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Papillon (horse)

Sire Lafontaine
Dam Glens Princess
Damsire Prince Hansel
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1991
Country Ireland
Color Bay
Breeder E McCormack
Owner Mrs J Maxwell Moran
Trainer Ted Walsh
Record 39: 9-5-2
Earnings £434,203
Papillon is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Glens Princess by Lafontaine. He was born around 1991 in Ireland, and was bred by E McCormack.
Major wins
Grand National (2000)
Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase (1998, 2000)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Papillon is an Irish racehorse formerly trained at Greenhills stables, near Naas in County Kildare. His most notable success was winning the 2000 Grand National.

Papillon is owned by American Mrs Betty Moran, owner of Brushwood Stable. She was not a fan of the Grand National and it took considerable persuasion before she would allow Papillon to be entered for the race in 2000.

Papillon had started the day with odds of 33–1 but was backed down to 10-1 by the time the race began. He was a first ever ride in the race for 20-year-old jockey Ruby Walsh, and was trained by Ruby's father Ted Walsh. When Papillon crossed the finishing line to win the world's richest steeplechase he became an instant punters' favourite. Papillon previously came a very close second in the Irish Grand National of 1998 under top-weight.

In 2001 Papillon returned to Aintree to attempt to defend his winning record. However, conditions were completely different to the previous year, as the race was run on very heavy ground and Papillon carried more weight. He was brought down at the 19th fence but Ruby Walsh realised there would be very few completions and remounted the horse to finish last of the four finishers, earning £25,000 for doing so.

Papillon was retired at the end of the 2002/03 season, having earned his connections over £400,000 in win and place prize money.


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