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Coneyskins (GB)
 
 


Rutland's Coneyskins


Hutton's Coneyskins, from Sir Theodore Cook's
A History of the English Turf, Volume 1, said to
be Rutland's Coneyskins, however, this horse
is shown with four white socks

 

 

 

Sire Line


Lister Turk

 

 

Coneyskins gr c 1712 (Lister Turk - Brisk's Dam, by Jigg). Sire Line Lister Turk.

Coneyskins was bred by John Manners (1676-1721), 2nd Duke of Rutland, at Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire, near Grantham, in Lincolnshire. His dam, an otherwise unidentified mare, also produced his full brother, the Duke of Kingston's Brisk (c 1703c Lister Turk). The General Stud Book records a Brisk (ch c 1711) by the Darley Arabian from Coneyskin's dam [GSB 1:378], however, this may be a confusion with Lord Lonsdale's Brisk (b c 1711 by Darley Arabian) who ran at York in 1716, for whom no dam is given [Orton:7; Baily1:3]. At the close of his turf career he was sold, first to Mr Marwood, then in 1720 to John Hutton, of Marske, near Richmond, Yorkshire.


However, there is a stallion advertisement that specifically notes that he was not the same horse as Mr Hutton's Coneyskins: "The bay Horse, called RAMPER, He was got by Old Crab; his Dam by Counsellor that got Thunderbolt; his Grandam by Hutton's Coney Skins. This was not the Rutland Horse that was of that Name. This Horse was full Brother to the Duke of Kingston's Brisk, that carried the Whip at Newmarket, and half Brother to Old Snake, they being all three got by the Lister Stradling Turk" [Pond1755].


Highflyer speculates that Rutland's Coneyskins was the same horse as the Acaster Turk. Rutland's Coneyskins also appears to have been a different horse than Hutton's Coneyskins based on their portraits. Hutton's Coneyskins is clearly shown with four white socks, although he also appears to have been a grey.

Hutton's Coneyskins has not been identified as to his pedigree and turf career although presumably he was bred in Yorkshire by John Hutton II (1657-1731) of Marske. This Coneyskins would seem to be the sire of offspring in the stud book. He was said to have had limited opportunity in the stud yet he managed to get a few significant fillies.

 
Pedigree
Coneyskins Lister Turk    
 
   
 
Brisk's Dam Jigg Byerley Turk
Charming Jenny
   
 
Race Record - Rutland's Coneyskins
 
In 1717 Coneyskins finished 2nd in the Ladies' Plate at York in July, won by Mr Pulleine's chesnut colt, beating the Duke of Ancaster's Ball (b c 1712 Old Pert), Mr Bourchier's Primrose (gr f 1712), Lord Stamford's Bonny Buttocks (gr c 1712), Mr Bower's Archer (gr c 1712), Sir Robert Constable's Craver (b c 1712), and Mr Ayscough's Castaway (ch c 1712), all carrying 10 stone over four miles. Coneyskins was ridden by John South.
 
In 1718 he won the 100gs King's Gold Cup at York in August, beating Mr Egerton's Old Country Wench (gr f 1712 Snake) and Captain's Nugent's bay colt Stroaker, both of whom were withdrawn after the first heat. Won the King's Plate at Newmarket in October, beating Mr Egerton's Old Country Wench; among the field were Sir R Fagg's Little Jack, Mr Broderick's Grey Slug and Mr Fagg's Bennington, all of whom were distanced in the first heat.
 
In 1719 he won the King's Plate at Newmarket in April, beating Mr Fagg's Bennington, Mr Trower's dun colt, Lord Stamford's grey colt and Sir R Fagg's Little Jack, the latter distanced in the first heat. Lost a 200gs match at Newmarket in October to the Duke of Somerset's Diamond. He is said to have also won Royal Cups at Nottingham and Lincoln and Newmarket, along with other plates and prizes.
 
Notable Hutton's Coneyskins Mares
 
1. Coneyskins Mare, a foundation mare of Family 8, and 4th dam of Marske (br c 1750 Squirt), Champion Sire in 1775 and 1776, and sire of Eclipse (ch c 1764).
2. Coneyskins Mare, a foundation mare of Family 34, and dam of Hutton's Blacklegs (c 1725 Hutton's Bay Turk) and Routh's Surley (gr c 1720 Hutton's Surley) and his sister, the latter the dam of Hutton's Spot.
3. Coneyskins Mare, a foundation mare of Family 58.
4. Coneyskins Mare, 2nd dam of Black Chance (bl c 1732 Hutton's Bay Barb), sire of Bonny Lass* (b f 1751). Black Chance was half-brother to the good racehorses Phantom (gr c 1737 Hobgoblin) and Moorcock (gr c 1740 Hutton's Blacklegs) [GSB 1:205]. However, Moorcock is elsewhere said to be "out of an own sister to Phantom's dam" [Pick1:85].
5. Coneyskins Mare, 3rd dam of Spark* (c 1733c Aleppo), who was sent to Maryland around 1747 where he became an influential stallion in the colonial stud of Benjamin Tasker.
6. Coneyskins Mare, dam of the good runner Spider (b c 1729 Lonsdale Bay Arabian).
   

   
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