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Troy (horse)

Sire Petingo
Dam La Milo
Grandsire Petition
Damsire Hornbeam
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1976
Country Ireland
Color Bay
Breeder Ballymacoll Stud
Owner Sir Michael Sobell & Lord Weinstock
Trainer Dick Hern
Record 11: 8-2-1
Earnings £450,494
Troy is a thoroughbred racehorse out of La Milo by Petingo. He was born around 1976 in Ireland, and was bred by Ballymacoll Stud.
Major wins

Vintage Stakes (1978)
Sandown Classic Trial (1979)
Predominate Stakes (1979)
Irish Derby (1979)
K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes (1979)
Benson and Hedges Gold Cup (1979)

British Classic Race wins:
Epsom Derby (1979)
U. K. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1979)
Timeform rating: 137
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on July 17, 2007

Troy (1976-1983) was an British Thoroughbred racehorse. Owned by industrialist Sir Michael Sobell and his son-in-law Lord Weinstock, under trainer Dick Hern the colt notably won the 1979 Epsom and Irish Derbys en route to earning 3-Year-Old Champion honors as well as the British flat racing Champion Owner title for Sobell. Of his eleven lifetime starts, Troy won eight, finished second twice, and was third in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe to the French filly Three Troikas.

As a stallion

Troy was syndicated by the Queen's manager of racing, Lord Porchester, for a then-record price of £7.2 million and retired to stud duty in 1980. In what was a very short career, Troy sired Helen Street, winner of the 1985 Irish Oaks and France's Prix du Calvados. As a broodmare, Helen Street produced Street Cry, the sire of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense. By another daughter, Sheer Audacity, Troy was also the damsire of the 1999 Epsom Derby winner, Oath.

Troy also sired Walensee who raced in France and won the 1985 Prix Vermeille and was voted that country's Champion 3-Year-Old Filly. She was the dam of Westerner, the 2004 and 2005 European Champion Stayer. Through another daughter, Cocotte, Troy was the damsire of Pilsudski, the 1997 European Champion Older Horse.

After only four seasons as a stallion, the seven-year-old Troy died at stud of a perforated bowel in May 1983. He is buried at Highclere Stud in Burghclere Newbury, Berkshire.


  • Wright, Howard (1986). The Encyclopedia of Flat Racing. Robert Hale. pp. p306. ISBN 0709026390. 


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