|West Australian b c
1850 (Melbourne - Mowerina, by
Sire Line Matchem.
Bred in Durham by
John Bowes of Streatlam Castle from his home-bred mare Mowerina
(b f 1843 Touchstone), who
had finished second in the One Thousand Guineas Stakes in 1846.
She was said to be named after a farm that Mr Bowes owned in
West Australian was a full brother to three winners: North Derby
winner Marley Hill (bl c 1851), Yorkshire Oaks winner and Oaks
3rd Victoria (b f 1853), and Nassau Stakes winner Go-Ahead (br f 1855).
He was also a half brother to The Old Orange Girl (b f 1860
Kingston) winner of the Zetland Biennial Stakes and thrice
winner of the Bentinck Memorial Stakes, Baragah (ch c 1861
Stockwell) winner of Ascot Biennial
Stakes and twice winner of the Bentinck Memorial Stakes, and
Ebor Handicap and Great Northern St Leger winner Westwick (b c
Trained by John Scott and
affectionately called "The West" by his jockey Frank Butler he won
nine of ten starts, including the Two Thousand Guineas
Stakes, the Derby Stakes and the St Leger Stakes and has the
distinction of being the very first triple
crown winner. He
was sold in 1854 for 5000 guineas to Lord Londesborough for whom
he won the Ascot Gold Cup. The latter race was considered the
fastest ever run for the Cup and many, it was said, thought him
to be the best racehorse of the century at the time.
He covered at
Kirkby, near Tadcaster, for a fee of 30 guineas along with
prior to his export to France. In England he had moderate success in the stud
getting the Oaks winner Summerside (br f 1856) and the Two
Thousand Guineas winner The Wizard (b c 1857). He was
later sold for 4000 guineas to the Duc de Morny and sent to France.
West Australian died in 1870.
he finished 2nd for the Criterion at Newmarket
Houghton, won by Mr G Payne's Speed The Plough
(b c 1850 Cotherstone), beating Lord Exeter's
Filbert (b c 1850 Nutwith), the Duke of Bedford's Prendergast
winner Sittingbourne (ch c 1850 Chatham), Mr W Bosville's Ionic (b c 1850 Ion) and 2 others.
Won the £700 Glasgow Stakes at the same meeting,
beating Filbert by 2 lengths, Speed-the-Plough
and General Anson's chestnut
he won the £3300 Two Thousand Guineas Stakes at
Newmarket First Spring, beating Sittingbourne by
a half length, Lord Glasgow's Barbatus (b c 1850
Middleton), Sir J Hawley's Orinoco (b c
1850 Orlando), Filbert and 2 others. Won the
£5400 Derby at Epsom, beating Sittingbourne by a
neck, Mr Powney's Cineas (b c 1850
(ch c 1850 The
Baron), Baron Rothschild's Orestes (b c 1850 Orlando), Lord
Derby's Great Yorkshire Stakes winner Umbriel
(br c 1850 Touchstone), Captain Lane's Ascot Derby
winner Ninnyhammer (ch c 1850 Orlando), the Duke
of Richmond's Bentinck Memorial winner Pharos
(br c 1850 Touchstone), Mr Knowles's Newmarket
Handicap winner Talfourd (b c 1850 Ion), Mr
Oliver's City and Suburban winner Ethelbert (ch
Faugh-a-Ballagh), Mr Way's Royal Hunt Cup
winner Brocket (br c 1850
Barbatus, Filbert, Orinoco, Cesarewitch winner
Mr Sykes (b c 1850 Sir Tatton Sykes) and 12
others. Won the £2175 St Leger at Doncaster,
beating Lord John Scott's The Reiver (b c 1850
Mr W I'Anson's Doncaster Stakes winner
Balrownie (b c 1850 Annandale), Lord Exeter's
Cobnut (ch c 1850 Nutwith), the Duke of Bedford's Feversham (b
c 1850 Chatham), Sittingbourne, Cineas, and 2
others. Walked over for a 200 sovs each sweep at
the same meeting (13 subscribers) with Lord
Exeter's Cobnut withdrawing his stake by
consent. Walked over for the £850 Grand Duke
Michael Stakes at Newmarket First October with
Cobnut receiving 300 sovs not to start.
