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Isinglass (GB)


Sire Line


Notable Descendants

John O'Gaunt, by Isinglass

Swynford, by John O'Gaunt

Blandford, by Swynford

Bahram, by Blandford

Blenheim, by Blandford

Mahmoud, by Blenheim

Isinglass b c 1890 (Isonomy - Dead Lock, by Wenlock). Sire Line Sterling. Family 3-m.

Bred and raced by Major Henry McCalmont, he was admired for his gameness and stoutness despite his inherent laziness. It was said that he often left his jockey rather more tired than he at the end of a race. A Triple Crown winner, his only defeat came from Raeburn (b c 1890 St Simon), although an ongoing rivalry with Ravensbury (b c 1890 Isonomy) had made his jockey work.

He was described as a "beautifully made horse of size and substance" with a "splendid shoulder, strong back, lengthy muscular quarters and capital bone" although it was said that his forelegs were inferior to those of his sire.

He went to stud at Cheveley Park, near Newmarket, where he was twice second on the list of Champion Sires although he did not get the best mare books. His most important son was probably Sir John Thursby's John O'Gaunt (b c 1901) who in turn sired Lord Derby's Champion Sire Swynford (br c 1907), the latter getting the Champion Sire Blandford (br c 1919, who in his turn got the Derby winners Bahram (b c 1932) and Blenheim (br c 1927). Blenheim was the sire of the Derby Italiano winner Donatello (ch c 1934) and the Derby winner Mahmoud (gr c 1933). Isinglass died in December of 1911.

Isinglass Isonomy Sterling Oxford
Isola Bella Stockwell
Dead Lock Wenlock Lord Clifden
Malpractice Chevalier d'Industrie
The Dutchman's Daughter
Race Record
In 1892  he won a maiden plate over 5 furlongs at Newmarket, beating Sweet Laura (f 1890), Quickly Wise (b c 1890 Wisdom) and 8 others. Won the New Stakes at Ascot over 5 furlongs and 136 yards, beating Fealar (c 1890 Prism), Ravensbury (b c 1890 Isonomy) and 7 others. Won the Middle Park Plate at Newmarket over 6 furlongs, beating Ravensbury, Le Nicham (bbl c 1890 Tristan) and 12 others.
In 1893 he won the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes at Newmarket over 8 furlongs, beating Ravensbury, Le Nicham and 7 others. Won the Newmarket Stakes over 12 furlongs, beating Phocion (b c 1890 Hampton), Ravensbury and 4 others. Won the Derby Stakes at Epsom over 12 furlongs, beating Ravensbury, Raeburn (b c 1890 St Simon) and 8 others. Won the St Leger Stakes at Doncaster over 14 furlongs and 132 yards, beating Ravensbury, Le Nicham and 4 others. Finished 2nd for the Lancashire Plate at Manchester over 8 furlongs, won by Raeburn, beating the St Leger winner La Fleche (br f 1889 St Simon) and 1 other, giving Raeburn 10 pounds and La Fleche more.
In 1894 he won the Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket over 8 furlongd, beating Bullingdon (b c 1891 Melton), Ladas (b c 1891 Hampton) and 4 others. Won the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park over 12 furlongs, beating Ladas, Ravensbury and 4 others. Won the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket over 12 furlongs, beating the Prix Royal Oak winner Gouvernail (ch c 1891 The Bard), Son O'Mine (b c 1891 Isonomy) and 4 others.
In 1895 he won the Gold Cup at Ascot over about 20 furlongs, beating Reminder (b c 1891 Melanion) and the good Irish horse Kilsallaghan (br c 1890 Brown Prince).
Notable Offspring
Bridge of Sighs (GB)
b f 1905 (Isinglass - Santa Brigida, by St Simon). Sire Line Sterling. Family 8-g. The dam of Great Yorkshire Stakes winner Light Brigade (br c 1910 Picton) who was sent to America and there sired Preakness winner Dr Freeland (ch c 1926), Kentucky Oaks winner Rose of Sharon (br f 1926), and Ariadne (br f 1926) the dam of Discovery (ch c 1931 Display).

