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Blucher (GB)





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Blucher b c 1811 (Waxy - Pantina, by Buzzard). Sire Line Pot8os. Family 4-b.

Bred and raced by Henry Stawel Bilson-Legge [1757-1820], 2nd Baron Stawell, who also bred his dam, the latter a sister to Ringtail (b f 1801 Buzzard) who won the July Stakes. Pantina also produced Pandour (ch c 1813 Walton) who finished 3rd in Prince Leopold's (b c 1813 Hedley) Derby as well as winning the Swinley Stakes at Ascot. Blucher won 4 races in 1814, including the Derby, at a "tremendous pace," winning by a neck from Perchance within the final strides.

Blucher was named after Prussian Field Marshal Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (nicknamed "Marschall Vorwärts") who made his way to Newmarket in 1815 and there learning that his namesake had won the previous year's Derby requested to see him. Lord Stawell sent for Blucher and got jockey William Arnull to give him a gallop in front of the Stand, after which Blücher himself mounted and rode the horse, advising after dismounting that he was "much pleased with his easy style of going".

Although he left no important sons in the stud he got the occasional runner and also left several useful mares whose effect was felt for a few generations.

Blucher Waxy Pot8os Eclipse
Maria King Herod
Pantina Buzzard Woodpecker
Trentham Mare Trentham
Race Record
In 1814 won a 300gs sweep at Newmarket Craven, beating Sir John Shelley's July Stakes winner Vittoria (ch f 1811 Sorcerer).
Won the 50gs each Newmarket Stakes at the First Spring Meeting, beating Lord Grosvenor's Zadora (b f 1811 Trafalgar), the Duke of Rutland's Kutusoff (br c 1811 Waxy), the Duke of Grafton's Metre (ch f 1811 Waxy), Lord Rous's Pythagoras (b c 1811 Quiz) and 4 others. Won the Derby, worth 600gs, at Epsom, beating Mr Prince's Perchance (ch c 1811 Haphazard), Lord Lowther's Oatlands winner Bourbon (b c 1811 Sorcerer), Lord Egremont's Wanderer (b c 1811 Gohanna), the Duke of Rutland's Osman (ch c 1811 Selim), Sir G Webster's Grand Duchess (b f 1811 Dick Andrews) and 8 others. Won the 175gs Magna Charta Stakes at Egham "in a canter" from Mr T Scaith's Haphazard filly. Finished 3rd in a 200gs each sweep at Newmarket Second October, won by Lord George Cavendish's Alcohol (b c 1810 Whiskey), with Colonel Adeane's Oaks winner Medora (ch f 1811 Selim) finishing 2nd.
In 1815 finished 2nd in the 450gs Port Stakes at Newmarket First Spring, won by the Duke of Grafton's Wire (br f 1811 Waxy), beating Wanderer and Medora. This was the last race for Blucher.
Notable Offspring
Palais Royal (br f 1820), owned by Lord Foley, won July Stakes, later used as a hack.
Favourite (b f 1821), owned by Mr Bouverie, 3rd dam of Derby and Two Thousand Guineas winner Pretender (b c 1866 Adventurer) and 4th dam of King's Stand Stakes winner Chopette (b f 1869 North Lincoln).
Damietta (br f 1822), bred by Lord Grosvenor, sent to France in 1825 and there 2nd dam of Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner Moustique (br c 1850 Sting).
Blucher Mare (b f 1824), 2nd dam of Manchester Cup winner The Carpenter (b c 1833 Lottery).
Miss Iris (br f 1824), bred by Lord Grosvenor, 3rd dam of stallion King of the Forest (b c 1854 Orlando).
Blucher Mare (b f 1825), 3rd dam of Preis der Diana winner La Stella (b f 1863 Mountain Deer).

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