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Saunterer (GB)




Sire Line




Gamos, by Saunterer




Saunterer bl c 1854 (Birdcatcher - Ennui, by Bay Middleton). Sire Line Birdcatcher. Family 27-a.

Saunterer was bred by Mr R M Jacques, who had leased Birdcatcher (ch c 1833 Sir Hercules) during the 1849 and 1850 seasons to stand at Easby Abbey in Yorkshire. His dam, Ennui (b f 1843 Bay Middleton), bred by Lord George Bentick, won the great Four Year Old Stake at Goodwood in 1847 and was said to be a "very fair racer." Later acquired by Mr Jacques, she produced for him Dear Me (b c 1850 Melbourne), Bravery (br f 1853 Gameboy), and Saunterer before her sale to Lord Londesborough for the sum of 95 guineas. Bravery became the dam of the Ascot Gold Cup winner Rupee (br f 1857 The Nabob) and the Prix du Jockey Club winner Suzerain (br c 1865 The Nabob). Another of Ennui's daughters, Lady Roden (br f 1856 West Australian) became the dam of the July Stakes winner Liddington (b c 1862 Orlando).

Saunterer was purchased for 50 as a foal by Mr John Osborne from the Easby sale. He was sold to Mr John Jackson after his two year old racing season, and after his three year old season to Mr James Merry, a prominent owner, whose other horses included Chanticleer (gr c 1843 Birdcatcher), and the Derby winners, Doncaster (ch c 1870 Stockwell) and Thormanby (ch c 1857 Windhound).

Standing fifteen hands three inches he was described as an "altogether handsome specimen," having a well set, expressive head with a prominent eye, clean shoulders, deep girth and a good barrel. His roach back connected to muscular quarters, which were on the small side and drooped towards his tail, which hind end confomation was similar to that of Chanticleer. His thighs were good and his hocks excellent, the "true Birdcatcher hocks," with fine forearms, small knees and clean legs. He was said to habitually twitch his thin wispy tail and pin back his ears.

By modern standards he was campaigned fairly extensively for three years. Of the same generation as the remarkable filly Blink Bonny (b f 1854 Melbourne), he had no success against her, and little against another rival, Skirmisher (br c 1854 Voltigeur). Although his three year old year was thought less than stellar by some, his win in the Chester Handicap was deemed memorable due to his "electric rush" through the field for an easy win. He also won for Mr Jackson a large bet that claimed he would "finish within ten lengths of the leader" in the Cambridgeshire, beating twenty-nine others to third place.

Following his purchase by Mr Merry he was sent to trainer Mathew Dawson and was familiarly referred to as "Mat's Black". As a four year old he won the Goodwood Cup for Merry, which win was thought to have driven a nobleman to suicide, due to his having bet heavily against Saunterer in the belief that he lacked stamina, despite Merry's assurances to the contrary.

Saunterer was considered a failure in the stud, although he did get some good runners, including the Oaks winner Gamos (ch f 1867). He died in September of 1878.

