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Marske (GB)
 
 


Marske

 

 

Sire Line


Darley Arabian

 

 

Marske br c 1750 (Squirt - The Ruby Mare, by Hutton's Blacklegs). Sire Line Darley 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.

Retired to 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 Eclipse (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).

Marske was Champion Sire in 1775 and 1776. He died at Rycroft in 1779.

 
Pedigree
Marske Squirt Bartlet's Childers Darley Arabian
Betty Leedes
Sister to Old Country Wench Lister's Snake
Grey Wilkes
Ruby Mare Hutton's Blacklegs Hutton's Bay Turk
Coneyskins Mare
Bay Bolton Mare Bay Bolton
Fox Cub Mare
Race Record

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 Crab), Brilliant (bu c 1750 Crab), 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).
 
Notable Offspring
 
Garrick (GB)
[ex-Hyperion] ch c 1772 (Marske - Spilletta, by Regulus). 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 Eclipse). 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 Dorimant (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).
 
Pontac (GB)
ch c 1772 (Marske - A-la-Grecque, by Regulus). 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).
 
Pretender (GB)
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).
 
Transit (GB)
ch c 1766 (Marske - Mare, by Regulus). Sire Line Darley Arabian. Family 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 Latham's 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 Turf). 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.
 
Young Marske (GB)
b c 1771 (Marske - Mare, by Blank). Sire Line Darley Arabian. Family 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.
 

 
Eclipse (GB) ch c 1764 (Marske - Spilletta, by Regulus). Sire Line Eclipse. Family 12.
 
Shark (GB)* br c 1771 (Marske - Mare, by Snap). Sire Line Darley Arabian. Family 56.
   

   
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