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Buzzard (GB)
 
 


Buzzard

 

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Buzzard

 

 

 


Quiz, by Buzzard

 

 

 

 

 

Buzzard ch c 1787 (Woodpecker - Misfortune, by Dux). Sire Line Buzzard. Family 3-a.

Bred by Thomas Bullock, he was sold to Christopher Wilson who raced him in 1793 and 1794. There is some evidence that he was instead bred by Lord Egremont and sold to Mr Bullock at the conclusion of his first year of racing. In either case Mr Weatherby acted as agent in the sale from Mr Wilson to Colonel Hoomes.

Buzzard, like other offspring of Woodpecker, matured early and as a two year old defeated three year olds in several matches. During his six year turf career he won the Craven Stakes twice, the Jockey Club Plate, a Handicap Plate  plus twenty-four other matches and stakes.

Befitting his success in the stud his fee was as high as 10gs during his years in England. In 1795 he covered at Bennington, near Stevenage in Hertfordshire, in 1796 at Newmarket, in 1797 and 1798 at Boroughbridge in Yorkshire and from 1799 to 1804 at Newmarket.

He was purchased by Colonel Hoomes for 500 guineas in 1804 at the age of 16 even though he had lost one eye and was down on one hip. Hoomes sounded well pleased with Buzzard as he wrote after his arrival in 1805: "He is a light chestnut, about 15.2 hands high and by far the most beautiful horse I ever beheld. I never saw such such fine hair." Described in a letter by Miles Selden he was said to be a "handsome horse, but under size for a stallion... a pale chestnut, with but one eye."

Arriving in Virginia just before Hoomes' death, he was sold at Hoomes' dispersal for $5,860 to a Kentucky syndicate headed by Henry Clay and Abe Buford. Buzzard died two years later in Kentucky at the age of twenty-four.

Pedigree
Buzzard Woodpecker King Herod Tartar
Cypron
Miss Ramsden Cade
Sister to Fair Star
Misfortune Dux Matchem
Duchess
Curiosity Snap
Sister to Miss Belsea
Race Record

In 1789 he won a 50gs match at Newmarket Houghton from Mr Fox's Hope (bl f 1786 Florizel). Won a 50gs match at Newmarket in November from Mr Dawson's Sulky (b c 1786 Garrick).

In 1790 won a 100gs match at Newmarket Craven from Mr Vernon's Trial (b c 1787 Pantaloon). Lost a 100gs match at the same meeting to the Right Hon C J Fox's Shovel (ch c 1785 Magnet). Lost a 100gs match at Newmarket First Spring to Mr F Dawson's Coriander (b c 1786 Pot8os). Lost another 100gs match at the same meeting to Coriander. Collected a 25gs compromise at Newmarket Second Spring for a 50gs match with the Hon C Wyndham's Gallipot (b f 1787 Apothecary). Won a 200gs match at Newmarket Houghton from Mr Thomas Panton's Ostrich (ch c 1787 Woodpecker). Won a 200gs match at the same meeting from Mr Vernon's Crazy (ch f 1787 Woodpecker).

In 1791 won a match at Newmarket Craven from Ostrich, with Mr Panton staking 250 to 200gs. Won a 200gs match at Newmarket First Spring from HRH the Duke of York's Glaucus (b c 1786 Diomed). Collected a 120gs compromise at Newmarket Second Spring for a 200gs match with Lord Derby's Lee Boo (b c 1787 Florizel). Unplaced in the Oatlands at Ascot, won by HRH the Prince of Wales's Baronet (b c 1785 Vertumnus). Won a 300gs match at Newmarket July from Mr T Panton's Griffin (b c 1787 Woodpecker). Finished 3rd in the Great Subscription at York, won by Mr H Peirse's Contessina (gr f 1787 Young Marske), with a Woodpecker colt placing 2nd, beating 5 others. Won 50 at Chesterfield beating 2 others. Won a 50 Plate at the same meeting.

In 1792 collected a 200gs compromise from a 300gs match at Newmarket Craven from Mr Fox's Shovel. Unplaced in the Oatlands at the same meeting, won by Mr Bullock's Toby (b c 1786 Highflyer), with Coriander placing 2nd, Actaeon (b c 1788 Highflyer) 3rd, Asparagus (ch c 1787 Pot8os) 4th and 14 others. Collected 100gs forfeit at Newmarket First Spring from Mr O'Hara's Phaeton (Highflyer). Won a 100gs match at the same meeting from the Duke of Bedford's Skyscraper (b c 1786 Highflyer). Lost a match for 150gs at Newmarket Second Spring to Mr Wyndham's Dare Devil b c 1787 Magnet). Won a 50 Handicap Plate at the same meeting, beating Don Quixote (ch c 1784 Eclipse), Griffin and 8 others. Won a 100gs match at the same meeting from Dare Devil. Won a 200gs match at Newmarket October from Lord Foley's Vermin (br c 1788 Highflyer).

