|Skim gr c 1746 (Bolton Starling -
Miss Mayes, by Bartlet's Childers).
Sire Line Darcy's
White Turk. Family 19.
First called Farmer, he was bred
in Yorkshire by Cuthbert Routh (1694-1752) at Snape Castle, near
Bedale, and owned in partnership with Routh's trainer Thomas
Jackson [Early Records:52]. In 1750 he was sold for 300 guineas to the
Earl of Portmore who changed his name to Skim.
He raced for four seasons winning
from two to four miles. He was in the stud until at least
1766, alongside such stallions as Oroonoko, Steady and Highlander,
commanding a fee of 5 guineas. The Earl of Portmore had property located
near Hampton Court, and the stallions stood either there or at Hampton
His most notable offspring was
Young Hag (gr f 1761), the taproot mare of
5-a. He also sired the unnamed mare (gr f 1758), dam of Telemachus
(c 1770) and 3rd dam of the taproot mare of
4-c, Maniac (ch f 1806).
||Brother to Grey
|In 1750 he won £50 at Malton in 2 mile heats
beating Mr Hutton's Bat (bl c 1746 Phantom) and Mr Hunt's Brisk
(br c 1746 Cade) among others. At York he
defeated Mr Clark's (b c 1746 Blaze), Lord March's Little David (b c
1747 Gower Stallion) and two others to win a £50 plate in 2 mile heats.
At Newmarket in October he beat Mr Martindale's Archer (gr c 1746
Bolton Starling) over the Beacon Course to win 85 guineas.
|In 1751 he won a £50 plate at
Huntingdon over Lord Gower's Moorlander (b c 1746 Gower Stallion), only
having to run one 4 mile heat as Moorlander was withdrawn. In August at
Hambleton he was defeated by Mr Witty's Grenadier
(b c 1746 Blaze), losing a 72
guineas purse. His most notable win came in the great
subscription purse at York where he beat Mr Witty's
along with Mr Hutton's good runner Stripling (ch c Spot), brother of
the taproot mare of Family 16.
Later in September he lost at Lichfield to Mr Williams's Mosco (br c
1746 Cullen Arabian), while beating Mr
Simpson's Dimple (b f 1747 Bolton Starling). In his final race of the
season he won a £50 purse at Newmarket for 4 miles over Sir Edward
Hale's Drudge (b c 1745 Crab) and four others.
|Back at Newmarket in April of 1752 he lost a purse
of 119 guineas to Mr Coatsworth's Traveller (ch c 1746
Traveller) while beating Mr Meredith's Midas (ch c 1746 Saucebox), Mr Percival's Chub (b c 1746 Godolphin
Arabian) and Moorlander.
|In May of 1753 he ran his last
race at Newmarket losing a 100 guineas plate to Captain Vernon's Crab
(gr c Crab), who was later known as the Duke of
Crab. Skim won the first heat and placed 2nd in the next, at which
point he broke down.