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Papyrus (horse)

Sire Tracery
Dam Miss Matty
Grandsire Rock Sand
Damsire Marcovil
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1920
Country Ireland
Color Brown
Breeder Sir John Robinson
Owner Benjamin Irish
John Peter Hornung (at age 4)
Trainer Basil Ernest Jarvis
Record 18: 9-4-1
Earnings $85,742
Papyrus is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Miss Matty by Tracery. He was born around 1920 in Ireland, and was bred by Sir John Robinson.
Major wins
Prendergast Stakes (1922)
Chester Vase (1923)
Epsom Derby (1923)
Duke of York Stakes (1923)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on August 27, 2008

Papyrus (1920-1941) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse bred in Ireland. Out of the mare Miss Matty, he was sired by Tracery whose sire was Rock Sand.

In 1923, Papyrus won England's most prestigious race, the Epsom Derby, and finished 2nd in the St. Leger Stakes. However, for American racing fans he is best remembered for his 1923 match race with Kentucky Derby winner Zev. Papyrus was shipped by ocean vessel with his own special feed mix, his stablemate Bargold, his stable cat, two stable boys, his trainer, and jockey Steve Donoghue. Racing on a dirt track for the first time and in heavy mud at Belmont Park without mud calks, Papyrus was beaten by five lengths. The match race was a tool to boost American racing which at the time was going through a bad patch. Terms of the match were to allow Zev to come upsides the derby champion and that is what Donoghue did but in a short while Zev kicked on, Papyrus then got covered in dirt and try as he did, never got back on terms.

As a sire

Retired to stud duty, Papyrus sired Osiris who won several stakes races in England then stood at stud in Canada where he was the Leading sire in 1938, 1940, 1942, and 1947. As well, Papyrus was the damsire of Princequillo who in turned sired a number of important Thoroughbreds and was the grandfather of Secretariat. Other descendants from Papyrus includes Shergar.



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