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Petite Etoile

Petite Etoile
Sire Petition
Dam Star Of Iran
Grandsire Fair Trial
Damsire Bois Roussel
Gender Filly
Foaled 1956
Country Great Britain
Color Grey
Breeder Prince Aly Khan
Owner Prince Aly Khan
Trainer Noel Murless
Record 14: 9-2-0
Earnings £72,626
Petite Etoile is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Star Of Iran by Petition. She was born around 1956 in Great Britain, and was bred by Prince Aly Khan.
Major wins

Sussex Stakes (1959)
Yorkshire Oaks (1959)
Champion Stakes (1959)
Victor Wild Stakes (1960)
Coronation Cup (1960, 1961)
Coronation Stakes (1961)
Rous Memorial Stakes (1961)

British Classic Race wins:
Epsom Oaks (1959)
1,000 Guineas Stakes (1959)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Petite Etoile (foaled 1956) was a filly of the highest quality, but her success would hardly have been anticipated by those who saw her in her first race as a two-year-old when she was beaten by eight lengths in a two-horse race. After that, though, she never looked back and Petite Etoile claimed the honours in the Free Handicap on her first appearance at three, before taking the 1,000 Guineas. Not everyone was sure she would stay the one and a half miles of the Epsom Oaks but she did so without problem and went on to triumph in the Sussex Stakes, Yorkshire Oaks and Champion Stakes. In 1960, she easily beat the 1959 Epsom Derby winner, Parthia, before losing the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes to Agressor in what has long been regarded as a race in which other jockeys combined to make things difficult for Lester Piggott. As a five-year-old Petite Etoile claimed a second Coronation Cup and was also victorious in three other races. She retired as a winner of 14 races worth £72,626. However, in subsequent years, her career as a broodmare was nothing short of disastrous.


  • Mooney, Bill & Ennor, George. The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing (2006) Carlton Publishing Group ISBN 978-1844421275


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