• Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum 
  • Age: Older Horse
  • DOB: 08/05/2014


Grey gelding by Dalakhani / Dulkashe (Pivotal). Homebred. This colt is out of a winning mare who is a half-brother to eight winners including Stakes performer Akira. He traces back to champion filly Ancient Regime.

Defoe stormed up the handicap ranks in 2017 winning four races on the bounce, culminating in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes (Gr 3) at Newbury. He returned in 2018 with an explosive performance in the G3 John Porter Stakes, winning under a hands and heels ride from Andrea Atzeni, following up that effort with a smooth display when winning the G2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket. On his third start of the campaign he finished a close up third in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh behind the front running Lancaster Bomber and the Derby runner-up Cliffs Of Moher. He continued on his travels in search of that elusive Group 1 success, finishing second in both the G1 Grosser Preis von Baden and the G1 Grosser von Bayern.

Defoe has thrived in 2019 and at the grand old age of five he defied the odds to post a career best in the G1 Coronation Cup at Epsom where he settled at the rear of the field before flying home up the straight under Andrea Atzeni to record Varian Stable's 17th Group 1 winner! He followed up that victory with another brilliant triumph in the G2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, his ninth career win.

Race Record: 19-9-4-1

OR: 119

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