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Overdose (GB) 2005 bay stallion Overdose was purchased for 2000 guineas by Zoltán Mikóczy in November of 2006 at the Newmarket fair. Owner: SCH racing (Zoltán Mikóczy) Trainer: Sándor Ribárszki Breeder: Whatton Manor Stud Pedigree: Sire: Starborough (1994) (Soviet Star-Flamenco Wave) Starborough was racing in the colours of the Godolphin Stable. He raced between ages 2-4 years. During this time he competed in 12 races, out of which he finished first four times and placed second twice. Starborough was in his best form at age three. He placed fourth at the English 2000 Guineas and later he won in Chantilly at the Prix Jean Prat (Gr. I). His highest RPR score was 124, which he earned upon winning the St. James Stakes (Gr. I). He gained his victories at 1600-1800 meters. Dam: Our Poppet (1997) (Warning-Upend) According to racing records, Our Poppet started only one race at 1400 meters at the age of two; she did not place. Currently she has three fillies in training in England and France. They appear in smaller races and all of her offspring are race winners. Second dam: Upend (1985) (Main Reef-Charlottown) She had been racing in England in Listed races, and races of Gr. I and Gr. II, with good result. Her highest score was 108, which she received, upon winning the Princess Royal Stakes in Ascot at 2400 metres (Gr.III). Overdose’s first run was in a race for maiden stakes at the Kincsem Park in Budapest, Hungary. He set the field record for 1000 meters at 0:58 and finished an amazing 18 lengths ahead of his competition. Turf fans were amazed by what they saw, since no one thought a two- year-old maiden horse would get the highest score on the day of the Alag prize. 02.06.2007 Race for two-year-old maiden stakes at 1000 metres (Kincsem Park–Budapest–Hungary) /first runner-up The order of running home: Overdose (18)-Femme Fatale (4)-Vitulus Jockey: Martin Srnec For the second time, Overdose faced the starting gate in Bratislava in the Slovakian Derby, a traditional race for two-year-olds. He was again in a great form and he finished 6 lengths ahead of the next horse from the Czech Republic. This same horse he beat, later won a Czech race for two-year-olds with a total prize of 1 million Czech Crowns. Overdose’s running time in this race was 1:12,02 which meant he broke another field record! After this fantastic performance, the Hungarian anthem was played in Slovakia for the first time, much to the delight of his owner. 22.07.2007 Cena OTP Banky-Cena Muscatita I. category (Bratislava - SVK) 1200 metres /first runner-up Order of running home: Overdose (6)-Addison (2)-Amarna Jockey: Martin Srnec After his win in Slovakia, he captured another race at the distance of 1200 meters in Austria held on the field of the legendary Freudenau. Several of his competitors were horses from Germany that previously won races of listed categories. For those who are not familiar with horse racing we shall note that Germany is a region well-known for thoroughbreds of very high quality that run in the most respectful races. In 2007 the experts of Racing Post gave the highest score to a German horse, named Manduro. While Overdose’s competition was sizeable and many placed their bets on his German competition, it was too soon that their bets would prove unwise. From the starting gate, Overdose raced his heart out, winning his victory by 13 lengths. Like his excellent finish in Bratislava, the other horses couldn’t even come close to him. This performance has since attracted the attention of several German horse experts and only added to his international acclaim as a top racehorse. 09.09.2007 Graf Nikolaus Esterhazy Memorial L. (Freudenau-Vienna-AUT) 1200 metres/First runner-up Order of running home: Overdose (13)-Ceodora (3/4)-Dajolie Rider: Piotr Krowicki After several achievements abroad, he appeared again at Kincsem Park in Budapest. This time he ran for the St. Laszlo Prize in a race listed as Gd 2, for 2 year olds. By now Overdose was a big favourite among his five rivals on the course that day. From the starting gate, Overdose gained such an amazing advantage over the others that one can seldom see. He was racing in another dimension and won by an incredible 16 lengths and finished with a running time that is exceptional in the history of the race! With this victory he proved he is of the highest calibre in Central-Eastern European horseracing. 