|Tony Bin is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Severn Bridge by Kampala. He was born around 1983 in Ireland, and was bred by Pat O'Callaghan.|
Premio Presidente della Repubblica (1987, 1988)|
Gran Premio di Milano (1987, 1988)
Gran Premio del Jockey Club (1987)
Premio Federico Tesio (1988)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1988)
European Champion Older Horse (1988)|
Leading sire in Japan (1994)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on June 17, 2007|
Bred by Pat O'Callaghan, Tony Bin was foaled on April 7, 1983. He was a son of Rathbarry Stud's Kampala and out of the mare Severn Bridge. The colt was a descendant of the great Nearco through both his sire and his dam. There was nothing special about the foal and O'Callaghan sold him for a paltry 3,000 guineas to the Allevamento White Star breeding and racing operation of Italian businessman Luciano Gaucci.
Trained by Luigi Camici, at age two Tony Bin's best result in a major race was a third in the GI Gran Criterium at Milan's San Siro Racecourse. As a three-year-old in 1986, he achieved a second place finish in the GI Gran Premio del Jockey Club.
It was at age four that Tony Bin blossomed into a star. In 1987 he won some of Italy's most prestigious Group One events including the Gran Premio del Jockey Club, the Premio Presidente della Repubblica and Gran Premio di Milano, repeating as winner of the latter two in 1988. Sent to race in France and England, he ran second in the 1988 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and third in the 1988 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. In October, he capped off a brilliant campaign with a win in France's most prestigious race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. His 1988 campaign earned him European Champion Older Horse honors.
Tony Bin was sold for US$4 million to the Zenya Yoshida family of Japan. He stood at stud at their Shadai Stallion Station in Shiraoi, Hokkaido where he met with considerable success. The leading sire in Japan in 1994, Tony Bin's progeny includes:
- Winning Ticket (1990) - winner of the 1993 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby).
- Jungle Pocket (1998) - winner of the Tokyo Yushun and Japan Cup, voted the 2001 Japan Horse of the Year and rated that year by Timeform as the third best 3-year-old colt in the world.
- Narita Century (1999) - Japanese stakes winner of US$2,466,527.
- Telegnosis (1999) - winner of GI NHK Mile Cup with career earnings of more than US$3 million.
- Air Groove (1993) - Horse of the Year and 1997 Champion Older Mare in Japan. In July 2004, her foal (later named The Sunday Fusaichi) by Dance in the Dark sold for ¥490,000,000 (U.S.$4.54 million), making it the world's highest-priced foal and the most expensive horse ever sold at auction in Japan.
Tony Bin sired other Grade I millionaire winners and was also the damsire of the Japanese colt Heart's Cry, winner of the 2006 Dubai Sheema Classic who handed Deep Impact his first ever loss in winning the 2005 Arima Kinen.
In 2000, Champion Tony Bin died unexpectedly of heart failure at the age of seventeen.