Matilda, by Comus
|Comus ch c 1809 (Sorcerer -
Houghton Lass, by
Sir Peter Teazle). Sire Line
Bred by Sir John Shelley (1777-1852)
6th Baronet, of Michel Grove, Sussex, a member of the Jockey Club
who bred a number of classics winners including the Derby winners
(b c 1827 Emilius), Phantom (b c
1808 Walton) and Cedric (ch c 1821
Phantom) and the Two Thousand Guineas winner Antar (b c 1816
He was purchased after his turf career by Christopher Wilson
(1764-1842) of Oxton Hall, Tadcaster, Yorkshire, a steward of the Jockey
Club and the breeder of record of the Derby and St Leger winner
Champion (b c 1797
Pot8os) and the One Thousand Guineas
winner Charlotte (b f 1811 Orville).
Comus was said to stand 15.2 hands
and possess "capital legs and feet". He ran for two years and won nearly
5,000 guineas in stakes, including a third place finish in Octavius's
Derby. He retired to stud at Mr Wilson's Beilby Grange, near
Wetherby, Yorkshire, and in his first season he got the first, second
and third finishers for the 1818 St Leger Stakes:
Reveller (b c 1815), his
stablemate Ranter (b c 1815) and The Marshal (gr c 1815). He got another
St Leger winner in Matilda (b f 1824), and the Two Thousand Guineas and Ascot
Gold Cup winner Grey Momus (gr c 1835) as well as the One Thousand Guineas winner
Catgut (br f 1816 by Juniper or Comus).
He is perhaps best known as the
grandsire of Melbourne br c 1834
(Humphrey Clinker) who contributed to the perpetuation of the
sire line, represented in the twentieth century in Europe by
Precipitation (ch c 1933 Hurry On) and in America by
Man o' War (ch c
1917 Fair Play). Comus was shot in 1837.
In 1812 he won the 100gs each Produce
Sweepstakes at Newmarket in March, beating Mr Thornhill's Aquarius (gr c 1809
Quiz), Sir F Standish's Young Eagle colt and 5 others.
Won a 100gs each sweepstakes at Newmarket First Spring,
beating Mr Watson's Bodkin (ch c 1809
and the Duke of Rutland's Ptolemy (b c 1809 Quiz). At
the same meeting finished 2nd in a 200gs each
sweepstakes, won by Lord Lowther's
gelding. Finished 3rd for the Derby Stakes at Epsom, won
by Mr Ladbroke's Octavius (br c 1809
Orville), with Lord
colt placing 2nd; the rest of the field were not placed
but included Mr Wilson's Wisdom (b c 1809 Sir Solomon),
Mr Stafford's Whitburn (b c 1809 Firelock), the Duke of
Rutland's Ptolemy (b c 1809 Quiz), Mr Hewett's
Manuella (b f 1809
Andrews) and 7 others. Finished 3rd for a 100gs each
sweepstakes at Ascot Heath, won by the Duke of Rutland's
Elizabeth (b f 1809
Orville), with the Duke of York's Pointers (b c 1809
Giles) placing 2nd, beating Lord Lowther's Brother to
Briseis. The same day won a 100gs each sweepstakes,
beating Lord Lowther's Brother to Briseis, the Duke of
Rutland's Ptolemy (b c 1809 Quiz), Mr Forth's Pupil (ch
c 1809 Whiskey),
Capt H Vyse's Helen (b f 1809
Whiskey) and Mr Newnham's Bobtail filly. Won a 200gs each sweepstakes at
Newmarket First October, beating Lord Stawell's July
Stakes winner Cato (br c 1809 Sancho), the Duke of
Grafton's Woful (b c 1809
Waxy) and 3 others.
Finished 2nd for The Thousand Guineas Stakes at
Newmarket Second October, won by the Duke of Rutland's
Elizabeth (b f 1809
Orville), beating the Duke of Grafton's Joe Miller
(b c 1809 Waxy), Lord
G H Cavendish's Handel (b c 1809
Waxy) and Mr
Andrews's Calyba (ch f 1809
200gs match at Newmarket Houghton from Mr Lake's
In 1813 he won a
£50 Subscription Plate at Newmarket in April, beating
Mr Wilson's Wisdom (b c 1809 Sir Solomon) and 7 others.
