The Coronation Cup 2010 – Fame And Glory



4 b c Montjeu (IRE) – Gryada (IRE) (Shirley Heights); Form: 11/1121266-311 

Owner: Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor; Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE;  Breeder: Ptarmigan Bloodstock and Kirsten Rausing; Jockey: Johnny Murtagh

Bred by the Ptarmigan Bloodstock investment syndicate and Lanwades Stud owner Kirsten Rausing, he was sold as a foal for 190,000 guineas to Timmy Hyde, a friend of Coolmore boss John Magnier. 

He was given plenty of time to come to hand as a two-year-old and did not make his racecourse debut until late in the campaign. That came in a Navan maiden in October, 2008, when he made all to defeat stablemate Sirgarfieldsobers over a mile on heavy going. 

He took a marked leap in class for his second outing three weeks later as he journeyed to Saint-Cloud in France for the Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud over 10 furlongs. Ridden close to the pace under Johnny Murtagh, the colt was driven out for a half-length verdict over another O’Brien runner, Drumbeat. 

Fame And Glory returned to action in 2009 with a workmanlike triumph in the Group Three Ballysax Stakes over 10 furlongs at Leopardstown. The colt was much more impressive over the same course and distance on his next start in the Group Three Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial, staged on good ground. Sent off the 4/7 favourite, Fame And Glory trounced his rivals with a powerful performance that saw him land the spoils by five lengths from Mourayan. 

He duly started the 9/4 favourite for the 2009 Investec Derby and beat all bar the imperious Sea The Stars, going down by a length and three quarters. With Sea The Stars not lining up, he waltzed to a facile five-length success in the Irish Derby but ran into Sea The Stars on his next two starts, finishing second behinf the John Oxx-trained colt in the Irish Champion Stakes and sixth in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. He ended the 2009 campaign disappointingly, when a well-beaten sixth in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket.

This season he has won two of his three starts. On 3 May he took the Group Three Mooresbridge Stakes by five lengths and was seven lengths superior to the same rival in the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh on 23 May.

Race Record: Starts: 12; Wins: 7; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 1: Win & Place Prize Money: £1,673,947

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor

Few in racing can boast better connections than Sue Magnier. Her husband John is the most powerful man in the bloodstock world as owner of the global Coolmore breeding empire and she is daughter of arguably the greatest 20th century trainer, Vincent O’Brien, who saddled six Derby winners and died in 2009 aged 92. Her brother David O’Brien is another Derby-winning handler while another brother, Charles, is also a successful trainer. 

In the 1970s John Magnier (born 10 February, 1948), the son of a Co Cork dairy farmer and stud owner, teamed up with the late Robert Sangster and Vincent O’Brien with the idea of buying potential stallions as yearlings. This they did with great success, counting Alleged, Be My Guest, Caerleon, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler’s Wells and Storm Bird amongst those who were bought or bred. Magnier subsequently bought out his partners at Coolmore – which now has huge offshoots in Australia and America – and owns the nearby magnificent Ballydoyle training stable. 

He has a myriad of other business interests, mainly with top jump owner JP McManus and the duo held a 28.7% stake in Manchester United FC, which they sold to American tycoon Malcolm Glazer. The pair has also invested in the Barchester chain of nursing homes, a property portfolio, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados and Global Radio, the media company run by Michael Tabor’s son Ashley. Magnier’s fortune is estimated at €529 million in the 2010 Sunday Times Rich List. 

London-born and Monaco-based Michael Tabor, who founded the Arthur Prince bookmaking firm before selling it for £28 million in 1995, is a partner in many of the Coolmore horses. Like Magnier, Tabor spends much of the winter in Barbados and became a partner in many of the Coolmore horses in the mid 1990s after his Thunder Gulch won the 1995 Kentucky Derby. Tabor is valued at £530 million in the 2010 Sunday Times Rich List and his colt Entrepreneur, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, took the 1997 2000 Guineas to provide a first British Classic success for the Sue Magnier/Tabor partnership, who also won that season’s Irish equivalent and Irish Derby with Desert King. 

The Aidan O’Brien connection kicked in further when King Of Kings won the 1998 2000 Guineas. The duo won the Investec Derby in 2001 and 2002 with Galileo and High Chaparral. In partnership with Sir Alex Ferguson, Magnier owned Rock Of Gibraltar, who won seven successive Group One victories including the 2002 2000 Guineas. Other major wins include the 1999 French Derby, Irish Derby, Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the 2000 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Montjeu and a run of five consecutive Group One successes in 2000 from Giant’s Causeway. Galileo also won the Irish Derby and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes after his 2001 Epsom win, while further British Classic glory has come in the St Leger with Milan (2001), Brian Boru (2003) and Scorpion (2005). High Chaparral, who went on to take the 2002 Irish Derby, also landed that year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf and then dead-heated in the same event 12 months later. 

