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Lake Coniston

Lake Coniston was bred in Ireland by the legendary JP McManus, trained at Epsom by Geoff Lewis and ridden almost entirely by either Pat Eddery or his brother Paul. In 1994 and 1995 he was one of the star sprinters in Europe. His ten race, four victory season as a three year old climaxed with the Prix de Meautry at Deauville and the Diadem Stakes at Ascot. But this was only the start of things.

For if 1994 was good, 1995 was even better. Beginning with the Abernant Stakes in April he blazed a summer trail through York and Ascot to climax with a four length blitz of Europe’s best in the July Cup at Newmarket. The first Group One victory in the Highclere story. It was the sprinting performance of the season and sealed his championship claim.

Lake Coniston, by the sprinting sire Bluebird out of a mare by Persian Bold, was bought by John Warren at Tattersalls October sales for just 22,000 gns. Events conspired against him running as a two year old but when his sixteen race career ended in the Breeders Cup Sprint at Belmont in October 1995 his earnings topped £225,000 and he was then sold as a stallion to the Coolmore Stud for £2.4 million. His success for his fifteen owners had put Highclere most firmly on the map.

Pedigree

Lake Coniston

Bluebird (USA)

Persian Polly (USA)

Storm Bird (CAN)

Ivory Dawn (USA)

Persian Bold

Polyester Girl

Race record

Date Racecourse Race name
  Distance Jockey Position Racing Post race result
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28/10/1995 Belmont Park (USA) The Breeders' Cup Sprint (Gr 1)
6f Pat Eddery Unplaced Link to race result
02/09/1995 Haydock The Haydock Park Sprint Cup (Gr 1)
6f Pat Eddery 4th Link to race result
13/07/1995 Newmarket July Course The July Cup (Gr 1)
6f Pat Eddery 1st Link to race result
22/06/1995 Ascot The Cork and Orrery Stakes (Gr 3)
6f Pat Eddery 2nd Link to race result
18/05/1995 York The Duke of York Stakes (Gr 3)
6f Pat Eddery 1st Link to race result
18/04/1995 Newmarket Rowley Mile The Aberrant Stakes (Listed)
6f Pat Eddery 1st Link to race result
24/09/1994 Ascot The Diadem Stakes
6f Pat Eddery 1st Link to race result
17/08/1994 Deauville (FR) The Prix de Meautry (Gr 3)
6f Paul Eddery 1st Link to race result
26/07/1994 Goodwood The King George Stakes (Gr 3)
5f Pat Eddery 4th Link to race result
15/07/1994 Newbury The Hackwood Stakes (Listed)
6f Pat Eddery 1st Link to race result
02/07/1994 Sandown Park The Advanced Micro Devices Sprint Stakes (Listed)
5f Paul Eddery 2nd Link to race result
16/06/1994 Ascot The Cork and Orrery Stakes (Gr 3)
6f Paul Eddery Unplaced Link to race result
08/06/1994 Yarmouth The Hopton Conditions Stakes
6f Pat Eddery 1st Link to race result
28/05/1994 Haydock The Shevington Maiden Stakes
7f Alan Munro Unplaced Link to race result
05/05/1994 Salisbury The Woodford Maiden Stakes
6f Paul Eddery 2nd Link to race result
13/04/1994 Newmarket Rowley Mile The Wood Ditton Stakes
1m Kevin Darley Unplaced Link to race result

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