Won the 200gs each Claret Stakes at Newmarket First
Spring, beating Lord Stawell's Cato (br c 1809 Sancho),
Lord Darlington's Two Thousand Guineas winner Cwrw (br c
Andrews) and Mr Thornhill's Historia (b f 1809
Haphazard). At the same meeting won a 100gs each
sweepstakes, beating Mr Glover's Mulberry (b c 1809
Lignum Vitae), Lord Foley's Benedick (b c 1809
Remembrancer), Mr Lake's Pointers and Mr Biggs's Lamia
(b f 1809 Gohanna).
||Comus Mare (gr f 1816), dam
of Manchester Cup winner Colchicum (gr c 1836 Physician) and St
Leger winner Nutwith (b c 1840 Tomboy).
||My Lady (b f 1818), dam of
Champagne Stakes winner Jereed (b c 1834
Sultan) and ancestress
of many good horses in Family 8-k before her exportation to
Virginia around 1836.
||Euphrosyne (ch f 1819), 3rd
dam of Manchester and Chester Cups winner Ben Webster (b c 1857
Barnton) and the good race mare Isoline (ch f 1860 Ethelbert)
who numbered the Manchester and Goodwood Cups among her
victories before she entered the stud where she got some good
winners and became the 2nd dam of Isonomy (b c 1875 Sterling).
||Comus Mare (gr f 1821c),
dam of Don John (b c 1835 Waverley), stallion and winner of the Champagne Stakes,
St Leger Stakes and Doncaster Cup and the stallion Hetman
Platoff (b c 1836 Brutandorf).
||Matilda (b f 1824), herself
the winner of the St Leger Stakes, dam of Champagne Stakes
winner Eliza (b f 1836 Physician) and 2nd dam of Cambridgeshire
Stakes winner Nat (b c 1840 Jereed).
||Comus Mare (ch f 1832), dam
of Manchester Cup winner The Swiss Boy (b c 1845 Lanercost) and
2nd dam of Ebor Handicap winner El Hakim (b c 1854 The Cure).
Other Notable Offspring
(b c 1815), won the Doncaster Cup.
c 1822), owned by F Mills, won the Craven Stakes.
Birdlime (b f 1831), owned by Mr Mostyn, won the Chester Cup.
b c 1822 (Comus - Clinkerina, by Clinker).
Bred and raced by Lord Fitzwilliam, he stood nearly 17 hands high
and was considered to be the tallest horse of his time. Described as
a golden yellow bay horse with a close-ribbed short back and "rather
too much leg, but splendid middle-piece," he had some respiratory
issues. In 1825,
running for Lord Milton, he won a 50gs each Produce Sweepstakes at
Pontrefact, beating Mr Lambton's Baroness and Mr Petre's Lord
John. Running for Lord Fitzwilliam he finished 2nd for the 100gs
each Foal Stakes at Doncaster, won by Mr Petre's Saladin (b c 1822
Selim), beating Mr Houldsworth's
His Grace and Androgeus. In 1826 running again for Lord Milton he
won the 20 sovs each Constitution Stakes at York, beating Mr
Whitaker's Lottery (br c 1820
Tramp), Mr Holyoak's Dauntless, Lord
Kelburne's Dare Devil and Mr B Peters's Tramp filly. Running for
Lord Fitzwilliam he won the 30 sovs each Knavesmire Stakes at York,
beating Mr Richardson's Brownlock and Mr Kelburne's Purity. Won a
25 sovs each Handicap Sweepstakes at Doncaster, beating Mr Petre's
Rothelan. At the same meeting won the 100 sovs each Produce
Sweepstakes, beating Mr Houldsworth's Escape (b c 1822), Mr Petre's Saladin and Lord Milton's Beatrice. Finished 3rd for the
200gs Gold Cup at Doncaster, won by Sir M W Ridley's
Fleur-de-Lis (b f 1822 Bourbon), with Earl Fitzwilliam''s Mulatto (b c
1823 Catton) placing 2nd, beating Mr Payne's Helenus (ch c 1821
Soothsayer) and Lord
Kelburne's Jerry (bl c 1821
Smolensko). In 1827 he won the 10 sovs each Craven Stakes at Malton,
beating Mr Richardson's Brownlock (br c 1822
Blacklock) and 4 others.
Finished 3rd for the 20 sovs each Constitution Stakes at York, won
by Sir M W Ridley's Fleur-de-Lis, with Lord Kelburne's Jerry
placing 2nd, beating the Duke of Leeds's Sirius. Despite his short
career in the stud he got
Melbourne (br c 1834) and the St Leger, Doncaster and Goodwood
Cup winner Rockingham (b c 1830). He was also sire of Minx (b f
1835) dam of Royal Hunt Cup winner Sir Charles (b c 1847 Hetman
Platoff) and Ebor Handicap winner The Grand Inquisitor (bbr c 1851
Cowl). Humphrey Clinker died after the 1834 season, and before his
sire, at the age of twelve.
1826 Doncaster Gold Cup, won by Fleur-de-Lis, 2nd Mulatto,
3rd Humphrey Clinker, 4th Helenus, 5th Jerry