User Friendly (horse)
|Breeder||Stetchworth Park Stud Ltd.|
|Owner||William J. Gredley|
|User Friendly is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Rostova by Slip Anchor. She was born around 1989 in Great Britain, and was bred by Stetchworth Park Stud Ltd..|
British Classic Race wins:|
Epsom Oaks (1992)
St. Leger Stakes (1992)
European Champion Three-Year-Old Filly (1992)|
European Horse of the Year (1992)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on 08:32, Monday December 5 2016 (UTC)|
User Friendly (foaled February 4, 1989 in England) is a European Champion Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred by Stetchworth Park Stud Ltd. in Stetchworth, East Cambridgeshire, she was out of the mare Rostova and a descendant of the great Nearco through her sire, the 1985 Epsom Derby winner, Slip Anchor.
1992 European Horse of the Year
Trained by Clive Brittain, User Friendly made her racing debut on April 24, 1992 in England with a win in the Forte Airport Service Fillies Maiden Stakes at Sandown Park Racecourse. She followed up with a win in the Lingfield Oaks Trial then on June 6 won the Group One Classic, the Epsom Oaks. On July 11, User Friendly won her second straight Group One event, taking the Irish Oaks at the Curragh.  On August 19 she won the Yorkshire Oaks at York Racecourse and then on September 19 at Doncaster Racecourse she made it four Group Ones in a row and her second English Classic win by defeating her male counterparts in the St. Leger Stakes.  On October 4, User Friendly was sent to Longchamp Racecourse in Paris for the prestigious Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe where she finished second to Subotica.  In her last start of 1992, User Friendly was sent to Tokyo, Japan to compete in the Japan Cup in which she finished sixth to winner, Tokai Teio.
At age four
User Friendly made her first start at age four on June 3, 1993 at Epsom Downs, finishing fourth in the Coronation Cup. She returned to her winning form on July 4 with a victory in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud at Saint-Cloud Racecourse in France. On July 24 she ran fourth behind winner Opera House in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot Racecourse  and then was third as the returning champion in the Yorkshire Oaks. On October 3 User Friendly returned to Longchamp Racecourse in Paris for the 1993 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. This time, she finished twenty-second in a field of twenty-three behind winner, Urban Sea.
At age five
In 1994, User Friendly's handlers decided to send her to compete in the United States. For trainer Rodney Rash, on July 29 she made her first start of the year winning a 1 1/16-mile Allowance race on grass at Del Mar Racetrack in California.  Her next race, and the last of her career, came on August 29 at Arlington Park in Chicago. In a field of eight fillies and mares, she ran last in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes behind fellow European filly Hatoof.
As a broodmare
Retired to broodmare duty, at the November 1995 Keeneland breeding stock sale, Kazuo Nakamura of Japan paid US$2.5 million for User Friendly who was already in foal to Mr. Prospector.  She stood in Kentucky where she produced three more foals  before being sold again at Keeneland's November 1999 breeding stock sale for US$1.7 million to David Nagel who brought her to stand at his Barronstown Stud in County Wexford, Ireland.
User Friendly produced eleven foals between 1996 and 2007 from the world's top sires such as Mr. Prospector, Danehill, Deputy Minister, Kingmambo, Sadler's Wells, Storm Cat, and Danehill Dancer. To date, her offspring have met with limited success in racing.
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