Rock Of Gibraltar

Rock Of Gibraltar conformation

Bay 1999 16.0 hh (1.62 m)
Danehill – Offshore Boom
Distances won over: 5f to 8f.

A World Champion racehorse and proven Gr.1 sire

Fee for 2016: €10,000

Rock Of Gibraltar was a World Champion racehorse.

He was a dual Gr.1 winning juvenile and then 5-time Gr.1 winning 3-year-old resulting in him becoming the first horse ever to win 7 consecutive Gr.1’s in the Northern Hemisphere breaking Mill Reef’s 30-year-old record.

‘The Rock’ is from the family of Champion sire Riverman.

He is the sire of over 100 SW’s worldwide including Gr.1 winners Prince Gibraltar, SamitarSociety Rock, Mount Nelson, Diamondrella, Varenar, Eagle Mountain and Alboran Sea, Gr.2 winners Kitty Matcham, Ajaxana, Raydara and Gibraltar Blue and Gr.3 winners Yellowstone, Genuine Devotion, Sweeter Still, Rock of Rochelle, Theann, Utrecht, Unilateral and High Rock.

Rock of Gibraltar already has over 120 black-type horses in the northern hemisphere. The BLUSHING GROOM line has played a leading role in this success story. His record with RAINBOW QUEST mares now stands at five stakes winners from 31 foals – 16 per cent – and one of those, Samitar, won the Irish 1,000 Guineas. His demoted 1,000 Guineas winner Jacqueline Quest is out of a mare by Rainbow Quest’s son CROCO ROUGE and he also has a 2yo Group winner out of a NASHWAN mare.

Rock of Gibraltar sired Gr.1 winner Varenar from a daughter of MR PROSPECTOR and has a Group winners out of MACHIAVELLIAN and LYCIUS mares. He also has a southern hemisphere Gr.1 winner out of a WOODMAN mare.

Rock of Gibraltar’s Gr.1 winner Mount Nelson and Gr.2 winner Ebiyza are from SELKIRK mares, Gr.3 winner Unilateral is from a SHARPEN UP mare and Gr.3 winner Utrecht is from a KRIS mare. From nine foals out of BERING mares, he sired the smart colt Sofast and Australian Gr.3 winner Musidora.

Bering’s son PENNEKAMP has provided further evidence that this line is very well suited by Rock of Gibraltar, siring the dam of the high-class Prince Gibraltar.

Rock of Gibraltar is inbred 3×3 to Northern Dancer, but this hasn’t stopped him siring more than 40 northern hemisphere black-type earners from NORTHERN DANCER line mares. His dual Gr.1 winner Diamondrella is out of a mare by DIXIELAND BAND and he has two Gr.3 winners out of NIGHT SHIFT mares. His Group performers out of SADLER’S WELLS mares include Gr.3 winner Three Rocks and Gr.2 winner Kitty Matcham. His smart daughters Jacqueline Quest and Ebiyza have second dams by SADLER’S WELLS. Rock of Gibraltar has made a very bright start with GALILEO mares, siring the Group winners Savanne and Arcetri Pink.

Rock of Gibraltar suits inbreeding to DANZIG. Classic-winner Samitar is inbred 3×4 to DANZIG and the Gr.2 winner Belle de Crecy has a dam by CAPE CROSS. Mount Nelson also has a second line through GREEN DESERT. Gr.1-winning sprinter Society Rock is another inbred 3×4 to Danzig, his dam is by KEY OF LUCK.

He has SW’s out of a mares by PEINTRE CELEBRE and PIVOTAL and his accomplished sons Prince Gibraltar and High Rock have NUREYEV mares as their second dam.

Rock of Gibraltar has three good winners out of DARSHAAN mares, including the Gr.1 winner Eagle Mountain.

He also has very useful winners from daughters of KENMARE, HIGHEST HONOR and KALDOUNEVEES, all members of the GREY SOVEREIGN male line.

Two of his southern hemisphere Group winners are out of ROBERTO line mares.

Three of Rock of Gibraltar’s Gr.3 winners have dams by INDIAN RIDGE.

He also has three stakes winners from only 11 foals out of MONSUN mares.

WINNER OF 7 CONSECUTIVE GROUP 1 RACES

AT 2 YEARS

1stDewhurst Stakes – Gr.1, 7f., Newmarket, from dual Gr.1 winner Landseer, with Tendulkar third and subsequent Gr.1 winner Where Or When fourth.
1stGrand Criterium – Gr.1, 7f., Longchamp, by 3 lengths from Bernebeau and Dobby Road.
1stGimcrack Stakes – Gr.2, 6f., York, by 3 lengths from Ho Choi & Twilight Blues.
1stRailway Stakes – Gr.3, 6f., Curragh, by 2 lengths from Hawk Wing.
1stMaiden, 5f., Curragh, by 2 lengths from Sandford Park and Mahsusie.

Rated 118 by Timeform

AT 3 YEARS

WORLD CHAMPION RACEHORSE OF 2002

1stSt. James’s Palace Stakes – Gr.1, 8f., Royal Ascot, by 1¾ lengths from Landseer.
1stIrish 2,000 Guineas – Gr.1, 8f., Curragh, by 1½ lengths from Century City and Della Francesca.
1st2,000 Guineas – Gr.1, 8f., Newmarket, by a neck from Hawk Wing and Redback.
1stPrix du Moulin – Gr.1, 8f., Longchamp, by ½ length from Banks Hill and Gossamer.
1stSussex Stakes – Gr.1, 8f., Goodwood, by 2 lengths from Noverre and Reel Buddy.
2ndBreeders’ Cup Mile – Gr.1, 8f., Arlington Park beaten ¾ of a length by Domedriver with Good Journey third.

Rated 133 by Timeform

Sussex Stakes-Gr.1


St James's Palace Stakes-Gr.1


Irish 2,000 Guineas-Gr.1


2,000 Guineas-Gr.1


Dewhurst Stakes-Gr.1


Grand Criterium-Gr.1


Gimcrack Stakes-Gr.2