Courtesy of Ackermann
|Bay Malton b c 1760
(Sampson - Mare, by
Sire Line Darley
Arabian. Family 2-m.
Bred by Mrs Ayrton of
Malton he was the first foal of his dam, Cade Mare, who was lent
to Mrs Ayrton for one year by her father, Mr Fenton, at her
wedding celebration. Mr Preston, owner of
(bl c 1745 Blaze),
was also a guest and at his suggestion Mrs Ayrton booked the
mare to Sampson. Bay Malton was considered to be the smallest of
the normally substantial Sampson offspring although of more
quality than the rest.
Prior to the start of his
second season on the turf Bay Malton was purchased by Charles
Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquis of Rockingham. A stout and honest
runner he was started only once or twice each season and had a
lengthy and lucrative career. He earned his owner and his
backers huge sums of money although his finest victory was
likely that at York in 1766 where he set a new course record. He
lost only two races, both of them in his final two seasons.
He retired to Lord
Rockingham's stud at Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham,
Yorkshire, where he stood privately. He left no stock that bred
on although he sired a few runners, including Mr Preston's
Flaunter. Bay Malton died at Wentworth in 1786.
At 4: won a 160 guineas sweepstakes at Malton, beating Mr
Thompson's Snap (gr c Old Snap)
who lost his rider.
At 5: won a 500 guineas each sweepstakes at Newmarket in April,
beating Mr Shafto's colt (ch c
Shepherd's Crab) and the Duke
of Cumberland's Selim (b c 1760 Bajazet)
over the Beacon Course, also collecting a forfeit from the Duke
of Cumberland's Admiral, won 500 guineas at Newmarket in
October, beating "very easy" Lord Bolingbroke's
Gimcrack (gr c 1760 Cripple) over the Beacon Course. Gimcrack
was considered the very best horse at Newmarket and Lord
Rockingham was said to have won 9000 guineas on the race. Bay
Malton also collected a forfeit from the Duke of Cumberland's
Gift (b c Old Snap).
At 6: won 1000 guineas at Newmarket in April, beating Mr
Vernon's Otho (b c 1760
Chedworth's Moses) "easy" over the Beacon Course, won
the £281 Great Subscription Purse at York in August, beating
Mr Vernon's Jerkin (b c 1760 Babraham),
Mr Coulson's Royal George (b c 1760 Young Cade), Mr Shafto's Flylax (gr c 1756 Old Cade), Mr
(b c 1758 Tartar) and Sir John Moore's
King Herod (b c 1758
over four miles. Bay Malton was said to have run the four miles
in 7 minutes 43 1/2 seconds, the fastest time by 7 1/2 seconds
for this course, the race being "severely contested"
for the entire four miles by the first three finishers. Bay
Malton won by "about a length".
At 7: won a 500 guineas each sweepstakes at Newmarket, First
Spring, beating Sir John Moore's King
Herod (b c 1758 Tartar), Lord
Bolingbroke's Turf (b c 1760 Matchem)
and Mr Shafto's Ascham (br c 1759 Regulus)
over the Beacon Course. This race attracted more spectators than
had any previous race at Newmarket. The Yorkshire contingent was
said to have freely backed Bay Malton who won them
At 8: won a race for 200 guineas each and the Whip at Newmarket,
First Spring, beating Lord Grosvenor's
Puff (gr c 1760 Babraham)
over the Beacon Course, won the Jockey Club Plate, worth over
100 guineas, at Newmarket, Second Spring, beating Sir James
Lowther's Ascham (br c 1759 Regulus)
over the Beacon Course.
At 9: placed 3rd in £50 plate at Newmarket, First Spring, to
Gimcrack and Cardinal Puff, beating Hemp, Phoenix, Bashful,
Admiral, Presto, Chalfont and Toper.
At 10: lost a race at York to Chatsworth, Tortoise, Gimcrack and