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Second (GB)
 
 


Second

 

 

 

Sire Line


Childers


Darley Arabian

 

 

 

Second br c 1732 (Childers - Sister to Soreheels, by Basto). Sire Line Darley Arabian. Family 9-a.

Bred by William Cavendish (1698-1755), 3rd Duke of Devonshire, he was purchased by Mr Neale of Warwickshire towards the end of his turf career. He was a full brother to the stallions Devonshire's Blacklegs (br c 1728) and Snip (br c 1736) and half brother to Crab (gr c 1722 Alcock's Arabian). Described as a horse of "size, beauty, and fashion" he was said to have been one of the finest horses of his time.

His turf career was moderately successful with victories in King's Plates at Ipswich and Newmarket, the former "in a gallant form," and he defeated the very smart Grisewood's Partner (gr c 1730 Crofts' Partner) and Sir Henry Harpur's Squirt (ch c 1732 Bartlet's Childers) when racing for the duke. In the colours of Mr Neale he won several more plates and prizes.

He entered the North Milford stud of Edward Rookes Leedes in Yorkshire and there produced a number of worthy offspring despite his limited mare book. His best son was Sir John Moore's Merlin (b c 1748), who won several Fifties and later proved a useful stallion. His daughter Charming Molly1 (br f 1742) won the Gold Cup at Chester in 1748. His other daughters also contributed to the stud book, notably Second Mare (b f 1755) who produced the Cub* Mare (f 1762 Cub), taproot of Family 4-r.

1 The General Stud Book credits Second as the sire of Charming Molly, however, available evidence suggests that her sire was instead Lord Godolphin's Whitefoot. See Charming Molly and Diana.

 
Pedigree
Second Childers Darley Arabian  
 
Betty Leedes Old Careless
Sister to Leedes
Sister to Soreheels Basto Byerley Turk
Bay Peg
Sister to Mixbury Curwen's Bay Barb
Spot Mare
Race Record
 
In 1737, running for the Duke of Devonshire, he won a 200gs match at Newmarket in April from Lord Lonsdale's Sultan (gr c 1732 Lonsdale Grey Arabian). In June he won the King's Plate at Ipswich, defeating, "in a gallant form," Mr Tuting's Spot (ch c 1732 Cyprus Arabian Colt), Mr Leath's roan filly Grisetta, Sir Michael Newton's Spot (b c 1732 Newton's Bay Arabian) and 4 others, 2 of whom were distanced in the first heat.
 
In 1738 he won a 100gs each sweepstakes at Newmarket in April, beating Lord Gower's brown colt Marmot, the Duke of Bridgewater's chestnut colt Hogmouth, the Duke of Ancaster's bay colt Dwarf and Lord Lonsdale's Cyprus (br c 1732 Lonsdale Bay Arabian) over four miles. Later that month at the same meeting he won 50gs beating Mr Grisewood's Partner (gr c 1730 Crofts' Partner), conceding Partner four pounds over four miles. Finished 2nd for the King's Plate at Winchester in June, won by Mr Hutton's Black Chance (bl c 1732 Hutton's Bay Barb), beating Mr Popham's grey colt Osman. In October he won the King's Plate at Newmarket, beating Mr Grisewood's chestnut colt Whitefoot and Mr Hutton's Black Chance; the latter fell and was distanced.
 
In 1739 he finished 5th of 5 due to a fall for the King's Plate at Newmarket in April, won by Mr Grisewood's chestnut colt Roger, followed by Mr Hutton's Black Chance, Lord Weymouth's Scrutineer (b c 1732 Aleppo) and Mr Williams's bay colt Marmot.
 
In 1741, running for Mr Neale, he finished 2nd to Mr Martindale's Sedbury (ch c 1734 Crofts' Partner) for 50 at Stockbridge in August. Won 50 at Hereford, beating Capt Becher's bay colt Have-patience-and-you'll-see, Mr Woods's chestnut filly Long Meg, Sir H Harpur's Squirt (ch c 1732 Bartlet's Childers) and 3 others.
 
In 1743 he was distanced for the 30 City Plate at Chester, won by Mr Pulleyne's black colt; 4 others started.
 
In 1744 he finished 4th of 4 for 50gs at Gloucester, won by Mr Grisewood's chestnut colt Careless, followed by Mr Bingham's Blacklegs (bbr c 1733 Hampton Court Childers) and the Duke of Beaufort's Trip (gr c 1738 Crofts' Partner).
   

   
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