|Sweetwilliam ch c 1768 (Syphon -
Miss Roan, by Cade). Sire Line
Arabian. Family 4.
Bred by William Cornforth of
Barforth, near Richmond, in Yorkshire, he was later owned by Viscount
Bolingbroke and Lord Grosvenor. During his splendid turf career he
amassed earnings of nearly 7000 guineas. He raced from 1772 to 1777.
His stud career was remarkable
mainly for the contributions of his daughters. Ceres (b f 1779) won the
Oaks Stakes. Berrington (ch f 1781) was the ancestress of the
Cambridgeshire winner and sire Vulcan (b c 1837 Verulam), and the
Victoria Oaks winner Lanson (b f 1923 Chrysippus). An unnamed daughter
(f 1783) became the ancestress of the sires Atys (ch c 1894 Vigilant),
Conqueror (gr c 1821 Camillus) and Valentine* (b c 1823 Magistrate).
|Sister to Old Country Wench
In 1772 racing for Lord
Bolingbroke at Newmarket he won a sweep of 1800 guineas beating Sir
Charles Bunbury's Smallhopes (br c Cadormus) over the Beacon Course.
After purchase by Lord Grosvenor he went to Burford and won a sweep from
Mr Wentworth's Burford (b c 1768 Merlin) over four miles. Among the
field of eighteen was the Duke of Grafton's Promise (br f 1768
the taproot mare of Family 1-d,
and dam of the famous Prunella (b f 1788). At Shrewsbury he defeated
Iago (gr/b c 1768 Tatler) and back at Newmarket he lost to the Duke of
Cumberland's Maria (b f 1768 Snap) in his
last race of the year.
Racing only at Newmarket in 1773,
and only over the Beacon Course, he won a match against Mr Wentworth's Ancaster (b c 1768 Blank) which netted him 300
guineas. In October he won a sweep defeating, among others, Lord
Ossory's Pythia (b f 1769 Prophet), then went on to collect a 100
guineas forfeit from Lord Ossory's Chalkstone (b c 1769
He later won a match against Lord Clermont's Priestess (b f 1767
for 300 guineas, and finished the year with a perfect score by beating
Lord Bolingbroke's Paoli (b c 1767 Blank), a
full brother to Citizen*, in a 200 guineas
Still at Newmarket in 1774, he won
the Craven Stakes in March over Florizel
(b c 1768), later the sire of Diomed*, Paoli
and twenty-two other starters. He walked over for the 140 guineas
Subscription purse before losing to Florizel
in a 170 guineas sweep, in which there were eight starters.
In 1775 he won the Whip and 200
guineas, gained at the expense of Lord Abingdon's
Transit (ch c 1766
Both carried 10 stone over the Beacon Course. For his next two matches
he collected a forfeit from Sir Charles Bunbury's Alexis (ch c 1770
Herod) and Mr Greville's Postmaster (b c 1771 Herod)
respectively, earning 500 guineas in total.
He started 1776 with a string of
three victories at Newmarket, winning, first, a sweep of 750 guineas
defeating Lord Clermont's Johnny (b c 1769 Matchem),
second, a 400 guineas stake with Lord Abingdon's Critic (b c 1771
and third, receiving a 250 guineas forfeit from Lord Clermont's
Masquerade (gr f 1771 Marske). In October,
Lord Grosvenor, having the utmost confidence in his consistent horse,
successfully challenged for the Cup, since no opponents appeared to take
In his final year of racing, 1777,
he came in third and last in a 300 guineas sweep at Newmarket, losing to
Lord Ossory's Dorimant (ch c 1772
Otho) and Sir L Dundas's Pontac (ch c 1772 Marske),
followed by a sixth place finish in the Jockey Club Plate won by Lord
Abingdon's Leviathan (bl c 1771 Marske), which
was his final race.