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Old Vic (1986–2011) was a Thoroughbred racehorse who won the Prix du Jockey Club and the Irish Derby. After retiring from racing he went on to become a top national hunt sire. He was one of the first crop of foals by the influential sire Sadler's Wells.

Old Vic
SireSadler's Wells
GrandsireNorthern Dancer
CountryUnited Kingdom
BreederStowell Hill Ltd
OwnerSheikh Mohammed
TrainerHenry Cecil
Record9: 6-1-1
Major wins
Sandown Classic Trial (1989)
Chester Vase (1989)
Prix du Jockey Club (1989)
Irish Derby (1989)
Leading jump racing sire in GB & Ireland
Timeform rating: 136


Racing careerEdit

Old Vic made his racecourse debut in a maiden at Newmarket in September 1988 and finished sixth. He started once more as a two-year-old, winning a maiden at Haydock Park. He easily won the Burghclere Stakes at Newbury on his first race of 1989. He then stepped up in class for the Sandown Classic Trial. He faced only two opponents and won the race by four lengths. He followed this up with a win in the Chester Vase at the May meeting. Old Vic then travelled to France for the Prix du Jockey Club. He quickened clear with two furlongs to run and was never challenged, winning by seven lengths from Dancehall. After this performance, he started the hot favourite for the Irish Derby and won by four lengths despite the presence of a large abscess in the saddle area and the need to have foam pads under the saddle to enable him to run.[1]

Old Vic raced as a four-year-old, beginning at Royal Ascot where he started the 4/5 favourite in the Hardwicke Stakes. He finished third, a long way behind the surprise winner Assatis. Old Vic's final start came in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He led from the start but was overtaken by Belmez with two furlongs to run. Old Vic came back at Belmez again and just failed to win by a neck. The field also included In the Wings and Assatis.


At the end of the 1989 season Old Vic was officially rated as the joint best horse with Zilzal.[2] Timeform gave Zilzal a rating of 137, with Old Vic on 136 and Nashwan on 135. Old Vic was also officially rated the best older horse of the 1990 season.[2]

Stud careerEdit

Old Vic was retired to stud. He failed to produce many top class flat horses, the best being multiple Group 3 winner Orchestra Stall. However he went on to become one of the leading National Hunt sires and was leading sire for the 2007/08 season.

Notable progenyEdit

c = colt, f = filly

Foaled Name Sex Major Wins
1998 Kicking King c John Durkan Memorial Chase, King George VI Chase (twice), Cheltenham Gold Cup, Punchestown Gold Cup
1998 Our Vic c Ascot Chase, Ryanair Chase, totesport Bowl
1998 Snoopy Loopy c Betfair Chase
1999 Comply or Die c Grand National
2000 Don't Push It c Grand National
2000 In Compliance c John Durkan Memorial Chase
2001 One Cool Cookie c Powers Gold Cup

Old Vic died in February 2011.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Top racehorse and jumps sire Old Vic dies | Racing Post". 2011-02-23. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
  2. ^ a b "Ratings: Top Rated Horses". Archived from the original on May 4, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-08.

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