he collected a 250 sovs half forfeit at
Newmarket First Spring from Lord Glasgow's
Barbatus for a 500 sovs match. Running for Lord
Londesborough he won the £470 Biennial at Ascot,
beating Lord Eglinton's Vanderdecken (br c 1850
Middleton) and Filbert. Won the £540 Gold
Cup at the same meeting, beating Mr Morris's
Kingston (b c 1849 Venison)
by a head, Mr Parr's
Cobnut, The Nabob (bl c 1849 The Nob) and
Orestes. Won a £1200 sweepstakes at Goodwood,
beating Cobnut by 20 lengths and Hazelnut by 200
||Lady Roden (br f
1856), dam of July Stakes and Norfolk Stakes winner
Liddington (b c 1862 Orlando) and ancestress of the
stallions July Cup and Golden Jubilee winner Energy (ch
c 1880 Sterling) and Two Thousand Guineas winner
Enthusiast (ch c 1886 Sterling).
||Summerside (br f 1856),
bred by Admiral Harcourt, winner of the Oaks Stakes, 2nd
dam of the Lincolnshire Handicap and Rous Memorial
Stakes winner Poulet (ch c 1877 Peut-Etre), 3rd dam of
Yorkshire Oaks winner Fairmile (b f 1895 Common) and
Craven Stakes winner Headpiece (br c 1897 Morion).
Mare (b f 1857), dam of the Queen Alexandra and Ascot
Stakes winner Musket (b c 1867 Toxophilite) and the
Chester Cup winner Windsor (b f 1877
Hermit), and ancestress of the
Oaks winner Straightlace (b f 1921 Son-in-Law).
Mare (ch f 1857), dam of the Manchester Cup winner Sir
Bertram (ch c 1868 Hesper).
||Couleur de Rose
(b f 1858), dam of the Manchester Cup winner Retrousse
(b c 1863 Tournament) and the Gimcrack Stakes winner
Duke of Cumberland (ch c 1877 George Frederick),
ancestress of One Thousand Guineas and Oaks winner Reve
d'Or (ch f 1884 Hampton).
||La Traviata (b f
1860), dam of Deutsches Derby winner Bauernfanger (b c
1868 Grimston) and Grosser Preis von Baden winner
Hochstapler (b c 1870 Savernake).
||Lady Sefton (bbr
f 1861), dam of the Derby winner Sefton (b c 1875
Speculum). Family 25.
||Jeune Premiere (b f 1864),
bred in France, winner of the Prix de Diane.
||Stella (ch f
1868), bred in France, ancestress of the Prix du Jockey
Club (DH) and Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud winner Sea Sick
(b c 1905 Elf). Family 19-a.
Other Notable Offspring
c 1856), stallion, sire of the Middle Park Stakes winner
Plebeian (b c 1872) who was the damsire of the Champion
Sire and Two Thousand Guineas winner St. Frusquin (br c
1893 St. Simon).
The Wizard (b c 1857),
bred by the 2nd Earl of Durham, winner of Two Thousand Guineas Stakes
and King Edward VII Stakes. He was later sent to Germany
and there got the Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen winner Goswin (b c
1864) and the Zukunfts-Rennen winner Dorothee (b f
Solon (b c
1861), bred by Mr Christopher St George, stood 16
hands and was described as a horse of "great power, and
an excellent performer." He was raised in Ireland
although foaled at Mentmore whilst his dam was visiting
King Tom. He won seven of twelve starts as a three year
old and two of three as a four year old. He covered in England and
Ireland, and became a link in the
Matchem sire line to
the St Leger winner and Champion Sire Hurry On (ch c
c 1862), bred in France, sire of the Prix du Jockey Club
and Prix Jean Prat winner Reluisant (ch c 1882).
(b c 1864), bred in France, won the Grosser Preis von
Baden and was later a successful stallion.