Courtesy of Ackermann
Twelfth br c 1836 (Voltaire - Wagtail, by Prime
Minister). Sire Line
Charles the Twelfth
was bred by Major Yarburgh (also spelled Yarborough),
who also owned Lollypop (bl f 1836 Starch or Voltaire),
the dam of Sweetmeat (br c 1842
Gladiator), the latter
the sire of the Two Thousand Guineas and Derby winner
Macaroni (b c 1860).
Charles the Twelfth won three races for Major Yarburgh.
Described as a horse of great power he stood 16 hands.
He was sold at the end of his three year old campaign to
A Johnstone on his return from India for 3000 guineas
and for whom he won another sixteen races.
1840s Charles the Twelfth
covered at Willesden Paddocks for a fee of 15 guineas
and at Sheffield Lane Paddocks for a fee of 10
guineas. In 1854 he was leased to Mr Devereux,
near Worcester. His stock
was said to have sold well enough at first although
he didn't get many that bred on. His best daughter was
Olga (b f 1851), the ancestress of good winning families
in central and eastern Europe, New Zealand, Australia,
France and Italy, and of the notable stallions La Farina
(ch c 1911 Sans Souci) and Busy American (b c 1919
North Star). Forlorn Hope (gr f 1848) was the dam of
the stallion Cock Robin (gr c 1854
The Swede (b f 1848) was the 2nd dam of the stallion
Blue Ruin (b c 1874 Blue Mantle). When Charles himself was
put up for auction only £20 was bid for him. Afterwards
a private sale was arranged, however, the buyer backed
out. Charles the Twelfth was
destroyed in Yorkshire on October 12, 1859.
In 1839 he won £935
Liverpool Summer Cup, beating Lord Eglinton's St Bennett
(br c 1834 Catton) and fourteen others. At Doncaster
he won the Great St Leger Stakes, beating Mr Thornhill's
Euclid (ch c 1836 Emilius), Colonel Cradock's The Provost
(br c 1836 The Saddler) and eleven others including
the Derby winner Bloomsbury (b c 1836
field got off well after after one false start with
Charles taking the lead from Euclid after a few hundred
yards. Charles maintained the lead until near the distance
when Euclid gained some ground and looked like he would
win, however, Charles rallied and the judge called it
a dead heat. In the run-off, Euclid led at a leisurely
pace until the distance when Charles advanced and with
a "splendid and severe struggle" prevailed
by a neck. Two days later he won the Doncaster Cup,
beating Lanercost (br c 1835 Liverpool), Beeswing (b f
1833 Dr Syntax) and Compensation (b c 1835 Emancipation).
In 1840 he finished
3rd in the Liverpool Summer Cup before winning Grosvenor
Stakes at the same place. He next went unplaced in the
Goodwood Cup and then finished 3rd in the Doncaster
Cup to Beeswing. At Liverpool in September he finished
last in the Cup and at Dumfries lost the Cup to Lanercost,
his final race of the season.
In 1841 he won the
Cup at Catterick Bridge, the Craven Stakes at
Newcastle, beating Mr Orde's Beeswing and two others. He went
unplaced in the Liverpool Summer Cup and then won his
first of two Goodwood Cups, beating Mr Litchwald's
Hyllus (b c 1836 Sir
(b f 1837 Glencoe)
and six others. He next won the Cup at Wolverhampton,
beating S Darling's Sir Isaac (gr c Figaro), thought
to be the best Cup horse of his day, and two others.
He walked-over for the Queen's Plate at Stirling, and
at the same place won £80, beating Zoroaster (ch g
Priam), and also walked-over for the Whip. He walked-over
for the Queen's Plate at Edinburgh and the Cup at Dumfries.
In his final start of the year he won the Cup at Kelso,
beating the The Little Known (b c 1836
Muley), a brother
to the Derby winner Little Wonder.
In 1842 he lost
the Cup at Newcastle to Beeswing, then won a match for
1000 sovereigns at Goodwood, beating Hyllus over the
Cup Course. At the same place he won his second Goodwood
Cup, beating Mr Forth's Policy (b c 1839 Bustard)
and seven others. He went unplaced in the Great Yorkshire
Handicap at Doncaster, although he went on to finish
2nd in the Doncaster Cup at the same place, won by Beeswing,
beating the Derby winner Attila (b c 1839 Colwick).
At Kelso he finished 2nd in the Cup and lost a race
worth £150. He then won the Whip at Perth and
the Gold Cup at Dumfries.
In 1843 he went
unplaced for the Queen's Plate at Ascot before winning
the Craven Stakes at Newcastle, where he was also unplaced
for the Cup. He was unplaced for the Goodwood Cup, then
finished 2nd in the Doncaster Cup to
Hawthorn (b f 1838 Muley
Moloch), which was his final race.