Entrepreneur (horse)

Sire Sadler's Wells
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Dam Exclusive Order
Damsire Exclusive Native
Sex Stallion
Foaled 7 March 1993
Country United Kingdom
Colour Bay
Breeder Cheveley Park Stud
Owner Susan Magnier & Michael Tabor
Trainer Michael Stoute
Record 6:3-0-0
Earnings £189,826
Major wins
2000 Guineas (1997)

Entrepreneur (foaled 4 March 1994) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a career that lasted from August 1996 to September 1997 he ran six times and won three races. After winning two of his three races in 1996 he won the 2000 Guineas on his first start as a three-year-old. Entrepreneur then started the shortest-priced Epsom Derby favourite for fifty years, but finished fourth. After another disappointing run in autumn he was retired to stud.


Entrepreneur is a bay horse bred by the Cheveley Park Stud at Newmarket, Suffolk. He was sired by the fourteen times Champion sire Sadler's Wells out of Exclusive Order, a mare who won the Prix Maurice de Gheest in 1983, making him a brother to the filly Dance A Dream who finished runner-up in the Epsom Oaks.[1] As a yearling he was sent by his breeders to the Tattersalls Houghton sales in September 1995 where he was bought for 600,000 guineas by the bloodstock agent Dermot "Demi" O'Byrne on behalf of John Magnier's Coolmore organisation.[2] During his racing career Entrepreneur was officially owned in partnership by Magnier's wife Susan and Michael Tabor. The colt was trained by Michael Stoute at Newmarket.[3]

Racing career

1996: two-year-old season

Entrepreneur made his first racecourse appearance in a seven furlong maiden race at Newmarket in August. He started favourite at odds of 4/9 in a nine runner field and finished strongly to finish take fourth place, two lengths behind the winner Right Tune.[4] His defeat was later explained by his having taken a keen interest in a filly in the race which had distracted him from the business of racing.[5] Three weeks later he won a similar event at Kempton taking the lead two furlongs out and accelerating away from the other runners to beat Falak by five lengths.[6] In September he was sent to Chester for a minor stakes race for which he started at odds of 1/6. He took the lead inside the final furlong and pulled away to win by two and a half lengths in "impressive" style.[7]

1997: three-year-old season

On his first appearance of 1997 Entrepreneur ran in the classic 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on 3 May for which he was made 11/2 second favourite despite never having previously contested a Group race. His odds drifted out slightly after he was seen to be sweating freely and appeared nervous and unsettled in the paddock before the race.[5] Ridden by Mick Kinane he raced just behind the leaders into the early stages of the one mile before being sent to the front two furlongs from the finish. He ran on strongly in the closing stages to hold the late challenge of the favourite Revoque and win by three quarters of a length.[8] Commenting on the colt's victory, Kinane called Entrepreneur "a classy individual... he's got that different speed", while expressing his confidence in the colt's ability to be effective over longer distances.[5]

In the course the following month Entrepreneur was confidently supported as the favourite for the Derby, although he would be racing over a distance half a mile further than any of his previous races. Two weeks before the race the leading British trainer called the race a "foregone conclusion",[9] and Entrepreneur's price shortened after Revoque was withdrawn following a poor run in the Irish 2000 Guineas.[10] Entrepreneur ran against twelve opponents in the Derby at Epsom on 7 June and started the 4/6 favourite with Silver Patriarch being the second choice in the betting at 6/1. His starting price was the shortest for any Derby runner since Tudor Minstrel was beaten at 4/7 in 1947. He appeared to have every chance in the straight but came under pressure and was unable to reach the lead before finishing fourth behind Benny the Dip, Silver Patriarch and Romanov, beaten more than eight and a half lengths.[11]

Following his defeat in the Derby, Entrepreneur was off the racecourse for more than three months before returning in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over one mile at Ascot on 27 September. He started joint second favourite on 9/2 but was never a danger and finished seventh of the nine runners behind Air Express.[12]

Stud career

Entrepreneur stood as a stallion for his owners' Coolmore stud, beginning in Ireland at a fee of 17,500 Irish guineas. He was also "shuttled" to New Zealand for the southern hemisphere breeding season where he was based at the Oaks Stud at Cambridge, but was not considered a success.[13] In 2002 he was moved to the Suwa Farm stud in Japan[14] and three years later he was sold to stand as a stallion at the Voskhod stud in Russia.[15] He has sired the winners of over 200 races, the most notable being the Irish Oaks winner Vintage Tipple and the Phoenix Stakes winner Damson.[16]


Pedigree of Entrepreneur (GB), bay stallion, 1994
Sadler's Wells (USA)
Northern Dancer
Nearctic Nearco
Lady Angela
Natalma Native Dancer
Fairy Bridge
Bold Reason Hail to Reason
Special Forli
Exclusive Order (USA)
Exclusive Native
Raise a Native Native Dancer
Raise You
Exclusive Shut Out
Good Example
Dead Ahead Turn-To
Ribotina Ribot
French Polish (Family:6-e)
  • Entrepreneur was inbred 4 x 4 to the stallion Native Dancer, meaning that the latter appears twice in the fourth generation of his pedigree.


  1. ^ "Entrepreneur pedigree". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Tattersalls sales September 1997". Bloodstock.racingpost.com. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  3. ^ "Entrepreneur race record". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  4. ^ "EBF Beacon Maiden Stakes result". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  5. ^ a b c Richard Edmondson (1997-05-05). "Entrepreneur in a risky business". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  6. ^ "EBF Confederacy Maiden Stakes result". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  7. ^ "Heswall Stakes result". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  8. ^ "2000 Guineas result". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  9. ^ Edmondson, Richard (1997-05-21). "Revoque in a run for the money". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  10. ^ "New O'Brien – same genius – Sport". London: The Independent. 1997-05-26. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  11. ^ "Epsom Derby result". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  12. ^ "Queen Elizabeth Stakes result". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  13. ^ Tonkes, Peter. "Shuttle Offspring Run Well in Australia". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  14. ^ "Entrepreneur to Suwa Farm in Japan". BloodHorse.com. 2001-11-21. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  15. ^ "English Classic Winner Entrepreneur to Russia". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  16. ^ "Entrepreneur | Stud Record". Bloodstock Stallion Book. Racing Post. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
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