|Don John b c 1835 (Tramp
or Waverley - Mare, by
Sire Line Pot8os.
Bred in Yorkshire by Mr
William Garforth of Wigginthorpe, near Malton, Don John was a
half brother to Hetman Platoff (b c 1836 Brutandorf) and to
Peter Lely Mare (gr f 1826 Peter Lely) the taproot mare of
Family 2-w. He was
described as a bright bay standing about 15 hands 3 inches. He
was purchased for 100gs as a foal by Mr Ridsdale. At the sale of
Mr Ridsdale's stud he was sold for 140gs to George Stanhope
(1805-1866), 6th Earl of Chesterfield, for whom he raced. Lord
Stanhope bred three Oaks winners: Industry (br f 1835
Lady Evelyn (b f 1846 Don John) and the One Thousand and Two
Thousand Guineas and Oaks Stakes winner Crucifix (b f 1837
He ran for three years,
beaten only once, by the very good
Grey Momus (gr c 1835
Comus), and included
the St Leger, which he won "in a trot", among his victories and
Beeswing (b f 1833 Doctor Syntax), "the best racehorse in the
North," among his victims. He was said to be "indisputably, the
best three year old of his year".
In the stud he was much
better represented by his fillies than his colts although he did
get Iago (b c
1843) who in turn got the leading American sire
(b c 1853) who successfully founded a sire line in America
that would flourish for another fifty years. Don John was said to have been sent to America in 1854 but he
produced no offspring there [AmSB 3:2].
|Sister to Cracker
|In 1837 running
for Lord Chesterfield he won the 30 sovs each Two Year
Old Stakes at the York Spring Meeting, beating the Duke
of Cleveland's Alzira (br c 1835 Voltaire), Lord
Kelburne's Impertinence (ch f 1835 Actaeon), Mr Wilkin's Wee Willie (br c 1835 Liverpool), Mr R Peck's
Ares and the Duke of Leeds's Vertumnus (gr c 1835
Actaeon or Velocipede).
Won the 50 sovs each Champagne Stakes at Doncaster,
beating the Duke of Leeds's Barbarina (b f 1835
Brutandorf), Mr Osbaldeston's The Fairy Queen (b f 1835
Brutandorf), Mr Powlett's Saltator (bl c 1835
Velocipede), Mr Orde's
Charley Boy (ch c 1835 Actaeon) and Lord Mexborough's
Velocipede filly. Won
the 30 sovs each Claret Stakes at Heaton Park, beating
Mr Osbaldeston's The Fairy Queen "in a canter, by two
|In 1838 he walked
over for a 200 sovs each Sweepstakes at Newmarket
Craven, 4 subscribers. Won the 50 sovs each Great St
Leger Stakes at Doncaster "in the commonest of canters
by over a dozen lengths," beating Col Peel's Ion (br c
1835 Cain), Mr Parkinson's Lanercost (br c 1835
Liverpool), Mr Thornhill's Saintfoin (ch c 1835 St
Patrick), Mr Combe's Cobham (ch c 1835 The Colonel) who
broke down, the Duke of Cleveland's Alzira and Mr Fairlie's The Hydra (ch c 1835
At the same meeting won the 500gs Gold Cup "easily by
two lengths," beating Mr Orde's
(b f 1833 Doctor Syntax), Mr S L Fox's The Doctor (bl c 1834 Doctor
Syntax) and Mr Robinson's
Melbourne (br c
1834 Humphrey Clinker). Still at Doncaster he walked over
for the 100 sovs each Gascoigne Stakes, 5 subscribers.
Walked over for the 25 sovs each St Leger Stakes at
Heaton Park, 13 subscribers.
|In 1839 he
finished 2nd for the 100 sovs each Port Stakes at
Newmarket Craven, won by Lord G Bentinck's
Grey Momus (gr c 1835
Comus), beating Lord
Exeter's Alemdar (ch c 1835
Sultan). Won a 300
sovs each Sweepstakes at Newmarket First Spring, beating
Lord Exeter's Alemdar, Mr Greville's Morella (br f 1835
Emilius) and Lord
Chesterfield's Caroline Elvina (br f 1835 Tramp).
|Notable Don John
||Rosaura (br f 1842), dam of
the Royal Hunt Cup winner Hesperithusa (br f 1855 Hesperus) and
ancestress of the Irish Derby winner Gulsalberk (b c 1893
||Catherine (b f 1844), bred
by the 6th Earl of Chesterfield, dam of the Oaks Stakes winner
Butterfly (ch f 1857 Turnus), the latter the dam of the
Manchester Cup winner Buttercup (ch f 1865 Kettledrum).
||Distaffina (b f 1845), bred
by Lord Chesterfield, winner of the King Edward VII Stakes and
Coronation Stakes, and dam of July Stakes and Queen Anne Stakes
winner Spindle (b f 1853 Orlando).
||Maid of Masham (gr f 1845),
winner of the Great Yorkshire Stakes and taproot mare of
Family 9-e, dam of
Ascot Stakes winner Emigration (b f 1863 Young Melbourne).
||Mrs. Taft (br f 1845),
winner of the Cesarewitch Stakes.
||Castanette (b f 1846), dam
of Ascot Gold Cup and Doncaster Cup winner and stallion Fandango
(b c 1852 Barnton). Family
||Lady Evelyn (b f 1846),
bred by the 6th Earl of Chesterfield, taproot mare of
Family 2-g, winner of
the Oaks Stakes, Park Hill Stakes and Coronation Stakes,
ancestress of the stallions Sundridge (ch c 1898 Amphion) and
Sainfoin (ch c 1887 Springfield).
||Barcelona (br f 1848), owned by C Greville, winner of the Coronation Stakes, dam of
Yorkshire Oaks winner Ines (b f 1864 Newminster).
||Don John Mare (br f 1848),
ancestress of notable American stallions, the Belmont Stakes
winner Hastings (br c 1893 Spendthrift) and the Kentucky
Derby, Champagne Stakes and Clark Handicap winner Plaudit (br c
1895 Himyar). Family 21-a.
||Claudine (b f 1850), dam of
the Prix de Diane winner Destinee (b f 1871 Ruy Blas), the
latter the dam of the Prix du Jockey Club winner Monarque (b c
1884 Saxifrage). Family
|Other Notable Offspring
|Iago (b c
1843), notable stallion and sire of leading American sire
(b c 1853) and Prix de la Foret winner Bravoure (ch f 1859).
|The Ban (ch c
1848), winner of the Doncaster Cup and St James's Palace