1983)

French Classic Race wins:
Prix du Jockey Club (1983)
French Champion Three-Year-Old Colt
Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland (1988, 1991)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 8, 2010

Caerleon (March 27, 1980 - February 2, 1998) was an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse who was a Champion runner in France and a two-time Champion sire in Great Britain & Ireland. Bred by Seth Hancock at his famous Claiborne Farm in Kentucky, he was out of the mare Foreseer, a daughter of U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Round Table. Caerleon's sire was the 1970 British Triple Crown winner, Nijinsky.

Caerleon was purchased at the Keeneland Yearling Sale by leading British owner, Robert Sangster. As a two-year-old, Caerleon made two starts at the Curragh Racecourse in Ireland for trainer Vincent O'Brien, earning wins in his debut and then in the Anglesey Stakes. At age three he won the French Derby at Chantilly Racecourse in France and the Benson & Hedges Gold Cup Stakes at York Racecourse in England. Back at the Curragh, he ran second to Shareef Dancer in the Irish Derby

A Champion sire

Caerleon was retired to stud duty for the 1984 season. An immediate success, he would become the leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland in 1988 and again in 1991. During his career at stud, Caerleon sired 101 stakes winners including:

  • Kostroma (b. 1986) - multiple G1 winner in the U.S. who set a world record for 1 1/8 miles on grass

Caerleon was also the damsire of:

Caerleon died at age eighteen on February 2, 1998 at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.



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