Marske br c
1750 (Squirt - The
Ruby Mare, by Hutton's Blacklegs). Sire Line
Arabian. Family 8.
Bred by John
Hutton, he was named after the village near Richmond,
Yorkshire, where he was born. He was traded as a weanling to His
Royal Highness the Duke of Cumberland in exchange for a chestnut
Arabian. His turf
career was unremarkable, although he won three races.
the Duke's stud at Cranbourne Lodge in Windsor Forest, he was a
private stallion until the Duke's death in 1765. He was sold in
the dispersal sale at Mr Tattersall's to a Dorsetshire farmer
for a small sum, and in 1766 covered there for half a guinea.
Then, purchased by Mr Wildman for 20 guineas, he covered at Bistern, near Ringwood, Hampshire, in 1767 and 1768. In 1769 he
stood at Gibbons' Grove, near Leatherhead, Surrey, where his fee
rose to 30 guineas over the next few years. After his son
(ch c 1764) established his supremacy, Marske became immensely
popular and was purchased by the Earl of Abingdon for 1000
guineas. He stood at his Lordship's stud in Rycroft,
Oxfordshire, where he commanded a fee of 100 guineas. He sired
numbers of excellent racehorses, among them Young Marske (b c
1771) and Shark* (br c 1771).
Champion Sire in 1775 and 1776. He died at Rycroft in 1779.
Old Country Wench
||Hutton's Bay Turk
In 1754 at
Newmarket he received a forfeit of 40 guineas, then won a jockey
club plate for 100 guineas defeating Pytho (gr c 1750
Brilliant (bu c 1750
and Ginger (d c 1750 Shock) and then beat Ginger again
for 300 guineas carrying 9st over the Beacon Course.
In 1755 he lost
to Brilliant and Syphon (ch c 1750 Squirt). In 1756 he was
defeated in two matches by Snap (bl c
1750 Snip), and later that year paid a forfeit to Spectator
(b c 1749 Crab).
|[ex-Hyperion] ch c 1772 (Marske - Spilletta, by
Sire Line Darley
Arabian. Family 12. The only full brother to Eclipse, he was bred by the Duke of
Ancaster and sold to Richard Tattersall as a three year old for
1600 guineas, and then to the Earl of Abingdon. He was finally
purchased in 1780 by Francis Dawson along with Sportsmistress,
the dam of Pot8os (ch c 1773
He was said to be of superior beauty, shape and substance to any
colt of his age ever seen at Newmarket. In 1776 Hyperion
collected a 300 guineas half-forfeit from Lord Grosvenor's
Streamer, brother to Sweetwilliam
(ch c 1768 Syphon),
at Newmarket, Second Spring. In 1777, now called Garrick, he won
140 guineas at Newmarket, Second Spring, beating Lord Ossory's
Planet and Lord Grosvenor's All-Fours over the Beacon Course. At
the Second October Meeting, he lost a race to
(ch c 1772 Otho) and Dictator. He stood
at Newmarket, then at Thornton, near Malton in Yorkshire, and
eventually back at Newmarket, commanding a fee as high as 10
guineas. He sired some numbers of runners as well as Mrs.
Siddons, a half-sister to Pot8os (ch c
1773 Eclipse), dam of the July Stakes
winner Cymbeline (b c 1790 Anvil).
|ch c 1772 (Marske - A-la-Grecque, by
Sire Line Darley
Arabian. Family 23-a. Pontac was bred and raced by Sir Lawrence Dundas. In 1776 he won
a 200 guineas each sweepstakes at Newmarket, First Spring,
beating Lord Clermont's Polydore and Lord Grosvenor's Young
Pantaloon over the Beacon Course. The next day
he won a 100 guineas each sweepstakes and a
hogshead of claret, beating Mr O'Kelly's Horizon, Mr Parker's Twilight, Lord Farnham's Flaccus, Mr Gascoigne's grey colt (Dux), Lord Grosvenor's Young
Pantaloon and five others over the Beacon Course. At Newmarket,
Second Spring, he won a 300 guineas each sweepstakes, beating
Mr Stapleton's Syphon Colt, with Lord Farnham's Flaccus paying
forfeit, over the Ditch-In Course. In September he won a 20
guineas each sweepstakes at Richmond, beating Mr C Dawson's
Young Fellow and Mr Pierse's Lardella (Bell's Arabian) over
three miles. In 1777 he won a 100 guineas each sweepstakes at
Newmarket, Second Spring, beating Mr Vernon's Thetford and Lord
Clermont's Hippolitus. In August he won 200 guineas at
Nottingham, beating Lord Derby's Young Fellow over four miles.
He retired to stud at Richmond, Yorkshire and later at Worlaby,
near Brigg, Lincolnshire. Despite his limited mare book he got
the Derby winner Sir Thomas (ch c 1785).
|ch c 1771 (Marske - Mare, by Bajazet).
