Courtesy of Fores Gallery
Lily Agnes, by Macaroni
b c 1860 (Sweetmeat - Jocose, by
Sire Line Highflyer.
bred at Eaton by Richard Grosvenor (1795-1869),
2nd Marquis of Westminster. He was sold as a foal
Christopher Naylor of nearby Hooton Hall, Cheshire,
and in 1875 to the widow of Baron Meyer de Rothschild
for 7100 guineas. His dam was a half sister to
c 1831 Camel).
hands three inches, he was described as horse
with magnificent shoulders, great depth of girth,
and short, strong back, although his pasterns
were thought to be overly upright. His head was
considered to be a trifle plain whilst still full
of character and his action was praised as "exceedingly
fine and free".
Hooton, he got the One Thousand Guineas and Oaks
winners Camelia (ch f 1873) and
Spinaway (b f
1872), and the Two Thousand Guineas winner MacGregor
(b c 1867). Later at Mentmore he got the Oaks
winner Bonny Jean (b f 1880). Among his notable
daughters were Lily Agnes (b f 1871) and Windermere
(ch f 1870), the latter the taproot of Family
16-b, and dam of the stallions Kendal (ch c
1883 Bend Or)
and Muncaster (ch c 1877 Doncaster).
His daughters were thought to cross well with
Bend Or (ch c
an example being the Two Thousand Guineas winner
(ch c 1889 Bend
Or), the great-grandsire of Phalaris
(br c 1913 Polymelus).
He was among the top sires a number of times.
Macaroni died in 1887.
|In 1862 he
lost his only start to Lord Stamford's Automaton
(b c 1860 Ambrose) at Newmarket.
In 1863 he won
a 300 sovereigns sweep at Newmarket, Craven, beating
Lord Glasgow's colt in a canter. In his next engagement,
he won the Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket,
First Spring, beating Lord Strathmore's Saccharometer
(br c 1860 Sweetmeat) by a length. At Epsom he
won the Derby by a head, beating Lord Clifden
(b c 1860 Newminster) winner of that year's St
Leger. At Goodwood he won the Drawing-room
Stakes, beating Mr Merry's Escape (ch c 1860 Teddington)
in a canter by ten lengths, and at York he won
the Cup, beating Lord Glasgow's Clarissimus (ch c
1860 Barbatus) by five lengths. At Doncaster he
won the Cup by a length, beating the Oaks winner
Queen Bertha (b f 1860 Kingston). In his final
appearance on the racecourse he walked-over at
Newmarket, Second October, for the Select Stakes.
|Lily Agnes b f 1871 (Macaroni -
Polly Agnes, by The Cure). Sire Line Highflyer.
Bred by John Snarry, stud groom to Sir Tatton Sykes, she
won nineteen races including the Doncaster Cup and the Ebor
Handicap. Seen here with her daughter Fleur de Lys (b f
1886 Bend Or), Lily Agnes
was the taproot mare of Family
16-h and dam of the triple crown winner Ormonde
(b c 1883 Bend Or), the
One Thousand Guineas winner Farewell (ch f 1882 Doncaster),
and the good winner Ossory (ch c 1885 Bend
Or). Her daughter Ornament produced the great Sceptre
(b f 1899 Persimmon). She died in 1897.