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Heroic (horse)

Sire Valais (GB)
Dam Chersonese (GB)
Grandsire Cicero
Damsire Cylgad
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1921
Country Australia
Color Chestnut
Breeder Arrowfield Stud
Owner JB Corten then CB Kellow[1]
Trainer Jack Holt
Record 51: 21-11-4
Earnings AUD$76,124 [2]
Heroic is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Chersonese (GB) by Valais (GB). He was born around 1921 in Australia, and was bred by Arrowfield Stud.
Major wins
Maribyrnong Plate (1923)
AJC Breeders' Plate (1923)
Australian Derby (1924)
Caulfield Guineas (1924)
Champagne Stakes (1924)
Chelmsford Stakes (1924)
Ascot Vale Stakes (1924)
Caufield Stakes (1925)
Memsie Stakes (1925, 1926)
Cox Plate (1926)
Newmarket Handicap (1926)
Underwood Stakes (1926)
William Reid Stakes (1927)
C F Orr Stakes (1927)
St George Stakes (1927)
Australian champion sire (1933 -1939)
Australian Racing Hall of Fame (2003)
Heroic Championship at Randwick Racecourse
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Heroic (1921-1939) was a great Australian Thoroughbred racehorse and a champion sire.



Heroic was sired by Valais (son of the 1905 Epsom Derby winner, Cicero), his dam was Chersonese (GB) by Cyglad. This made him inbred twice in the 3rd generation to Cyllene and in the 3rd and 4th generations (4x3) to Illuminata through the half sisters Gas, dam of Cicero, and Chelandry. Heroic was a brother to the useful sire, Thracian and a half-brother to the stakeswinner, Cimbrian.[3]

Heroic was an outstanding type of yearling that fetched the top price of 1,800 guineas at the Inglis’ sales.[4] In February 1925, Mr C.B. Kellow paid 16,000 guineas, a record price, for the great Heroic, who won a number of races for him afterwards.

He was trained by Jack Holt who posthumously would become part of the 2001 inaugural class inducted in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.

Stud career

Heroic was leased from Kellow by H.S. Thompson and stood at his Tarwyn Park Stud at Rylstone, New South Wales.

Heroic sired 29 stakeswinners with 110 stakeswins[5] earning $600,000, including Ajax II, the Melbourne Cup winner Hall Mark, Hua, The Marne, Valiant Chief and Nuffield.[1] Heroic was no less dominating as a sire, leading the Australian sire list continuously from the 1932/1933 season through the 1938/1939 season.[4]

Heroic died in 1929 at age seventeen and was buried at Growee Gulf Station, near Rylstone, New South Wales.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ahnert, Rainer L. (Ed. in Chief), “Thoroughbred Breeding of the World”, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  2. Pring, Peter (1977). Analysis of Champion Racehorses. The Thoroughbred Press. ISBN 0-908133-00-6. 
  3. ASB - Chersonese (GB) Retrieved on 2009-7-13
  4. 4.0 4.1 Barrie, Douglas M., The Australian Bloodhorse, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1956
  5. ASB - Heroic Retrieved on 2009-7-20
  6. Tb Heritage

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