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Grey Momus (GB)
 
 


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Sire Line


Matchem

 

Grey Momus gr c 1835 (Comus - Mare, by Cervantes). Sire Line Matchem. Family 2-d.

Grey Momus was bred in Yorkshire by the popular Sir Tatton Sykes (1782-1863) of Sledmere, a notable turfite who was reputed to have seen seventy-six runnings of the St Leger Stakes. He was a half brother to Chateau Margaux Mare (gr f 1825 Chateau Margaux) the taproot mare of Family 2-f.

He was owned as a two year old by John Bowes (1811-1885) of Streatlam Castle, Durham, breeder of the Derby winners Mundig (ch c 1832 Catton), Cotherstone (b c 1840 Touchstone), Daniel O'Rourke (ch c 1849 Birdcatcher), and the triple crown winner West Australian (b c 1850 Melbourne), and for the rest of his turf career by Lord George Bentinck (1802-1848), son of the 4th Duke of Portland, and breeder of the Derby winner Surplice (b c 1845 Touchstone).

Following his turf career Grey Momus was exported to Germany. He was purchased by Count Hahn of Basedow, in northern Germany, the first German to compete successfully on the turf in England. His German-bred Turnus (b c 1846 Taurus) would win the Stewards' Cup and the Chesterfield Cup in 1850. In the stud Grey Momus got the Union-Rennen winner Dolores (gr f 1843) and the Henckel-Rennen winner Seal (b c 1849).

Pedigree
Grey Momus Comus Sorcerer Trumpator
Young Giantess
Houghton Lass Sir Peter Teazle
Alexina
Cervantes Mare Cervantes Don Quixote
Evelina
Emma Don Cossack
Vesta
Race Record

In 1837 Grey Momus won the Lavant Stakes and the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood.

In 1838 he won the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes, with John Day up, beating Mr Thornhill's Saintfoin (ch c 1835 St Patrick) and Lord Suffield's favoured Bamboo (ch c 1835 Cain). Two days later he easily won a match for 300 sovereigns arranged by the undaunted Lord Suffield against his Bamboo at level weights over the Rowley Mile. He was favourite for the Derby, notable as the first one in which trains were run to Epsom from Nine Elms in London. Following a long delay and several false starts the horses were sent off amidst such confusion that some jockeys half-pulled their mounts and Young Rowton and St Francis were left behind altogther. Grey Momus ran well although beaten by Sir Gilbert Heathcote's "coughing pony" Amato (br c 1835 Velocipede) and Colonel Peel's Ion (br c 1835 Cain). He went on to win the Ascot Gold Cup, beating Epirus (ch c 1834 Langar) and Caravan (br c 1834 Camel), the Drawing Room Stakes and the Racing Stakes at Goodwood and the Grand Duke Michael Stakes at Newmarket.

In 1839 he won the Port Stakes at Newmarket.
   

   
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