Caerleon (horse)

Caerleon (March 27, 1980 – February 2, 1998) was an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse who was a Champion runner in France and a two-time Champion sire in Great Britain & Ireland. Bred by Seth Hancock at his famous Claiborne Farm in Kentucky, he was out of the mare Foreseer, a daughter of U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Round Table. Caerleon's sire was the 1970 British Triple Crown winner, Nijinsky.

GrandsireNorthern Dancer
DamsireRound Table
CountryUnited States
BreederClaiborne Farm
OwnerRobert Sangster
TrainerVincent O'Brien
Record8: 4-2-0
Major wins
Anglesey Stakes (1982)
Prix du Jockey Club (1983)
Benson & Hedges Gold Cup Stakes (1983)
Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland (1988, 1991)
Last updated on January 8, 2010

Caerleon was purchased at the Keeneland Yearling Sale by leading British owner, Robert Sangster. As a two-year-old, he made two starts at the Curragh Racecourse in Ireland for trainer Vincent O'Brien, earning wins in his debut and the Anglesey Stakes. At age three, he won the French Derby at Chantilly Racecourse in France and the Benson & Hedges Gold Cup Stakes at York Racecourse in England. Back at the Curragh, he ran second to Shareef Dancer in the Irish Derby

Stud record

Caerleon was retired to stud duty at Coolmore Stud for the 1984 season. In North America, he was known as Caerleon II. An immediate success, he became the leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland in 1988 and again in 1991. During his career at stud, Caerleon sired 101 stakes winners including:

Caerleon was also the damsire of:

Caerleon died at age eighteen on February 2, 1998, at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.


  • Caerleon's pedigree and partial racing stats
  • Bowen, Edward L. Legacies of the Turf : A Century of Great Thoroughbred Breeders (2003) Eclipse Press ISBN 978-1-58150-102-5
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