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Dorans Pride

Dorans Pride
Sire Orchestra
Dam Marians Pride
Damsire Pry
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1989
Country Ireland
Color Chesnut
Breeder Hugh Suffern Bloodstock Ltd
Owner Tom Doran
Trainer Michael Hourigan
Record 73: 30-14-10
Earnings £657,357
Summary
Dorans Pride is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Marians Pride by Orchestra. He was born around 1989 in Ireland, and was bred by Hugh Suffern Bloodstock Ltd.
Major wins
Stayers' Hurdle (1995)
Drinmore Novice Chase (1996)
Powers Gold Cup (1997)
Hot Power Chase (1997)
Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup (1998)
Boyne Hurdle (1995)
Scalp Novice Chase (1997)
Kerry National (1997)
Morris Oil Chase (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
Ericsson Chase (1998)
Lismullen Hurdle (1994, 1995)
Christmas Hurdle (1994)
Irish Field Novice Chase (1996]]
William Neville & Sons Novice Chase (1996)
Proudstown Hurdle (2000)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on July 1, 2009


Dorans Pride (born 27 May 1989) is an Irish thoroughbred racehorse.

Early years

Dorans Pride joined Michael Hourigan's yard in 1992 and was sold by the trainer to Tom Doran in February 1993, who gave the then nicknamed Padjo, his racing name. That season Dorans Pride won his only start in a bumper at Ballinrobe.

Hurdling beckoned and Hourigan opted to start Padjo in a maiden hurdle at the Listowel Festival. He won it easily. During his next three starts he finished only second in average company but when stepped up to handicap level he claimed what later proved his greatest scalp so far, subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Call.

Not having contested any Graded race, Dorans Pride lined up for the 1994 Sun Alliance Novices' Hurdle as an unfancied 14-1 shot but was disputing second with the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Corrouge when falling at the final hurdle.

The following season, Padjo return to Cheltenham festival to be sent the best backed Irish horse that week in the stayers hurdle and he won with ease to the delight of his many cheering punters who backed him. What Dorans Pride did over hurdles was a bonus as he went on to one of Ireland’s most prolific steeplechasers winning the Irish Gold Cup, Lexus Chase as it is known now. He also finished third as a novice in the 1997 Cheltenham Gold Cup and the following year he went off 9/4F for the Gold cup, only to finish third again to Cool Dawn.

He also had a tremendous record on the flat for a jump horse, winning the Leopardstown November handicap in 2000 and also finishing third at Royal Ascot in 2001. He also won a two flat races at the Curragh.


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