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Richard Grosvenor




Grosvenor's Arabian

Grosvenor's Arabian [probably Eaton Barb] ch c 1760c. Sire Line Grosvenor's Arabian.

Richard, 1st Earl of Grosvenor (1731-1802), owner of the famous and extensive Eaton stud in Cheshire, was said to have made nearly £200,000 on the racecourse although he is also reputed to have spent £250,000 in the endeavour. He was among the first patrons of George Stubbs, "the horse painter". Three Derby winners (Rhadamanthus, John Bull and Daedalus) and five Oaks winners (Faith, Ceres, Maid of the Oaks, Nike and Bellina) ran in his orange-jacket, black-cap colours.

Lord Grosvenor also owned such notable turf performers as Gimcrack (gr c 1760 Cripple), Mambrino (gr c 1768 Engineer), Pot8os (ch c 1773 Eclipse), Protector (br c 1770 Matchem) and Sweetwilliam (ch c 1768 Syphon), and was the breeder of Sweetbriar (ch c 1769 Syphon). His eminent stallions included John Bull (ch c 1789 Fortitude), Alexander (ch c 1782 Eclipse) and Meteor (ch c 1783 Eclipse).

In his portrait the Grosvenor Arabian is shown as a chestnut with high stockings and a blaze extending down over his lips and he may well be an early example of sabino colouring. He sired a number of offspring, most of them for Lord Grosvenor, and most of them dating from the late 1760s to the early 1770s. Although he had no lasting influence on bloodstock breeding, his son Euryalus (ch c 1767) won four Royal Plates and defeated such horses as Conductor (ch c 1767 Matchem) and Trentham (br c 1766 Gower's Sweepstakes). Under the name of the Eaton Barb he sired one unnamed filly. None of his offspring have descendants recorded in the General Stud Book.


Euryalus
ch c 1767 (Grosvenor Arabian - Fairy, by Shepherd's Crab). Sire Line Grosvenor's Arabian. Family 6
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Bred by Lord Grosvenor he was a half brother to Chatsworth (ch c 1762 Blank). He was sold to Mr Henry Penton prior to his first appearance on the turf and then to Mr B Wentworth and eventually to Mr William Garforth. In 1773, running for Mr Penton, he won the King's Plate at Winchester in July, beating Mr Bishop's Amphion (ch c 1767 Matchem), Lord Clermont's Conductor (ch c 1767 Matchem) and Sir M Featherstonhaugh's Harling. Walked over for the King's Plate at Salisbury. Won the King's Plate at Lewes in August, beating Amphion and the Duc de Lauzun's Patrician (gr c 1767 Matchem). Walked over for the King's Plate at Newmarket First October. Finished 4th for 100 Guineas at the same meeting, won by Mr Brand's Don Carlos (b c 1769 Babraham Blank), with Mr Foley's Firetail placing 2nd, the Duke of Grafton's Princess (b f 1769 King Herod) 3rd, beating Lord Clermont's Johnny (b c 1769 Matchem), Mr Vernon's Papillon and Lord Rockingham's Jump. Running for Mr Wentworth he finished 2nd for 50 Guineas at Newmarket Second October, won by Lord Ossory's Augus (b c 1766 Prophet), beating Mr Yeats's Davy, the Duke of Grafton's Princess, Lord Abingdon's Charlotte (gr f 1768 Shakespeare), Sir C Bunbury's Gertrude, Lord March's Miss Gibson, General Parker's Shepherdess and Lord Clermont's Creeper. In 1774 he finished 3rd for the King's Plate at Newmarket First Spring, won by Mr Medley's Bacchus (b c 1767 Lightfoot), with Mr Wheatley's Consul placing 2nd, beating Mr Shirley's Papist (gr c 1768 Matchem), Lord Abingdon's Zachary and Mr Knivett's Gander. Won a 200gs match at Newmarket Second Spring from Lord Clermont's Strawberry. Running for Mr Garforth, won 50 at York. Won 50 at Wakefield. Walked over for 50 at Northallerton in October. In 1775 he finished 4th for 50 at Hunmanby in May, won by Mr J S Barry's Amaranthus (b c 1766 Old England), followed by Mr Snowdon's North Star, Mr Ayrton's Aesculapius, beating Mr Gee's Chastity. Finished 2nd for 50 at York in August, won by Mr J S Barry's Doncaster Cup winner Forester (b c 1765 Dionysius), beating Captain Dundas's Consul. Won the 50 Corporation Plate at Scarborough later in August. Finished 2nd for the 50 Corporation Plate at Doncaster in September, won by Mr Wentworth's Black Tom (bl c 1770 Engineer), beating Sir C Sedley's Trentham (br c 1766 Gower's Sweepstakes).

   
   

   
   
   

 
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