Courtesy of Fores Gallery
b c 1836 (Mulatto - Arcot Lass, by Ardrossan).
Sire Line Eclipse.
Bred by Mr
Cattle, he was first owned by George Stanhope
(1805-1866), 6th Earl of Chesterfield. He subsequently
passed into the hands of the latter's trainer,
William Ridsdale, brother to Robert Ridsdale,
owner of the Derby winner St Giles (ch c 1829
Tramp). Neither Ridsdale was considered a beneficial
influence on the sport. Rumour suggested that
both St Giles and Bloomsbury had won the Derby
as four year olds.
also considerable dissension over the pedigree
of Bloomsbury. Following Bloomsbury's win in the
Derby an objection was lodged by Fulwar Craven,
owner of the second place finisher Deception,
that Bloomsbury had been incorrectly nominated,
his sire shown as "Mulatto" rather than
as "Tramp or Mulatto" as indicated in
the General Stud Book. The stewards
disposed of the matter promptly, however, Mr Weatherby,
the stakeholder, declined to pay, and Ridsdale
announced his intention of proceeding in a court
of law. The Earl of Lichfield lodged a similar
complaint against Bloomsbury at Ascot shortly
thereafter. The matter was resolved at a Liverpool
court, the jury finding for Ridsdale that the
stud book was inaccurate, and he was able to collect
his stake in both cases. In subsequent editions
of the General Stud Book the name of "Tramp"
has been expunged as the sire of Bloomsbury.
By all accounts
he was a fine looking horse who stood fifteen
hands, three inches. A good tempered horse, he
was said to have lovely shoulders and powerful
quarters although he was thought to toe out somewhat
in front. His prominent forehead and expressive
eyes and nostrils were considered reminiscent
of his eastern heritage.
was exported to Germany in 1841. There he got
two Henckel-Rennen winners, A Better One (b f
1843) and Leonidas (b c 1853), as well as Bessy
Bird (b f 1853), the dam of two Preis der Diana
winners, Lady Bird (ch f 1866 King of Diamonds)
and Caro Dame (b f 1867 King Of Diamonds).
In 1839 Bloomsbury
was withdrawn from his first engagement, the Clarendon
Stakes at Newmarket, First Spring. At Epsom he
won the Derby Stakes, beating Fulwar Craven's
Deception (b f 1836 Defence). He went on to win
the Ascot Derby Stakes by nearly a length, carrying
5 pounds extra as a consequence of his win at
Epsom and at the same place he won a 200 sovereigns
sweepstakes in a canter, beating Mr Forth's Sister
to Hector (ch f 1836 Priam). In the Great St
Leger at Doncaster he finished sixth to Major
the Twelfth (b c 1836
Voltaire), and later
that week finished 3rd in a 200 sovereigns sweepstakes,
won by Mr Bowes's Epidaurus (b.c. 1836 Langar).
In 1840 he finished third in the Ascot Gold Cup,
won by R Pettit's St Francis (b c 1835 St
Patrick), followed by the Duke of Grafton's Montreal
(b c 1836 Langar), beating five others.
he finished fifth in the Ascot Gold Cup, won by
Mr Ramsay's Lanercost (br c 1835
and second in the Croxteth Stakes at Liverpool,
won by Lord Eglinton's Doctor Caius (b c 1837
Physician), which was his final race.