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Macaroni (GB)

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Lily Agnes, by Macaroni





Macaroni b c 1860 (Sweetmeat - Jocose, by Pantaloon). Sire Line Highflyer. Family 14-a.

Macaroni was bred at Eaton by Richard Grosvenor (1795-1869), 2nd Marquis of Westminster. He was sold as a foal to Richard 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 Touchstone (br c 1831 Camel).

Standing fifteen 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".

Retired to 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 1877 Doncaster), an example being the Two Thousand Guineas winner Bona Vista (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.

Macaroni Sweetmeat Gladiator Partisan
Lollypop Voltaire
Jocose Pantaloon Castrel
Banter Master Henry
Race Record
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
Lily Agnes b f 1871 (Macaroni - Polly Agnes, by The Cure). Sire Line Highflyer. Family 16-h. 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.

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