|Escape b c 1785 (Highflyer
- Mare, by Squirrel). Sire Line Highflyer.
Escape was bred by HRH the
Prince of Wales, later King George IV, and sold for 95 guineas at the sale of his stud
in 1786 to Mr Franco. The Prince repurchased him after his second race
in 1789, in which he beat the Prince's horse, Canto Baboo (b c 1785
in a match for 200 guineas. He was named by Mr Franco for his
fortuitous escape from injury when he kicked through the boards
in his stall one night. His trainer made a light night check and
found him with one of his legs entangled but managed to free him
without further damage.
Although he ran well overall for
the Prince as a five- and six-year old, controversy arose over his
performance in two races at Newmarket. The first of these transpired on
October 20, 1791, in which Escape ran fourth and last for a purse of 60
guineas, beaten by Coriander, Skylark and Pipator. The next day he won a
purse of 60 guineas, beating Chanticleer, Skylark, Grey Diomed, Harpator
and Alderman. Immediately following the second race insinuations arose
over the conduct of the jockey, Samuel Chifney, who had ridden Escape in
both races. Chifney, an experienced and skillful horseman, had been
employed by the Prince since mid-1790, as his private jockey.
Along with these allegations, the
apparent reversal of the form of Escape attracted the notice of the
stewards of the Jockey Club. The stewards, Sir Charles Bunbury, Ralph
Dutton and Thomas Panton, having examined the affair managed to convey
to the Prince that should he continue to employ Chifney to ride for him
that no gentleman would start against him. The Prince, however, retained
his belief in Chifney and refused to "sacrifice" him.
Accordingly, the Prince announced his own retirement from the turf.
Escape likewise retired from the
turf. His most distinguished offspring was Emigrant (b c 1794) who won
the July Stakes. Another son, Jonah* (b c 1795), was sent to America.
|Sister to South
|At 3: won a 200 guineas match at Newmarket First October, beating Lord
Barrymore's Feenow (b c 1785 Tandem) over the Rowley Mile, won the Town
Plate, beating the Duke of Grafton's Minos (bl. 1785 Justice) and six
others over the Ditch In Course.
|At 4: won a 200 guineas match at Newmarket First Spring, beating the
Prince of Wales's Canto Baboo (b c 1785 Eclipse)
over the Ditch In Course, won a 200 guineas match at Newmarket First
October, from Lord Barrymore's Nimble (b f 1784
Florizel) over the
Across the Flat Course, at Newmarket Second Spring, collected 50
guineas each from Lord Grosvenor's Alexander (ch c 1782
and Mr Vernon's Clown (b c 1785 Bourdeaux) for a 200 guineas each
sweep, lost a 300 guineas match at Newmarket First Spring, won by Lord
Clermont's Harpator (bl c 1784 Imperator) over the Duke's Course.
|At 5: won a 500 guineas match at Newmarket Craven, beating Grey Diomed
(gr c 1785 Diomed) over the Beacon Course, won
the Great Subscription Purse at York in August, beating
Actaeon (ch c 1785 Orpheus) and Mr Wentworth's Gustavus (b c 1785
Young Morwick), 2nd in the 100 guineas each Oatlands at Ascot, won by
the Rt Hon Charles James Fox's Seagull (br c 1786 Woodpecker)
"by a head," 2nd in a Great Subscription at York won by the
Duke of Norfolk's Dubskelper (b c 1782 Phlegon), 2nd in the 140 guineas
Subscription at Newmarket First October, won by the Duke of Bedford's
Derby winner Skyscraper (b c 1786 Highflyer),
over the Beacon Course.
|At 6: won a 350 guineas sweep at Newmarket Craven, beating Lord
Grosvenor's Skylark (b c 1786 Highflyer)
and Highlander (gr c 1783 Bourdeaux), won a 1000 guineas match at
Newmarket First October, beating Grey Diomed over the Beacon Course,
beat Grey Diomed again in the 140 guineas Subscription over the Beacon
Course, won 60 guineas, beating Lord Barrymore's Chanticleer (ch c 1787
Woodpecker), Skylark, Grey Diomed, Harpator and Mr Barton's, or
Burton's, Alderman (b c 1787 Pot8os) over the
Beacon Course, his final race, 4th and last in a 60 guineas purse at
Newmarket, Second October, won by Francis Dawson's Coriander (b c 1786
followed by Skylark and Pipator, unplaced in the Oatlands at Ascot, won
by the Prince of Wales's Baronet (b c 1785 Vertumnus).
|b c 1795 (Escape - Lavender, by Herod).
Sire Line Highflyer.
4. Jonah was bred by Samuel Baker, from the dam of the good
racehorse and stallion Coriander (b c 1786
Baker was said to have refused an offer of 1200 guineas for him
from Joseph Cookson, breeder of the Derby winner Sir Harry
(br c 1795 Sir Peter Teazle).
Racing from 1798 through 1801, he was "allowed to be the
best four year old horse in England". He was purchased by
Gracie Anderson & Company, London, and consigned to Governor
James Turner of Warren County, North Carolina, along with Magic*
(ch c 1794 Volunteer). He was
probably purchased by Caleb Boush of Princess Anne County,
Virginia, and stood his first season in America with Robert
Rivers at Hicks Ford, Greensville County, Virginia. He later
stood in a number of places in both North Carolina and Virginia.
Described as a "truly elegant high bred horse," he
stood 16 hands and threw stock that was "remarkably large
and handsome". However, his offspring were also indifferent
on the turf and he instead established a reputation for getting
valuable saddle and harness stock.