|Sire||Mark of Esteem|
|Breeder||The Old Suffolk Stud|
|Sir Percy is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Percy's Lass by Mark of Esteem. He was born around 2003 in Great Britain, and was bred by The Old Suffolk Stud.|
Vintage Stakes (2005) |
Dewhurst Stakes (2005)
Epsom Derby (2006)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on June 21, 2007|
Breeding and pedigree
Sir Percy was bred by Harry Ormesher at the Old Suffolk Stud in Hundon, Suffolk. His sire Mark of Esteem won the 1996 2,000 Guineas, his dam Percy's Lass won the Group 3 September Stakes in 1988 (and subsequently died of cholic when Sir Percy was a foal. Sir Percy was the last of her offspring) and his damsire Blakeney won the Epsom Derby himself in 1969. Sir Percy was named after Sir Percy Blakeney, the hero of the novel The Scarlet Pimpernel.
He is trained by Marcus Tregoning at Lambourn, Berkshire and has been ridden in all his races to date by Martin Dwyer. He was owned by A E Pakenham Esq who only bought him as compensation for losing a National Hunt Horse. What compensation he turned out to be for the Pakenhams' who were previously National Hunt owners only.
On June 3 he won the 2006 Epsom Derby, beating Dragon Dancer by a short head. His previous price at auction had been 16,000 guineas, making him one of the cheapest Derby winners in recent years. He came with a late but decisive mood down the rail and gave his trainer his first Derby Winner. Martin Dwyer's ride on Sir Percy at Epsom earned him the 2006 Lester Award for Flat Ride of the Year.
On his only start after his Derby win he finished seventh of eight runners behind Pride in the Champion Stakes, when it was revealed he was still suffering the ill effects of an injury sustained in the Derby.
Sir Percy has remained in training for 2007 and his first race of the season came in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on March 31. He was struck into just after the field left the stalls but ran on to finish fourth to Vengeance of Rain.
On his most recent appearance in 2007, Sir Percy was last of the six runners behind Manduro in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Ascot Racecourse. He made much of the running in the race but was outpaced near the finish.
Sir Percy, who raced three times in 2007, retired with five wins from 10 races and earnings of $2,150,350. He was a Cartier Award nominee at 2 and 3. He has since been retired to stud at Kirsten Rausing's Lanwades Stud in Newmarket where he will enter stud in 2008 for a fee of 8,000 pounds.
Bred in Great Britain by The Old Suffolk Stud, Sir Percy is by Mark of Esteem and is the last foal from English group winner Percy's Lass.