Jump to: navigation, search

User Friendly (horse)

User Friendly
Sire Slip Anchor
Dam Rostova
Grandsire Shirley Heights
Damsire Blakeney
Gender Filly
Foaled 1989
Country Great Britain
Color Bay
Breeder Stetchworth Park Stud Ltd.
Owner William J. Gredley
Trainer Clive Brittain
Record 15: 8-1-1
Earnings ££961,366
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..
Major wins

Sandown Park Fillies Maiden Stakes (1992)
Lingfield Oaks Trial (1992)
Irish Oaks (1992)
Yorkshire Oaks (1992)
Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (1993)
Del Mar Allowance Race (1994)

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 08:59, Sunday May 28 2017 (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. [1] 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. [2] 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. [3] 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.

User Friendly's 1992 performances earned her two Cartier Racing Awards for, one for European Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and the other as the European Horse of the Year.

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 [4] 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. [5] 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. [6] She stood in Kentucky where she produced three more foals [7] 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.

Pedigree of User Friendly
Slip Anchor
Shirley Heights Mill Reef Never Bend
Milan Mill
Hardiemma Hardicanute
Grand Cross
Sayonara Birkhahn Alchimist
Suleika Ticino
Blakeney Hethersett Hugh Lupus
Bride Elect
Windmill Girl Hornbeam
Chorus Beauty
Poppy Day Soleil II Major Portion
Aurore Polaire
Red Poppy Rockefella
Red Shoes



Premier Equine Classifieds


Subscribe to our newsletter and keep abreast of the latest news, articles and information delivered directly to your inbox.

Did You Know?

Modern horse breeds developed in response to a need for "form to function", the necessity to develop certain physical characteristics in order to perform a certain type of work... More...

The Gypsy Cob was originally bred to be a wagon horse and pulled wagons or caravans known as Vardos; a type of covered wagon that people lived in... More...

Archaeological evidence indicates that the Arabian horse bloodline dates back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses spread around the world by both war and trade.... More...

That the term "Sporthorse" is a term used to describe a type of horse rather than any particular breed... More...