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Hyperion (horse)

Sire Gainsborough
Grandsire Bayardo
Dam Selene
Damsire Chaucer
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1930
Country Great Britain
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby
Owner Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby
Trainer 1. George Lambton
Record 13: 9-1-2
Earnings £29,509
Major wins
New Stakes (1932)
Dewhurst Stakes (1932)
Prince of Wales's Stakes (1933)
Chester Vase (1933)
Epsom Derby (1933)
St. Leger Stakes (1933)
Leading sire in GB & Ireland
(1940, 1941, 1942, 1945, 1946, 1954)
Leading broodmare sire in Britain & Ireland
(1948, 1957, 1967, 1968)
Last updated on 7 January 2007

Hyperion (18 April 1930 – 9 December 1960) was a British bred Thoroughbred, a dual classic winner and an outstanding sire. Owned by Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby, Hyperion won £29,509 during his career - a considerable sum at the time. His victories included the Epsom Derby and St. Leger Stakes. He was the most successful British-bred sire of the 20th century and six times champion sire of Great Britain between 1940 and 1954.[1]

Hyperion was by the wartime

  • Hyperion's story with photos
  • Hyperion’s racing career
  • Hyperion’s progeny
  • Newmarket Journal article on the exhibition of Hyperion's skeleton

External links

  1. ^ a b Randall, John (23 August 1999). "John Randall on the 100 makers of 20th-century racing (Part 4)".  
  2. ^ a b c d e Leicester, Sir Charles, “Bloodstock Breeding”, J.A. Allen & Co, London, 1969
  3. ^ a b c Ahnert, Rainer L. (Ed. in Chief), “Thoroughbred Breeding of the World”, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  4. ^ "Hyperion - SW progeny". Australian Stud Book. Australian Turf Club Limited and Victoria Racing Club Limited. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  5. ^ de Bourg, Ross, “The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred”, Nelson, West Melbourne, 1980, ISBN 0-17-005860-3


Pedigree of Hyperion (GB), chestnut stallion, 1930
Bay 1915
Bay 1906
Bay Ronald Hampton
Black Duchess
Galicia Galopin
Br. 1907
St. Frusquin St. Simon
Rosaline Trenton (NZ)
Bay 1919
Brown 1900
St.Simon Galopin
Canterbury Pilgrim Tristan
Bay 1913
Minoru Cyllene
Mother Siegel
Gondolette Loved One
Donogola (Family No. 6)

Tabulated pedigree

A lifesize statue modelled by John Skeaping in bronze of Hyperion, stands at the front of the Jockey Club headquarters on Newmarket High Street. From 2009, his skeleton has been exhibited at the National Horseracing Museum (also in Newmarket), lent by the Animal Health Trust to replace the skeleton of Eclipse (currently undergoing DNA analysis). When Hyperion died, Lord Derby and associates toasted him from a bottle that had been opened in memory of Winston Churchill, and drank to "The two greatest Grand Old Men of our time."[1]

Lord Derby commissioned equine artist Martin Stainforth to paint a portrait of Hyperion.

In Australia and New Zealand, Hyperion's descendants have exerted a profound influence on the racing and breeding industry. This influence was introduced via Hyperion's foreign based sons and also by his imported sons, Empyrean, Helios, High Peak, Red Mars, and Ruthless, as well as paternal grandsons such as Star King later known as the outstanding sire, Star Kingdom.[5]

Hyperion's daughters foaled the winners of 1,196 races and £1,131,346.[3] He was also the damsire of Nearctic, who in turn sired Northern Dancer, the 20th Century's greatest sire.

An important stallion, he sired the winners of 752 races, including 53 stakes winners that had 84 stakes wins,[3] and was the leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland six times, counting amongst his progeny:

He was retired to stud when he was five years old and became a phenomenal success.

Stud record

He raced four times also at four years, winning twice, in the March Stakes and Burwell Stakes both contested at Newmarket. In his main race, the Ascot Gold Cup, he was third to Felicitation and Thor. The two and a half miles indicated that he was not a true stayer. In the Dullingham Stakes at Newmarket, only two horses started with three-year-old Caithness carrying 8 st. 1 lb. defeated 10 st. 2 lb. by a short head.[2]

At four years

At three years he was undefeated in four starts, winning the Chester Vase, the Epsom Derby, the Prince of Wales Stakes and the St. Leger Stakes.[2]

At three years

He was a good two-year-old with two good wins in the New Stakes at Ascot and the Dewhurst Stakes plus a dead-heat in the Prince of Wales Stakes from five starts, earning him eighth place in the Free Handicap.[2]

At two years

Racing career


  • Racing career 1
    • At two years 1.1
    • At three years 1.2
    • At four years 1.3
  • Stud record 2
  • Tabulated pedigree 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

He was one of the smallest horses to ever win a British Classic but had a good action and beautiful temperament.[3] He stood just 15 hands 1½ inches, with a girth of 68 inches, and measured 7¾ inches below the knee.[2]


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