In 1793 won the Craven Stakes at Newmarket Craven, beating Mr F Dawson's Coriander, Mr Serle's Degville (b c Doge) and 12 others. Won a 200gs match at the same meeting from Dare Devil. Won a 200gs match at Newmarket Second Spring from Lord Grosvenor's Derby winner Rhadamanthus (b c 1787 Justice). Lost a 200gs match at the same meeting to Coriander. Won 60gs at Newmarket July, beating Lord Egremont's Cinnabar (ch c 1789 Mercury) and Lord Grosvenor's Brobdignag (br c 1789 Highflyer). Finished 2nd in the King's Plate at Nottingham to Colonel Radcliffe's Ploughboy (ch c 1787 Young Morwick) in both heats. Won a 100gs match at Newmarket October from Brobdignag. Won 60gs at the same meeting.

In 1794 won the Craven Stakes at Newmarket, beating Mr Bullock's Royalist (b c 1790 Saltram), Dare Devil and 8 others. Finished 4th in the Oatlands at the same meeting, won by Lord Grosvenor's Druid (ch c 1790 Pot8os), with Kit Carr (b c Tandem) 2nd, and 10 others. Collected a 50gs forfeit from Gohanna (b c 1790 Mercury) at the same meeting. Won the Jockey Club Plate at Newmarket Second Spring, beating St George, Coriander and 2 others. Won a 200gs match at Newmarket October from Lord Sackville's Silver (gr c 1789 Mercury). Won 50 at Newmarket Second October fron Mr Lade's Don Quixote (ch c 1784 Eclipse). Won a 100gs match at the same meeting from Lord Clermont's Heroine (br f 1789 Phoenomenon). This was his final race.
 

Notable Buzzard Mares

1. Hornby Lass
(b f 1796), bred by the Duke of Grafton, won a Jockey Club Plate and two King's Plates. In the stud she produced Morel (ch f 1805 Sorcerer) the taproot mare of Family 1-b, and two stallion sons, the brothers Mango (b c 1806 Sorcerer) and Truffle (b c 1808 Sorcerer). She died around 1817.
2. Daisy
[ex-Tulip] (ch f 1798), bred by Lord Grosvenor, was half sister to Ambrosio (b c 1793 Sir Peter Teazle). She finished 2nd in the Oaks Stakes and later became the 2nd dam of One Thousand Guineas winner Galantine (b f 1828 Reveller) and ancestress of Derby winner Pyrrhus the First (ch c 1843 Epirus).
3. Rosamond
(ch f 1798), bred by G Crompton, was the dam of the St Leger winner and stallion Barefoot (ch c 1820 Tramp).
4. Sophia
(b f 1798), bred by Mr Wilson, was half sister to Champion (b c 1797 Pot8os). She was the winner of a match and dam of the One Thousand Guineas winner Charlotte (b f 1811 Orville). She was also the 2nd dam of the Derby winner Mameluke (b c 1824 Partisan) and the stallion Master Henry (b c 1815 Orville), the latter the damsire of Touchstone (br c 1831 Camel). She died in 1819.
5. Lady Charlotte
(b f 1799), bred by Mr Wilkinson, was half sister to Whiskey (b c 1798 Saltram) and the dam of Two Thousand Guineas winner Cwrw (br c 1809 Dick Andrews).
6. Buzzard Mare
(b f 1800), ancestress of the Oaks winner Miss Letty (b f 1834 Priam) and the stallion Adventurer (bbr c 1859 Newminster) among others in Family 12-g.
7. Blowing
[ex-Miss Allerthorpe] (b f 1803), bred by Mr Mellish, was the dam of the Two Thousand Guineas winner Interpreter (b c 1818 Soothsayer) and 2nd dam of Goodwood Cup winner Link Boy (b c 1823 Aladdin).
8. Merrymaid
(b f 1803), bred by Mr Golding, was the dam of July Stakes winner Merrymaker (b c 1814 Dick Andrews), July Stakes winner Miracle (ch f 1816 Soothsayer) and 3rd dam of Prix du Jockey Club winner Fitz Emilius (b c 1842 Young Emilius).
9. Vanity
(b f 1803), bred by the Duke of Grafton, was the dam of the One Thousand Guineas winner Catgut (br f 1816 Comus), and ancestress of Oaks winner Brown Duchess (br f 1858 The Flying Dutchman) and Arc de Triomphe and Ascot Gold Cup winner Massine (b c 1920 Consols). Vanity died in 1821.
10. Bronze
(br f 1803), bred by Mr Craven, was sister to Castrel (ch c 1801), Selim (ch c 1802) and Rubens (ch c 1805). She won the Oaks Stakes and was ancestress of the Derby winner Cremorne (b c 1869 Parmesan). Bronze was also the dam of Miss Chantrey (br f 1818 Clinker) taproot mare of Family 2-p.
11. Sister to Bronze
(br f 1804), bred by HRH the Prince of Wales, was 3rd dam of St James's Palace Stakes winner Uriel (br c 1846 Touchstone) and his brother Umbriel (br c 1850 Touchstone) who won the Great Yorkshire Stakes, and a third brother, the stallion Ithuriel (br c 1841 Touchstone).
12. Hannah Harris
(b f 1807), bred in Kentucky by John Harris and later owned by Dr E Warfield of The Meadows near Lexington who changed her name to Paragon, was ancestress to most of Family 4-r in America.
13. Maria
(ch f 1809), ancestress to most of Family A2 in America.
14. Old Buzzard
(ch f 1809), bred in Kentucky by Dr Warfield, was the dam of Woodpecker (b c 1828 Bertrand) a worthy American stallion, and also ancestress to the rest of Family A14.
15. Buzzard Mare
(f 1809c), ancestress to Family A20 in America.
16. Buzzard Mare
(gr f 1810c), ancestress to Family A34 in America.

