Octagonal Champion Racehorse
Octagonal Was Very Talented Winning Many Races In Australia
Octagonal's career was short and he retired at the age of four. But, after retirement he sired a few horses who were champions like him.
Octagonal is the name a racehorse who was bred in 1992 in New Zealand. He is the son of the champion horse Zabeel, a Thoroughbred racehorse and a mare named Eight Carat.
Crowned Australian Champion As 2YO
When Octagonal was two years old he was crowned as Australian Champion. He made his debut in 1994 and stamped his authority felt on racetracks of Australia almost immediately.
He was trained by John Hawkes who was very proud of him. Octagonal is also known as Occy or ‘the Big O’. He won the Todman Trial and AJC Sires Produce Stakes and became famous after that.
Then, he came close to second in the STC Golden Slipper and AJC.
At the age of three years Octagonal recorded impressive progress with 10 wins from 16 starts. He won the coveted Triple Crown easily beating the best horses of his class in the Canterbury Guineas, Australian Derby and the Rosehill Guineas.
At this age his greatest achievement was the winning of WC Cox Plate and the Mercedes Classic which is weight for age race on the Australian circuit. Octagonal was named as the Australian of Horse of the Year in 1996.
Great Success As A 3YO
It was a big achievement for a three year old horse. At this age he won $4 million prize money. He lost only two races narrowly. These were Victoria Derby and Australian Derby where he lost to Nothin Leica Dane.
At the age of four, his achievements could not be so high. He remained without any place in six of seven starts. His only single victory was in the Underwood Stakes during the spring. However, autumn was lucky for him. He achieved consecutive wins in Chipping Norton Stakes, Australian Cup, and the Mercedes Classic.
At the end of the season, Octagonal achieved second place in the AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes. In that season Octagonal bagged 14 victories out of 28 starts winning 7 seconds and 1 third place. This season was the last of his racing career. He made his owners proud by getting $A 5,892,231 at the end of the career.
Octagonal retired as a stud at Cootamundra in New South Wales. He was to become a champion sire soon.
Lonhro is one of the most notable progeny who was a champion Thoroughbred horse who won 11 Group One wins with $6 million prize money.
His other progeny was Suntagonal who was the winner of South African Group 1. French galloper is the most prominent offspring of Octagonal who was sired at Haras du Quesnay in 1998.
Another offspring was Laverock who was the winner of two Group 1 races including Gran Premio del Jockey Club at San Siro Racecourse, Milan and Prix d’Ispahan in France.