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Why Not (GB)
 
 


Why Not

 

 

Sire Line


Crab


Alcock's Arabian

 

 

 

Why Not bl c 1744 (Crab - Sister 2 to Slipby, by Fox). Sire Line Alcock's Arabian. Family 1.

Why Not was bred by Sir John Phillips (1701-1764), 6th bt, of Picton Castle, in Pembrokeshire, South Wales. He was purchased by Richard Onslow (1715-1776), 3rd Baron Onslow, of Clandon House, Surrey, at the end of the 1750 racing season. Lord Onslow also owned the racehorses Cato (b c 1748 Regulus) and Victorious (bl c 1747 Whitenose).

Why Not had little success in the stud and died in 1761 at Belsize, near Hampstead.

Pedigree
Why Not Crab Alcock's Arabian  
 
Sister to Soreheels Basto
Sister to Mixbury
Sister to Slipby Fox Clumsey
Bay Peg
Gipsey Bay Bolton
Newcastle Turk Mare
Race Record

In 1749 he won 50 at Hounslow, defeating Mr John Tuting's Fancy (gr f 1751 Old Crab) and two others. Fancy was a full sister to Shepherd's Crab (ch c 1747).

In 1750 he began the year by winning 50 purses at both Epsom and Stamford. At Burford he won another 50 beating Lord Craven's Cartouch (ch c Young Cartouch) and two others. He went on to win another 50 at Chesterfield, whereupon he was bought by Lord Onslow.

In 1751 he lost a race worth 50 sovereigns to Little Driver (ch c 1743 Beaver's Driver), each carrying 10 stone in four-mile heats. At Guildford he won 50, defeating two others, all carrying 11 stone in four-mile heats. He later won 50 purses at Maidenhead, Leicester and Northampton.

In May of 1752 he lost a race at Guildford to Mr Rogers's Garland (gr c Bolton Starling), each carrying 12 stone in four-mile heats. Later he beat Garland at Hounslow and Aylesbury, collecting 50 at both places. Why Not then lost 50 at Burford to his nemesis Garland, who won both four-mile heats, each carrying 10 stone.

In May of 1753 he lost again to Garland in running for a purse of 50 sovereigns, each carrying 10 stone in four-mile heats. At Guildford he was beaten for a purse of 50 sovereigns by Mr Rogers's Aaron (b c Whitenose), whose rivalry with Little Driver attained much fame. Both Why Not and Aaron carried 10 stone in four-mile heats. This was Why Not's final race.
   

   
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