Saunterer Birdcatcher Sir Hercules Whalebone
Guiccioli Bob Booty
Ennui Bay Middleton Sultan
Blue Devils Velocipede
Race Record
At 2: won the 370 Hopeful Stakes at Doncaster, Spring, defeating Mr Jackson's Magnifier (ch c Magnet), Mr Cunningham's Marmion (bl c Springy Jack), and fifteen others, won 130 at Thirsk, beating three others, won 35 at Croxton Park, won 130 at Ripon, beating, by a head, Mr G Foster's Underhand (b c 1854 The Cure), three-time winner of the Northumberland Plate, Skirmisher (b c 1854 Voltigeur), Mr Bennett's Peto (b c 1854 Poynton), and six others, won 45 at Pontrefact, won 205 at Chester, won the Eresby Stakes at Richmond, walked-over at Doncaster for 70, 2nd in a 300 sweep, won by Lambourn, 2nd in the Golborne Park Stakes at Newton, won by Mr Thellusson's Madame Clicquot (b f Burgundy), 2nd in the Lyne Park Stakes to Madame Clicquot, 2nd in the 370 Prince of Wales's Stakes at York, August, won by Earl Fitzwilliam's Ignoramus (b c 1854 The Flying Dutchman), beating Sprig of Shillelah and nine others, 3rd in the Sapling Stakes at Manchester, won by Blink Bonny (b f 1854 Melbourne), winner of the following year's Derby and Oaks, 3rd in the 650 Portland Plate at Doncaster, won by Mr Hind's Launce (b c Launcelot), followed by Mr Jackson's Lord Alfred (gr c Chanticleer), beating Manganese, Ellermire and twenty-five others, with Saunterer carrying a stone more than other two year olds in the race, 5th in the Zetland Stakes at York, Spring, won by Magnifier, unplaced in the Mostyn Stakes at Chester, won by Mr E Parr's Lambourn.
At 3: won 80 at Newcastle, beating Mr Gray's two year old Meta (br f Flatcatcher), "in a canter," and four others, won a 375 Handicap Sweep at Liverpool, beating Mr Merry's Honour Bright (b c Touchstone), "in a canter," Mr T Dawson's Commoner (b c Elvas), Admiral Harcourt's Ellermire (b f Chanticleer) and two others, won a 350 sweep at Liverpool, beating Mr T Parr's York (b c Slane), "very easily," won the 305 Licensed Victualler's Plate at Liverpool, beating Mr Barber's Lord Nelson (ch c Collingwood), Mr J Osborne's De Ginkel (ch c De Ruyter) and six others, won the 335 Eglinton Stakes at Doncaster, beating Gildermire (br f The Flying Dutchman), Princess Royal (b f 1855 Slane), winner of the Gimcrack Stakes, Tournament (br c 1854 Touchstone) and six others, won the 365 Chester Handicap, beating Captain Christie's Kestrel (b f 1853 Tearaway), Claret (b c 1852 Touchstone), Polmoodie (br c 1853 Melbourne), Maid of Derwent (gr f 1853 Flatcatcher) and five others, won a 50 Plate at Newmarket, Second October, beating Gunboat (br c 1854 Sir Hercules) and three others, won a 300 sovereigns match at Newmarket from Mr Robinson's Anton, collected 100 sovereigns forfeit from Mr Ten Broeck's Babylon (ch c Belshazzar) at Newmarket, walked-over for the Gateshead Stakes at Newcastle, walked-over for the Mostyn Stakes at Chester, October, lost a 250 sovereigns match at Newmarket to Heroine (ch f Neasham), 3rd in the Ascot Gold Cup, won by Skirmisher, followed by Gemma di Vergy (br c 1854 Sir Hercules), beating Mr Snewing's Pole-Star (b f Faugh-a-Ballagh), winner of this year's Cups at Shrewsbury and Stamford, and Queen's Plates at Lewes, Ipswich and Canterbury, Chevalier d'Industrie (ch c 1854 Orlando) and seven others, 3rd in the 980 Great Yorkshire Stakes at York, won by Lord Zetland's Vedette (br c 1854 Voltigeur), followed by Skirmisher, beating two others, 3rd in the Doncaster Stakes, won by Skirmisher, followed by Wardermarske, beating two others, 3rd in the Cambridgeshire, won by Mr Parr's Odd Trick (ch c 1854 Sleight of Hand), followed by Lord J Scott's Moestissima (ch f 1854 Pyrrhus the First), beating thirty-one others, unplaced in the Derby, won by Blink Bonny.
At 4: won a 50 Plate at Newmarket, beating eight others "in a canter," won the 740 Cup and Sweep at Goodwood, beating Mr T Parr's Fisherman (br c 1853  Heron), Schiedam (br c The Flying Dutchman), Ventre St Gris (b c 1855 Gladiator), winner of the Prix du Jockey Club, and four others, won 225 at Brighton, beating Tournament and one other, won the Fitzwilliam Stakes at Doncaster, beating Knight of Kars, Ignoramus and seven others, challenged successfully for The Whip at Newmarket, October, walked-over for the Brighton Cup, 2nd in the Craven stakes at Epsom, won by Zuyder Zee, beating ten others, unplaced in eight other starts.
Notable Saunterer Mares
Crisis (b f 1861), dam of the Magyar St Leger winner Hector (bl c 1872 Virgilius), and 3rd dam of the Deutsches Derby winner Bono Modo (ch c 1900 Bona Vista).
Elegance (br f 1877), dam of the July Cup winner Worcester* (ch c 1890 Saraband), who was later exported to America where he proved a useful sire.
Gertrude (b f 1867), herself the winner of the Great Yorkshire Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks, and dam of Charibert (ch c 1876 Thormanby), winner of the Two Thousand Guineas, Champagne Stakes and the July Cup (twice). Charibert sired the Deutsches Derby winner Hagen (ch c 1897). Gertrude was also the 2nd dam of the Austria Preis winner Mindegy (b c 1896 Dunure), and of the Magyar Kancadij winner Duchess (ch f 1886 Craig Millar).
Inverness (f), 3rd dam of Breeders' Stakes winner Melcha (b f 1893 Strathspey).
Little Agnes (b f 1869), winner of the Prix de Diane, Prix Lupin and Furstenberg-Rennen, and 2nd dam of the Magyar St Leger winner Duncan (b c 1890 Donovan).
Merry Bells (ch f 1872), 2nd dam of Trollhetta (b c 1893 Kisber), winner of the Deutsches Derby and Grosser Hansa-Preis.
Ortolan (ch f 1868), dam of Vanneau (b c 1884 Perplexe), winner of the Prix Hocquart, and of Widgeon (ch f 1885 King Lud), winner of the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches and Prix Morny. Ortolan was also the 2nd dam of the Szent Laszlo dij winner Petrus (ch c 1884 Peter).
Prowess (b f 1869), ancestress of triple crown winner War Admiral (br c 1934 Man o' War).
Somnambula (br f 1876), 3rd dam of National Produce Stakes winner Silver Fowl (ch f 1904 Wildfowler), she the dam of the Derby and Oaks winner Fifinella (ch f 1913 Polymelus). Silver Fowl also produced Silver Tag (ch f 1912 Sundridge), winner of the Cambridgeshire Stakes, and Silvern (b c 1917 Polymelus), winner of the Coronation Cup.
Steppe (br f 1868), dam of the New Zealand Derby winner Stepniak (br c 1889 Nordenfeldt). Steppe was also the 2nd dam of Bobadil (br c 1895 Bill of Portland), winner of the Caulfield Futurity Stakes, Caulfield Guineas and Victoria St Leger.
Time Test (b f 1868), dam of Ebor Handicap winner Victor Emanuel (b c 1877 Albert Victor).
Virgule (b f 1865), winner of the Furstenberg-Rennen, dam of Vigilant (b c 1879 Vermouth), winner of the Grand Criterium and Prix Lupin, and sire of the very good French filly Kasbah (b f 1892), winner of the Prix de Diane, and 2nd dam of Ksar (ch c 1918 Bruleur). Virgule was also the dam of Vinaigrette (b f 1873 Patricien), winner of the Grand Prix de Deauville, and of Vizir (b c 1878 Vermouth), winner of the Prix Jean Prat.

