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Sadler's Wells
Sire Northern Dancer
Grandsire Nearctic
Dam Fairy Bridge
Damsire Bold Reason
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1981
Country United States United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Swettenham Stud
Owner Robert Sangster
Trainer Vincent O'Brien
Record 11:6-4-0
Earnings $663,423
Major wins
Beresford Stakes (1983)
Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (1984)
Irish 2,000 Guineas (1984)
Eclipse Stakes (1984)
Irish Champion Stakes (1984)
Champion Miler in France (1984)
Leading sire in North America (1995)
Leading sire in Britain & Ireland
(1990, 1992-2004)
Leading sire in France
(1993, 1994, 1999)
Leading broodmare sire in Britain & Ireland (2005-2008)

Sadler's Wells was a racehorse born in 1981, and sired by Northern Dancer. Although foaled in the United States, he achieved his racing and breeding fame in Europe.

Sadler's Wells, trained by Vincent O'Brien, had a successful racing career - as a three-year-old in 1984 he won the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial, the Irish 2,000 Guineas, the Eclipse Stakes and the inaugural Phoenix Champion Stakes. He also finished second in the Prix du Jockey Club and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Sadler's Wells greatest success came as a champion sire and much of the Coolmore breeding empire is founded on his success. Sadler's Wells has been Champion Sire in Great Britain & Ireland 14 times, as well as Champion Sire in France three times and North America once. He has produced over 260 stakes winners and 73 individual Group 1/Grade I individual winners.[1]

On 13 May 2008 Coolmore announced that Sadler's Wells was retiring from breeding due to declining fertility.[2]

Notable Progeny

In November 2007, a Sadler's Wells daughter, Playful Act, by the mare Magnificent Style, was sold at the Keeneland breeding stock sale for a world record price of US$10.5 million.

c = colt, f = filly

Born Name Sex Major Wins
1986 In the Wings c Coronation Cup, G. P. de Saint-Cloud, Breeders' Cup Turf
1986 Old Vic c Prix du Jockey Club, Irish Derby
1987 Salsabil f 1,000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks, Irish Derby, Prix Vermeille
1988 Opera House c Coronation Cup, Eclipse, K George VI & Q Elizabeth
1989 El Prado c 1991 Irish Champion Two-Year-Old Colt, 2002 Leading sire in North America
1990 Barathea c Irish 2,000 Guineas, Breeders' Cup Mile
1990 Intrepidity f Prix Saint-Alary, Epsom Oaks, Prix Vermeille
1991 Carnegie c Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, G. P. de Saint-Cloud
1991 King's Theatre c K George VI & Q Elizabeth
1991 Northern Spur c Breeders' Cup Turf
1992 Istabraq c Champion Hurdle x 3
1992 Moonshell f Epsom Oaks
1994 Ebadiyla f Irish Oaks, Prix Royal-Oak
1994 Entrepreneur c 2,000 Guineas
1994 Kayf Tara c Ascot Gold Cup x 2, Irish St. Leger x 2
1995 Dream Well c Prix du Jockey Club, Irish Derby
1995 King of Kings c 2,000 Guineas
1996 Montjeu c Prix du Jockey Club, Irish Derby, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, G. P. de Saint-Cloud, K George VI & Q Elizabeth
1997 Beat Hollow c G. P. de Paris, Arlington Million
1998 Galileo c Epsom Derby, Irish Derby
1998 Imagine f Irish 1,000 Guineas, Epsom Oaks
1998 Milan c St. Leger
1999 High Chaparral c Epsom Derby, Irish Derby, Irish Champion Stakes, Breeders' Cup Turf x 2
1999 Islington f Yorkshire Oaks x 2, Nassau Stakes, Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf
2000 Brian Boru c St. Leger
2000 Doyen c K George VI & Q Elizabeth
2000 Refuse to Bend c 2,000 Guineas, Queen Anne, Eclipse
2001 Yeats c Coronation Cup, Ascot Gold Cup x 4, Irish St. Leger
2002 Playful Act f Fillies Mile
2003 Alexandrova f Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks
2003 Ask f Coronation Cup


Pedigree of Sadler's Wells
Northern Dancer
Nearctic Nearco Pharos
Lady Angela Hyperion
Sister Sarah
Natalma Native Dancer Polynesian
Almahmoud Mahmoud
Fairy Bridge
Bold Reason Hail to Reason Turn-To
Lalun Djeddah
Be Faithful
Special Forli Aristophanes
Thong Nantallah
Rough Shod




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