Cherry Lass (GB)
b f 1902 (Isinglass - Black Cherry, by Bendigo). Sire Line Sterling. Family 3-o. Bred and owned by William Hall Walker (Lord Wavertree), she won ten races including the Anglesey Stakes, the One Thousand Guineas Stakes, the Oaks Stakes, the St James Palace Stakes and the Nassau Stakes. She produced only four foals before her untimely death at the age of twelve. One of them, Absolute (b c 1909 Gallinule), won the Northern Derby before he was sent to Italy and there got the Oaks d'Italia winner Sorbita (b f 1918).

Confection (GB)
b f 1909 (Isinglass - Miramar, by Martagon). Sire Line Sterling. Family 8-d. The dam of the Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner Pendennis (b c 1917 Rabelais), and the 4th dam of the good French winner and stallion Fine Top (br c 1949 Fine Art).

Cornfield (GB)
b f 1904 (Isinglass - Landrail, by St Serf). Sire Line Sterling. Family 4-c. The dam of Lord Manton's Oaks winner Love in Idleness (bbr f 1918 Bachelor's Double), and the grandam of Marshall Field's Middle Park Stakes and July Cup winner Golden Corn (b f 1919 Golden Sun).

Coronation (GB)
b f 1908 (Isinglass - Sceptre, by Persimmon). Sire Line Sterling. Family 16-h. Ancestress of numbers of winners in France and Italy, including Francois Dupre's good French winner Match (b c 1958 Tantieme), Match's brother, the Prix du Jockey Club winner Reliance (b c 1962 Tantieme), their half brother, the Derby winner Relko (b c 1960 Tanerko) and also of the Derby Italiano and Gran Premio d'Italia winner Torbido (br c 1941 Ortello).

Glasalt (GB)
b f 1898 (Isinglass - Broad Corrie, by Hampton). Sire Line Sterling. Family 3-l. The dam of Lord Derby's One Thousand Guineas winner Canyon (b f 1913 Chaucer), the latter dam of his Two Thousand Guineas winner Colorado (br c 1923 Phalaris). Glasalt was also dam of Lord Derby's Dewhurst Stakes winner King William (b c 1908 William the Third), and 4th dam of Calumet Farm's American Triple Crown winner Citation (b c 1945 Bull Lea).

Glass Doll (GB)
b f 1904 (Isinglass - Fota, by Hampton). Sire Line Sterling. Family 4-k. Bred by Jack Joel and trained by Charles Morton, she won only two races, the first a minor race as a two year old and the second, as a three year old and far from favourite, the Oaks Stakes. She is ancestress of a host of winners including Derby Italiano winner Central Park (ch c 1995 In the Wings), Tattersalls Gold Cup winner Rebelline (b f 1998 Robellino), Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Houseproud (bb f 1987 Riverman), Irish St Leger winner Magnetic North (b c 1953 Borealis), and Irish Two Thousand Guineas winner Mighty Ocean (ch c 1947 Coup de Lyon).

Goody Two-Shoes (GB)
b f 1899 (Isinglass - Sandal, by Kisber). Sire Line Sterling. Family 5-h. Bred by Major Harry McAlmont she was the dam of the Ascot Gold Vase winner Charles O' Malley (bbr c 1907 Desmond), and ancestress of such good stallions as Nureyev (b c 1977 Northern Dancer) and Sadler's Wells (b c 1981 Northern Dancer).

Jacobite (FR)
ch c 1898 (Isinglass - Mistress Gilly, by Frontin). Sire Line Sterling. Family 5-f. Won the Prix Royal Oak and the Grand Prix de Deauville.

John o' Gaunt (GB)
b c 1901 (Isinglass - La Fleche, by St Simon). Sire Line Sterling. Family 3-e. Owned by Sir John Thursby and ridden by his half brother, the amateur jockey Sir George Thursby, he won only one small race although he managed to finish second to St Amant (b c 1901 St Frusquin) for both the Two Thousand Guineas and the Derby. He sired the good Italian horse, Premio Parioli, St Leger Italiano, and Gran Premio di Milano winner Burne Jones (br c 1915). He also got the Dewhurst Stakes and Two Thousand Guineas winner  Kennymore (b c 1911). Without doubt his most important son was Lord Derby's St Leger winner and Champion Sire Swynford (br c 1907).