ch f 1867 (Saunterer - Bess Lyon, by Longbow). Sire Line Birdcatcher. Family 4-p. Bred at Mereworth by Evelyn Boscawen, 6th Viscount Falmouth, she was sold to Mr Graham. She won nine of her nineteen starts, being placed second three times and third twice. Her brilliant two year old season included six wins from eight starts with two second placings and victories over the good filly Gertrude (b f 1867 Saunterer), winner of the Great Yorkshire Stakes and Yorkshire Oaks. At three she recorded victories in the Grand Duke Michael Stakes and the Oaks Stakes, in the latter beating Mr Merry's Sunshine (b f 1867 Thormanby), winner of the Woodcote, July, Lavant, Champagne and Coronation Stakes. In her final season she won the Princess of Wales's Stakes, beating Mahonia (b f 1867 King Tom). Her cosmopolitan descendants included such good runners as Furore (br c 1913 Fugleman), winner of the Irish Derby, Carlisle (br c 1958 Noble Chieftain), winner of the South African Derby, Lady Valais (ch f 1920 Valais), winner of the AJC St Leger, and Isabelino (b c 1919 El Tango), winner of the Chilean St Leger.

Other Notable Offspring
Digby Grand (bl c 1868), sired Tartar (br c 1880), winner of the Deutsches Derby, Union-Rennen, Oesterreichisches Derby and the Egyesitett Nemzeti es Hazafi dij, and Dombrowa (b f 1878), winner of the Preis der Diana, Trial Stakes, Egyesitett Nemzeti es Hazafi dij and the Magyar Kancadij.

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