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Abernant (horse)

Abernant
Sire Owen Tudor
Grandsire Hyperion
Dam Rustom Mahal (FR)
Damsire Rustom Pasha
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1946
Country Great Britain
Colour Grey
Breeder Catherine Macdonald-Buchanan
Owner Reginald Macdonald-Buchanan
Trainer Noel Murless
Record 17: 14-2-0
Earnings £26,394[1]
Major wins
Chesham Stakes (1948)
Middle Park Stakes (1948)
Champagne Stakes (1948)
National Breeders' Produce Stakes (1948)
King's Stand Stakes (1949)
July Cup (1949 & 1950)
Nunthorpe Stakes (1949 & 1950)
King George Stakes (1949 & 1950)
Awards
Timeform rating: 142
Timeform top-rated two-year-old colt (1948)
Timeform top-rated three-year-old colt (1949)
Timeform top-rated older male (1950)
Timeform top-rated horse (1949, 1950)[2]
Honours
Abernant Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse
Last updated on 6 November 2009

Abernant (1946–1970) was British Thoroughbred racehorse who is "considered by many as the greatest British sprinter of the 20th century," according to Godolphin Racing. In a racing career which lasted from May 1948 until 1950 he ran seventeen times and won fourteen races. He was the best British two-year-old of 1948 and returned from a narrow defeat in the 2000 Guineas to become the dominant sprinter in England in 1949 and 1950.

Background

Abernat was a grey horse who was bred by Catherine Macdonald-Buchanan and raced in the colours of her husband Reginald Macdonald-Buchanan. He was sired by the Epsom Derby winner Owen Tudor, by Hyperion, a son of the English Triple Crown winner, Gainsborough. Abernant's dam, Rustam Mahal, was a non-winning daughter of Rustom Pasha and the very important broodmare Mumtaz Mahal who in turn was sired by The Tetrarch.[1] Abernant was a half brother to Kurdistan (by Tehran) who was a successful sire in New Zealand, siring among others, Baghdad Note, a winner of the Melbourne Cup.[3] Abernant was a dark-grey[4] horse during his racing career although like many grey horses, his coat lightened as he aged. Abernant was sent into training with Noel Murless at Beckhampton in Wiltshire.

Racing record

1948:two-year-old season

Abernant was beaten on his debut in a race at Lingfield, but won his remaining five races in 1948. He wo the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, the National Breeders' Produce Stakes at Sandown, the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster (beating Nimbus by six lengths)[5] and the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. His only serious challenge came in the National Stakes in which he had to be ridden out by Richards to beat Star King.

At the end of the year, he was rated the best British two-year-old in the Free Handicap.[2]

1949:three-year-old season

On his first appearance as a three-year-old, Abernant won over seven furlongs at Nunthorpe Stakes. In the Nunthorpe he won by five lengths despite only taking the lead inside the final furlong.[9]

1950:four-year-old season

At age four in 1950, he was beaten in the King's Stand Stakes, when he failed to concede twenty-three pounds to the three-year-old Tangle. He won the Lubbock Sprint Stakes at [8] On Abernant's retirement, Murless said that "there is nothing left for him to win".[10]

Assessment

Abernant's Timeform rating of 142 equals that of Ribot as the fourth best ever awarded. In the years that followed his retirement, among the many accolades, The Independent newspaper wrote that Abernant "was the best sprinter ever to grace a racecourse."[11] Timeform rated Abernant the best horse of his generation in Europe at ages two, three and four years of age. He was the joint-highest rated horse of 1949 (with the stayer Alycidon) and the highest-rated horse of 1950.[2]

In their book A Century of Champions, John Randall and Tony Morris rated Abernant the best British sprinter of the century and the No. 20 horse in their global ranking, one place ahead of Man o' War.[12]

Gordon Richards described Abernant as the fastest horse he ever rode.[10]

Stud record

Abernant sired the winners of over 1,000 races including Abermaid (1962 1,000 Guineas Stakes), Even Star (Irish 1,000 Guineas), Welsh Rake (1963 Queen Anne Stakes) Zahedan (1965 National Stakes) and Thin Ice (Sanford Stakes).[13]

He died in 1970 at age twenty-four and is buried at Egerton Stud in Newmarket. In a recent interview with trainer Mark Tompkins, Julie Murless, the daughter of Abernant's trainer, recalled that the gentle horse loved children and as a child of five she would sit on his back.[14]

Tabulated pedigree

Pedigree of Abernant, grey stallion, 1946
Sire
Owen Tudor
1938 
Hyperion
Ch. 1930 
Gainsborough Bayardo
Rosedrop
Selene Chaucer
Serenissima
Mary Tudor
1931 
Pharos Phalaris
Scapa Flow
Anna Bolena Teddy
Queen Elizabeth
Dam
Rustom Mahal
1934 
Rustom Pasha
1927 
Son-in-Law Dark Ronald
Mother in Law
Cos Flying Orb
Renaissance
Mumtaz Mahal
Gr. 1921 
The Tetrarch Roi Herode
Vahren
Lady Josephine Sundridge
Americus Girl (Family: 9-c)[15]

References


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end

return p-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -- Module:Hatnote -- -- -- -- This module produces hatnote links and links to related articles. It -- -- implements the and meta-templates and includes -- -- helper functions for other Lua hatnote modules. --


local libraryUtil = require('libraryUtil') local checkType = libraryUtil.checkType local mArguments -- lazily initialise Module:Arguments local yesno -- lazily initialise Module:Yesno

local p = {}


-- Helper functions


local function getArgs(frame) -- Fetches the arguments from the parent frame. Whitespace is trimmed and -- blanks are removed. mArguments = require('Module:Arguments') return mArguments.getArgs(frame, {parentOnly = true}) end

local function removeInitialColon(s) -- Removes the initial colon from a string, if present. return s:match('^:?(.*)') end

function p.findNamespaceId(link, removeColon) -- Finds the namespace id (namespace number) of a link or a pagename. This -- function will not work if the link is enclosed in double brackets. Colons -- are trimmed from the start of the link by default. To skip colon -- trimming, set the removeColon parameter to true. checkType('findNamespaceId', 1, link, 'string') checkType('findNamespaceId', 2, removeColon, 'boolean', true) if removeColon ~= false then link = removeInitialColon(link) end local namespace = link:match('^(.-):') if namespace then local nsTable = mw.site.namespaces[namespace] if nsTable then return nsTable.id end end return 0 end

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function p._hatnote(s, options) checkType('_hatnote', 1, s, 'string') checkType('_hatnote', 2, options, 'table', true) local classes = {'hatnote'} local extraclasses = options.extraclasses local selfref = options.selfref if type(extraclasses) == 'string' then classes[#classes + 1] = extraclasses end if selfref then classes[#classes + 1] = 'selfref' end return string.format( '
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  1. ^ a b Birch, Franklin E., Pedigrees of Leading Winners 1912–1959, The Thoroughbred Breeders Assoc., London, 1960
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  11. ^ http://sport.independent.co.uk/general/article309618.ece
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  13. ^ Abernant (GB) Retrieved on 11 June 2009
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External links

  • Abernant's pedigree and racing stats
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