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Kribensis (horse)

Sire Henbit
Dam Aquaria
Grandsire Hawaii
Damsire Double-U-Jay
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1984
Country Ireland
Color Grey
Breeder Martin Ryan
Owner Sheikh Mohammed
Trainer Sir Michael Stoute
Record 13-2-0
Earnings £185,795
Kribensis is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Aquaria by Henbit. He was born around 1984 in Ireland, and was bred by Martin Ryan.
Major wins

Triumph Hurdle (1988)

Fighting Fifth Hurdle (1989)

Christmas Hurdle (1989)

Champion Hurdle (1990)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Kribensis (foaled in 1984 in Ireland) was an Irish thoroughbred racehorse, born to sire, Henbit and dam, Aquaria. The horse was owned by Sheikh Mohammed and trained by Sir Michael Stoute. Kribensis gave Sheikh Mohammed his first Cheltenham Festival win when he won the Triumph Hurdle in 1988.[1]

In 1989/90, with jockey Richard Dunwoody at the helm, Kribensis became the only horse to win the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, Christmas Hurdle and Champion Hurdle in the same season. This trio of races makes up the Triple Crown of Hurdling.[2],[3] In 2008/09, Punjabi came close to matching Kribensis’ feat, winning the Fighting Fifth and Champion Hurdle, but came up one hurdle short in the Christmas Hurdle.[4]

Kribensis is one of two horses, along with Persian War, to have won the Triumph Hurdle and Champion Hurdle in their racing careers.[5],[6] Kribensis is also just one of four grey horses to have won the Champion Hurdle, along with Victor Nornian (1936), Our Hope (1938) and Rooster Booster (2003).[7]

In his career, Kribensis compiled 13 wins, 2 places and 0 shows in 23 career starts. Four of his 13 wins came in Grade 1 races, and overall, he accumulated £185,795 in career earnings.[8] As he grew older, Kribensis’ colour changed slightly from grey to white, much like that of Desert Orchid.[9] After Kribensis was retired in 1993, Sir Michael Stoute would often ride him as a hack.[10],[11] However, even as he grew older, Kribensis maintained his playful nature, and Stoute had to abandon using Kribensis as his hack, as he became prone to bucking and kicking.[12]

On October 13, 2007, Kribensis was euthanised due to inoperable cancer at the age of 23. After his death, Sir Michael Stoute said of Kribensis: “We had [him] at Freemason Lodge for 22 years so you can imagine how much we will miss him."[13]

See also


  1. A To Z Of Cheltenham Festival Facts, gazettelive.co.uk, 12 March 2002, accessed 25 May 2009.
  2. Fighting Fifth to launch the £1m rollover, icnewcastle.icnetwork.co.uk, 28 October 2006, accessed 25 May 2009.
  3. Racing: Bear stakes claim with Fighting chance, independent.co.uk, 23 November 2006, accessed 25 May 2009.
  4. Punjabi - Most Expensive Fall in History, journalism.co.uk, 10 March 2009, accessed 25 May 2009.
  5. Franchoek won't be firm triumph favourite, mirror.co.uk, 9 February 2008, accessed 25 May 2009.
  6. JCB Triumph Hurdle Facts, cheltenham-racing.co.uk, 17 February 2008, accessed 25 May 2009.
  7. Hardy Eustace Chasing History Third Smurfit Champion Hurdle Success, racenewsonline.co.uk, 16 January 2006, accessed 25 May 2009.
  8. Kribensis Horse Pedigree
  9. Imperial has festival aim, guardian.co.uk, 28 October 2006, accessed 25 May 2009.
  10. Kribensis dies, aged 23, telegraph.co.uk, 19 October 2007, accessed 25 May 2009.
  11. Racing: Mubtaker back on form at Newbury, independent.co.uk, 15 August 2004, accessed 25 May 2009.
  12. Imperial has festival aim, guardian.co.uk, 28 October 2006, accessed 25 May 2009.
  13. Kribensis Horse Pedigree

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