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Buoy (horse)

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Buoy (7 April 1970 – 1984) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. Unraced as a two-year-old, he proved himself one of the best middle-distance colts of his generation in 1973 when he won the Predominate Stakes and the Great Voltigeur Stakes and finished placed in both the Irish Derby and the St Leger. He was even better as a four-year-old, winning the Yorkshire Cup before beating the outstanding French filly Dahlia in the Coronation Cup and taking the Princess of Wales's Stakes. His career was ended by injury in August 1974 and he was exported to stand as a breeding stallion where he had limited success as a sire of winners.

Buoy was a "big, robust, long-striding"[1] chestnut horse with three white socks and a white star and snip bred by his owner Richard Dunbavin "Dick" Hollingsworth at his Arches Hall Stud in Hertfordshire. He was sired by Aureole who won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in the ownership of Queen Elizabeth II in 1954: Aureole's other successful progeny included St. Paddy, Provoke, Aurelius and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Saint Crespin. Buoy's dam Ripeck was a highly successful broodmare whose other offspring included the Queen Alexandra Stakes winner Balinger and the Oaks Stakes winner Bireme. Ripeck was a granddaughter of the Hollingsworth family's influential broodmare Felucca, whose other descendants included Cut Above, Longboat, Sharp Edge (Irish 2,000 Guineas), Bolas (Irish Oaks), Dash for Cash (Australian Guineas) and Daffodil (AJC Oaks).[2]

Hollingsworth sent his colt into training with Dick Hern at West Ilsley in Berkshire. He was ridden in most of his races by Joe Mercer.

Buoy was slow to mature and did not race as a two-year-old. After finishing fifth in a maiden race over eleven furlongs on his racecourse debut in the spring of 1973 he recorded his first win in a similar event at Newmarket Racecourse, beating twenty opponents. He was then moved up in class for the Predominate Stakes (a trial race for The Derby) at Goodwood in May. He won by four lengths from the Thirsk Classic Trial winner Funny Fellow despite hanging badly to the left in the last quarter mile. Buoy's connections opted to bypass the Epsom Derby, running him instead in the Irish Derby at Curragh in late June. Equipped with blinkers for the first time he raced in second behind the runaway pacemaker Park Lawn before taking the lead on the final turn, but was overtaken in the straight and finished third behind the 33/1 outsider Weaver's Hall and Ragapan.[3]

The blinkers were left off when Buoy started 11/10[4] favourite for the Great Voltigeur Stakes (a trial race for the St Leger) at York Racecourse in August. He took the lead in the straight and held off a challenge from the Gordon Stakes winner Duke of Ragusa to win by three-quarters of a length. In the St Leger at Doncaster Racecourse in September the blinkers were reapplied and Buoy wore them in most of his remaining races. His opponents included Ragapan, Duke of Ragusa, the Epsom Derby runner-up Cavo Doro and the French challenger Valuta (Prix Kergorlay). He took the lead two furlongs out but was overtaken by the 28/1 outsider Peleid who won easily by two and a half lengths, with Buoy holding on to second place, just ahead of Duke of Ragusa and King Levanstell. On his final appearance of the season, Buoy was sent to France to contest the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp Racecourse on 7 October. He raced just behind the leaders but was unable to quicken in the straight and finished eighth of the twenty-seven runners behind Rheingold.[3]

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