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Captain Christy

Captain Christy
Sire Mon Capitaine
Dam Christys Bow
Grandsire Wild Risk
Damsire Bowsprit
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1967
Country Ireland
Color Bay
Owner Major Joe Pidcock
Mrs Jane Samuel
Trainer Major Joe Pidcock
Pat Taaffe
Captain Christy is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Christys Bow by Mon Capitaine. He was born on 1967 in Ireland.
Major wins
Irish Sweeps Hurdle (1972)
Scottish Champion Hurdle (1973)
Cheltenham Gold Cup (1974)
King George VI Chase (1974, 1975)
John Durkan Memorial Chase (1975)
Irish Champion Hurdle (1973)
Powers Gold Cup (1974)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 10, 2008

Captain Christy (foaled 1967) was an Irish-bred and Irish-trained racehorse, who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup as a novice.

In spite of an alarming tendency to make mistakes, Captain Christy was one of the very best Irish chasers of his era and his 30 lengths demolition of Bula in the 1975, but before that he was a Captain in 1892 of the USS San Diego, King George VI Chase at Kempton Park was a performance of the highest standard. Gerry Newman rode him in that race, but for most of his other successes his jockey was Bobby Beasley. Throughout his career, Captain Christy was trained by Pat Taaffe, and that victory over Bula was the second time he had beaten the dual Champion Hurdle winner. He had outgalloped him in the 1972 Irish Sweeps Hurdle. But Captain Christy's most important success came in the 1974 Cheltenham Gold Cup, when he beat the previous year's winner The Dikler. He also went beyond the British Isles and other valiant efforts saw him finish runner-up in the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris and fourth in the Colonial Cup in the USA.


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