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Royal Charger

Royal Charger
Sire Nearco
Dam Sun Princess
Grandsire Pharos
Damsire Solario
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1942
Country Great Britain
Color Chestnut
Breeder Sir John L. Jarvis
Owner Sir John L. Jarvis
Irish National Stud (1946 at stud)
George D. Widener, Jr. (1953 at stud)
Trainer Not found
Record 20: 6-7-2
Earnings £5,057
Royal Charger is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Sun Princess by Nearco. He was born around 1942 in Great Britain, and was bred by Sir John L. Jarvis.
Major wins
Queen Anne Stakes (1946)
Challenge Stakes (1946)
Ayr Gold Cup (1946)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 23 November 2006

Royal Charger (1942-1961) was an British Thoroughbred racehorse who was successful in racing but even more so as a sire. He was the son of the very important sire Nearco.

Retired after his four-year-old racing season in 1946, Royal Charger's owner sold him to the Irish National Stud for £52,000. There, he sired a number of important horses before being purchased in 1953 by American George D. Widener, Jr., who brought him to stand at his Old Kenney Farm (now Green Gates Farm) in Lexington, Kentucky. A three-quarters brother to the important sire Nasrullah, who also was brought to Kentucky from England, Royal Charger sired more than 55 stakes winners. Among his Irish progeny was Turn-To who also was sent to the U.S. where he was the leading Juvenile sire in 1958, notably through his colt First Landing. Other offspring included:

  • Copenhagen, 4-time Leading sire in New Zealand
  • Happy Laughter, U.K. Champion 3-year-old filly
  • Royal Duchy, Irish Champion 2-year-old filly
  • Royal Palm, U.K. Champion sprinter
  • Royal Serenade, two-time U.K. Champion sprinter
  • Sea Charger, Irish Champion 3-year-old colt
  • Sheila's Cabin, Irish Champion 2-year-old filly

In addition, Royal Charger was an important broodmare sire of more than 70 stakes winners, including Crowned Prince, the 1971 Champion 2-Year-Old Colt in England; the 1969 U.S. Champion Two Year Old Filly, Tudor Queen; and U.S. Hall of Famer Majestic Prince.

Royal Charged died in November 1961 and was buried at Old Kenney Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

Pedigree of Royal Charger
Pharos Phalaris Polymelus
Scapa Flow Chaucer
Nogara Havresac Rabelais
Hors Concours
Catnip Spearmint
Sun Princess
Solario Gainsborough Bayardo
Sun Worship Sundridge
Mumtaz Begum Blenheim Blandford
Mumtaz Mahal The Tetrarch
Lady Josephine



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