Giant's Causeway (horse)

Giant's Causeway (February 14, 1997 – April 16, 2018) was a Kentucky-bred thoroughbred racehorse who competed primarily in Europe.

Giant's Causeway
SireStorm Cat
GrandsireStorm Bird
DamMariah's Storm
CountryUnited States
BreederOrpendale & Michael Tabor
OwnerSue Magnier & Michael Tabor
TrainerAidan O'Brien
Record13: 9–4–0
Major wins
Futurity Stakes (1999)
Prix de la Salamandre (1999)
Gladness Stakes (2000)
St. James's Palace Stakes (2000)
Eclipse Stakes (2000)
Sussex Stakes (2000)
Juddmonte International Stakes (2000)
Irish Champion Stakes (2000)
Cartier Horse of the Year (2000)
Leading sire in North America (2009, 2010, 2012)
Leading broodmare sire in North America (2018)
Giant's Causeway Stakes at Keeneland
Last updated on April 17, 2010


Giant's Causeway was a chestnut horse bred in Kentucky by Orpendale & Michael Tabor.

Racing careerEdit

1999: two-year-old seasonEdit

As a two-year-old in 1999, Giant's Causeway was unbeaten in three races: a maiden race at Naas, the Futurity Stakes at the Curragh and the Prix de la Salamandre at Longchamp.

2000: three-year-old seasonEdit

In the spring of 2000, Giant's Causeway won the Gladness Stakes at the Curragh and then finished second in both the 2000 Guineas and the Irish 2000 Guineas.

He then won five straight Group One races: the St. James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park, the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, the Juddmonte International Stakes at York and the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown.

His winning sequence was broken in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on 23 September, when he was beaten half a length by Observatory. On his final racecourse appearance, Giant's Causeway was sent to the United States to contest the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in which he raced on dirt for the first time. Starting at odds of 7.6/1 he was beaten a neck into second place by the American colt Tiznow, with the other beaten horses including Captain Steve, Lemon Drop Kid, Fusaichi Pegasus and Cat Thief.


Giant's Causeway performance in 2000 earned him European Horse of the Year honors.

Post-Racing CareerEdit

In 2001, Giant's Causeway entered stud at Coolmore Stud in Ireland, then the following year was sent to stand at Coolmore's Australia branch. His success led to the stallion going to Coolmore's U.S. unit, Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky. In 2006, he stood for a fee of $300,000.

Giant's Causeway died at the Ashford Stud on 16 April 2018 after a "brief illness" at the age of 21.[1]

Stud careerEdit

Giant's Causeway's descendants include:[2]

c = colt, f = filly

Foaled Name Sex Major Wins
2002 Footstepsinthesand c 2000 Guineas
2002 My Typhoon f Diana Stakes
2002 Maids Causeway f Coronation Stakes
2002 Aragorn f Oak Tree Derby, Eddie Read Stakes, Shoemaker Mile Stakes, Del Mar Mile Handicap
2002 Shamardal c Poule d'Essai des Poulains, St James's Palace Stakes, Vintage Stakes, Dewhurst Stakes
2003 Heatseeker c Santa Anita Handicap
2003 Frost Giant c Suburban Handicap
2003 First Samurai c Hopeful Stakes
2004 Mike Fox c Queen's Plate
2004 Suzuka Causeway c Keio Hai Spring Cup
2004 Swift Temper c Ruffian Stakes, Delaware Handicap, Groupie Doll Stakes
2004 Red Giant c Virginia Derby, Fourstardave Handicap, Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes
2005 Cowboy Cal c Oak Tree Mile Stakes, Strub Stakes, San Pasqual Handicap, Bryan Station Stakes
2006 Ghanaati c 1000 Guineas Stakes
2007 Eishin Apollon f Mile Championship
2007 Await the Dawn f Hardwicke Stakes, Kilternan Stakes
2007 Eskendereya f Wood Memorial Stakes, Pilgrim Stakes, Fountain of Youth Stakes
2009 Creative Cause c American Pharoah Stakes, San Felipe Stakes
2009 Irish Mission c Glens Falls Stakes, La Prevoyante Stakes
2010 Rite of Passage c Ascot Gold Cup
2010 Red Rifle c Bowling Green Handicap, Dominion Day Stakes
2011 Protonico c Alysheba Stakes, Discovery Handicap
2012 Take Charge Brandi c Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies
2013 Aquaphobia c United Nations Stakes
2013 Brody's Cause c Breeders' Futurity Stakes, Blue Grass Stakes
2014 Bricks and Mortar c Manhattan Handicap, Turf Classic Stakes, Pegasus World Cup Turf, Arlington Million, Breeders' Cup Turf
2014 Vexatious f Personal Ensign Stakes


Pedigree of Giant's Causeway
Storm Cat
Storm Bird Northern Dancer Nearctic
South Ocean New Providence
Shining Sun
Terlingua Secretariat Bold Ruler
Crimson Saint Crimson Satan
Bolero Rose
Mariah's Storm
Rahy Blushing Groom Red God
Runaway Bride
Glorious Song Halo
Immense Roberto Hail To Reason
Imsodear Chieftain


  1. ^ "Giant's Causeway Dead at 21". The Blood-Horse. 17 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Giant's Causeway". Ahonoora. Retrieved 7 August 2019.

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