Bartlet's Childers

Bartlet's Childers






Sire Line

Darley Arabian

Bartlet's Childers [ex-Young Childers, Bleeding Childers] b c 1716, sometimes spelled Bartlett's Childers, (Darley Arabian - Betty Leedes, by Old Careless). Sire Line Darley Arabian. Family 6-a.

Bred by Leonard Childers of Carr-House near Doncaster, he was first called Young Childers. Later called Bleeding Childers due to his vascular problems, his name was changed again after his purchase by John Bartlet of Nuttle Court (also spelled Nutwith Coate), near Masham, Yorkshire. A full brother to the famous Flying Childers, he was never trained.

The pedigree of the Childers brothers has always been an issue. There was at one time some question that Betty Leedes had produced another live foal, as one was said to have choked on corn husks or chaff as a youngster [GSB 1:379]. John Cheny, who was probably the first to methodically collect the pedigrees of race horses, noted in his calendar that he was assured of the existence of both Childers colts by "many gentlemen of worth and and honour". One year, Cuthbert Routh, who maintained a stud at Snape Castle, less than five miles from Masham, sent mares to be covered by Bartlet's Childers, Flying Childers and Smale's Childers, which would seem to remove all doubt [Royal Studs:123]. Cuthbert Routh's stud book also records the great grandam of the Childers brothers as Sir Marmaduke Wyvill's "famous roan mare", rather than Charming Jenny. (See Wyvill's Roan Mare).

In the stud he sired many good horses, including Smales' Childers, Portmore's Grey Childers (gr c 1727), and, of lasting consequence, Squirt (ch c 1732). Squirt sired Marske (br c 1750) who in turn sired Eclipse (ch c 1764). Most modern thoroughbreds trace in tail-male line to Eclipse. (See Eclipse Sire Line).

His daughters proved successful in the stud too. Amorett, the Little Hartley Mare (ch f 1727), produced the Champion Sire Blank (b c 1740), as well as Janus (b c 1738) who sired Janus* (ch c 1746). Janus* exerted inestimable influence on the development of the thoroughbred in colonial America. Amorett also produced the racehorse and sire Shakespeare (ch c 1745), as well as the sires Old England (b c 1741) and Tortoise (b c 1737).

Coughing Polly (b f 1736) produced Grey Starling (gr f 1745), dam of the Doncaster Cup winner Tuberose (gr f 1772); Sister to Grey Starling (gr f 1755) who in turn foaled Bolton* (b c 1760), a sire of some importance in America; and the sire Perseus (b c 1754). Most of Family 19 descends from Coughing Polly.

Miss Mayes (b f 1737) was the dam of the useful sire Skim (gr c 1746), he the sire of Young Hag (gr f 1761), the taproot of Family 5-a.

Several unnamed daughters of Bartlet's Childers were early foundation mares in a number of families, including Family 3, Family 22, and Family 35.

The General Stud Book notes that "Bartlet's Childers got so many good horses, that he is now justly ranked with the first-rate stallions". He was Champion Sire in 1742.

Bartlet's Childers Darley Arabian    
Betty Leedes Old Careless Spanker
Barb Mare
Sister to Leedes Leedes Arabian
Charming Jenny
Notable Offspring

