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Sire Donatello II
Dam Crepuscule
Grandsire Blenheim II
Damsire Mieuxce
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1954
Country Great Britain
Color Chestnut
Breeder Eve Stud Ltd.
Owner Sir Victor Sassoon
Trainer Noel Murless
Record 5: 3-1-0
Earnings £34,201
Crepello is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Crepuscule by Donatello II. He was born around 1954 in Great Britain, and was bred by Eve Stud Ltd..
Major wins
Dewhurst Stakes (1956)
2,000 Guineas (1957)
Epsom Derby (1957)
Timeform rating: 136
Leading sire in Britain & Ireland (1969)
Leading broodmare sire in Britain & Ireland (1974)
Deltic locomotive 55012 was named Crepello[1]
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 9, 2008

Crepello (1954–74) was a British bred Thoroughbred racehorse which won England's most prestigious race, the Epsom Derby and was later a leading sire.



He was a chestnut horse sired by Donatello II (by Blenheim II) in his last year of life. His dam was the race winner, and Star mare, Crepuscule by Mieuxce. Crepuscule created a Briish bloodstock record by producing Classic winners, Honeylight and Crepello as her first two foals.[2] Crepello was a half-brother to Honeylight (won One Thousand Guineas Stakes) and Twilight Alley (Ascot Gold Cup Stakes).[3]

Racing record

Crepello was trained by Noel Murless at Newmarket. He was always ridden by jockey, Lester Piggott. As two-year-old he finished second in his debut race, the Windsor Castle Stakes, fourth in the Middle Park Stakes and won the Dewhurst Stakes. Due to unsound forelegs, the horse always raced wearing bandages.

At age three Crepello raced only twice but won two Classic Races. The first was the 2,000 Guineas, followed by a victory over future star Ballymoss in the Epsom Derby. Crepello's winning time of 2:35.4 seconds was the fastest since 1936. However, this was to be the great horse's last race. His tendons, always delicate, began to cause significant problems and he missed the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes before being retired not long before the St. Leger.

He only had five starts but was undefeated in his last three, all of which were Group One races.[4]

Stud record

Retired to stud at his owner's Eve Stud in Woodditton, Cambridgeshire, Crepello was the leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland in 1969 and the Champion Broodmare sire in 1974. Notable progeny include:

  • Busted, unbeaten at four in 1967 and voted the U.K. Horse of the Year, £58,937 sire[5]
  • Mysterious, winner of the 1973 1,000 Guineas and the Epsom Oaks
  • Crest of the Wave (sire in New Zealand)
  • Soderini (stakeswinner, £28,128, sire)
  • Bleu Azur, dam of Altesse Royale (Epsom Oaks, One Thousand Guineas, Irish Oaks Stakes etc.)[6]

Crepello's record as sire was somewhat restricted by the fact that a number of his stock had bad legs and were untrainable.[8]


Following the LNER tradition of naming locomotives after winning racehorses,[9] British Railways "Deltic" Diesel locomotive no. D9012 (later no. 55 012) was named Crepello after this horse on 4 September 1961,[1] and remained in service until 18 May 1981.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Names". The Deltic Preservation Society Online. Chesterfield: The Deltic Preservation Society Limited. 20 January 2008. http://www.thedps.co.uk/staticpages/index.php?page=names. Retrieved 12 January 2010. "The racehorse Crepello rose to fame in 1957 when it won the Derby and 2000 Guineas races" 
  2. Leicester, Sir Charles, Bloodstock Breeding, J.A. Allen & Co, London, 1969
  3. Morris, Simon; Tesio Power 2000 - Stallions of the World, Syntax Software
  4. Dewhust Stakes Retrieved 2010-5-1
  5. Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), Thoroughbred Breeding of the World, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  6. ASB: Crepello (GB) Retrieved 2010-3-10
  7. Thoroughbred Heritage: Deutches Derby Retrieved 2010-3-10
  8. Hislop, John, Breeding for Racing, Martin Secker & Warburg, London, 1976, ISBN 436 19701 4
  9. Nock, O.S. (1985). British Locomotives of the 20th Century: Volume 3 1960-the present day. London: Guild Publishing/Book Club Associates. pp. 70–71. CN9613. 
  10. "D9012/9012/55012". The Chronicles of Napier. P.A. Bettany. http://www.napier-chronicles.co.uk/9012.htm. Retrieved 12 January 2010. "in honour of racehorse owned by Sir Victor Sassoon, won The Derby and 2,000 Guineas" 

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