Joshua Tree has travelled the globe, racing in ten different countries, including Japan, Hong Kong, and Qatar, in putting together a career prize money tally that is just shy of the £2 million mark.
He began his career trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien and was a classy two-year-old, winning the Group 2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot.
He missed the first half of his Classic season owing to injury but ended it in fine style by lifting the Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine in Toronto in 2010.
After a brief period with Qatari trainer Ibrahim al Malki, he joined the Newmarket yard of Marco Botti in the summer of 2011 and it was for Botti that he contested two more Canadian Internationals, finishing second in 2011 and regaining his crown 12 months later.
His other big overseas victory came August 2012 when he lifted the Group 2 Darley Prix Kergorlay at Deauville.
In early 2013 he moved across Newmarket to join Ed Dunlop’s string for whom he finished a well-beaten third in the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom in June. He followed that with second-last in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, a much better effort when second in the Group 2 Prix Kergolay at Deauville and then 13th in the Arc de Triomphe in October.
Remarkably he then became the first horse in history to win the Canadian International three times, a fine achievement. Even more remarkably, he did so for three different trainers and jockeys – Aidan O’Brien and Colm O’Donoghue in 2010, Marco Botti and Frankie Dettori in 2012 and Ed Dunlop and Ryan Moore in 2013.
His last start of 2013 was in the Japan Cup where he finished last. His first start of 2014 was in March at Meydan when a solid sixth in a Group 1, just under three lengths behind the winner, Prince Bishop. He then contested the two mile Group 2 Gold Cup on Dubai World Cup Night but after leading early, he weakened badly in the final half mile and finished 11th. He then went to the Investec Coronation Cup again but finished a distant last and was a well beaten seventh in the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He has now been retired.