Val d'Or (horse)

Val d'Or (foaled 1902) was a French Thoroughbred racehorse who was only defeated 16 times in his career. His wins included the Prix de Deux Ans, Grand Criterium, Poule d'Essai des Poulains and Eclipse Stakes. During his racing career he was owned by Edmond Blanc and trained by Robert Denman. After retiring from racing he became a sire in Argentina.

Val d'Or
SireFlying Fox
OwnerEdmond Blanc
TrainerRobert Denman
Record7: 6-0-0
Major wins
Prix de Deux Ans (1904)
Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte (1904)
Prix La Rochette (1904)
Grand Criterium (1904)
Poule d'Essai des Poulains (1905)
Eclipse Stakes (1905)
Last updated on 18 December 2012


Val d'Or was a bay colt foaled in 1902.[1] He was sired by British Triple Crown winner Flying Fox. Flying Fox was also a successful stallion in France, with his progeny also including Prix du Jockey Club winner Ajax, Poule d'Essai des Poulains and Prix du Jockey Club winner Dagor, Prix de la Forêt winner Adam and Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner Gouvernant.[2] Val d'Or's dam, Wandora, was a daughter of Bruce.[1]

Racing careerEdit

Val d'Or was unbeaten in four starts as a two-year-old.[3] His wins came in the Prix de Deux Ans at Deauville,[4] the Critérium de Maisons-Laffitte at Maisons-Laffitte,[5] the Prix La Rochette at Longchamp[6] and the Grand Criterium, also at Longchamp.[7]

Returning as a three-year-old he won the Poule d'Essai des Poulains at Longchamp.[8] In the Grand Prix de Paris he finished fourth behind winner Finasseur.[9] It was widely believed than he was not at his best for the Grand Prix de Paris, due to him suffering from an illness that affected many horses in the stable.[10] He then travelled over to England for the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park. The favourite for the race was Epsom Derby winner Cicero at 8/13. Val d'Or was second favourite at 3/1, with Llangibby at 9/1. The three outsiders of the six-strong field were Polymelus, Henry the First and Challenger. Polymelus led the field away, being followed by Cicero and Val d'Or. Cicero took the lead as they turned into the finishing straight and was closely followed by Polymelus and Val d'Or. As they neared the finish Polymelus faded away and Val d'Or challenged Cicero for the lead, with Llangibby back in third place. Val d'Or and Cicero raced side by side until the finish, where Val d'Or got the better of Cicero by half a length. Third placed Llangibby was a further three quarters of a length behind, with Polymelus finishing in fourth.[8] Val d'Or had been the strong favourite for the St. Leger Stakes with just a few days to go to the race. However, he was held up for three days in Boulogne due to rough seas and Blanc decided to withdraw him from the race.[11]

Stud careerEdit

It had been intended for Val d'Or to stay in training as a four-year-old, but Edmond Blanc received an offer of £30,000 for him so stand at stud in Argentina, which he accepted.[10] He met with some success as a sire there, with his progeny including Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini winner Ocurrencia.[2]


Pedigree of Val d'Or, bay stallion, 1902[1]
Flying Fox (GB)
b. 1896
b. 1889
b. 1883
Bend Or
Lily Agnes
b. 1873
St. Angela
Vampire (GB)
br. 1889
b. 1872
Flying Duchess
ch. 1881
Wandora (FR)
ch. 1887
Bruce (GB)
b. 1879
See Saw
b. 1865
Margery Daw
b. 1866
Windfall (GB)
ch. 1875
ch. 1868
Christmas Fare
br. 1864
Plum Pudding

Note: b. = Bay, br. = Brown, ch. = Chestnut

* Val d'Or was inbred 3 × 4 to Galopin. This means that the stallion appears once in the third generation and once in the fourth generation of his pedigree.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Val d'Or (FR) pedigree". Retrieved 2012-12-12.
  2. ^ a b "Flying Fox". 1911-03-21. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  3. ^ "STUD NEWS AND NOTES". Otago Witness. 7 December 1904. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  4. ^ "SPORTING NOTES". Star. 23 March 1905. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  5. ^ "All the races". Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  6. ^ "All the races". Archived from the original on 2014-07-27. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  7. ^ "WORLD OF SPORT". Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette. 26 September 1904. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  8. ^ a b "THE ECLIPSE STAKES". Otago Witness. 6 September 1905. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  9. ^ "SPORTING NOTES". Star. 28 July 1905. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  10. ^ a b "PARS ABOUT NOTABILITIES". Auckland Star. 28 July 1906. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  11. ^ "THE SCRATCHINGS OF FAVOURITES". Otago Witness. 8 November 1905. Retrieved 2012-12-18.