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Straw Bear

Straw Bear
Straw Bear after winning the 2006 Fighting Fifth Hurdle
Sire Diesis
Dam Highland Ceilidh
Grandsire Sharpen Up
Damsire Scottish Reel
Gender Gelding
Foaled 2001
Country USA
Color Chestnut
Breeder Cyril Humphris
Owner J. P. McManus
Trainer Nick Gifford
Record 9-8-5
Earnings £323,183
Straw Bear is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Highland Ceilidh by Diesis. He was born around 2001 in USA, and was bred by Cyril Humphris.
Major wins

Fighting Fifth Hurdle (2006),

Christmas Hurdle (2007)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Straw Bear (foaled in 2001 in Kentucky, USA) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse, born to sire, Diesis and dam, Highland Ceilidh.[1] He is owned by John P. McManus, trained by Nick Gifford, and his primary jockey has been Tony McCoy.

Straw Bear started racing as a two year old in June 2003. He won his first race, the Ladbrokes Novice Auction Stakes (a Class F race) in September 2006 at Wolverhampton Racecourse in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England.[2] His first notable win came in April 2006 at Aintree Racecourse in Aintree, Liverpool, England where he won the John Smith's Imagine Appeal Top Novices' Hurdle, a Grade 2 National Hunt race.[3] Straw Bear’s first major win came in November 2006. With jockey Tony McCoy at the helm, he went on to win the 2006 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle Racecourse in Newcastle, England where he beat Noble Request.[4]

Straw Bear’s other major Grade 1 National Hunt win came in the Christmas Hurdle in December 2007 at Kempton Park Racecourse in Surrey, England. Straw Bear narrowly beat out Harchibald for the victory. Afterwards, McCoy spoke of the tough victory for Straw Bear: Harchibald is a very good horse and the plan was to have a little bit to battle with at the finish. We did have a bit left for a battle and mine's a good horse too and deserved to win a good race.[5]

As of September 2009, Straw Bear’s career record stands at 9 wins, 8 places and 5 shows, with 2 of his wins coming in Grade 1 races. He has placed in 85% and 65% of races at flat and jump surfaces respectively. [6]


  1. Straw Bear Pedigree, pedigreequery.com
  2. Straw Bear Horse Details, goracing.ie
  3. John Smith’s National News, johnsmiths.co.uk, 7 April 2006, accessed 25 September 2009.
  4. Straw Bear impresses at Newcastle, news.bbc.co.uk, 25 November 2006, accessed 25 September 2009.
  5. Christmas Hurdle win for Gifford's six-year-old, the-racehorse.com, 26 December 2007, accessed 25 September 2009.
  6. Straw Bear History, racingpost.com


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