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Papyrus

Foaled: 1920    Died: 1941
Sire: Tracery    Dam: Miss Matty
Dam Sire: Marcovil    Sex: Horse
Colour: Brown   

Breeder(s):

Sir John Robinson

Trainer(s):

Basil Ernest Jarvis

Owner(s):

John Peter Hornung
Benjamin Irish
Papyrus with owner, trainer and jockey
Papyrus with owner, trainer and jockey
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Dates & jockeys of important wins:

Derby
1923  Stephen Donoghue
Other major race(s)
(featuring people in this database)
1923  Chester Vase   Stephen Donoghue

Description:

Papyrus is best remembered for his debacle of a match race at Belmont Park in the USA. The Epsom Derby winner was soundly thrashed by the Kentucky Derby winner, Zev, failing to cope with a sea of mud and the wrong shoes for such conditions. His jockey Stephen Donoghue dismissed the contest as a 'sporting stunt'. In hindsight, we know how dificult this task was for the gallant colt. Prior to his journey Papyrus had won nine races including half a dozen two year old contests, the Chester Vase and the Epsom Derby. He had been one of the best yearlings sold at auction in 1921 and later in training he impressed as a small but compact and beautifully balanced horse. All this, and he was as game as a pebble. After America he failed to win again but ran good races in the Eclipse and the Jockey Club Stakes. He was not a conspicuous success at stud.

The photograph shows him with his owner, trainer and jockey.
 

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