|Cotherstone b c 1840 (Touchstone -
Whisker). Sire Line
Bred at Streatlam Castle, Durham, by
John Bowes (1811-1885) he was a full brother to Mowerina (b f 1843) the dam of the
first triple crown winner West
Australian (b c 1850 Melbourne)
and a half brother to the Derby winner Mundig (ch c 1832
Catton) and to
Trustee (ch c 1829 Catton) who enjoyed much
success as a stallion in America.
He was sold to John Charles Spencer (1782-1845), Viscount Althorp and
3rd Earl Spencer, of Althorp, near Northampton, for 3,000 guineas in
1844 prior to his breakdown at Goodwood. He was described as "thoroughly
racing-like" with grand quarters.
Trained by John Scott, The Druid
remarked that he was the thinnest fleshed yearling to ever arrive at
Whitewall and when he was a two year old "he was always amiss".
Nevertheless he ran for three years winning almost all he entered for as
a two and three year old, including the Two Thousand Guineas and the
Derby Stakes, and just missing the St Leger by "a short head" to
Nutwith (b c 1840 Tomboy) in one of the
finest races said to have taken place on the moor. He broke down in his
first start as a four year old and retired to the stud. The Druid observed that "when
he arrived at Althorp in his van, his fetlocks almost touched the
In the stud he got a number of
winners, the best of whom was probably Glenmasson (b c 1854) who won the
Stewards' Cup although his daughter Coterie (b f 1862) has descendants
persisting into the 20th century with the classics winners Teenoso (b c
1980 Youth) who won the Derby Stakes, Harayir (b f 1992 Gulch) who won
the One Thousand Guineas Stakes and Toulon (b c 1988 Top Ville) who won
the the St Leger Stakes.
Cotherstone died in April of 1864.
|In 1842 he went
unplaced for the Criterion at Newmarket Houghton, won by
Lord G Bentinck's Gaper (b c 1840
Bay Middleton), with
Mr R Watts's Pineapple (b c 1840 Yaxley) placing 2nd
and Mr Sadler's Testy (b f 1839
Venison) 3rd. Ran a
dead heat for the Nursery Stakes at the same meeting
with Mr Payne's Mania (br f 1840
Muley Moloch), beating
Testy and 6 others.
|In 1843 he won
the £900 Riddlesworth Stakes by 3 lengths at Newmarket
Craven, beating Lord Eglinton's Pompey (br c 1840
Emilius) and Mr Thornhill's Elixir
Emilius). Won the £900 Column
Stakes by 3 lengths at the same meeting, beating Colonel
Peel's Murat (b c 1840 Slane), Lord Albemarle's The Brewer
(b c Plenipotentiary)
and Mr Thornhill's One Thousand
Guineas winner Extempore (b f 1840
Emilius). Won the Two
Thousand Guineas by 3 lengths at Newmarket First Spring,
beating the Duke of Richmond's Cornopean (b c 1840 Elis)
and Lord Orford's Mallard (b c 1840 St Patrick). Won
the £4200 Derby Stakes "easily" by 2 lengths at Epsom,
beating Colonel Charreties's Gorhambury (b c 1840
Buzzard), Sir G Heathcote's Sirikol (br c 1840 Sheet
Anchor), Sir G Heathcote's Khorassan (ch c 1840
Samarcand), Lord G Bentinck's Gaper, Mr Blakelock's A
British Yeoman (br c 1840 Liverpool), Mr Taylor's
Gamecock (b c 1840 Jereed), Mr Griffith's Newcourt (b c
1840 Sir Hercules),
Mr Mostyn's General Polock (ch c 1840
Chesterfield's Parthian (b c 1840 Jereed), Mr Bell's Winesour (ch c 1840 Velocipede), Lord Westminster's Ameer (b c 1840
Eglinton's Arisides (b c 1840
Elixir, Mr Harvey Combe's Fakeaway (b c 1840 Freney)
and 8 others; only the first two were placed. Won the
£2150 Gratwick Stakes easily by 2 lengths at Goodwood,
beating Khorassan, Mr Gratwick's Mary (br f 1840 Elis)
and Gaper. Finished 2nd for the St Leger Stakes at Doncaster,
won by Mr Wrather's Nutwith (b c 1840
Tomboy). Won the 200 sovs each Three Year Old Stakes by
3 lengths at the same meeting, beating Colonel Anson's
Napier (ch c 1840 Gladiator) and Aristides. Won the £1195 Royal Stakes
by a length at Newmarket Second October, beating
Fakeaway and 2 others. Sold to Lord Spencer.
|In 1844 he broke
down when running for a 300 sovs each sweep at Goodwood,
won by Aristides, with Lord Exeter's Phlegon
(b c Sultan) placing 2nd.
||Glauca (ch f 1846), won the
Woodcote Stakes, Gimcrack Stakes and the Cesarewitch.
||Nina (br f 1846), won the
Criterion Stakes, dam of Champagne Stakes and St James's Palace
Stakes winner Walloon (b c 1858
The Flying Dutchman).
||Nightcap (b f 1847), 2nd
dam of the Middle Park Stakes winner Newry (b c 1871 Lacydes)
and the Manchester Cup winner Attalus (b c 1875 Lacydes).
||Hirsuta (ch f 1849), owned
by G Payne, won the Nassau Stakes.
||Peggy Whitethroat (b f
1854), 3rd dam of the Derby Italiano winner Enio (ch c 1886
Hamlet). Family 15-b.
||Swallow (ch f 1855), 2nd
dam of the (DH) Derby winner Harvester (br c 1881 Sterling), the
Queen's Vase winner Skylark (b c 1873 King Tom) and the
Coronation Stakes winner Red Wing (br f 1875 Blair Athol). She
was also ancestress of the Lincolnshire winner Wolf's Crag (br c
1890 Barcaldine), the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Widgeon
(ch f 1885 King Lud) and a good family of winners in Eastern
Europe. Family 15-b.
||Coterie (b f 1862),
ancestress of Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner Vatout (b c 1926
Prince Chimay), Prix du Jockey Club and Prix de l'Arc de
Triomphe winner Verso (b c 1940 Pinceau) and Prix du Conseil
Municipal winner Vandale (b c 1943 Plassy).
|Other Notable Offspring
|Speed the Plough (GB)
br c 1850
(Cotherstone - The Farmer's Daughter, by
Muley Moloch). Sire Line
Family 12-a. Won the Criterion Stakes. He doesn't appear to have gotten any stock
that bred on.
b c 1851
(Cotherstone - The Duchess of Lorraine, by
Pantaloon). Sire Line
Family 2. Won the Stewards' Cup.
ch c 1851
(Cotherstone - The Empress, by Assassin). Sire Line
Family 5. Won the Woodcote Stakes.
b c 1854
(Cotherstone - Annette, by Priam). Sire Line
Family 16. Won the Stewards' Cup. In the stud got the Cambridgeshire and
Lincoln Handicap winner Vestminster (br c 1866).