European superstar PADDINGTON to stand at Windsor Park

22 March 2024, RACENEWS

The magnificent 4-times Gr.1 winning equine supremo PADDINGTON

One of the world’s best racehorses last year has been secured to stand at Windsor Park Stud in 2024.

Ballydoyle superstar PADDINGTON, a four-time Group One Classic and Royal Ascot-winning son of leading commercial sire SIYOUNI will shuttle to Windsor Park following the completion of his first stud season this year at Coolmore, Ireland.

In just 68 days of his early 3YO season, PADDINGTON became the only horse in history to win the Gr.1 quartet of Irish 2000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes, Eclipse Stakes & Sussex Stakes.

This unique achievement illustrated PADDINGTON’s versatility and dominance, not just against his own generation but also against older horses.

PADDINGTON is a history-maker”, commented Windsor Park’s Rodney Schick.

“He was exceptional from the beginning being a top-drawer yearling himself, a champion miler on the racetrack and is by the exceptional sire SIYOUNI, one of the world’s most in-demand sale-ring sires.”

A winner of seven races in succession, PADDINGTON only raced as a two and three-year-old, capturing the attention of the racing world with a sequence of world-class performances.

A 2YO winner at the Curragh at his second start, PADDINGTON commenced his Classic season with three successive victories prior to his inaugural Gr.1 victory in the Irish 2000 Guineas over 1m.  

Following this first Gr.1 success, Champion trainer Aidan O’Brien then took PADDINGTON to Royal Ascot for the Gr.1 St James’s Palace Stakes where he produced a commanding performance to defeat the best European 3YO milers including English 2OOO Guineas winner Chaldean, who finished in second position, 3.75 lengths behind Paddington.

O’Brien then pitched PADDINGTON up in distance and against the best older horses in the Gr.1 Eclipse Stakes over 1¼m at Sandown where he again proved superior to defeat arguably the best mare in training, multiple Gr.1 winner Emily Upjohn.

Champion trainer of Emily Upjohn, John Gosden, noted:

PADDINGTON is a gorgeous horse, very good-looking, very laid back and a proper stallion prospect.”

PADDINGTON in full flight

With his Eclipse success PADDINGTON became the first horse since SADLER’S WELLS, four decades earlier, to complete the Irish 2000 Guineas/Eclipse Stakes double.

O’Brien was then sufficiently confident to drop PADDINGTON back to 1m. in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood where he produced an even more emphatic result to win again against older horses.

“He thrives on racing and is very uncomplicated. He’s a very unique horse and I’m very fortunate to be riding him”, commented champion jockey Ryan Moore.

Seven consecutive victories confirmed PADDINGTON’s mental and physical progression and cemented his superstar status among the best horses racing globally.  

“To do what he did takes a very special horse, very unique really,” said his Champion trainer Aidan O’Brien.

“In terms of his attitude and determination he was very similar to GIANT’S CAUSEWAY but PADDINGTON was a much quicker horse. He had great tactical speed but could quicken off it.

“He’s an unbelievable specimen who got physically stronger from race to race which is a very unusual thing in a thoroughbred.”

A €420,000 (NZ$750,000) Arqana October Yearling sales graduate, the 16.1hh Paddington is a son of the Aga Khan Stud’s highly commercial Champion Sire SIYOUNI.

One of Europe’s most sought-after sires, SIYOUNI had yearlings sell to $A3.6 million in 2023 and who stands at stud in 2024 for €200,000 (NZ$357,000).

SIYOUNI, stands at the Aga Khan’s French stud, Haras De Bonneval

A Gr.1 winning 2YO, SIYOUNI has been twice General Champion Sire and four-times Champion Sire of 2YO’s.

Bred by the famed Wildenstein family’s Dayton Investments Ltd, PADDINGTON comes from one of their most illustrious families.

His first four dams are either stakes winners or Gr.1 performers descending from their undefeated Champion and dual Classic-winning racemare MADELIA.

In addition, PADDINGTON’s first three damsires were either winners of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe or Kentucky Derby.

His 4x4 linebreeding to sons of NUREYEV combines the precocious brilliance of his sireline with the championship, middle distance qualities of an Arc and Derby winner.

"PADDINGTON was an unbelievable racehorse. Everything we threw at him he delivered. Also, he's got the looks and he's got the pedigree. He really just ticks every box."
"I believe that he is the most exciting horse to go to stud in New Zealand in a very long time." said Coolmore's Tom Magnier.

PADDINGTON is enjoying his first Northern Hemisphere season at Coolmore, Ireland where he has attracted an outstanding book of mares at a fee of €55,000 (NZ$98,000).

“Our partnership with Coolmore bringing outstanding stallion prospects to Windsor Park stems back to Montjeu and High Chaparral amongst others,” commented Schick.

“We are delighted to continue our great relationship through standing stallions of the calibre of PADDINGTON and CIRCUS MAXIMUS.”  

Windsor Park has negotiated to stand PADDINGTON in 2024 at an introductory fee of $35,000+gst including a Live Foal Guarantee.

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