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This article is about the racehorse. For the opera singer see Ezio Pinza.
Sire Chanteur
Dam Pasqua
Grandsire Chateau Bouscaut
Damsire Pasca
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1950
Country Great Britain
Color Bay
Breeder Fred Darling
Owner Sir Victor Sassoon
Trainer Norman Bertie
Record 7: 5 wins, 1 place[1]
Earnings ₤47,401[1]
Pinza is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Pasqua by Chanteur. He was born around 1950 in Great Britain, and was bred by Fred Darling.
Major wins
Dewhurst Stakes (1952)
Epsom Derby (1953)
K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes (1953)
Deltic locomotive 55007 was named Pinza[2]
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on April 7, 2008

Pinza (1950 - 1977) was a Thoroughbred racehorse and winner of the 1953 Epsom Derby beating Aureole by four lengths. Pinza was owned by the businessman and hotelier Sir Victor Sassoon.

Pinza was a popular Derby winner, not only because he was one of the most fancied contenders, but also because he enabled the recently knighted Gordon Richards finally to win the race after 27 previous failures.[3] As well as the Derby, Pinza also won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, again beating Aureole, and the Newmarket Stakes. Pinza's racing career was cut short by injury forcing him to retire in 1954. He was then put out to stud and sired the winners of 218 races, worth ₤173,844,[1] including Pindari,[4] winner of the King Edward VII Stakes and ₤18,456.[1]

Following the LNER tradition of naming locomotives after winning racehorses,[5] the English Electric 'Deltic' diesel locomotive, no. D9007 (later no. 55 007) was named after Pinza on 22 June 1961 and remained in service until 31 December 1981.[6][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), Thoroughbred Breeding of the World, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Names". The Deltic Preservation Society Online. Chesterfield: The Deltic Preservation Society Limited. 20 January 2008. http://www.thedps.co.uk/staticpages/index.php?page=names. Retrieved 12 January 2010. "The horse itself was the winner of the 1953 Derby" 
  3. Byles, Alex. "The Will to Win: Sir Gordon Richards". Oakengates History. Wellington: Partnership Publishing. http://www.oakengates.com/history/gordonrichards.htm. Retrieved 8 January 2008. 
  4. "Pindari Thoroughbred". Pedigree Online All Breed Database. Carlsbad, CA: AllBreedPedigrees.com. http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/pindari. Retrieved 8 January 2008. 
  5. Nock, O.S. (1985). British Locomotives of the 20th Century: Volume 3 1960-the present day. London: Guild Publishing/Book Club Associates. pp. 70–71. CN9613. 
  6. "D9007/9007/55007". The Chronicles of Napier. P.A. Bettany. http://www.napier-chronicles.co.uk/9007.htm. Retrieved 19 January 2008. "in honour of racehorse owned by Sir Victor Sassoon, which won the Derby" 

  • The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing Bill Mooney and George Ennor 2006 ISBN 978-1844421176

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