Medora, by Selim
Turquoise, by Selim
Selim ch c 1802 (Buzzard
- Mare, by Alexander). Sire Line Selim.
Bred by General
Sparrow, he was sold to the Prince of Wales as a three-year old. Described
as a horse of great quality and majesty, he was given to Colonel Leigh at
the dispersal of the Prince's stable. His dam Alexander Mare
(b f 1790) was the modern taproot mare of
2-n, and produced Castrel (ch c 1801), the Oaks winner Bronze (br f
1803), and the Champion Sire Rubens (ch c 1805).
He won six races at all distances, including the Craven
Stakes and the Newmarket Oatlands Stakes.
Selim went to stud in
1809 at Six-Mile Bottom, near Newmarket, for a fee of 10gs.
In 1810 he moved to Newmarket commanding a fee of 20gs and
remained there until 1819 although in later later years his
fee declined to 10gs. From 1820 onwards he covered at
Oxcroft, near Newmarket, first for 12gs then for 10gs. In
1825 he was advertised to stand at Bildeston, near Hadleigh,
Suffolk, for 30gs but was unable to cover.
A great success in the
stud, he sired six classics winners: the Derby winner Azor (ch c 1814),
the Oaks winners Medora (ch f 1811) and Turquoise (br f 1825), the
Two Thousand Guineas winners Nicolo (ch c 1820) and Turcoman (br
c 1824), and the One Thousand Guineas winner Selim Filly (br f
1812). Probably his most
influential offspring was Sultan (b c 1816) a
Derby second and Champion Sire.
Selim was Champion Sire in 1814.
He was humanely destroyed in 1825 at the age of twenty-three.
|In 1806 won a
50gs match at Brighton, beating Mr R Ladbroke's
Wormwood (br c 1802 Young Woodpecker).
Won the 150gs Oatlands at Newmarket Second October,
beating Lord Foley's Captain Absolute (ch c 1799
John Bull), Sir C Bunbury's Lydia (b f 1802
Whiskey) and 1 other.
|In 1807 won
the Craven Stakes at Newmarket, beating Sir Hedworth
Williamson's Walton (b c 1799
Sir Peter Teazle),
Mr Blackford's Currycomb (b c 1802
Buzzard), Lord Rous' Jerboa (b f 1803
Gohanna) and 7 others.
Finished 2nd for a £50 purse at the same meeting, won by
Lydia, beating 7 others. Collected 100gs forfeit from a
200gs match at Newmarket First October from Mr Fermor's Hippomenes
(b c 1802 Pegasus).
Won the Oatlands at Newmarket Second October,
beating HRH the Duke of York's Gaiety (br c 1802
Gouty), Captain Absolute and 2 others.
|In 1808 Selim
running for Mr Arthur Shakespeare won a 200gs match
at Newmarket Craven, beating Lydia (b f 1802
Lost a 200gs match at Newmarket Second Spring to the
Duke of York's Tim (gr c 1803 Whiskey) who was carrying "a
Lost a 200gs match at Newmarket First October to
Lord Grosvenor's celebrated Violante (b f 1802 John
Bull). This was his final race.