Squirt (GB)
ch c 1732 (Bartlet's Childers - Sister to Old Country Wench, by Snake). Sire Line Darley Arabian. Family 11. Squirt was bred by William Metcalfe whose stud was near Beverley, Yorkshire. He was later purchased by Charles Colyear, the 2nd Earl of Portmore. In October of 1737 Squirt won 200 guineas at Newmarket beating Lord Lonsdale's Sultan (gr c 1732 Lonsdale Grey Arabian) over four miles. In October of 1738 at Newmarket he lost a race worth 300 guineas to Lath (b c 1732 Godolphin Arabian). In April of 1739 he again won 200 guineas at Newmarket, defeating the Duke of Bridgewater's Poker. He then won 40 guineas at Epsom, beating Mr Grisewood's Lady Thigh (ch f 1731 Partner), 50 guineas at Stamford, beating Mr Major's Miss Tippet, and 30 at Winchester, beating Mr Grisewood's Lady Thigh and two others. In 1740 he won a give-and-take Plate at Salisbury, beating Sir Robert Fagg's Pretty Sally and Mr Hearley's Gainsbrough. Sold to Sir Harry (Henry) Harpur, Squirt entered the stud at Calke, Derbyshire. A victim of laminitis he became so crippled that his owner would have destroyed him but for the pleadings of his groom. After that he sired Marske, Syphon and Tim (b c 1752). His most famous daughter was Pratt's Old Mare (ch f 1750), dam of Pumpkin (ch c 1769 Matchem) and several good daughters, including the good runner Maiden (ch f 1770 Matchem), dam of Walnut (b c 1786 Highflyer), and Purity (b f 1774 Matchem), dam of Rockingham (b c 1781 Highflyer).
Syphon (GB)
ch c 1750 (Squirt - Mare, by Bolton Patriot). Sire Line Darley Arabian. Family 9-c. Syphon was bred at Bolton Hall near Wensley in North Yorkshire by Charles Paulet, 3rd Duke of Bolton, and purchased by Richard Vernon and William Fenwick of Bywell, Northumberland, the owner of Matchem (b c 1748 Cade). He was said to stand fifteen hands and be of good substance. In 1754 he won the 160 Great Subscription at York, beating Mr Shafto's Snip, Mr Elsley's Whittington, Mr Ann's Diana, Lord Rockingham's Negro, Mr Read's Grandison and Mr Duncombe's Lisander in three two-mile heats. The same year he won 50 at Morpeth, beating "easy" Mr Wilson's Flora, Mr Carter's Chance and distanced Mr Bullock's Spot. In April of 1755 he placed 2nd in a 50 purse at Newmarket, won by Brilliant, beating Marske and five others. In his next start he broke down and entered the stud. In 1757 he covered at Giddens, between Canterbury and Dover, under the management of Kirby Curling, where his fee was one guinea. In 1765 he moved to Ellerton, near Catterick, Yorkshire, where his fee increased to to five guineas. His first winner, in October of 1770, was Mr Shafto's Daisy who won 50 at Newmarket, beating Lord Bolingbroke's Gracchus and nine others. Prior to his arrival at Ellerton his mare book had been very poor, but thereafter improved. It is thought that had he gotten better mares when young he would have been a superb stallion. His good sons, Sweetwilliam and Sweetbriar, did not start until 1772 and 1773 respectively, and his other good son, Tandem, was born in 1773.
Syphon Mares
1. Sister To Tandem (b f 1771), bred by Jenison Shafto, dam of the St. Leger winner Cowslip (b f 1782 Highflyer), and two taproot mares, Maid of all Work (b f 1786 Highflyer), Family 17-a, and Rachel (b f 1790 Highflyer), Family 17-d.
2. Sister to Sweetbriar (br f 1770), bred by Thomas Meredith, 2nd dam of the Derby winner Eager (b c 1788 Florizel) and his brother, the Doncaster Cup winner, Bustler (ch c 1784 Florizel). She was also 5th dam of the stallion Redshank (b c 1833 Sandbeck), the sire of Ellen Horne, taproot mare of Family 1-j.
3. Syphon Mare (ch f 1772), dam of the St Leger winner Tommy (ch c 1776 Wildair) and the good mare Violet (ch f 1787 Shark), herself the dam of the St Leger winner Symmetry (gr c 1795 Delpini) and the Oaks winner Theophania (b f 1800 Delpini).
4. Thistle (b f 1771), bred by Jenison Shafto and sold after his death to Mr Parker and Sir Thomas Gascoigne. In July of 1775 she won the 100 guineas Queen's Plate at Chelmsford, beating Lord Waltham's Juliet, Lord Ossory's Sphynx and Mr Schutz's Lucy in three two-mile heats. She was the dam of Cragg's Highflyer* (b c 1786 Highflyer) who was sent to Maryland in 1792. He is frequently confused in the American Stud Book with Hyde's Highflyer, and left no stock that bred on.
5. Syphon Mare (ch f 1766), bred by Mr Cornforth, ancestress of some good runners in Family 4, such as Prix Royal Oak winner Nelusco (b c 1865 Monarque), and Cambridgeshire winner Red Eagle (b c 1856 Birdcatcher). A modern descendant is Californian Stakes winner First Balcony (ch c 1957 Greek Song).