 

Other Notable Offspring
 
Castrel (GB)
ch c 1801 (Buzzard - Mare, by Alexander). Sire Line Buzzard. Family 2-m. Bred by General Sparrow he was a full brother to Selim (ch c 1802), Bronze (br f 1803) and Rubens (ch c 1805). In 1804 he won a 15gs Handicap Sweepstakes at Newmarket, beating 6 others and finished 3rd in a Gold Cup at the same meeting, won by Mr Watson's Lignum Vitae (b c Walnut), beating 15 others. In 1805 he won a 50 Subscription Plate at Newmarket First Spring, beating 4 others, finished 2nd in the Craven Stakes at the same meeting to Sir H Williamson's Deby winner Ditto (b c Sir Peter Teazle), beating 9 others, and won a 50gs each Sweepstakes at Newmarket Second Spring, beating 4 others. Thought to be less successful as a runner than as a stallion he was said to stand 16 hands and be a fine horse of great quality although a roarer. He contributed to the Thormanby (ch c 1857 Windhound) branch of the Herod sire line which descends to The Tetrarch (gr c 1911 Roi Herode) and beyond.
 

 
Hephestion (USA)
ch c 1807 (Buzzard - Castianira, by Rockingham). Sire Line Buzzard. Family 13. Bred in Virginia by Colonel John Tayloe, he won a Jockey Club Purse in South Carolina. He was half brother to Sir Archy (b c 1805 Diomed). He retired to stud there and was later sent to Kentucky and Tennessee. He got the dam of the stallion Cherokee (b c 1820 Sir Archy) and the mare Trumpetta, ancestress of the Travers Stakes winner Attila (b c 1871 Australian). Hephestion died in Tennessee in 1833.
 

 
Quiz (GB)
ch c 1798 (Buzzard - Miss West, by Matchem). Sire Line Buzzard. Family 5. Bred by G Crompton he won the St Leger Stakes, a Jockey Club Plate, a King's Plate, the Reading Cup, the Brocket-Hall Gold Cup and the Oatlands Stakes twice. He sired the Two Thousand Guineas winner Tigris (ch c 1812), the Craven Stakes winner Roller (ch c 1814), the Doncaster Cup winner Euphrates (ch c 1816) and The Odd Trick (ch f 1819) the dam of the St James's Palace Stakes winner Misdeal (b c 1839 Camel). He also got Globe (ch f 1821) the second dam of Joskin (bbr c 1856 West Australian) who appears in the pedigree of the Two Thousand Guineas winner and champion sire St Frusquin (br c 1893 St Simon). Quiz died in 1826.
   

   
Rubens (GB) ch c 1805 (Buzzard - Mare, by Alexander). Sire Line Buzzard. Family 2-n.
   
   
Selim (GB) ch c 1802 (Buzzard - Mare, by Alexander). Sire Line Selim. Family 2-n.
   

   
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