El Gran Senor (By Northern Dancer and Sex Appeal)
Raced in England and Ireland at 2 and 3 years. won 7 of 8 starts
2-Y-O: 4 starts 4 wins
Won Maiden (1400m Phoenix Park)
Won Railway Stakes Curragh GR3 (1200m Curragh)
Won National Stakes GR1 (1400m Curragh) beating Sign-of-Life by three quarters of a length
Won Dewhurst Stakes Newmarket (1400m Newmarket) beating Rainbow Quest by half a length with Siberian Express 6 lengths third.
Rated 131 by Timeform
European Champion 2 Year Old
3-Y-O: 4 starts 3 wins , 1 second
Won Gladness Stakes GR3 (1400m) defeating Sadler's Wells who was unbeaten going into the race.
Won 2000 Guineas GR1 (1600m Newmarket) beating Chief Singer by 2 1/2 lengths and Lear Fan 4 lengths third. "His scintillating victory will be long remembered by all those privileged to witness the race...he had the race in safe keeping, and when asked to quicken, he did so in the style of a very great thoroughbred." - Ulbrich's Peerage
2nd Epsom Derby GR1 (2400m Epsom) beaten a head by Secreto with mighty Flutter 3 lengths third.
Won Irish Derby GR1 (2400m) beating Rainbow Quest by 1 length with Dahar 5 lengths third. After the Irish Derby El Gran Senor never raced again owing to a foot injury which was operated on in the USA as a late 3 year old. It was hoped that he would return to racing at four years but was not to be.
Rated 136 by Timeform
European Champion 3 year Old Miler
After the 2000 Guineas, El Gran Senor's vasly experienced trainer, Vincent O Brien, who had handled Nijinsky II, Sir Ivor, and Alleged, offered the opinion that El Gran Senor might turn out to be the best horse he ever trained" Alan Porter - Patterns of Greatness.
El Gran Senor - Sangsters Best!
Celebrated racehorse owner and breeder Robert Sangster was associated with some of the worlds best racehorses during his era. When asked which horse he considered the best of them all he had no hesitation in nominating El Gran Senor. High praise indeed for someone who had raced the likes of Alleged, Assert, Sadler's Wells, The Minstrel, Storm Bird, Caerleon, Golden Fleece, Lomond, Bluebird and Detroit. Furthermore El Gran Senor is rated after the legendry Nijinsky II as Northern Dancers best racehorse by most observers.
At stud El Gran Senor proved to be a sire of the highest class and amongst the very best sire sons of Northern Dancer. Alan Porter made the following observation in his splendid book Patterns of Greatness "although he was a dual Classic winner on the racecourse, and is a stallion of considerable merit, El Gran Senor's story is one of unfulfilled potential. His career as a racehorse lasted no later than the summer of his second season, and his career at stud has been badly affected by fertility problems" . At stud El Gran Senor bred 398 foals of which 55 were stakes winners (14%) including 12 individual GR1 winners and 7 champions ! As a sire El Gran Senor belongs in the same league as Northern Dancers famous sons such as Nijinsky II, Danzig, Nureyev, Vice Regent, Sadlerís Wells and Lyphard in terms of percentage of stakes winners to foals.