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Sailor's Guide

Sailor's Guide
Sire Lighthouse
Dam Jehane
Grandsire Pharos
Damsire Legend of France
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1952
Country Australia
Color Brown
Record 30:18-4-0
Earnings US$116,586 & £66,494
Sailor's Guide is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Jehane by Lighthouse. He was born around 1952 in Australia.
Major wins
VRC Derby (1955)
VRC St Leger Stakes (1956)
Sydney Cup (1956)
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1956)
C B Fisher Plate (1956)
Craiglee Stakes (1956)
AJC St Leger (1956)
Sandown Classic (1957)
LKS MacKinnon Stakes (1957)
Craiglee Stakes (1957)
Blamey Stakes (1957)
Washington, D.C. International Stakes (1958)
P J O'Shea Stakes (1958)
Blamey Stakes (1958)
Jockey Club Cup Handicap (1959)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 1 May 2009

Sailor's Guide was an outstanding Thoroughbred racehorse that was conceived in England and foaled in Australia.[1] He is notable in that he won races in the United States and Canada, a number of principal Australian races, and was a high stakes earner.

He also won many of the major races in Australia in the late 1950s, including the Sydney Cup, the VRC Derby and the LKS MacKinnon Stakes. [2] and was one of the highest stake winners of the period. He also won the Sky Classic Stakes in Toronto, Canada.

He ended up winning more than £100,000, with Tulloch and the harness horse Caduceus as the only horses bred in Australia or New Zealand to have achieved this distinction at that time. [3] Tulloch was his main rival, and they beat each other on a number of occasions.

The most important race he won was the 1958 Washington, D.C. International (now replaced by the Breeders' Cup Turf), a major horse race in the United States. It was raced on turf at 1½ miles and drew the best horses from North America and Europe. In winning the race, Sailor's Guide beat the top performer Ballymoss who had a Timeform rating of 136. Soon after, Ballymoss won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and was also voted as 1958 European Horse of the Year. [4]

Sailor's Guide was retired to stud in America, but was a poor foal-getter. He did have eight of his progeny race without any great success.[1]

Reference list

  1. 1.0 1.1 Pring, Peter; "Analysis of Champion Racehorses", The Thoroughbred Press, Sydney, 1977, ISBN 0-908133-00-6
  2. Race wins - Sailor's Guide
  3. Horses to exceed the £100,000 mark
  4. Racing History Tulloch and Sailor's Guide


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