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Workboy Six times winner and Group 1 placed


COLOUR: brown

GENDER: horse

FOALED: 1969

SIRE: Firestreak
DAM: Silver Sand

OWNER: Mrs Brotherton

RACES: 18 WINS: 6 2nd: 1 3rd: 5

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Workboy was a magnificent looking brown horse he was bred by Mrs K E Cooke, by the stallion Firestreak out of Singing Sand. He made his debut at Ripon on 21st April 1971 ridden by Jock Skilling, where he was unplaced but next time out he won the North Cave Auction Plate at Beverley Westwood on 7th May 1971. As a two year old Workboy won four times in succession, including the Robert Massey Group 2yo Trophy on 10th June at Beverley and the Chester Stakes on 26th June 1971.

As a three year old Workboy won the Zetland Handicap at Doncaster (29th May 1972). His final career win came in the five furlong Cherkley Sprint at Epsom on 9th June 1973 ridden by Lester Piggott.

After his impressive romp at Epsom Workboy stepped into Group company and took on the very best sprinters. He went on to earn black type by being placed in four Group races, including the Group 3 King George Stakes at Goodwood, the Palace House Stakes, the National Stakes and the Group 1 Kings Stand Stakes.

Workboy was retired at the end of 1973, having won six times with career earnings totalling £13,387. He went on to stand as a stallion at Easthorpe Hall Stud, Malton and also Ham House Stud and then Norton Grove Stud, siring many winners both on the flat, over jumps and also point to pointers. His stud book entry described him as a "racehorse of phenomenal speed and courage". Workboy had a successful stud career, and offspring included winners Davenport Boy, Working Girl, Happy Worker, Dutch Girl, Tarleton, Paper Shoes, Tidy Work, Ski Run, Bickerstaff and Beckingham Ben. Royal Craftsman, Spritebrand, Trickshot, Contact Kelvin, Grange Hill Girl and Peacework were winners over jumps.

The photo shows Workboy winning the North Cave Auction Plate at Beverley Westwood on 7th May 1971 and is was supplied by Brian Bivens.

Workboy: Three generation pedigree

brown horse
Firestreak Pardal (FR) Pharis (FR)
Adargatis (FR)
Hot Spell Umidwar
Silver Sand Grey Sovereign Nasrullah
Valsand Valerian

Race wins

Date Race Jockey Racecourse

09/06/73 Cherkley Sprint 5f L Piggott Epsom

29/05/72 Zetland Handicap 5f G Starkey Doncaster

26/06/71 Chester Stakes 5f J Lindley Newcastle

10/06/71 Robert Massey Group 2yo Trophy 5f J Lindley Beverley

02/06/71 Deverall 2 yo Plate 5f J Seagrave Ripon

07/05/71 North Cave Auction Plate 5f J Skilling Beverley

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