Lady Lightfoot (GB)
b f 1900 Isinglass - Glare, by Ayrshire). Sire Line Sterling. Family 1-m. The dam of William Hall Walker's St Leger and Ascot Gold Cup winner Prince Palatine (b c 1908 Persimmon), who in turn sired Captain Whitworth's Irish Derby winner He Goes (br c 1917).

Louviers (GB)
b c 1906 (Isinglass - St Louvaine, by Wolf's Crag). Sire Line Sterling. Family 1-s. A full brother to Louvois and a winner of the Coventry Stakes and the Newmarket Stakes himself, he sired the Deutsches Derby winner Landgraf (b c 1914), the latter the sire of many good winners in Germany including the Deutsches Derby winners Ferro (br c 1923) and Hausfreund (b c 1919). The line descends tail-male to the Deutsches Derby winner and stallion Orsini (b c 1954 Ticino) and beyond.

Louvois (GB)
b c 1910 (Isinglass - St Louvaine, by Wolf's Crag). Sire Line Sterling. Family 1-s. Bred by Walter Raphael, he won the Dewhurst Stakes, the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes and the Prince of Wales's Stakes. He covered at the Confey Stud in 1915 to 1918 and at Loughbrown Stud, Curragh, in 1919 to 1924. He was the sire of James Maher's Two Thousand Guineas winner St Louis (b c 1919), and Harpsichord (bbr f 1918), she the dam of Eclipse Stakes winner Royal Minstrel (gr c 1925 Tetratema) and the ancestress of HH the Aga Khan's Gallant Man (b c 1954 Migoli).

Lygie (FR)
ch f 1900 (Isinglass - Livie, by Silvio). Sire Line Sterling. Family 17-b. Finished 2nd for the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches to Semendria (gr f 1897 Le Sancy) and later the dam of the Prix de Diane and Prix Royal Oak winner Medeah (ch f 1906 Masque). Lygie is also ancestress of the American Triple Crown winner Omaha (ch c 1932 Gallant Fox) and the Kentucky Derby winners Decidedly (gr c 1959 Determine) and Johnstown (b c 1936 Jamestown). Also among her descendants are Champion Stakes winner Northern Baby (b c 1976 Northern Dancer) and Two Thousand Guineas winner Mark of Esteem (b c 1993 Darshaan).

Malatesta (GB)
ch f 1898 (Isinglass - Parisina, by St Simon). Sire Line Sterling. Family 4-e. The dam of Grand Prix de Paris winner La Farina (ch c 1911 Sans Souci) he the sire of the Prix de Diane winner Dorina (ch f 1923), the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner La Dame de Trefle (ch f 1922), the Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner Tapin (b c 1921), and the Prix Lupin winner Bubbles (ch c 1925). Among her descendants are Kentucky Derby winner Gallahadion (b c 1937 Sir Gallahad) and Blue Grass Stakes winner Busy American (b c 1919 North Star).

Mrs. Despard (GB)
b f 1905 (Isinglass - Cri de Guerre, by McMahon). Sire Line Sterling. Family 19-b. The dam of (1) the Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner McKinley (bbr c 1916 Macdonald) who got the dam of the Prix d'Ispahan winner Menetrier (br c 1944 Fair Copy), and (2) the Derby Roman winner Zori-de-Zi (b c 1910 Collar), the latter a highly successful stallion in Romania.

Star Shoot (IRE)
ch c 1898 (Isinglass - Astrology, by Hermit). Sire Line Sterling. Family 9-f. Bred at the Eyrefield Lodge Stud by Major Eustace Loder, wind problems affected his turf career, however he won several minor races and ran a dead heat with Ian (b c 1898 St Serf) for the National Stakes at Sandown Park. Sent to America in 1901 he was a Leading Sire there from 1911 to 1917 and again in 1919. He got, among others, the 1921 Horse of the Year Grey Lag (ch c 1918), the American Triple Crown winner Sir Barton (ch c 1916), the Kentucky Oaks winner Wing Ting (b f 1904), and the Coaching Club American Oaks winner Wistful (ch f 1914). He died at John E Madden's Hamburg Place stud in November of 1919.

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