Sire Line Darley
Arabian. Family 12.
Pretender was bred by Andrew Blake and later
purchased by the Earl of Abingdon. He was said
to resemble his sire especially about the fore
quarters but to be more on the leg and lack his
"lengthy powerful" hind quarters. In 1774 he won
a 200 guineas Produce Stakes at Newmarket,
Second Spring, beating Mr Sparhawke's Aid de Camp
(Captain) over the Ditch In Course. In July he won a 20 guineas
each sweepstakes at Burford, beating Lord Grosvenor's Brother to
Cypher (Squirrel). In May of 1775 he won a 25 guineas each
sweepstakes at Lambourn, beating Lord Craven's Nail'em (Snap),
Mr O'Kelly's Imposter (Careless), Mr Bailey's Linco (Horatius)
and three others over four miles. In August he won the £50
Maiden Plate at York, beating Mr Shafto's Bauble and Mr
Simpson's Bonnyface. He then won a 500 guineas Post-Match at
Newmarket, First October, beating Mr Pigott's Shark over the
Beacon Course. In 1776 he won 300 guineas at Newmarket, First
Spring, beating Mr Vernon's Captive over the Beacon Course.
Five days later he collected a 150 guineas half-forfeit from
Lord Ossory's Coxcomb and Mr Vernon's Barbary. In July he won
the 420 guineas Subscription Cup at Exeter, beating Lord Stavordale's Eurus, Mr
Parker's Twilight, Sir C Bampfylde's
Fortunehunter, Mr Hayne's Tempest and Mr O'Kelly's Golden Rose
over four miles. In 1777 he won £50 at
Newmarket, First Spring, beating the Duke of
Grafton's Magnet and others over the Round
Course. At Newmarket, First October, he won 1000
guineas, beating Mr Pigott's Shark over the Beacon Course. Four days
later, he won a 20 guineas each Subscription Purse, beating Lord
Ossory's Titan, Sir Charles Bunbury's Whirlwind, Lord Clermont's
Hydaspes and Lord Grosvenor's Little Gim over the Round Course.
During his turf career he lost only four races, and in 1778,
having retired, he paid 120 guineas compromise to Masquerade and
200 guineas for not starting for the Whip against Shark and
Dorimant. He entered stud at Rycroft, where his most
distinguished son was the stallion Pandolpho (ch c 1789).
|ch c 1766 (Marske - Mare, by
Sire Line Darley
9. Transit was bred by William Wildman and later purchased
by the Earl of Abingdon. He won a maiden Fifty at Stratford
as a five year old and another Fifty at Burford as six
year old. At seven he won Fifties at Aylesbury,
Oxford, Ludlow and Shrewsbury. As an eight year
old he won a 200 guineas match at Newmarket,
First Spring, beating Sir C Davers's Sempronius (br c 1769
Snap) over the Beacon Course. The same year, at the
Newmarket Second Spring meeting, he won the
Jockey Club Plate, defeating Sir C Sedley's Trentham (b c 1766 Gower's
Sweepstakes), Mr Vernon's Florizel
(b c 1768 King Herod) and four
others over the Beacon Course. The next week he won 200
guineas from Mr Douglas's Tyrant (b c 1769
At the age of nine he collected a 100 guineas compromise
from Florizel at Newmarket.
In July at Burford he broke down after running a dead
heat with Mr O'Kelly's Nestor (b c 1768 Newcombe's Arabian)
and was retired from the turf. He joined Lord Abingdon's
stud at Rycroft, Oxfordshire, where he covered for a fee
of 5 guineas. Said to have gotten few outside mares, he
still managed to produce several runners.
|b c 1771 (Marske - Mare, by
Sire Line Darley
12-c. Young Marske was bred by Edward Cross, and purchased,
first by the Duke of Grafton, and then by James Hutton
of Aldburgh, near Bedale, Yorkshire. In his only start,
at the First Spring Meeting at Newmarket in 1775, Young
Marske won a 200 guineas each sweepstakes, beating Mr
Shafto's chestnut colt (Matchem) over the Beacon Course,
while Lord Clermont's bay colt (Havannah) paid a forfeit.
During the race Young Marske was said to have dislocated
a fetlock, despite which he covered the remaining quarter
mile. Prior to the race the Duke had refused an offer
of 750 guineas for him, and afterwards, with the intention
of standing him in Ireland, 800 guineas was offered. He
was eventually purchased by Mr Hutton, who named him,
and stood him, first at Mr Barugh's York Gate in Leeming
Lane, near Boroughbridge in Yorkshire, and later at Aldburgh.
His fee was as high as 21 guineas several times. In the
stud he was quite successful, getting some very good daughters
along with the St Leger winner Ruler (b c 1777). He
died at Aldburgh in October of 1800.