|Sampson bl c 1745
- Mare, by Hip).
Sire Line Darley Arabian.
Bred by James Preston, he was trained by
Mr Robinson of Malton, Yorkshire. He was described as
standing 15.2 hands with eight and a half inches of bone
in front and 9 inches behind, the largest seen to that
time. Sampson was personally measured by Lord
The pedigree of his 4th
dam, Darcy's Queen, had been questioned in the Old Sporting
Magazine as she was thought to have been non-thoroughbred.
Her pedigree appears for the first time in the 1891 edition of
the General Stud Book, although the Turf Register
makes note of it more than 80 years earlier: "Queen was bred by
Lord D'Arcy, and got by a son of Hautboy, out of a daughter of Brimmer" [Pick 2:192].
He entered the
stud, first at Malton, then at the Wentworth stud of
Charles Watson-Wentworth, the 2nd Marquis of Rockingham
and Prime Minister in the reign of King George III.
Sampson was quite
successful in the stud, getting some good winners for Lord
Rockingham. Bay Malton, a distinguished race horse, defeated
King Herod (b c 1758
twice and the worthy Gimcrack (gr c
1760 Cripple) on one occasion. Sampson also got the good
stallion Engineer (br c 1755), sire of Mambrino
(gr c 1768). He died at Wentworth in 1777.
|Rutland Barb Mare
||Curwen's Bay Barb
|In 1750 he won £50 at
Malton, beating Mr Hunt's Jigg of Jiggs, Sir William
Middleton's Thwackum, Mr Crofts' Red Robin, Mr Langley's Star,
and others in three heats, with Jigg of Jiggs winning the first
heat from Thwackum. He then won the £50 Subscription Purse at
Hambleton, beating Thwackum and others over four miles. His next
victory was the King's Plate at Lichfield, where he defeated Mr
Martindale's Gustavus, Lord Gower's Jubilee Dicky and four
others in three heats, with Gustavus winning the first heat over
Jubilee Dicky, and Sampson the following two heats over
|In April of 1751 he won
the £50 Subscription Plate at Newmarket, beating Lord Portmore's
Oroonoko, Mr Panton's Drudge and Lord Gower's Squirrel in two
heats. The first heat was said to be "severely contested"
between Sampson and Squirrel, when Sampson's superior strength
prevailed, to the satisfaction of a number of Yorkshire
sportsmen who were backing him. He then walked-over for the
King's Plates at Winchester and Salisbury. At Canterbury he won
the King's Plate, beating Sir Edward Hale's (formerly Mr
Panton's) Drudge in two "smart" heats. He also won the King's
Plate at Lewes, beating "very easily" Sir Charles Goring's Tom
Thumb, and followed that with a walk-over for the King's Plate
at Newmarket in October.
|In April of 1752 he
started for the King's Plate at Newmarket, winning the first
heat with difficulty, and then lost the second heat to Thwackum.
The second heat was said to be a "remarkably fine" one, closely
contested for the entire four miles, with Sampson suffering "the
mortification" of feeling the whip for the first time. It was
considered the "finest that had ever been run between two
horses" [Pick 1:110]. His loss was attributed to his failing
||Allabaculia (br f
1773), bred by Lord Rockingham, won the first running of
the St Leger Stakes.
1767), bred by Lord Rockingham and later owned by Lord
Fitzwilliam, a foundation mare of
Family 8-a, and the 2nd dam of the St Leger winner Pewett (b f 1786 Tandem).
||Flounce (b f 1767),
bred by Lord Rockingham, dam of Sampson* (b c 1777
Tantrum) who was sold at the dispersal of Lord
Rockingham's stud by Tattersalls and then consigned to
Hart & McDonald of Virginia. He stood the seasons from
1785 to 1788 at John Page's Rosewell stud in Gloucester
County. Described as a fine bay he stood 15 hands 2
||Nun (gr f 1765),
bred by Lord Rockingham, full sister to the good runner
Pilgrim (bl c 1762), dam of Mr Blake's Mareschal (br c
1770 Saanah Arabian), a good plate horse who was later
sent to France. Nun was also the dam of Lord
Rockingham's winner Monkey (bbr c 1774 Saanah Arabian).
||Sampson Mare (f
1765), dam of Miss Cornforth (ch f 1771
Matchem) from whom descend such good horses as the
Oaks winner Cymba (br f 1845 Melbourne) and the consistent and durable runner and
stallion Stedfast (ch c 1908 Chaucer).
ancestress of Wagtail (b f 1818 Prime Minister), the
taproot mare of Family 21-a, the stallion
Longbow (b c 1849
Ithuriel), and his full sister, the Oaks winner Iris (ch
f 1848 Ithuriel).
