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Leviathan (GB)
 
 


Leviathan

 

Sire Line


Beningbrough


 

Sire


Muley

 

 

 

 

Leviathan* [ex-Mezeron] ch c 1823 (Muley - Mare, by Windle). Sire Line Beningbrough. Family 7.

Bred by Mr J Painter for whom he won his first race he was then purchased by Mr T W Giffard; the latter also owned and campaigned Pantaloon (ch c 1824 Castrel). He is said to have won seventeen of twenty-one starts prior to his purchase for 2000 guineas by HM King George IV (1762-1830). Following his arrival at Newmarket His Majesty's trainer discovered that he was unable to stand training due to leg problems and he was sent to the Royal Stables at Windsor for recuperation. Although there were offers to purchase him these were refused until he was tried again in 1829, without success, and he was subsequently sold to George Stanhope (1805-1866), 6th Earl of Chesterfield, breeder of the Oaks winners Crucifix (b f 1837 Priam), Industry (br f 1835 Priam) and Lady Evelyn (b f 1846 Don John).

He covered for the 1830 season at Lord Chesterfield's stud, getting few mares but four winners, after which he was purchased by Messrs Weatherby and consigned to James Jackson of Alabama. He was sent to America on August 7, 1830, landing in New York after a "tedious and rough passage of 51 days," eventually arriving at Gallatin, Tennessee, on November 15, 1830, in "fine health and condition". In the hands of George Elliott he covered at Gallatin for the remainder of his life. Mr Elliott wrote of him, he "is a deep chestnut with a peculiar shade of deep red or mahogany, interspersed; black or dark chestnut hoofs, his face lightened by a a narrow blaze; and head set off by a long pointed ear, well placed, with the finest hazel or light brown eyes. His colour, when brought into the sun is changeable like lustering, and his skin has exquisite softness to the touch. Leviathan is full sixteen hands high and of extraordinary general length."

A great success in America, he was much appreciated for his peerless daughters although he was also a Leading Sire five times and second on the list another five times. Leviathan died at Gallatin, Tennessee in 1846.
 
Pedigree
Leviathan Muley Orville Beningbrough
Evelina
Eleanor Whiskey
Young Giantess
Windle Mare Windle Beningbrough
Mary Ann
Anvil Mare Anvil
Virago
Race Record
 
In 1825, running for Mr Painter, he won a 25 sovs each sweepstakes for 2yos at Burton-on-Trent; 6 subscribers.
 
In 1826, running for Mr Giffard and now called Leviathan, he won the 50 sovs each Dee Stakes for 3yos at Chester in May, beating Sir T Stanley's ch Tiresias colt, Mr Mytton's Balloon (gr c 1823 Rainbow), Mr Houldsworth's Fanny Davis (br f 1823 Filho da Puta), Lord Derby's Prussian (ch c 1823 Blucher), Lord Grosvenor's Basilisk (br f 1823 Blucher), Sir W Wynn's Sangrado (br c 1823 Filho da Puta) and Mr Cilfton's Tom (b c 1824 Comus); only the first 2 were placed. Won a 20 sovs each Sweepstakes at the same meeting, beating Lord Derby's b c Cestus. Won the 15 sovs each Wrottesley Stakes at Wolverhampton in August; 3 subscribers. Won a 25 sovs each Sweepstakes at Burton-on-Trent in August, beating Mr Yates's Little Bo-Peep (b f 1823 Paulowitz). Won the 30 sovs each Bradby Stakes at the same meeting, beating Sir T Stanley's Dr. Faustus (br c 1822 Filho da Puta) and Mr Geary's Arachne (br f 1822 Filho da Puta). Won a 10 sovs each Sweepstakes at Warwick in September; 10 subscribers. Won the 25 sovs each Staffordshire Stakes at Lichfield in September, beating Lord Derby's b c Cestus. Won the 25 sovs each St Leger Stakes at Shrewsbury in September, beating Sir W Wynn's Sangrado.
 
In 1827 finished 2nd for the 100gs Stand Cup at Chester in May, won by Sir T Stanley's Dr Faustus, beating Sir W Wynn's Signorina (b f 1822 Champion), Mr Geary's Arachne, Mr White's Euxton (br c 1823 Rinaldo), Mr Houldsworth's Fanny Davies, Mr Clifton's Chester Cup winner Brutandorf (b c 1821 Blacklock) and Sir T Mostyn's St David (br c 1823 Filho da Puta); only the first two were placed. Won a 20 sovs each Sweepstakes at the same meeting, beating Mr Mytton's Flexible (b c 1822 Whalebone). Finished 2nd for a 50 sovs each Sweepstakes at Ludlow in July, won by Mr Yates's Paul Pry (b c 1823 Paulowitz). Won the 100 sovs Gold Cup at the same meeting, beating Mr Yates's Cain (b c 1822 Paulowitz) and Mr Griffith's Palatine (br f 1820 Filho da Puta). Won the 100gs Gold Cup at Derby in July, beating Mr Beardsworth's Chesterfield (b c 1823 Milo). Finished 3rd for the 100 sovs Darlington Cup at Wolverhampton, won by Mr White's Euxton, beating Mr Mytton's ch g Euphrates. Won the 100 sovs Gold Cup at Warwick in September, beating Mr White's Euxton, Mr Delme Radcliffe's Dervise (b c 1823 Merlin) and Mr White's Granby (b c 1823 Spectre). Walked over for the 100 sovs Gold Cup at Lichfield in September.
 
Notable Leviathan Mares
 
1. Cotillion (ch f 1837), bred by James Jackson, owned by the Hon W Ruffin, Barrow, Louisiana, ancestress of such stallions as Discovery (ch c 1931 Display) and Dedicate (b c 1952 Princequillo), and the great Canadian filly Dance Smartly (bbr f 1988 Danzig). Family 23-b.
2. Fandango (gr f 1836), bred by James Jackson, owned by General T J Wells, Louisiana, ancestress of the stallions Hamburg (b c 1895 Hanover) and Domino (br c 1891 Himyar) as well as a host of other winners, including the American triple crown winner Affirmed (ch c 1975 Exclusive Native). Family 23-b.
3. Jeannettau (ch f 1840), owned by Richard Ten Broeck, a foundation mare of Family A21.
4. Leviathan Mare (ch f 1842), bred and owned by the Hon Balie Peyton, Tennessee, ancestress of the stallion Alydar (ch c 1975 Raise a Native) and many other winners. Family 9-c.

   

   
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