Mounted and titled picture of Rock of Gibraltar, owned by Coolmore, European Horse of Year 2002 and famously the subject of a bitter legal case over his ownership between Alex Ferguson and John Magnier
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Rock of Gibraltar 2002 European Horse of the Year
- From an original oil painting by Stephen Smith
- Mounted and titled print showing Rock of Gibraltar in action.
- See biography below
- 300mm x 255mm or 12 inches x 10 inches
- Precision cut double mount
- Also available in attractive mahogany style frame
Rock of Gibraltar
Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) (bay horse, born 8 Mar 1999, Danehill (USA) - Offshore Boom (GB) Be My Guest (USA)) is a champion racehorse and stallion owned by Coolmore, for whom he currently stands in Ireland (during the Northern Hemisphere breeding season) and Australia (as a shuttle-stallion during the Southern Hemisphere breeding seaason).
He is named after the monolithic limestone promontory located in Gibraltar on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. His name was inspired by that of his dam Offshore Boom; due to its low-tax status, Gibraltar has become a popular offshore base for British and international companies to base their operations.
During his two seasons in racing (2001-2002), he was trained by Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle Stables in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. O'Brien also bred him in partnership with his wife Anne-Marie and father-in-law Joe Crowley. Over the course of two seasons, he set a world record of seven consecutive Group 1 wins. He was voted the 2002 European Horse of the Year.
For much of his racing career, Rock of Gibraltar ran in the colours of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who was named as a part-owner along with Susan Magnier, wife of Coolmore owner John Magnier. Upon his retirement, Ferguson and John Magnier were involved in a bitter dispute over the exact nature of the ownership of the horse which was eventually settled out of court.