Sir Slick

Sir Slick (foaled 2001) is a bay gelding Thoroughbred racehorse by Volksraad from the Paris Opera mare Miss Opera. The New Zealand bred Sir Sick raced nationally and internationally performing in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. He is the winner of Six Group One races in New Zealand, Also known as The War Horse / Iron Horse, He became one of the country's most popular Racehorses of his time due to his success's and his ability to withstand long racing campaigns. He was bred by Monovale Holdings Ltd, .

Sir Slick
GrandsireGreen Desert
DamMiss Opera
DamsireParis Opera
CountryNew Zealand
BreederMonovale Holdings Ltd
OwnerMs F B Crimmins & G A Nicholson
EarningsNZ$ 2,042,177
Major wins
Thorndon Mile (2007, 2009)
Awapuni Gold Cup (2007, 2008, 2010)
New Zealand Stakes (2008)
Zabeel Classic (2007)
Whakanui International Stakes (2007)
Otaki-Maori Weight-For-Age (2007)
Japan New Zealand Trophy (2006, 2007)
Tauranga Stakes (2006, 2009)
Anniversary Handicap (2007)
Anzac 1600 (2006)
Champion Middle Distance Horse of the Year (2007)
Most Popular Horse (2007)

His major victories include the 2007 International Stakes, 2007 and 2009 Thorndon Mile, 2007 Otaki Māori WFA, 2008 New Zealand Stakes and the 2007 Zabeel Classic. While not winning outside of New Zealand, he ran third in the 2009 Doomben Cup in Australia and ran fifth in the Singapore International Cup. His most recognised achievement involves being awarded the title of New Zealand's Champion Middle Distance Racehorse of the year 2006/07 That season saw him voted as the Most Popular Horse of that season, and he was runner-up in the overall Horse of the Year voting.

Dam of Sir Slick, Miss Opera, was the winner of 6 races including the Listed Castletown Stakes. Sir Slick was a NZ$48,000 purchase from Mapperley Stud at the 2003 Select Colts Karaka Yearling Sale by Graeme Nicholson. Sir Slick made an appearance in a substantial 151 races, racing in nine seasons between the ages of 2 and 10. Of the 151 races, including his overseas starts, he has seen the winners circle 22 times and has earnt himself over NZ$2 million in prize money internationally. He was retired after finishing last in the 2012 Awapuni Gold Cup.

Later in 2014 his younger half-brother Puccini won the Group 1 New Zealand Derby.


Pedigree of Sir Slick (NZ)
Volksraad (GB)
Green Desert Danzig Northern Dancer
Pas De Nom
Foreign Courier Sir Ivor
Courtly Dee
Celtic Assembly Secretariat Bold Ruler
Welsh Garden Welsh Saint
Garden Of Eden
Miss Opera (NZ)
Paris Opera Marscay Biscay
Heart Of Market
Adelette Baguette
Brierley Sir Godfrey Riverman
Justaz Wealthy Resurgent
So Wealthy


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