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Redoubtable (USA) (1991 - 2012)



By kind permission of Fotopic



Thoroughbred (GSB)

Sire: Grey Dawn II

Dam: Seattle Rockette

Damsire: Seattle Slew

Height: 157 cms
Born: 1991
Died: 2012
Graded: SPSS & SHB(GB)
Breeder: Not known (bred in USA)

By kind permission of John Grossick

Redoubtable was a TB who followed a long and highly successful racing career with an equally long and successful career as a sire and show-ring winner.  As a racehorse, he had Listed Winner Career Winnings of £149,956 being a  brilliant 2-y-o and a high class 3-y-o sprinter.  As a stallion, he was graded both with the SPSS and as Elite with the SHB(GB).  He was the last son of Grey Dawn II at Stud, EBF Nominated and a rare outcross to Northern Dancer mares. 


Prior to his sudden death, aged 21, in January 2012, he stood at End House Stud, and they issued the following statement:

"The Management and staff at End House Stud are devastated to announce the loss of Redoubtable.


Redoubtable has sadly written his final chapter in what was once described as a "never ending story". After an incredible 12 year career in training and 21 wins, including his record breaking win as a 14 year old, then his career change to stud and winning show horse he sadly passed away this morning, peacefully at home.


A well known and loved character in the racing world, his legacy will live on through his progeny, though none could ever replace this one of a kind stallion who had become a much loved member of the family at End House Stud."




Grey Dawn II
















Blenheim II
Mah Mahal




Blue Denim


Seattle Rockette (USA)


Seattle Slew (USA)


Bold Reasoning (USA)


Reason To Earn


My Charmer (USA)


Fair Charmer (USA)


Perlita (FR)




Round Table
Two Cities


Pola Bella


Bella Paola

Redoubtable's champion bloodlines linked him to some of the top racehorses of all and he was highly thought of by the racing world. He was a rare outcross, as he carried no Northern Dancer bloodlines, so was an excellent choice for Northern Dancer line mares.



Grey Dawn II; Champion 2yr old France 1964; 14 wins, 9 places, 888,029 francs Sire of 5 Champions, 31 Graded Black Type Winners, 75 Black Type Winners and 53 Black Type Places.



Seattle Rockette the dam of 5 winners (4 stallions) and half sister to Prix Lupin winner Persepolis.



Seattle Slew (USA) Champion Sire, Multiple Group 1 Winner, Champion 2&3 yrs old USA 1976/77 & Champion older horse in 1978.

By kind permission of Fotopic



With Bob Champion

By kind permission of B&M Video


By kind permission of Equipics

Redoubtable was an old-fashioned type of thoroughbred stallion with excellent conformation and straight moving expressive paces, an elegant horse, short coupled, deep chested, with a good length of rein, excellent feet and a beautiful head with a very kind eye. He was an impressive stallion with a superb attitude, an excellent temperament and showed a bold, careful loose jump.  He first came to public stud in 2006 having been in training for 13 years and holds the record for the first fourteen year old to win a flat race in Great Britain since Be Hopeful in 1973.  Having run 15 times in 2005 he had lost none of his incredible will to win, and was still as unblemished as the day he was born. How many ex-racing stallions would have the temperament, soundness, conformation and quality to embark on an in-hand career at 16 years of age?


Turf Record of a High Class Sprinter

Redoubtable, a winner by a winner out of a dam of winners!!  Time Form 1994 115 won 22 races placed 38 times, total races 188.  Won over 5, 6, 7, 7½ furlongs and over a mile.  Won over 5 furlongs at 14 years of age.  Winter favourite for 1994 2000 Guineas.  Acted as lead horse for Lammtarra (1995 Derby, King George and Arc de Triomphe winner)


In Hand Results 2007: National Pony Society Summer Championships 1st Hack Stallion, Champion Male Hack. 4th Ottergayle Supreme in Hand Hack Championship, Highest Placed Stallion in 4 year old and over section. Northern Horse Show 1st Hack Stallion qualified for the Ottergayle Supreme In Hand Hack & Riding Horse Championship. North East of England, qualified-Regional Finals Veteran Horse Society Showing Championships, where he was 3rd in the Olympia Qualifier.


