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Royal Palace (horse)

Royal Palace
Sire Ballymoss
Dam Crystal Palace
Grandsire Mossborough
Damsire Solar Slipper
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1964
Country Great Britain
Color Bay
Breeder Jim Joel
Owner Jim Joel, Hon. Lady Macdonald-Buchanan, & Lord Howard de Walden[1]
Trainer Noel Murless
Record 11: 9-0-1
Earnings ₤166,063[1] US$471,236 (equivalent)
Royal Palace is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Crystal Palace by Ballymoss. He was born around 1964 in Great Britain, and was bred by Jim Joel.
Major wins

Acomb Stakes (1966)
Royal Lodge Stakes (1966)
Coronation Cup (1968)
Prince of Wales's Stakes (1968)
Eclipse Stakes (1968)
K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes (1968)
Coronation Stakes (1968)

British Classic Race wins:
2,000 Guineas Stakes (1967)
Epsom Derby (1967)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on July 26, 2008

Royal Palace (1964-1991) was an British Thoroughbred racehorse. He was bred and raced by Jim Joel, whose father and uncle were both major forces in British horse racing. Out of the racing mare Crystal Palace, he was sired by Ballymoss, the 1958 European Horse of the Year and a grandson of one of the most influential stallions in history, Nearco.

Trained by Noel Murless, in 1967 Australian Racing Hall of Fame jockey George Moore rode Royal Palace to victory in two British Classic Races. He first captured the 2,000 Guineas Stakes and then won the Derby by defeating Charles Engelhard, Jr.'s highly regarded colt, Ribocco. In 1968, Royal Palace won several premier races including the Eclipse Stakes, in which he scored a thrilling victory over the French colt Taj Dewan and that year's Derby winner Sir Ivor; and finally the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, in which he broke down although holding on to win gamely. In all of his races as a four year old he was ridden by Sandy Barclay.

Retired to stud duty having won nine of his eleven starts, Royal Palace notably sired Dunfermline, winner of the 1977 Epsom Oaks and St. Leger Stakes for her owner, Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1991, at The National Stud near Newmarket, Suffolk in England, the twenty-seven-year-old Royal Palace was euthanized as a result of infirmities from old age. He is buried in The National Stud's horse cemetery.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biggar, Allan (ed.), The Stallion Review 1977


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