THE THOROUGHBRED RACEHORSE


Site updated April 05, 2014

 


HIGHFLYER
(1774 by KING HEROD oo Rachel)

 

This site is dedicated to the breeding of the Thoroughbred racehorse. The information contained herein is correct to the best of my knowledge and any conjecture is clearly labelled as such.

Please write to me HERE if you have any questions, comments or corrections.

 

 

All dates quoted on this site are Julian until 02nd September 1752 and Gregorian from 14th September 1752.

All years quoted on this site are historical and no double dating has been used except in the notes.

The age of a horse was calculated from 01st May each year until 31st December 1833 at Newmarket and until 18th April 1858 elsewhere in Great Britain and Ireland.

The age of a horse has been calculated from 01st January each year since 01st January 1834 at Newmarket and since 19th April 1858 elsewhere in Great Britain and Ireland.

 

 

RACING IN GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND

 

ROYAL PLATES

ROYAL PLATES
A history of the King's and Queen's Plates in Great Britain and Ireland, from 1634 to 1765
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ROYAL PLATE WINNERS
The winners of the King's and Queen's Plates in Great Britain and Ireland, from 1671 to 1765, traced back in the male line.

BRITISH ROYAL PLATES
The winners of the King's and Queen's Plates in Great Britain, from 1671 to 1765, listed chronologically.

IRISH ROYAL PLATES
The winners of the King's and Queen's Plates in Ireland, from 1698 to 1765, listed chronologically.

 

CLASSIC RACES

ENGLISH CLASSIC WINNERS
The winners of the 1000 Guineas, 2000 Guineas, Derby, Oaks and St Leger, from 1776 to 2013, traced back in the male line.

IRISH CLASSIC WINNERS
The winners of the Irish 1000 Guineas, Irish 2000 Guineas, Irish Derby, Irish Oaks and Irish St Leger, from 1866 to 2013, traced back in the male line.

 

OVER THE JUMPS

HURDLERS AND STEEPLECHASERS
The winners of the principal National Hunt races in England from 1836 to 2014, traced back in the male line.

 

SIRES

CHAMPION SIRES
The champion sires in Great Britain from 1721 to 1849, and in Great Britain and Ireland from 1850 to 2013, traced back in the male line
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The champion sires in Ireland from 1790 to 1849, traced back in the male line.

NORTHERN DANCER
Northern Dancer's English Classic winning descendants for three generations to 2013, and how his record compares with those of the other most influential Classic sires.

 


 

THOROUGHBRED BREEDING

 

EARLY ANCESTORS

CONFUSED PEDIGREES AND MISTAKEN IDENTITIES
Various articles concerning the identification and breeding of some of the earliest ancestors of the Thoroughbred racehorse.

DARCY'S YELLOW TURK, DARCY'S WHITE TURK AND HELMSLEY TURK
An investigation into their true identities.

GARDINER MARE, HUTTON'S SPOT AND ALCOCK'S ARABIAN
An investigation into their true identities.

LAYTON GREY BARB, ROCKWOOD, TAFFOLET BARB AND TREGONWELL'S BARB MARE
An investigation into their true identities.

HIGHLANDER, MERLIN AND WOODCOCK
An investigation into their true identities.

BLACK-A-TOP, OLD MONTAGUE MARE, PULLEINE'S CHESNUT ARABIAN AND WHITESHIRT MARE
An investigation into their true identities.

SNAKE, CONEYSKINS, LISTER'S TURK AND BYERLEY'S TURK
An investigation into their true identities and an investigation into the descent of Hutton's breed.

ECLIPSE
An investigation into his pedigree.

THE HALF-CROWN CART-HORSE
The true foundation sire of the Thoroughbred. An investigation into the influence of cart-horse blood on the Thoroughbred.

SELIMA, BY GODOLPHIN ARABIAN
An investigation into her true identity.

 

INBREEDING

INBREEDING
A selection of pedigrees, both historical and conjectural, showing some incestuous matings of the Thoroughbred racehorse.

COEFFICIENT OF INBREEDING
An investigation into Wright's Equation and Hardiman's Method.

REGISTER OF INBREEDING COEFFICIENTS
An alphabetical listing of the ancestors of Match'em (1748), King Herod (1758) and Eclipse (1764), together with their standard and cumulative inbreeding coefficients.

 

COLOUR

THE THIN GREY LINE
The descent of the grey gene in the Thoroughbred racehorse.

 


 

OWNERS AND BREEDERS OF THE SEVENTEENTH AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURIES
The creators of the Thoroughbred racehorse.

APPENDIX
The Original Articles for the Plate run at Newmarket in October. Instituted by King Charles the Second in 1665 and first run in 1666.

Newmarket Town Plate.

The Articles relating to Royal Plates in the reign of George II.

The naming of horses and the recording of their pedigrees in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

How old was the Godolphin Arabian when he died?

The calendar in Great Britain and Ireland.

The Kings and Queens in Great Britain and Ireland since the restoration of the Monarchy.

HORSE RACING IN GERMANY IN 1945
Racing at Leipzig, Halle and Dresden.

BRITISH TROTTING AND PACING CLASSIC RACES
The winners of the National Pacing Derby, Sire Stakes 3yo Fillies Pacing Final, Sire Stakes 3yo Colts Pacing Final, Prakas Trotting Derby, Lakeland Pacing Derby, European Pacing Classic, National Trotting Derby and Lakeland Trotting Derby, from 1965 to 2013, listed chronologically and traced back in the male line.

HEIRS OF THE NORFOLK TROTTER AND THE YORKSHIRE COACH HORSE
An investigation into the ancestry of the Hackney, the Standardbred, the French Trotter, the Orlov Trotter, the Cleveland Bay, the Welsh Pony and other related breeds.

PHYSICS REVISITED
The theory of continuous creation within an infinite universe.

 


 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I would like to thank the following for their kind assistance in the compilation of this work : Anthony Byles, Tim Cox, Ralph Graulich, Christine Matthes, Miodrag Milovanovic, William Morgan, A G Morris, Richard Nash, E J Ross and Sandra K Snider.

My special thanks to A J Hibbard, for allowing me access to her original research into old British and Irish newspapers, and Tom Viebke, for his invaluable help with the early breeding of trotting horses.

 


Since April 16, 2000

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