Offspring/Breeding Advice

A perfect gentleman at all times, he was considered to be a superb sire for top class sports ponies, show horses, show hunter ponies, working hunters, hacks, intermediates and event horses as well as top class race horses, point to pointers and polo ponies. The perfect sire to inject quality into heavier mares as well as giving thoroughbreds speed and stamina, his foals ooze presence and quality.


Among the many types of mares Redoubtable covered were high goal polo mares, countless racing mares, top class showing mares and Arab mares – this combination will make fabulous Anglo and part-Breds for the Arab racing and showing world. He become not only a racing stallion but also a sports pony, show hack stallion and a Polo pony stallion.

Progeny includes:


Doubtless Melody 1st Hunter foal, Otley Show 2007. 2nd Garstang hunter breeding. 1st and Champion Hunter foal Weeton Agricultural Show.


Without Redoubt 2nd Hack/Riding horse foal NCPA Maelor branch Autumn Foal Show, NCPA Shropshire Branch 3rd Hack/Riding Horse Foal, 2nd Riding Pony Foal. British National Foal Show- 2nd Small Hacks.


Redoubtable Grace - West Midlands Show 03/04/08 - qualified Rosevean Supreme yearling Ponies UK Summer Championships, also qualified Cederwood Competition Horse, and DJ Risley Show Hack / Riding Horse, Shropshire Festival Of Showing - 1st Hack Yearling. Midland Counties & Kent Counties - Placed show Hack & Sports Horse Breeding. Ponies UK Summer Championships 2008 - 1st & 1st Reserve Champion Hacks, highest yearling in all sports horse, and hack classes, fourth overall Rosevean Yearling Championship, 8th Overall JB Memorial Youngstock Championship.


Paddocklow Poseidon -2008 North West Arab Horse Show 1st PBA Foal, Red Rose County - Reserve Supreme Foal, 1st Hack Foal, 1st PBA Foal, Best of British - Champions of the Future 1st Redoubtable Progeny Group 1st Part Bred & Anglo Foal Champion Part/Anglo & Pure Bred Arab Reserve Supreme of Show British National Foal Show 2nd Small Hack (Male) 1st Anglo / Part Bred 153 - 158cm (Male) Reserve Champion Anglo/Part Bred Horse.


Bairdmore Soldier Boy  SPSS Premium at SPSS Open Youngstock Show, NCPA Lancashire Foal Show- 2nd Part Bred Welsh 1st Hunter Pony. Best of British - Champions of the Future -1st Redoubtable Progeny Group. British National Foal Show- 2nd 143cm Hunter Pony, 1st 138cm Sports / Competition Pony.


Be Bye Be Elegance Champions of the Future 1st Redoubtable Progeny Group.


2 year olds in training for 2009 include Nidamar, Redoubtable Grace & Doubting Thomas.

Redoubtable Grace

By kind permission of Equinational


Redoubtable Grace

By kind permission of RTI


Bairdmore Soldier Boy

Paddocklow Poseidon

By kind permission of Equinational

Jessop Ernie

Other Progeny:



TB foal

TB foal


“There can be little doubt that Redoubtable was a complete one off.  For an entire to have run in more than 180 races, spanning 12 years bears the utmost testimony to his enthusiasm, his soundness and his temperament.  When the good Lord made this horse he must have thrown away the mould!”  Tom O’Ryan - Racing Post


“Redoubtable’s long and distinguished career epitomises the key ingredients required in the modern racehorse Speed, athleticism, toughness and durability.”  Simon Maplecroft - At The Races.


Redoubtable was one of my best two year olds in a vintage year.  He won the National Stakes beating Risky (My Queen Mary winner) and ran a blinder in the Middle Park Stakes (Gr. 1)”  Richard Hannon


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