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Formosa (GB)
 
 

Formosa







Sire Line


Highflyer



Formosa ch f 1865 (Buccaneer - Eller, by Chanticleer) Sire Line Highflyer. Family 18-a.

Bred at the Neasham Hall stud by industrialist James Cookson, Formosa was a half sister to the stallion Odd Fellow (gr c 1864 Thormanby). Her dam was a half sister to the Gimcrack Stakes, Great Yorkshire Stakes and Park Hill Stakes winner Ellerdale (br f 1844 Lanercost). Formosa was later owned and raced by William Graham.

Starting out fairly slowly as a two year old she won several small races. As a three year old she won many of the prestigious races in the calendar, including the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes in a dead heat with Moslem, the One Thousand Guineas Stakes, the Oaks Stakes and the St Leger Stakes in a canter.

Both Formosa and Brigantine (b f 1866 Buccaneer), the latter winning the Oaks in 1869, made such an impression on the turf that an effort was made to repurchase their sire Buccaneer (b c 1857 Wild Dayrell) from the Kisber State Stud in Hungary, to which he had been sold in 1865. However, his stock was equally successful in eastern Europe and he was not for sale.

Formosa herself did not impress in the stud and was sent to France in 1879 in foal to Hermit. Her daughter Pulcherrima (br f 1873 Beadsman) was exported to Germany in 1876 and there produced the Deutsches St Leger winner Picollos (b c 1882 Chamant), the Deutsches Derby winner Potrimpos (ch c 1883 Chamant) and the Deutsches St Leger and Magyar St Leger winner Pumpernickel (b c 1884 Chamant).

Most of her successful descendants were produced in Australia and New Zealand. Among them was the CJC New Zealand Derby winner Multiform (br c 1894 Hotchkiss) who was also a popular stallion. Recent stars include the CJC New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas winner Avedon (gr c 1991 Famous Star), SAJC South Australian Derby winner Sea Brigand (ch c 1985 Toy Pindarri) and WATC Western Australian Derby winner Old Money (b f 1997 Old Spice).

Pedigree
Formosa Buccaneer Wild Dayrell Ion
Ellen Middleton
Little Red Rover Mare Little Red Rover
Eclat
Eller Chanticleer Birdcatcher
Whim
Tomboy Mare Tomboy
Tesane
Race Record
 
In 1867 she went unplaced for the Weston Stakes at Bath, won by Lord Hastings Lady Elizabeth (b f 1865 Trumpeter). Unplaced for the Queen's Stand Plate at Ascot. Finished 3rd for the Triennial at the same meeting, won by the Duke of Beaufort's Europa (ch f 1865 Trumpeter). Finished 4th at the same meeting for the Biennial, won by Lord Falmouth's Tregeagle (ro c 1865 Wild Dayrell). Won the Nursery Stakes at Stockbridge, beating the Duke of Hamilton's Contempt (b f 1865 King Tom) by two lengths. Won the Chesterfield Stakes at Newmarket, beating the Duke of Hamilton's Leonie (ch f 1865 Newminster). Finished third and last for the Bentinck Memorial at Goodwood, won by Tregeagle. Won 235 at Abingdon, beating two others. Was unplaced for the Middle Park Plate at Newmarket Second October, won by Sir J Hawley's Green Sleeve (b f 1865 Beadsman).
 
In 1868 ran a dead heat with Moslem (br c 1865 Knight of St Patrick) for the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes at Newmarket First Spring. Won the One Thousand Guineas at the same meeting, beating Athena (ch f 1865 Stockwell) "very easily". Won the Oaks Stakes at Epsom, beating Lady Coventry (ch f 1865 Thormanby) and Athena, winning in a canter "by ten lengths". Unplaced for the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Ascot, won by King Alfred (br c 1865 King Tom). Finished second for the Triennial at the same meeting, won by Vale Royal. Won the St Leger at Doncaster, beating Paul Jones (br c 1865 Buccaneer) "in a canter". Won the Newmarket Oaks, beating Nyanza (b f 1865 King Tom) by six lengths.
 
In 1869 won 60 at Bath. Lost to the Derby winner Blue Gown (b c 1865 Beadsman) for the Trial Stakes at Epsom Spring. Won the Triennial at Ascot, beating the Goodwood Cup winner Restitution (b c 1865 King Tom) by a neck. Finished third for the Cup at the same meeting, won by this year's Oaks winner Brigantine (b f 1866 Buccaneer). Finished second for the Cup at Stockbridge, won by the Lincolnshire Handicap winner Guy Dayrell (b c 1867 Wild Dayrell). Finished second for the Hurstbourne Cup at the same meeting, won by Brigantine. Won the Bentinck Memorial at Goodwood, beating Blueskin (bl c 1865 Skirmisher) "by forty lengths". Won the Queen's Plate at Weymouth. Unplaced for the Great Yorkshire Handicap at Doncaster. Finished second for the All-Aged Stakes at Newmarket, won by the Ascot Stakes winner Rosicrucian (b c 1865 Beadsman). Unplaced for the Autumn Cup at Liverpool.
 
Produce Record
 
1872 ch c Worthless, by Orest W Graham
1873 br f Pulcherrima, by Beadsman W Graham
1874 b f Pulchra, by Rosicrucian W Graham
1875 ch c Calistos, by Lord Clifden W Graham
1876 b f White Poppy, by Winslow W Graham
1877 br f Zenobia, by Young Melbourne Mr Gee
1878   barren  
1879   barren  
 
Pulcherrima was sold to the Prussian Government in 1876. Pulchra was sent to New Zealand in foal to Queen's Messenger in 1879.
   

   
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