|Volunteer [ex-Cornet] ch c 1780 (Eclipse
- Mare by Tartar). Sire Line
First named Cornet, he was bred by
Dennis O'Kelly. One of the brood produced by O'Kelly's famous Old Tartar
Mare, he was full brother to Jupiter (ch c
1774), Mercury (ch c 1778) and Queen Mab (ch f 1785).
Racing for four years he won four
of his six starts, and collected forfeits or compromises another four
times. He retired to O'Kelly's stud at
Epsom, joining his sire, Eclipse (ch c 1764
Marske), and Dungannon
(b c 1780 Eclipse). There he sired the Derby winner, Spread Eagle* (b c 1792),
and two Oaks winners, Caelia (br f 1790), and Portia (ch f 1788). An
unnamed son, Volunteer Colt (b c 1792), won the July Stakes, and an
unnamed daughter, (ch f 1793), was the 2nd dam of the Oaks winner
Medora (ch f 1811). His daughter Miss Whip (b f 1793 was the dam of
the sire Ardrossan (b c 1809). A number of his sons, including
(b c 1796), Magic* (ch c 1794), and Hoomes' Stirling* (b c 1791) were
sent to America.
After the death of Dennis O'Kelly
Volunteer was moved to Cannons, near Edgeware, Middlesex, and stood
there along with Dungannon and
|In 1783 he won the
100gs each Cumberland Stakes at Newmarket First Spring, in which he
defeated Saltram (br c 1780
and the Duke of Queensberry's brother to Highflyer,
Gonzales (b c 1780 Herod).
fifth in Saltram's Derby at Epsom.
Won a 50gs each sweep at Ascot, beating Gonzales, the
Duke of Cumberland's Pluto (b c 1780
Eclipse), Lord Grosvenor's
Armida (b f 1780 Sweetbriar)
and one other.
Won 125gs at Basingstoke, beating Mr Dutton's Spectre
(ch c 1781 Herod) and the Duke
of Bolton's Pulpe filly.
Collected 100gs forfeit for a 200gs match at Newmarket
October from HRH the Duke of Cumberland's Chance (b c
|He did not run in 1784, having collected an
compromise from the Hon Richard Vernon's Nymph (ch f 1780
Florizel) for a 200gs
match at Newmarket First Spring.
|Called Volunteer in 1785, he won his only start
in a 100gs each sweep at Newmarket First Spring from the Duke
of Grafton's Champion (b c 1789 Herod), Lord
Grosvenor's Balance (b c 1780 Herod)
and four others.
Collected 125gs compromise at Newmarket Second Spring
for a 300gs match with Mr T Bullock's Buzaglo (b c 1780 Evergreen).
Collected 200gs compromise at the same meeting for a
500gs match with the Duke
of Queensberry's Gonzales (b c 1780 Herod).
|In 1786 he was unplaced in the Craven Stakes
at Newmarket Craven, won
by Lord Grosvenor's Premier (b c 1781 Sweetbriar),
with Sir C Bunbury's Volatile (b f 1779 Alexis)
finishing 2nd, Buzaglo 3rd, HRH the Prince of Wales's
Ulysses (ch c 1777
Florizel) 4th and 3