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Grand Flaneur belongs to that small group of champion thoroughbreds who were never defeated. He was also a leading sire.




RACE RECORD/STAKE MONEY: 9 starts: 9 wins/£8,174

Major Wins 

  • Melbourne Cup
  • AJC and VRC Derbies
  • AJC and VRC Mares' Produce Stakes
  • VRC St Leger
  • VRC Champion Stakes


Grand Flaneur was bred at Fernhill Stud near Sydney in 1877 and owned by AJC committeeeman and later chairman, W.A. Long.

Grand Flaneur began his racing career when he won the five furlong Normanby Stakes at Flemington on New Year's Day 1880.After a lengthy spell, he reappeared at the AJC spring meeting and had no difficulty in winning the AJC Derby, followed five days later by the Mares' Produce Stakes. He then returned to Melbourne for the VRC spring meeting where he won the Victoria Derby, Melbourne Cup and Mares' Produce Stakes. His win in the Cup gave his rider, Tom Hales, his only success in that race, and reportedly won for his owner some £20,000. In the summer and autumn of 1881, he triumphed in the VRC Champion Stakes, VRC St Leger and VRC Town Plate.

Taken back to Sydney, Grand Flaneur was in training for the AJC meeting when he injured his near foreleg and had to be retired to stud. He was Australia's leading sire in 1895 and was near the top of the list for a decade. Two of his progeny, Bravo and Patron, won Melbourne Cups.

Grand Flaneur was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2007.

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