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Charles the Twelfth (GB)
 
 


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Charles the Twelfth br c 1836 (Voltaire - Wagtail, by Prime Minister). Sire Line King Fergus. Family 21-a.

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.

In the 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 Chanticleer), and 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.

Pedigree
Charles the Twelfth Voltaire Blacklock Whitelock
Coriander Mare
Phantom Mare Phantom
Overton Mare
Wagtail Prime Minister Sancho
Miss Hornpipe Teazle
Orville Mare Orville
Miss Grimstone
Race Record

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 Mulatto). The 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 Hercules), Colwick, Pocahontas (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 Alice Hawthorn (b f 1838 Muley Moloch), which was his final race.
   

   
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