In 2004, Derrick Smith, a former Ladbrokes trading director based in Barbados, joined Tabor as a Coolmore investor. Smith is valued at £550 million in the 2010 Sunday Times Rich List and his own colours have been carried to Group One success aboard Simply Perfect, Astronomer Royal, Mount Nelson, Mastercraftsman and Alfred Nobel. 

The Magnier/Tabor/Smith partnership retained Kieren Fallon as its jockey from February, 2005, although – with Fallon banned from riding for 18 months in January, 2008, after failing a drugs test – Johnny Murtagh took on that role. In 2005, Coolmore won both the 2000 Guineas with Footstepsinthesand and the 1000 Guineas with Virginia Waters, while Hurricane Run took the Irish Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. George Washington, winner of the 2000 Guineas in 2006, was the star of the show that year, while Alexandrova took the Investec Oaks at Epsom. 

In 2007, the Coolmore empire’s successes included the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Dylan Thomas, the Irish Derby with Soldier Of Fortune, the Irish Oaks, Nassau Stakes and Yorkshire Oaks with Peeping Fawn and the French 2,000 Guineas with Astronomer Royal. In the US that year, the Coolmore-owned Rags To Riches became the first filly for 102 years to win the Belmont Stakes. 

The season was an extraordinary campaign, even by Coolmore’s high standards, with Classic victories for Henrythenavigator (English & Irish 2,000 Guineas), Halfway To Heaven (Irish 1,000 Guineas), Frozen Fire (Irish Derby), Moonstone (Irish Oaks) and Septimus (Irish St Leger), as well as a host of other star performers, including Duke Of Marmalade, whose five Group One victories included the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Juddmonte International. 

Mastercraftsman and Again gave Coolmore a double in the 2009 Irish 2,000 and Irish 1,000 Guineas, their 10th successive Irish Classic victory, while Fame And Glory gave them a ninth Irish Derby. 

Group One success has continued this season with Fame And Glory collecting the Tattersalls Gold Cup. 

Investec Coronation Cup wins: 2005 YEATS (Sue Magnier & Diane Nagle), 2007 SCORPION (Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), 2008 Soldier Of Fortune (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith)

Aidan O’Brien IRE

Born in County Wexford on 16 October, 1969, one of six children of Stella and Denis O’Brien, Aidan Patrick O’Brien, who started out as an amateur rider, has been nothing short of a training phenomenon. After a three-year spell with Jim Bolger, he became assistant to his now wife, Anne-Marie, and her father Joe Crowley, before taking over the reins when granted a licence to train himself in 1993. 

Wandering Thoughts was his first winner, taking a seven-furlong handicap Tralee on 7 June, 1993. His impact on the Flat was made with backing of the highest calibre in the shape of John Magnier and Coolmore, who offered O’Brien the use of Ballydoyle Stables, where the trainer’s namesake, legendary Irish handler Vincent O’Brien (no relation), had enjoyed so much success. 

His first Group One winner came at the Curragh in 1996 when Desert King won the National Stakes. In 1997, in only his third season at the helm of the Tipperary yard, he confirmed his intentions on the Flat when winning the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Irish 2,000 Guineas and Irish Derby. The following year, his first British Classic runner, King Of Kings, won the 2000 Guineas and the second, Shahtoush, finished runner-up in the following day’s 1000 Guineas and went on to land the Oaks a month later. 

The successes have since flowed thanks to the likes of Giant’s Causeway (five successive Group Ones in 2000), Stravinsky, Fasliyev and an embarrassment of riches in 2001 that yielded 23 Group One successes headed by the Investec Derby at Epsom and the Irish Derby, as well as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, with Galileo. Other Classic glory came via Imagine (Irish 1,000 Guineas and Investec Oaks), Black Minnaloushe (Irish 2,000 Guineas), Rose Gypsy (French 1,000 Guineas) and Milan (St Leger) while Mozart became champion sprinter and O’Brien totally dominated the two-year-old division as Johannesburg provided him with a first Breeders’ Cup success in the 2001 Juvenile at Belmont Park. 

He was champion trainer in both Britain and Ireland in 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008. In 2002 he enjoyed success with the remarkable Rock Of Gibraltar (the only horse to win seven European Group Ones in a row including the 2000 Guineas) and also the dual Derby and Breeders’ Cup winner High Chaparral.

His prowess on the Flat is matched by his achievements with his jumpers and he took the amateurs riders’ title in 1993/94. He will forever be associated with Istabraq, winner of three Champion Hurdles. Rock Of Gibraltar and Hawk Wing gave O’Brien a 1-2 in the 2002 2000 Guineas while High Chaparral and Hawk Wing provided him with the first and second in the 2002 Investec Derby. 