30.09.2007 St. Laszlo Prize Gd-2 1400 m (Kincsem Park – Budapest –Hungary) / First runner-up Order of running home: Overdose (16)-Overplay (1 ¾)-Nazim Jockey: Martin Srnec Overdose’s 5th race was again in Austria, this time at the Ebreichsdorf race track for the Central-European Challenge Cup Futurity. Even with a grand prize of 20.000 Euros, there were few who pursued him. Overdose earned another great victory with an exceptional performance. It was now without doubt that Overdose had become the best 2 year-old in the region in 2007. 21.10.2007 C.E.C.C. Futurity Gr. 1(AUT) 1300 (Ebreichsdorf - AUT) / First runner-up Order of running home: Overdose (8)-Over Play (2 3/4)-True Belle Rider: Zdenko Smida A re-cap of what happened in 2007: 5 wins out of 5 starts (100%) Field record at the Kincsem Park (1000 meters, turf) Race record in Slovakia Race record in Hungary Ranking list leader among two-year-olds At the age of three, he continued his excellent career where he left off. His 2008 season started in Ebreichsdorf, where he captured the Prize vom Marchfeld. Despite the fact that he was the only three-year-old in the race, and was competing against older horses at 1100 meters, he continued his splendid march, and swept the race again by 6 lengths. 06.04.2008 Preis vom Marchfeld 1100 metres (Ebreichsdorf-AUT) / First runner-up Order of running home: Overdose (6)- Special Key (1 ¼)- Rajeef Ashog Rider: Piotr Krowicki Now, with 6 victories behind him already, his owners chose a race for him farther west. This time Overdose faced the starter on the historic race field of Baden-Baden for a run at the Lanson Cup. In this listed race, there were only German rivals and the distance was 1200 meters. He won by 9 lengths—never seen before in a German sprint race! From this day, the German media referred to him as, “the Hungarian Wonder Horse,” comparing him to the world-famous Hungarian horse Kincsem. The Racing Post honoured his performance with the high score of 115, and his value continued to grow. 18.05.2008 Lanson Cup L. 1200 metres (Baden-Baden-GER) /First runner-up Order of running home: Overdose (9)- Laokoon (162) Lips Arrow Jockey: Piotr Krowicki Two weeks after his seventh sizeable victory, Overdose competed once again in on Hungary’s northern neighbour in Bratislava, Slovakia. In this international sprint race he was the only three-year-old to compete against the region’s older sprinters. Once again the region’s best horses couldn’t come close to “the Hungarian Wonder Horse” as he finished the field 8 lengths ahead of his nearest pursuer, Varosbiro, another horse from Hungary. His time was 1:10,09—the best running time in 20 years. 01.06.2008 Cena Ministerstva Podohospodárstva SK Rep. Gd3 1200 m (Bratislava-SVK) / First runner-up Order of running home: Overdose (8)- Városbíró (by neck) Sunshine Rheinberg Rider: Piotr Krowicki Overdose’s ninth appearance was again at the German Derby weekend in Hamburg. It was the biggest sprint of the derby held that Saturday, in which Overdose was again the youngest in the race, listed Gr. III at 1200 meters. He had a new jockey this time, Andreas Suborics, who did a wonderful job that day. After a fast start, he took the lead and rode home at a gallop. Even though Overdose was not at 100% health prior to the race, he still won this considerable race without a doubt. His win added to his celebration in Germany as a top-notch racehorse and the Hungarian Wonder mania continued to spread. 05.07.2008 Lotto-Hamburg-Trophy Gr. III 1200 m (Hamburg-GER) / 1st runner-up Order of running home: Overdose (1 ½)-Abbadjinn- (3/4)- Mariol Rider: Andreas Suborics After a short rest, the next stop in Overdose’s career was at Germany’s biggest sprint race, the Goldene Peitsche, listed as Gr. II. It was a small, but quite strong competition, including two well-known sprinters from England. The location was again Baden-Baden, on which Overdose was chosen as the favourite. For the 10th time in a row Overdose put on a great show. At the start he jumped to the head field, staying there until the very end, bringing the “Golden Peitsche” (the golden whip) home to Hungary. His running time was 1:08,21 which was the third fastest time in the history of the hundred-year-old race. The Racing Post increased Overdose’s score to 116 RPR. Thus, Overdose had accomplished an amazing record of 10 for 10! 