Cape Cross was born at Kildangan Stud, Co Kildare in March 1994 and remained in Ireland until joining trainer John Gosden shortly before he turned two.
The son of Green Desert and Champion filly Park Appeal won once at two and was third in the Craven Stakes at three. At four (and by then under the care of Saeed bin Suroor) Cape Cross hit the top level, making virtually all to land the G1 Lockinge and setting a new track record in the process. A pair of G2 victories – in the Queen Anne Stakes (now a G1 contest) and the Celebration Mile followed at five and he was then retired to his birthplace to take up his new career as a stallion.
His first crop yielded no fewer than 28 two-year-old winners, including ten Black type performers.