|Precipitate ch c 1787
(Mercury - Sister to Challenger, by
Sire Line Eclipse.
A full brother to Gohanna
(b c 1790), Precipitate was bred at Petworth in Sussex by George O'Brien
Wyndham (1751-1837), 3rd Earl of Egremont, and considered to be
a horse of great beauty and substance. He stood 15.2 hands and was
described as "handsomely marked, of big bone and great muscular
strength and powers". Later sold to Virginia, his American owner
thought his name appropriate for him, as he wrote "He is truly such
a horse as Virgil describes, 'large and full of fire, bold as a lyon,
active as a greyhound and in all his movements ether : he rushes forward
like a thunderbolt and hesitates at nothing'."
His colour was specifically
described as "sorrel" by William Lightfoot [E2:416], which is reminiscent of the
General Stud Book
entry for Roundhead (sorrel c 1733 Childers), a member of the immediate
family of Silverlocks (ch f 1725), who
was almost certainly a palomino in colour. Precipitate's sire
(ch c 1778) was a full brother of Queen Mab (ch f 1785), described as
a chestnut with a white mane and tail, and who produced
(ch c 1774).
Precipitate raced with distinction for Lord Egremont for three years, winning a King's Plate and several other
plates and prizes. His stud career is noteworthy mainly for the good mares he produced,
however, he also got the good winner and sire Bobtail (ch c 1795).
He entered the stud of Richard
Watt at Bishop Burton, near Beverley in Yorkshire in 1794 and remained
there until 1803, when on the death of Watt he was sold at Tattersall's
along with the rest of the stud. Purchased for £250 by William
Lightfoot of Sandy Point, Charles City County, Virginia, he was shipped
to America in October of 1803. Contrary to the report in the General
Stud Book which says he died before landing in 1803, he stood at Sandy
Point in 1804, at Thomas Goode's in Chesterfield County in 1805, and at
John C Goode's in Mecklenburg County in 1806. He died that year after
covering a mare, apparently having "dropt off from her dead".
|In 1790 he won
the first class of the 100gs each Prince's Stakes at
Newmarket First Spring, beating the Duke of Bedford's
Thunderbolt (ro c 1787 Jupiter),
Mr Fox's Chanticleer (ch c 1787
Woodpecker) and Mr
Crowder's Sir Pepper (b c 1787 Highflyer). Won the 50 gs
each Bolton Stakes at the same meeting, beating the Duke
of Bedford's Dragon (ch c 1787
Woodpecker), the Prince
of Wales's Chambooe (b c 1787 Mambrino) and Mr Davis's Pallafox (gr c 1787 Crop). Won the third
class of the 100gs each Prince's Stakes at Newmarket
Second Spring, beating the Duke of Bedford's
Thunderbolt. Collected a
forfeit for the main class of the 200gs each Prince's
Stakes at the same meeting; 2 subscribers.
|In 1791 he
finished 2nd for the 200gs each Claret Stakes at
Newmarket First Spring, won by the Duke of Bedford's
Finished among the field for the 100gs each Oatlands
Stakes at Ascot Heath in June, won by the Prince of
Wales's Baronet (b c
1785 Vertumnus), with Mr Barton's Express (b c 1785
Postmaster) placing 2nd and Lord Barrymore's Chanticleer
3rd; 15 others started. Finished 2nd for
the 50gs each Grosvenor Stakes at Newmarket in July, won
by Lord Barrymore's Chanticleer.
|In 1792 he
finished among the field for the 100gs each Oatlands
Stakes at Newmarket in April, won by Mr Bullock's Toby
(b c 1786 Highflyer), with
Mr Dawson's Coriander (b c 1786 Pot8os) placing 2nd, Mr Wyndham's Actaeon (b c 1788
Highflyer) 3rd, Lord Grosvenor's Asparagus (ch c 1787
Pot8os) 4th and the Duke of Bedford's Eager (b c 1788
Florizel) 5th; 14 others started. Won the £50 Members'
Plate at Guildford in May. Won the £50 Town Plate at the
same meeting. Won the King's
Plate at Lewes in August, beating the Duke of Bedford's
Skyscraper (b c 1786 Highflyer).
Finished 2nd for the £50 Duke of Richmond's Plate at the
same meeting, won by Sir H Fetherston's Quetlavaca (ch c 1788
Diomed). Finished 2nd for a
10gs each Subscription at the same meeting, won by Mr
Hammond's Highlander (gr c 1783 Bourdeaux).
the dam of Ascot Gold Cup winner Jannette (ch f 1807
King Bladud). Family
f 1804), bred by Sir M M Sykes, ancestress of a number of good winners in
eastern and central Europe, including Russian Derby
winner Zigota (ch c
1936), Magyar Derby winners Isztopirin (b c 1968) and Aszbeszt (ch c 1981),
Oesterreichisches Derby and Magyar Derby winner Turbo (b c
1978). Family 17-d.
|Miss Buckle (b f 1804), owned by Mr Mellish, ancestress of St Leger winner
Knight of St. George
(b c 1851 Birdcatcher) who was sent to Kentucky where he proved a
very good stallion. Family 26.
(ch f 1806), one of his few American-foaled progeny, dam
of Spring Hill (b c 1811 Sir
Archy). Family Selima.
(b f 1799), bred by Lord Egremont, ancestress of Ascot
Gold Cup and Gold Vase winner Golden Myth (b c 1918
Tredennis)who was later the sire of Irish
Derby winner and good stallion Sea Serpent (ch c 1928).
|Precipitate Mare (f 1795), bred by Mr Goodisson, dam of Two Thousand Guineas winner
Wizard (ch c 1806 Sorcerer).
Petworth (ch f 1796), owned by Mr Harbord, dam of two daughters, Miss
Stephenson (ch f 1814 Sorcerer) and Monimia (b f 1821
Muley), from whom
descended a large proportion of
Family 12-c, including the good stallions Amphion
(ch c 1886 Rosebery) and Springfield (b c 1873 St
Mare (b f 1797), bred by Lord Egremont, ancestress of St
Wolf (b c 1905 St Frusquin)
and Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Pleasant Colony (bbr c 1978
His Majesty). Family
(b f 1799), bred by Lord Egremont, 2nd dam of Scandal (b f 1822), taproot of
Family 11-e, and Scratch (b f 1820), taproot of
f 1801), bred by Lord Egremont, ancestress of Kermesse (bl f 1879), taproot of