Rubens ch c 1805 (Buzzard
- Mare, by Alexander). Sire Line Buzzard.
Bred by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales from Mr Sandiver's Alexander Mare, he was later sold to
Darlington, then to General L Gower, and again to C Dundas. A
full-brother to the Oaks winner Bronze (br f 1803), to the
Champion sire Selim (ch c 1802), and to Castrel
(ch c 1801) he was
described as a "heavy-topped, fleshy horse, standing quite sixteen
hands high, and with a flash of speed like lightning."
moderately successful turf career he was then retired to General
Gower's stud. He covered at Wheeler's Farm, near Workingham,
Berkshire, in 1811 (12gs) and 1812 (15gs), nearby at Bill-Hill
in 1813 (21gs) and 1814 (16gs), and at Barton-Court, between
Newbury and Hungerford, Berkshire, in 1815 (16gs) and 1816
(20gs). In 1818 he covered at Newmarket (25gs), and in 1819 at
Six-Mile Bottom, near Newmarket (25gs). In 1820 he moved to
Eaton, near Chester (20gs) and then back to Newmarket for the
1821 season (20gs). In 1822 he covered at Barton-Court (12gs),
then went back to Newmarket for 1823 (20 sovs), then back again
to Barton-Court for 1824 (15gs) and 1825 (15gs).
In the stud he sired
the Oaks Stakes winner Landscape (b f 1813), the Two Thousand Guineas
and Oaks Stakes winner Pastille (b f 1819), and the One Thousand Guineas
Stakes winner Whizgig (ch f
1819). His best son was
thought to be Peter Lely (b c 1818). His daughter Defiance (ch f 1816)
produced the sire Defence (b c 1824 Whalebone). Another daughter, Ruby (ch f
1825), produced the Derby Stakes winner Coronation (b c 1838
Rubens was Champion
sire three times. He died in February of 1829.
|In 1808 Rubens won
the Pavilion Stakes at Brighton by a neck over the Duke of Grafton's
Vandyke, Lord Egremont's Scorpion and Mr Kellerman's Zoroaster. Later at
the same meeting he received a forfeit from General
Gower's Bradbury. At Lewes he received a forfeit from Mr Fermor's Gohanna Colt. At Newmarket
he received a forfeit from Lord Cavendish's Dreadnought, and later, a
forfeit from Mr Turner's Jock. In the Derby Stakes at Epsom he placed
fourth, defeated by Sir Hedworth Williamsom's Pan, the Duke of Grafton's
Vandyke and Lord Grosvenor's Chester.
|In 1809 he won a
sweepstakes at Newmarket, defeating Chester, Zoroaster and No Conjuror.
Later he lost a match to Vandyke, and paid a forfeit to the Duke of
Grafton's Oaks winner Morel.
|In 1810 he won the
Craven Stakes at Newmarket, defeating Lord Grosvenor's Plover and Mr
Douglas' All Dickey. He later placed third in a sweepstakes, defeated by
Lord Foley's Spaniard and Mr Batson's Cecilia.