Dormouse br c 1738 (Godolphin
Arabian - Sister 1 to Miss Partner, by Crofts's
Partner). Sire Line Godolphin
Arabian. Family 4.
Bred by Lord
Godolphin, he was described as a "singularly handsome horse"
standing 14 hands, 1 1-2 inches as an eight year old. The description below his portrait
reads: "The Portraiture of Dormouse Who was bred by the Rt Hon
the Earl of Godolphin. Dormouse was got by his Lordship's Arabian, his
Dam was the little Hartley Mare, who was got by Bartley's Arabian, this
beautiful little Horse has won some Matches, and at this time in very
high Esteem as a Stallion in Gloucestershire. Covers at 30 Guineas a
Mare & is the Property of the Rt Hon the Lord Chedworth."
Dormouse raced from
1745 through 1749 exclusively at Newmarket and was defeated only once,
by Lord Gower's Little John (gr c 1740
Some sources say that
Dormouse was in Lord Godolphin's stud prior to being sold to Mr Edward
Hale, who stood him in Westmoreland at 40 guineas. This contradicts the
Godolphin stud books which indicate he was sold to Lord Chedworth in
April of 1752 and to Sir James Lowther in 1756.
In any case, his stud
career was largely unremarkable, with only one son achieving
distinction. Cumberland's Dorimond (b c 1756) sired the unnamed mare who
became the dam of Gentle Kitty (ch f 1774 Silvio), to whom a considerable
portion of Family 8-b traces.
Another son, Dormouse (ch c 1755), was erroneously reported as having
been sent to America. His daughter, Young Bowes (b f 1755) became the
dam of the stallion Chedworth's Snap (b c 1760 Snap).
Dormouse died in
|In 1745 he won 50 guineas at Newmarket in April,
defeating Mr Aislabie's Bucephalus (ch c 1738 Robinson
Crusoe), Mr Greville's Ramper (b c
1736 Crab) and Sir
Marmaduke Wyvill's Clothbearer (b c
Belgrade) in four-mile heats. Dormouse carried 8 stone 7
pounds, the others 9 stone.
|In 1746 he won a
give-and-take purse of 50 guineas in September, beating Mr Martindale's
(gr c 1739 Bolton Starling)
and Mr Vavasour's Champion (b c 1739
Bolton Goliah), in four-mile heats. Dormouse carried 9 stone while
Torismond carried 8 stone 12 pounds, and Champion 9 stone 1 pound.
|In his only outing in
1747 he walked over for a 50 guineas give-and-take Plate in September.
|In April of 1748
Dormouse ran second to Lord Gower's Little John (gr c 1740
Partner), defeating Mr Panton's Veteran (b c Lonsdale Arabian),
Sir William Middleton's Squirrel (br c Son of Bay Bolton), and Mr Maskill's Bolton Partner (b c Crofts' Partner)
for 50 guineas in four-mile heats. Dormouse won the first heat, Veteran
the second, Squirrel won the third heat, Little John the fourth, with
Little John beating Dormouse in the final heat, the others having
withdrawn. Dormouse, Little John and and Bolton Partner all carried 9
stone with Veteran and Squirrel shouldering 8 stone 7 pounds. In October
Dormouse walked over for 50 guineas.
In October he again walked over for the
|In his final race, in
1749, he defeated Mr Marshall's Little
Driver (ch c 1743 Beaver's Driver) and Mr Prentice's Water Gruel
(ch c Mogul) in four-mile heats for a give-and-take plate of 50
guineas, all carrying equal weight.