br c 1755 (Sampson - Mare, by Young Greyhound). Sire
36. Engineer was bred by William Fenton of Glass House, near
Leeds. The General Stud Book records his year of
birth as 1756, although his race results indicate he was
born in 1755. In 1760 he won a £50 Maiden Plate at Malton, beating Mr
Wentworth's Maria, Mr Witty's
Mr Foster's Whisk (Sampson) and Mr Brandling's Nothing
(Whitenose) in three heats. He then won the £255
Subscription Purse at York, beating Mr Dixon's Pangloss, Mr Naylor's Sally, Mr Warren's Fearnought
and Sir Richard Grosvenor's Raphael, over four miles. In
March of 1761 he won more than £50 at Newmarket, beating
Mr Stamford's Chicken (Whittington) and Mr Duggin's
Starling (Whitenose), over
the Beacon Course. At Newmarket, October, he won a 500
guineas each sweepstakes, beating Lord Grosvenor's
Pangloss, with the Duke of Cumberland's Dapper paying a
forfeit, over the Beacon Course. At the same meeting he
won the King's Plate, beating Mr Shafto's Apollo, who
won the first heat, in three heats. In August of 1762 he
placed 2nd in the Subscription Purse at York, his first
defeat, won by Mr Wentworth's Skipjack, beating Mr
Lister's Second and Mr Turner's Bachelor. His loss was
blamed on the jockey's orders which took him out in
front too early leaving him tired at the end.
Skipjack was said to have won with difficulty. In
April of 1763 he placed 3rd in the Jockey Club Plate
at Newmarket to Mr Greville's Dorimond and Sir John Moore's Well-Done
(South), beating Lord Bolingbroke's Horatius, the Duke
of Kingston's Traplin, Lord Portmore's Bosphorus and Mr
Warren's Fearnought. In August of 1763 he won the £350
Subscription Purse at York, beating Mr Shafto's Crimp,
Mr Hutton's Silvio, Mr Chaplin's Dizzy, Mr
Wentworth's Patriot, Mr Stanhope's Freeholder, Mr Bethell's Babram, the Duke of Cleveland's Miss Lincoln,
Mr Cunningham's Figure, Mr Turner's Bachelor and Lord
Northumberland's Perseus, over four miles. In August of
1764 he tied for 3rd place at York with Elephant, beaten
by Beaufremont and Yorkshire Jenny, beating Dorimond and
Dumplin. In 1765 he won £50 at Scarborough,
beating Mr Stanhope's Freeholder (Regulus),
Mr Halls' Nimrod (Tartar), Mr Pearson's Smallbones
(Spanking Roger) and Mr Stapleton's Carlton (Regulus)
in four heats, with Engineer winning the final two. In
May of this year he placed 3rd to Narcissus and Flylax
for the Jockey Club Plate at Newmarket, and in August at
York he placed 4th to Antinous, Le Sang and Zar, beating
Rouzer and Beaufremont. Engineer stood for several years
at Mr Ayrton's near Malton, and also in Lord
Rockingham's stud. His outstanding son was Mambrino,
although he got some good race horses, such as King's
Pate winner Fireworker, and the good plater Black Tom. A
number of his daughters gained distinction in the stud.
||Engineer Mare (f
c1771), bred by Sir John Lister Kaye, 2nd dam of the St
Leger and Doncaster Cup winner Phoenomenon (ch c 1780
King Herod). She was also the 4th dam of Doncaster
Cup winner Catton (b c 1809 Golumpus).
||Engineer Mare (gr f
1770), 2nd dam of Doncaster Cup winner Abba Thulle (b c
1768 Young Marske), who was said to have been sent to
Russia. Engineer Mare is alleged to be the ancestress of
(gr f 1921 The Tetrarch), however, this line is probably
inaccurate. See Family 9-c.
||Engineer Mare (f
1771), bred by Lord Rockingham, 2nd dam of the Derby
winners Didelot (b c 1793
Spread Eagle* (b c 1792 Volunteer). Spread Eagle* and his full brother,
Eagle* (b c 1796
Volunteer) were both sent to America.
||Engineer Mare (f
1770), bred by Mr Robinson, full sister to Rockingham's
Engineer Mare, 3rd dam of the St Leger and Doncaster
Cup winner Cockfighter (br c 1796 Overton).
||Engineer Mare, bred
by Mr Atkinson and later owned by Lord Grosvenor, dam of
Mr Vevers' Young Morwick (ch c 1775 Morwick Ball).
||Engineer Mare (f 1770), bred by Mr Ayrton
and later sold to Mr Pigot
and Mr Ogilvy, 3rd dam of Alexander Mare (b f 1790
Alexander), taproot mare of
||Engineer Mare (f c1771), full sister
to Mr Ayrton's Engineer Mare, 4th
dam of the Woodcote Stakes winner Brocard (br f 1825
||Sister to Mambrino
(b f 1771), bred by Mr Atkinson, dam of Young Sir Peter
(ch c 1775 Doge).