6. Syphon Mare (b f 1772), owned by Mr Cradock, ancestress of Prix de Diane winner Geologie (b f 1856 The Prime Warden) and other good runners in Family 43 such as Poule d'Essai winner Gouvernail (b c 1865 Young Gladiator).
Tandem (GB)
b c 1773 (Syphon - Mare, by Regulus). Sire Line Darley Arabian. Family 17. Bred at Wratting in Cambridgeshire by Jenison Shafto, he broke down at exercise a week before he was to start at York in August of 1778. Never sound again, he was purchased for a stallion by Richard Tattersall of Ely, Cambridgeshire, and stood at Highflyer Hall along with Highflyer. He was described as a horse of "fine shape, with great bone and substance". He sired two classics winners, Pewett who won the St Leger Stakes, and Yellow Filly who won the Oaks Stakes. His sons were largely unremarkable, with Creeper* the best of them. He died at Highflyer Hall in February of 1793.
Tandem Mares
1. Pewett (b f 1786), bred by the 4th Earl of Fitzwilliam, won the St Leger Stakes. Her daughter Paulina (b f 1804 Sir Peter Teazle), taproot mare of Family 8-e, won the St Leger as well. Pewett also produced Craven Stakes winner and St Leger 3rd, Sir Paul (b c 1802 Sir Peter Teazle), who contributed a long lasting branch to the King Herod sire line. Paulina and Sir Paul were full siblings. Another daughter of Pewett, Clinkerina (br f 1812 Clinker) produced the stallion Humphrey Clinker (b c 1822 Comus) who was a contributor to the Matchem sire line, numbering the Champion Sire Melbourne (br c 1834) among his sons.
2. Yellow Filly (ch f 1783), bred by Richard Tattersall and owned by Sir Frank Standish, won the Oaks Stakes. Her son Gouty* (b c 1796 Sir Peter Teazle) ran in England, winning a sweepstakes from three starts, before sustaining an injury to his forelegs whence he retired to Standish's Oatlands stud in Surrey. He got most of his notable offspring before he was exported to Virginia in 1806.
3. Deceit (ch f 1784), a full-sister to the Yellow Filly, was bred by Richard Tattersall and produced the Oaks winner Parisot (br f 1793 Sir Peter Teazle) and was the 3rd dam of the Derby winner Prince Leopold (b c 1813 Hedley).
4. Storace (ch f 1788), another full-sister to the Yellow Filly, bred by Richard Tattersall and owned by Sir Frank Standish, 2nd dam of the stallion Mountebank (gr c 1808 Gohanna).
5. Rosamond (b f 1788), bred by Mr Peirse, 2nd dam of the St Leger winner and good stallion Reveller (b c 1815 Comus), himself the sire of the One Thousand Guineas winner Galantine (b f 1828).
6. Maid of Ely (b f 1785), bred by Mr Legh, a foundation mare of Family 45, dam of the stallion Old England (b c 1793 Sir Peter Teazle).
Tim (GB)
b c 1752 (Squirt - Sister to Bajazet, by Godolphin Arabian). Sire Line Darley Arabian. Family 21. Bred by Mr Dutton, he was later owned by Mr Taylor. Tim stood in Ireland where he got Patty, the 3rd dam of the good Irish stallion Bob Booty (ch c 1804 Chanticleer), who sired the dam of Birdcatcher (ch c 1833 Sir Hercules) and the St Leger winner Faugh-a-Ballagh (br c 1841 Sir Hercules). Tim also sired Timante, ancestress of the stallions Don Juan (b c 1814 Orville) and Le Destrier (ch c 1877 Flageolet), the latter the winner of the Poule d'Essai des Poulains, Grand Prix de Deauville and Prix Jean Prat (twice).
Childers [Smales'] (GB)
[ex-Bay Childers] b c 1726 (Bartlet's Childers - Mare, by Byerley Turk - Mare, by Wilkinson's Whynot). Sire Line Darley Arabian. Bred in Yorkshire by Matthew Smales he was first called Bay Childers. In 1731 he placed 5th in the 60 Ladies' Plate at York, won by Mr Lister's Dunkirk. In 1732 he won 40 at York, beating Mr Grisewood's Marplot and Mr Routh's Chloe. He later won the 90 Plate at Lincoln, beating Mr Williams's Whitenose, Mr Humberstone's Blue Ribband and six others. His 2nd dam, the Whynot Mare was said to have been "one of Mr Wilkinson's old Arabian breed" and presented to old Matthew Smales for his son. She is said to be the dam of "both the Noted Horses at Newmarkett". Mr Smales sold Childers to Mr Justice in 1734 [Early Records:27]. Childers sired a colt named Turpin (b c 1737) who was bred by Mr Jennison, owned by Cuthbert Routh and sold in 1743 to Sir Henry Harpur for 63 [Early Records:34, 59].
Marske (GB) br c 1750 (Squirt - Ruby Mare, by Hutton's Blacklegs). Sire Line Darley Arabian. Family 8.
Sweetbriar (GB) ch c 1769 (Syphon - Mare, by Shakespeare). Sire Line Darley Arabian. Family 15.
Sweetwilliam (GB) ch c 1768 (Syphon - Miss Roan, by Cade). Sire Line Darley Arabian. Family 4.
Creeper (GB)* b c 1786 (Tandem - Harriet, by Matchem). Sire Line Darley Arabian. Family 22.