An elite racehorse, RIBCHESTER was Europe's Champion Miler at 3YO & 4YO. With four G1 wins at the mile, including the Queen Anne Stakes in record time, RIBCHESTER's 16 start career saw him start 15 times at Group Level, 11 of those at G1 level with a further six G1 placings added to his tally.
The winner of the G2 Mill Reef Stakes over 6f at 2YO, and runner-up in the G2 Gimcrack Stakes the start prior, RIBCHESTER's 3YO season featured placings in the G1 2000 Guineas and the G1 Sussex Stakes before breaking through to land his first G1 in the G1 Deauville Prix Jacques Le Marois, beating VADAMOS. In his final start at 3YO, RIBCHESTER tackled the older horses in the Queen Elizabeth at Ascot, going down by just half-a-length.
RIBCHESTER started his 4YO season in Dubai running third in the G1 Meydan Dubai Turf before landing the first of his three G1's at 4YO - the G1 Lockinge Stakes - by an impressive three-and-a-quarter lengths, and backed this up a month later at Royal Ascot in the G1 Queen Anne winning in record time. He came up a neck short in his next start with a runner-up performance in the G1 Sussex Stakes and, landed his final G1 at Chantilly in the G1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp.
Amongst the best to have raced in the Godolphin blue, RIBCHESTER was rated 129 by Timeform.
Retired to stud in 2018, RIBCHESTER covered two quality books in Australia before relocating in 2020 to replace his sire IFFRAAJ, on the Haunui stallion roster.
RIBCHESTER has created a solid impression in the Southern Hemisphere with two small crops of racing age progeny, headlined by dual Stakes winning three-year-old filly RED CARD and two-year-old colt KRAKARIB, winner of the Gr.3 Maribyrnong Plate on Melbourne Cup Day. In addition RIBCHESTER has been represented by black-type performing three-year-old fillies Plymstock and Portray.
Yearlings from each crop by RIBCHESTER have reached six figures in the auction ring. His first crop of New Zealand-conceived foals were well received at Karaka in 2023, selling to a top price of $170,000 with the likes of Proven Thoroughbreds, Joe Pride, John Foote, Tony Gollan, Tartan Meadow, John Chalmers, Paul Preusker, Allan Sharrock, Dean Limmer and David Bourne among the yearling purchasers.