|Grenadier [ex-Captain] b c 1746 (Blaze
- Mare by Sultan). Sire Line Darley
Arabian. Family 40.
Bred and owned by George Witty of
Yorkshire, he was probably a half-brother to
Cameron* (b f 1742). The Witty family maintained a small racing and
breeding establishment from early in the eighteenth century into
the second decade of the nineteenth century. George Witty is
probably most famous as the breeder of the successful race mare
Meliora (ch f 1729 Fox) who later became
the dam of Tartar (ch c 1743
Crofts Partner). Tartar in turn sired
the legendary King Herod (b c 1758).
Grenadier raced for three years, initially under the
name of Captain. Said to stand a full fifteen hands one inch, he
covered at the Witty stud in Beverley, Yorkshire, for a fee of 1
guinea. In the stud he sired a
number of racehorses although his stock did not breed on.
|Rutland Barb Mare
||Lonsdale Grey Arabian
|Sister to Bonny Lass
|In 1751 at New Malton he won £50, beating Mr Coatsworth's Traveller (ch c 1746 Old Traveller), who had
won that year the Gold Cup at Chester, the King's Plate at Edinburgh and
three other £50 plates, Mr Storey's Little David (ch c 1747 Gower
Stallion), and one other, carrying 10 stone each for 3-mile heats. In
August at Black Hambeton he won 70 guineas, defeating Lord Portmore's
(gr c 1746 Bolton Starling), each carrying 10 stone for four miles. The
following week at York he lost the Great Subscription Purse, worth
nearly £129, to Skim, carrying 10 stone for four
miles, although he beat two others.
|In 1752 at Nottingham he
walked-over for the King's Plate. In August at York, he lost both heats
of the King's Plate to Sir Marmaduke Wyvill's
(b c 1748 Young
Belgrade), each carrying 12 stone for 4-mile heats.
|In April of 1753 at Newmarket he
won the King's Plate, beating Mr Meredith's Midas (ch c 1746
Saucebox), Antelope, and two others, all
carrying 12 stone in 4-mile heats. This was Grenadier's final race.