31.08.2008. Golden Peitsche Gr. II 1200 m (Baden-Baden-GER) / 1st runner-up Order of running home: Overdose (2/ 1/2)-Abadjinn (1 /1/4) –Starlit Sands Rider: Andreas Suborics After the Golden Peitsche, Overdose returned home to Alag, Hungary, to prepare for the biggest challenge of his life: the Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp. This is one of Europe’s greatest sprint races held on the same weekend as the famous Prix de’l Arc de Triomphe in Paris. This was the first Group I category test for Overdose, but his 10 victories made him a highly respected competitor. Many betting offices put him at the first place, before such horses that have already ran in respected English races of Gr. I. with good results. Overdose bore up well against the 1700 km long journey from Hungary to France and arrived in a great form at Longchamp. However, a tragedy struck the field that day. The starting box for the horse Fleeting Spirit did not open, so the race was declared null. Suborics, the jockey of Overdose, did not realize this and Overdose ran until the end at his full racing speed. Even though he made a field record again (54.2) the French organizers did not acknowledge his results. Three hours later the race was repeated, but Overdose would not be raced again that day. Thus, his rival, Marchand D’ Or was announced as the official winner. Even still, Overdose maintained his reputation as an elite race horse and the world’s press acknowledged Overdose to be the moral winner of the race. With this record-breaking performance, he was invited to the big Hong-Kong sprint race held in mid-December. 05.10.2008 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp Gr. I. 1000 m (Paris-Longchamp) Order of running home: declared null Jockey: Andreas Suborics After the disaster at the Prix de l’Abbaye de Lonchamp, the entire Hungarian horseracing community was in shock. How can such thing happen?! Never-the-less, there was no break for Dózi (Overdose’s “barn name”) as he continued his training at full speed! His managers and his owner Mikóczy continued to consider the invitation to race in Hong Kong, but in the end they decided not to expose him to the twenty-hour-long flight and several weeks of quarantine. Since he was still in fantastic form, they decided to race him one more time in the season—this time in Rome at the Premio Carlo & Francesco Aloisi. Due to a strike that ended only a few days before the race, several horses were enrolled and this time the rivals don’t back up. They regret is later because Overdose won this race again by 10 lengths, despite carrying the most weight on the field! He was so far ahead the cameramen couldn’t even get Overdose and the rest of the pack in the same photograph frame. With this race Overdose closed his three-year-old season in 2008. 6 starts-6 wins (100%), in which of course the annulled Paris race is not included A racing post form of 123 A score of 126 from Timeform Magazine At the end of 2008, nearly 10.000 people celebrated Overdose’s success at the Budapest Horse Show with a standing ovation. Adults and children alike ran to the barricades to see “the Hungarian Wonder Horse” and take pictures of him. On the eve of trotting held 31st December at Kincsem Park in Budapest, he was introduced to the crowd one more time where he was without doubt a bigger sensation than even the trotting horses! According to a poll carried out by Figyelőnet, he is widely known as the Hungarian sport horse of the year, edging ahead of sport men like Cseh László and Vajda Attila. The Nemzeti Sport magazine also reported that he is the favourite among newcomers in all sporting events, even beating Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel and the star of the 2008 Football European Championship, Andrej Arsavin. While horse racing fan and humorist Tivadar Farkasházy has already written a book on Overdose’s career, television producer András Kepes has began shooting a documentary film about him in the fall of 2008. Obviously Overdose, “the Hungarian Wonder Horse,” will be in the centre of attention next year! Ferenc Kalászi - András Sereg