|Marsyas II is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Astronomie by Trimdon. He was born around 1940 in France, and was bred by Marcel Boussac.|
Prix de Lutèce (1943)|
Prix du Cadran (1944, 1945, 1946, 1947)
Prix Kergorlay (1944)
Prix Gladiateur (1944)
Prix Jean Prat (1944, 1945)
White Rose Stakes (1946)
Queen Alexandra Stakes (1946)
Goodwood Cup (1946)
Doncaster Cup (1946)
Lowther Stakes (1946)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on December 19, 2006|
Marsyas II (1940-1964) was a French Thoroughbred racehorse foaled at Marcel Boussac's Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard in Neuvy-au-Houlme in Lower Normandy. Sired by two time Ascot Gold Cup winner Trimdon, he was out of the very important mare, Astronomie. A descendant of Galopin on his sire's side and U.K. Triple Crown winner Flying Fox on his dam's side, Marsyas is best known for winning four consecutive editions of the 4,000 meter Prix du Cadran between 1944 and 1947.
Considered one of the best stayers ever to compete in France, Marsyas had an extraordinarily successful career both there and in England. Of his seventeen career starts, he was unplaced only once and that was in the 1944 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Having won many of France's other prominent races, including the 6,200 meter Prix Gladiateur, in 1946 his owner sent him to race in England where he won five important races in a row. After claiming victory in his sixth English race, less than a week later Marsyas competed in the Jockey Club Cup where he finished third.
Retired to stud, Marsyas met with good success but none of his progeny achieved his own level of racing success. He died on May 30, 1964.
- Information on Marsyas at France Galop (French language)