Count Ricardo is an Australian Thoroughbred racehorse gelding who is best known as a bargain purchase from an auction sale. He was a chestnut colt by the unfashionable stallion, Principality from Shanghai Surprise (dam of Surprise Pick) by the staying influence Imperial Prince (IRE). Count Ricardo was foaled on 18 August 2001 and bred by Mr M Ralston, Mr L J Theodore of Victoria.
His trainer and co-owner Stephen Theodore, purchased him for just AUD$880 (including GST), who kept a half share and sold half.
Count Ricardo won his debut, in a two-year-olds' race at Mornington, returning a $7,150 cheque in prizemoney. During 2004, he won two more races including the Group Two Sandown Classic. Prior to the Group One Victoria Derby Theodore decided to sell 15 per cent of his half-share, for a reported $75,000 to part owners, P & Mrs S Damjanovic, W Burrell & S Crawford. Count Ricardo ran third in the Victoria Derby.
During his racing career he started 23 times for three wins, two seconds and four thirds with prizemoney of AUD$543,460 - 600 times his original sale price.
Owing to minor injury setbacks, the best was never seen of Count Ricardo, who soon disappeared from the racing scene.