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Buckhunter (GB)
 
 


Buckhunter

 

 

 

 

Sire Line


St. Victor's Barb

 

 

 

Buckhunter [alias Carlisle Gelding, Carlisle] ch g 1713 (Bald Galloway - Wharton Mare, by Acaster Turk). Sire Line St. Victor's Barb. Family 17.

Bred by Charles Howard (1669-1738), 3rd Earl of Carlisle, at Castle Howard, Yorkshire, he was a full-brother to Old Lady (ch f 1720c), a foundation mare of Family 17, and half brother to Royal Plate winner Sister to Squirrel (ch f 1722 Strickland's Turk). His dam, the Wharton mare, was a good runner, recording victories in three Royal Plates and the Subscription purse at Quainton Meadows in one year. Although he was christened Buckhunter he became suffiently famous that in his later years he was often referred to as the Carlisle gelding and sometimes just Carlisle. Buckhunter was gelded due his high spirited nature which was said to have made him nearly "ungovernable" in his youth. Although he was considered to be in a very high form it was recognised that he could on occasion be defeated. Despite this he was highly regarded for his ability to carry any weight, run in multiple heats, and travel constantly while racing for so many years.

In his first appearance on the turf in July of 1719, Buckhunter won Queen Anne's Gold Cup at York, worth 100 guineas. This race was supposedly the consequence of a dispute between Mr Childers and Mr Peirson, whose runners, Duchess and Foxhunter respectively, had contested it in 1714. That race had been awarded to Foxhunter, although there was agreement that both jockeys had contributed to some foul play. Eventually it had been agreed to rerun the heat, which was won by Duchess. A law suit between the owners followed, whilst meantime the Cup itself had been placed in trust and it was independently decided that all horses who had not been distanced deserved an equal share in it. Mr Childers, Mr Pierson, Mr Young and Mr Moore sold their shares for 25 guineas each to the Duke of Rutland, who bought two shares, the Earl of Carlisle, who bought one share, and Sir William Lowther, who also bought one share. A plan was then devised whereby the race should be rerun in 1719, when it was said to have been won by Buckhunter. He defeated the Duke of Rutland's bay mare and Sir William Lowther's Whitefoot in three heats. This result, however, does not accord with other reports which say that the Gold Cup at York was won by Mr Pierson's Foxhunter in 1719. Buckhunter was also used as a trial horse for a number of years. In 1731 he ran his final race for a plate at Salterly Common, in which he won the first heat, and then broke his leg. He is said to have been buried near the pales of the Stilton churchyard, near Peterborough, not far from where he died.

 
Pedigree
Buckhunter Bald Galloway St. Victor's Barb  
 
Grey Whynot Whynot
Royal Mare
Wharton Mare Acaster Turk  
 
Byerley Turk Mare Byerley Turk
 
Race Record
 
In 1719 he won the Royal Plate at York in July, defeating the Duke of Rutland's bay mare and Sir W Lowther's dun mare Whitefoot. Won the Royal Plate at York in August, beating Mr Mackworth's chestnut colt Sober John, Mr Stanhope's Almanzor (ch c 1713 Darley Arabian) and 2 others.
 
In 1721 running for Lord Hillsborough he won a 200gs match at Newmarket in April from Lord Milsintown's grey gelding. Lost a 1000gs match at Newmarket in October to the Duke of Wharton's Chanter. At the same meeting running for Lord Milsintown he won a 200gs match from Mr. Frampton's colt.
 
In 1722 he won 100gs match at Newmarket in October from Lord Tankerville's black mare. At the same meeting he lost a 200gs match to Lord Tankerville's Bay Wilkinson (b c 1717 Lister's Snake).
 
In 1723 he won 200gs match at Newmarket in April from Lord Tankerville's chestnut mare. Won a 300gs match at Newmarket in October from Mr Morgan's Beau.
 
In 1724 he lost a 200gs match at Newmarket in April to Mr Morgan's Beau. They ran for 4 miles with Buckhunter allowing Beau a distance at the start. Lost a 500gs match at Newmarket in October to Lord Tankerville's Sophonisba (ch f 1717 Dyer's Dimple).
 
In 1727 running for Mr Bainbrigge he finished 2nd in the 80 Ladies' Plate at Stamford to Mr Turner's chestnut colt Smiling Ball, beating 2 others. Won a 40gs Plate at Peterborough, beating Mr Smith's Peterboro' Grey and Mr Boothby's chestnut horse Merry Hop; the winner of this race was to be sold for 80. "The winner was claimed, but the owner gave Mr Smith half the plate to return him [Baily's 1:13]". At the same meeting he won a match for 100gs from Mr King's Long John. Won a 20 Plate at Leicester, beating Mr Bertie's chestnut mare Lady Thigh, Mr Musters's bay colt Snip and Mr Alleyne's black gelding Fair Play. Finished 2nd for a 50gs Plate at Lichfield to Lord Essex's Smiling Ball (ch c 1722c Merlin Colt).
 
In 1728 he won a 20 Plate at Newmarket (Flintshire) beating Mr Allen's black gelding Single Peeper. Won a 25 Plate at Welsh Pool from Mr Williams Wynn's bay mare Molly-in-the-Moor. Finished 2nd for a 30gs Plate at Threape Wood to Lord Molyneux's roan gelding Foxhunter; Buckhunter fell in the 3rd heat and was distanced. Finished 2nd for a 30gs Plate at Owestry to Lord Molyneux's roan gelding. Finished 3rd for a 25 Plate at Eccleshall, won by Lord Molyneux's bay gelding Tickle-me-Quickly, with Mr Allen's bay gelding Nicholini placing 2nd, beating 2 others. Won a 20 Plate at Newcastle (Staffordshire), beating Mr Oldfield's black gelding Single Peeper and Mr Creswell's grey colt Careless. Won a 200gs match at Newmarket in September from Sir E O'Brien's grey colt Merry Pintle.
 
In 1729 won a 40 Plate at Peterborough, beating Sir J Chaplin's bay colt Spot. Won a 20 Plate at Lichfield, beating Mr Alleyne's bay gelding Lord Flame and Mr Heneage's chestnut gelding Red Robin. The following day he beat Lord Flame again in a 20gs match. Won a 20gs Plate at Uttoxeter, beating Mr Fleetwood's chestnut gelding Fair Play.
 
In 1730 running for Mr Alleyne he won a 20 Plate at Peterborough; the winner was to be sold for 20gs. Buckhunter won his next race for Mr Bainbrigge, a 30gs Plate at Rothwell Slade (Northamptonshire), beating Sir A Haslerigg's bay colt Red Rose, Lord Essex's chestnut horse Cripple and Mr Hawkins's Now-or-Never; the winner to be sold for 30gs.
   

   
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