The following season he sent out Yesterday to win the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Brian Boru triumphed at Doncaster in the Ladbrokes St Leger. O’Brien enjoyed further success with Hawk Wing in the Lockinge Stakes and High Chaparral in the Irish Champion Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Turf in 2003. He had an incredible Classic double at Newmarket in the spring of 2005 when he won both the 2000 Guineas (Footstepsinthesand) and the 1000 Guineas (Virginia Waters), and added a third British Classic with Scorpion’s success in the St Leger at Doncaster. Oratorio captured the Coral-Eclipse Stakes and Irish Champion Stakes, and O’Brien also unleashed a raft of high-class two-year-olds, ending the season with the top-rated European juvenile colt (George Washington) and filly (Rumplestiltskin). 

George Washington captured the 2000 Guineas and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2006, while Alexandrova took the Investec Oaks as well as the Irish and Yorkshire equivalents, and Dylan Thomas won the Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes. O’Brien enjoyed further Classic success in 2007 with Soldier Of Fortune in the Irish Derby, Peeping Fawn in the Irish Oaks and Astronomer Royal in the French 2,000 Guineas, while Dylan Thomas collected the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. 

In 2008, O’Brien carried all before him winning six Classics – Henrythenavigator ( & Irish 2,000 Guineas), Halfway To Heaven (Irish 1,000 Guineas), Frozen Fire (Irish Derby) Moonstone (Irish Oaks) and Septimus (Irish St Leger) – as well as five Group One contests courtesy of Duke Of Marmalade, whose triumphs have included the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Juddmonte International.

O’Brien won the Irish 2,000 Guineas in 2009 with Mastercraftsman, his ninth consecutive Irish Classic success. Other records to have fallen to O’Brien in 2009 included a record seventh victory in the Irish Derby with Fame And Glory and Yeats winning an unprecedented fourth Ascot Gold Cup. This season he looks to hold another formidable hand in the Investec Derby, while Fame And Glory appears set for a profitable four-year-old campaign following a facile success in the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup. 

He has four children and the eldest Joseph rode his first winner as a 16-year-old in 2009.

Investec Coronation Cup Record: 2003-3 Black Sam Bellamy, 2004-5 Brian Boru, 2005-1 YEATS, 2006-4 Ace, 2007-1 SCORPION, 2007-2 Septimus, 2008-1 SOLDIER OF FORTUNE, 2008-3 Macarthur, 2008-11 Song Of Hiawatha, 2009-5 Frozen Fire

Johnny Murtagh

Born in Co Meath, Ireland, on 14 May, 1970, Johnny Murtagh, who is married to Orla and has five children, was apprenticed to John Oxx and became Irish champion apprentice in 1989. He suffered drink problems early in his career but in 1995 became Irish champion jockey (he was also champion in 1996, 1998 and 2009). 

He has since gained international prominence, winning the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Mile on Ridgewood Pearl and the following year’s Beverly D Stakes on Timarida. He enjoyed a phenomenal international season in 2000, winning 12 Group Ones in six different countries, partnering Sinndar to victory in both the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs and Irish Derby and then the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, winning the Irish Oaks, Yorkshire Oaks and Prix de l’Opera on Petrushka and the Champion Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Turf on Kalanisi among others. 

He was the most successful rider at Royal Ascot in 2001 with five wins, including the Gold Cup on Royal Rebel and St James’s Palace Stakes on Black Minnaloushe, aboard whom he also won the Irish 2,000 Guineas. He won the 2002 2000 Guineas for Aidan O’Brien on Sir Alex Ferguson’s Rock Of Gibraltar and landed a second Investec Derby on what again seemed the O’Brien second string, High Chaparral, and landed a third renewal of that Classic with Motivator in 2005. In 2003 he won the Irish Derby on Alamshar and took a break in the summer to sort out problems with his back and weight. He stepped down from being stable jockey to John Oxx and had a short-lived spell as stable jockey to David Loder. 

Murtagh rode over hurdles in the 2005/06 season and came close to riding a Cheltenham Festival winner when second on Golden Cross in the 2006 Ladbrokes World Hurdle. Among his Group One victories in 2007 were Dylan Thomas (King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes), Peeping Fawn (Yorkshire Oaks, Nassau Stakes & Irish Oaks), Soldier’s Tale (Golden Jubilee Stakes), Simply Perfect (Falmouth Stakes) and Notnowcato (Tattersalls Gold Cup). 

With Kieren Fallon out of action, Murtagh was announced as the retained rider for Coolmore for 2008. His association with the famous yard has been nothing less than spectacular, with and Irish 2,000 Guineas victories on Henrythenavigator, five Group One wins on Duke Of Marmalade and six winners at Royal Ascot in 2008. He won the Irish 2,000 Guineas in 2009 on the O’Brien-trained Mastercraftsman and was successful aboard the David Wachman-trained Again in the fillies’ equivalent. 

Other highlights last season include Fame And Glory’s success in the Irish Derby, Rip Van Winkle’s victory in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and Yeats’ record-breaking fourth success in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. 

Investec Coronation Cup Record: 1998-3 Ebadiyla, 2004-6 Magistretti, 2007-2 Septimus, 2008-1 SOLDIER OF FORTUNE, 2009-5 Frozen Fire





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