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Rock of Gibraltar (horse)

Rock of Gibraltar
Rock of Gibraltar
Sire Danehill
Dam Offshore Boom
Grandsire Danzig
Damsire Be My Guest
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1999
Country Ireland
Color Bay
Breeder Joe Crowley, M/M Aidan P. O'Brien
Owner Sue Magnier & Alex Ferguson
Trainer Aidan O'Brien
Record 13: 10-2-0
Earnings £1,164,804
Rock of Gibraltar is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Offshore Boom by Danehill. He was born around 1999 in Ireland, and was bred by Joe Crowley, M/M Aidan P. O'Brien.
Major wins
Railway Stakes (2001)
Gimcrack Stakes (2001)
Grand Critérium (2001)
Dewhurst Stakes (2001)
2,000 Guineas (2002)
Irish 2,000 Guineas (2002)
St. James's Palace Stakes (2002)
Sussex Stakes (2002)
Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (2002)
European Horse of the Year (2002)
European Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (2002)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on June 28, 2007

Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) (foaled March 8, 1999 in Ireland) is a Champion racehorse and stallion owned by Coolmore, for whom he currently stands in Ireland (during the Northern Hemisphere breeding season) and Australia (as a shuttle-stallion during the Southern Hemisphere breeding season).

He is named after the Rock of Gibraltar, a monolithic limestone promontory located in Gibraltar on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. His name was inspired by that of his dam Offshore Boom; due to its low-tax status, Gibraltar has become a popular offshore location for British and international companies to base their operations.

During Rock of Gibraltar's two seasons in racing (2001-2002), he was trained by Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle Stables in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. O'Brien also bred him in partnership with his wife Anne-Marie and father-in-law Joe Crowley. Over the course of two seasons, he set a world record of seven consecutive Group 1 wins before finishing second to Domedriver in the 2002 Breeders' Cup Mile. Rock of Gibraltar was voted the 2002 European Horse of the Year.

For much of his racing career, Rock of Gibraltar ran in the colours of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who was named as a part-owner along with Susan Magnier, wife of Coolmore owner John Magnier. Upon Rock of Gibraltar's retirement, Ferguson and John Magnier were involved in a dispute over the exact nature of the ownership of the horse which was eventually settled out of court.

Rock of Gibraltar and the dispute about his ownership was the subject of a little-known book by Scottish sportswriter Martin Hannan (Mainstream, 2004).


Career as a sire

Retired to Coolmore Stud, Rock of Gibraltar and Sunline have produced a filly called Sunstrike, who has won a race. Sunline was a champion mare, winning two W.S Cox Plates. His best sons include Hong Kong Cup winner and Epsom Derby runner-up Eagle Mountain, as well as Group One winners Seventh Rock and Mount Nelson.

Race Record

Date Course Distance Race Class Position Jockey Odds
April 21 2001 Curragh, IRE 5 furlongs First Flier E.B.F. Maiden Maiden (2yo) 1st of 6 M J Kinane 11/10F
June 19, 2001 Ascot, GB 6 furlongs Coventry Stakes Group 3 (2yo) 6th of 20 M J Kinane 10/1
July 1, 2001 Curragh, IRE 6 furlongs Railway Stakes Group 3 (2yo) 1st of 7 M J Kinane 1/2F
August 22 2001 York, GB 6 furlongs Gimcrack Stakes Group 2 (2yo) 1st of 9 M J Kinane 11/4
September 14 2001 Doncaster, GB 7 furlongs Champagne Stakes Group 2 (2yo) 2nd of 8 M J Kinane 11/10
October 7 2001 Longchamp, FR 1400 meters Grand Critérium Group 1 (2yo) 1st of 5 M J Kinane 4/5J
October 20 2001 Newmarket, GB 7 furlongs Dewhurst Stakes Group 1 (2yo) 1st of 8 M J Kinane 4/6F
May 4 2002 Newmarket, GB 1 mile 2,000 Guineas Group 1 (3yo) 1st of 22 Johnny Murtagh 9/1
May 25 2002 Curragh, IRE 1 mile Irish 2,000 Guineas Group 1 (3yo) 1st of 7 M J Kinane 4/7F
June 18 2002 Ascot, GB 1 mile St. James's Palace Stakes Group 1 (3yo) 1st of 9 M J Kinane 4/5F
July 31 2002 Goodwood, GB 1 mile Sussex Stakes Group 1 (3yo+) 1st of 5 M J Kinane 8/13F
September 8 2002 Longchamp, FR 1600 meters Prix du Moulin de Longchamp Group 1 (3yo+) 1st of 7 M J Kinane 3/5J
October 26 2002 Arlington Park, USA 1 mile Breeders' Cup Mile Group 1 (3yo+) 2nd of 14 M J Kinane 4/5F


Pedigree of Rock of Gibraltar
Danzig Northern Dancer Nearctic
Pas de Nom Admiral's Voyage
Razyana His Majesty Ribot
Flower Bowl
Spring Adieu Buckpasser
Offshore Boom
Be My Guest Northern Dancer Nearctic
What a Treat Tudor Minstrel
Rare Treat
Push a Button Bold Lad Bold Ruler
Barn Pride
River Lady Prince John
Nile Lady



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