|Breeding:||By Three Legs (GB) out of Malt|
|Born:||Born 7th October 1983, Hawke's Bay New Zealand|
|Country Born:||New Zealand|
|Owned By:||Graham deGruchy|
|Trained By:||Dave and Paul O'Sullivan|
|Country(s) raced in:||New Zealand, Australia and Japan|
|Race Record:||40 starts, 17 wins, 10 seconds, 2 thirds|
|Claim to Fame:||
Horlicks most outstanding achievement was winning the 1989 Japan Cup (2400m) in a world record time of 2:22.2. In winning this prestigious race Horlicks beat home the Japanese favourite Oguri Cap, the defending champion Pay The Butler from the United States and also the winner of France's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. She was the first horse from Australasia to win the race and it was the most significant international result for a New Zealand bred.
In addition she won the $1million DB Classic at Ellerslie twice, the TVNZ Stakes twice. She ran a short head to the champion galloper Bonecrusher in the Air New Zealand Stakes and then turned the tables on him at their next meeting to win the Group One TVNZ Stakes.
She won the Mackinnon Stakes in Australia and ran a very game second to Poetic Prince in the 1988 Cox Plate.
Horlicks wonderful temperament and will to win enabled her to frequently beat horses that were superior in acceleration and talent. She was also able to handle both soft and firm tracks.
This lovely grey mare had a huge heart and a cardiogram score well above normal however she did fret for company when she could not see other horses. This problem was overcome by putting a full length mirror in her box!
With 6 Group One Wins, a Group Two, a Group Three and two Listed wins plus over $NZ 3million in stakes money Horlicks retired to the broodmare paddock in 1990. She also has been an accomplished broodmare having produced Brew (by Sir Tristram) who was the winner of the 2000 Melbourne Cup.