|Breeder||Eve Stud Ltd.|
|Owner||Sir Victor Sassoon|
|Dewhurst Stakes (1956)
2,000 Guineas (1957)
Epsom Derby (1957)
|Timeform rating: 136
Leading sire in Britain & Ireland (1969)
Leading broodmare sire in Britain & Ireland (1974)
|Deltic locomotive 55012 was named Crepello1|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Last updated on January 9, 2008
He was a chestnut horse sired by Donatello II (by Blenheim II) in his last year of life. His dam was the race winner, and Star mare, Crepuscule by Mieuxce. Crepuscule created a British bloodstock record by producing Classic winners, Honeylight and Crepello as her first two foals.2 Crepello was a half-brother to Honeylight (won One Thousand Guineas Stakes) and Twilight Alley (Ascot Gold Cup Stakes).3
Crepello was trained by Noel Murless at Newmarket. He was always ridden by jockey, Lester Piggott. As two-year-old he finished second in his debut race, the Windsor Castle Stakes, fourth in the Middle Park Stakes and won the Dewhurst Stakes. Due to unsound forelegs, the horse always raced wearing bandages.
At age three Crepello raced only twice but won two Classic Races. The first was the 2,000 Guineas, followed by a victory over future star Ballymoss in the Epsom Derby. Crepello's winning time of 2:35.4 seconds was the fastest since 1936. However, this was to be the great horse's last race. His tendons, always delicate, began to cause significant problems and he missed the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes before being retired not long before the St. Leger.
Retired to stud at his owner's Eve Stud in Woodditton, Cambridgeshire, Crepello was the leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland in 1969 and the Champion Broodmare sire in 1974. Notable progeny include:
- Busted, unbeaten at four in 1967 and voted the U.K. Horse of the Year, £58,937 sire5
- Caergwrle, winner of the 1968 1000 Guineas,
- Mysterious, winner of the 1973 1,000 Guineas and the Epsom Oaks
- Celina (Irish Oaks)
- Crepellana (Prix de Diane)
- Crest of the Wave (sire in New Zealand)
- Soderini (stakeswinner, £28,128, sire)
- Bleu Azur, dam of Altesse Royale (Epsom Oaks, One Thousand Guineas, Irish Oaks Stakes etc.)6
- Marlia, dam of Marduk II which won the German Derby and consecutive runnings of Germany's Grosser Preis von Baden in 1974 and 1975.7
Crepello's record as sire was somewhat restricted by the fact that a number of his stock had bad legs and were untrainable.8
Following the LNER tradition of naming locomotives after winning racehorses,9 British Railways "Deltic" Diesel locomotive no. D9012 (later no. 55 012) was named Crepello after this horse on 4 September 1961,1 and remained in service until 18 May 1981.10
- "Names". The Deltic Preservation Society Online. Chesterfield: The Deltic Preservation Society Limited. 20 January 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2010. "The racehorse Crepello rose to fame in 1957 when it won the Derby and 2000 Guineas races"
- Leicester, Sir Charles, Bloodstock Breeding, J.A. Allen & Co, London, 1969
- Morris, Simon; Tesio Power 2000 - Stallions of the World, Syntax Software
- Dewhust Stakes Retrieved 2010-5-1
- Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), Thoroughbred Breeding of the World, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
- ASB: Crepello (GB) Retrieved 2010-3-10
- Thoroughbred Heritage: Deutches Derby Retrieved 2010-3-10
- Hislop, John (1976). Breeding for racing. London: Secker & Warburg. ISBN 0436197014.
- Nock, O.S. (1985). British Locomotives of the 20th Century: Volume 3 1960-the present day. London: Guild Publishing/Book Club Associates. pp. 70–71. CN9613.
- "D9012/9012/55012". The Chronicles of Napier. P.A. Bettany. Retrieved 12 January 2010. "in honour of racehorse owned by Sir Victor Sassoon, won The Derby and 2,000 Guineas"