Courtesy of Richard
|Goldfinder b c 1764 (Snap
- Mare, by Blank). Sire Line
Arabian. Family 1-a.
Bred by John St Leger Douglas of Springfields, Essex, he was sold to Jenison Shafto
(1722-1771), of West Wratting,
near Newmarket, and later at Mr Shafto's sale in October of 1771 at
Newmarket to Sir Charles Sedley for 1350 guineas. He was described as a
horse of great speed and power. He was undefeated in three years of
racing and never paid a forfeit.
Goldfinder covered at Nuttal
Temple, near Nottingham, with a fee as high as 25 guineas. Following the
death of Sir Charles Sedley he was again sold, for 375 guineas, and
covered from 1779 to 1784 at Coxe's Farm near Mitcham, Surrey. He sired
a fair number of winners although his sons had little success in the
stud. He died in 1789.
|Sister to Soreheels
|Lonsdale Arabian Mare
of 1768 he won a 200 guineas each sweepstakes at
Newmarket, First Spring, beating Mr Vernon's
Galba (b c 1764 Sweepstakes) and Mr Fortescue's brown colt (Old England) over the
Beacon Course. At the Second Spring Meeting he
won the Ascot Stakes, beating Sir John Moore's Baber [ex-Bevis] (b c
1764 Blank), Lord Grosvenor's Bodfach
(gr c 1764 Tripod), Mr Vernon's Flush (b c 1764 Damascus Arabian),
the Duke of Ancaster's Jethro (b c 1764 Blank),
Lord Rockingham's Monkey (b c 1764 Saanah
Arabian), the Duke of Bridgewater's Hercules and
Lord Gower's bay colt (Tearing Robin). At the
First October Meeting he won a 200 each Subscription, beating Lord
Ossory's Fabius (ch c 1764 Posthumous), Lord Grosvenor's Ancient Pistol
(b c 1764 Snap), the Duke of
Grafton's Baber, Lord Bolingbroke's Sejanus (b c 1764
and the Duke of Ancaster's Hostage (br c 1764
Blank). The next day he collected a 300 guineas half-forfeit from Sir John
Moore's Sister to South-East (f 1764 South). In the Second October Meeting he won the Contribution Stakes, beating
Lord Ossory's Metaphysician (b c 1763 Snap),
Lord Bolingbroke's Tartuffe (gr c 1763 Snap),
Mr Strode's Lady Thigh (b f 1763 Merlin) and Lord Farnham's Cobbler
(b c 1764 Snap).
||In March of 1769 he won 150
guineas at Newmarket, beating Lord Grosvenor's Ancient Pistol (b c 1764
Snap), Mr Vernon's Flush (b c 1764
Damascus Arabian), the Duke of Bridgewater's Darby (Blank)
and the Duke of Grafton's Charmer (br f 1765 Blank). At the First October Meeting he won a 200 guineas each sweepstakes and
the Cup, beating the Duke of Ancaster's Jethro (b c 1764
Blank), Sir C Bunbury's Bellario (b c 1763 Brilliant),
Mr Vernon's Marquis (b c 1761 Godolphin Colt), Sir L Dundas'
A-la-Grecque (ch f 1763 Regulus) and
Lord Rockingham's Cosmo (b c 1764 Sampson). Four days later he won a 50 guineas each Subscription, beating the Duke
of Ancaster's Jethro (b c 1764 Blank). At the Second October Meeting he collected a 450
guineas compromise from Mr P Blake's Leader
(Fearnought). The following day he walked-over for
150 guineas, and the day after that he walked-over for the Contribution
he walked-over for a 25 guineas each
Subscription at Newmarket, Second Spring. At the First October Meeting he walked-over for
the Cup. The next day he broke down
in a work preparing for the King's Plate where he was scheduled to meet
(ch c 1764 Marske).
||Serina (b f 1778), bred by
Thomas Douglas, winner of the St Leger Stakes.
||Manilla (br f 1777), bred
by the Reverend Henry Goodricke, winner of the Port Stakes, dam
of the St Leger winner Ambidexter (b c 1787 Phoenomenon), 4th
dam of the Champion Sire Blacklock (b c 1814
Whitelock) and his
half-brother the St Leger winner Theodore (b c 1819
and ancestress of many other notable horses in
||Goldfinder Mare (b f 1772), bred by Sir H Harpur, dam of Sir John Webb's stallion
Stride (ch c 1787 Phoenomenon).
||Goldfinder Mare (b f
1774), bred by Sir Charles Sedley, 3rd dam of the Oaks winner
Landscape (b f 1813 Rubens)
and the good French sire Rainbow (b c 1808 Walton).
||Goldfinder Mare (br f
1779), dam of Mr Smith Barry's Hoity Toity (b f 1790
and Sister to Hoity Toity (br f 1788
both good matrons in Family
||Preference (b f 1778), 3rd
dam of The Flyer (br c 1814 Vandyke Jr.), the sire of the Oaks
winner Wings (ch f 1822).