|Why Not bl c 1744 (Crab
- Sister 2 to Slipby, by Fox). Sire Line
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
and Victorious (bl c 1747
Why Not had little success in the stud
and died in 1761 at Belsize, near Hampstead.
|Sister to Mixbury
|Newcastle Turk Mare
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
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
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.