Glencoe (GB)



Glencoe was painted in England by J S Herring
(top), C Hancock (middle) and and in America by
Edward Troye, at Forks of Cypress in 1842, and
again at the age of twenty-six, just before he
died. Troye also painted a number of replicas.




Sire Line





Pocahontas, by Glencoe, photograph taken
at age thirty

Reel, by Glencoe, over twenty years of age
when painted by Edward Troye for her owner
Colonel (later General) Thomas Jefferson Wells





Glencoe* ch c 1831 (Sultan - Trampoline by Tramp). Sire Line Selim. Family 1-t.

Bred and raced by George Child Villiers (1773-1859), 5th Earl of Jersey of Middleton Stoney, Oxfordshire, he was described as a golden chestnut with two hind socks and a large star. Standing nearly 15.2 hands, he was a slightly sway-backed colt with great speed, his staying power said to have come from Tramp. He had an expressive face with a fine, thin muzzle, well-shaped shoulders, broad hips with muscular quarters and sound legs. Lord Jersey bred a number of classics winners, the most notable being the Derby winner Bay Middleton (b c 1833 Sultan).

Glencoe ran for two years with much success winning the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes, the Ascot Gold Cup and finished third for Plenipotentiary's Derby. He won several of his races in a canter and went unchallenged for the Whip. In 1836, he was purchased for James Jackson of Alabama by Richard Tattersall although he made his first season at stud in England. There he sired Darkness (ch f 1837) who became the third dam of the successful stallion Plutus (b c 1863 Trumpeter). Plutus sired Flageolet (ch c 1870) who in turn sired the St Leger winner Rayon d'Or* (ch c 1876), later a Leading Sire in America.

His daughter Pocahontas (b f 1837) was perhaps the greatest broodmare in history. The modern taproot mare of Family 3-n, she was the dam of the mighty Stockwell (ch c 1849 The Baron), his full brother Rataplan (ch c 1850) and King Tom (b c 1851 Harkaway).

Arriving in America in 1836, Glencoe stood at James Jackson's Forks of Cypress stud in Florence, Alabama, until Jackson's death in 1844. Jackson's nephews, James and Thomas Kirkman then moved him to Thomas Flintoff's stud near Nashville, Tennesse. In 1848 he was purchased by W Frank Harper and sent to Woodford County, Kentucky. A few months before his death in 1857, he was sold to A Keene Richards.

Glencoe was a resounding success at stud in America. Although noted for his fillies, he sired Vandal (b c 1850), who sired the Leading Sire Virgil (b c 1864), who in turn sired the Kentucky Derby winner Hindoo (b c 1878). Hindoo sired the Belmont Stakes winner and Leading Sire Hanover (ch c 1884). Hanover sired another Leading Sire, Hamburg (b c 1895). Another good son was Star Davis (b c 1849) who sired the Kentucky Derby winner Day Star (ch c 1875). Among his many excellent daughters were Magnolia (ch f 1841) who became the modern taproot mare of Family 4-m, and dam of Kentucky (b c 1861 Lexington); Topaz (b f 1844) the dam Lodi (b c 1860 Yorkshire*); and Novice (b f 1853) the dam of Norfolk (b c 1861 Lexington).

His daughter Reel (gr f 1838) was considered the greatest American broodmare of the 19th century. She became the dam of War Dance (ch c 1860 Lexington), Lecomte (ch c 1850 Boston), Prioress (b f 1853 Sovereign*) and others. She is the direct ancestress of Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors (gr f 1985 Caro).

Glencoe led the sires list seven times between 1847 and 1861 and was second six times. He died in August of 1857 and was buried at the Blue Grass Park stud of A Keene Richards in Georgetown, Kentucky, where his daughter Peytona (ch f 1839) later joined him.

Glencoe Sultan Selim Buzzard
Alexander Mare
Bacchante Williamson's Ditto
Sister to Calomel
Trampoline Tramp Dick Andrews
Gohanna Mare
Web Waxy
Race Record

In 1834, running for Lord Jersey, he won the 200 sovs each Tuesday Riddlesworth Stakes at Newmarket Craven, beating Sir S Graham's July Stakes winner Zulima (b f 1831 Sultan) by 5 lengths, Lord Burlington's filly (br f 1831 Bizzare) and Lord Exeter's filly (ch f 1831 Sultan). Finished 2nd for a 100 sovs each Sweepstakes at the same meeting, won by Mr Batson's Plenipotentiary (ch c 1831 Emilius). Won the 100 sovs each Desert Stakes at Newmarket First Spring, beating Mr Payne's Ganges (b c 1831 Tigris) by a length. Won the 100 sovs each Two Thousand Guineas Stakes the next day, beating Sir M Wood's Grand Duke Michael Stakes winner Flatterer (b c 1831 Muley) by a length, Mr Yates's Bentley (ch c 1831 Buzzard) and 4 others. Finished 3rd for the Derby Stakes at Epsom, won by Mr Batson's Plenipotentiary, with the Duke of Cleveland's Shilelagh (b c 1831 St Patrick) placing 2nd, beating 19 others. He withdrew his stake for the 100 sovs each St James's Palace Stakes at Ascot Heath leaving Mr Batson's Plenipotentiary to walk over. Walked over for the 100 sovs each Royal Stakes at the same meeting. Won the 300 sovs Gold Cup at Goodwood, beating Lord Chesterfield's Chester Cup winner Colwick (b c 1828 Filho da Puta), Mr Forth's Famine (b f 1831 Humphrey Clinker) and 7 others, including Mr Osbaldeston's Doncaster Cup winner The Saddler (br c 1828 Waverley), Mr Theobald's St Leger winner Rockingham (b c 1830 Humphrey Clinker), Mr Kirby's Derby winner St. Giles* (ch c 1829 Tramp), Mr Forth's Marpessa (b f 1830 Muley), the latter would join Glencoe to produce Pocahontas. Won the 50 sovs each Racing Sweepstakes the next day, beating Mr Forth's Louisa, Mr Sadler's Defensive and Mr Rush's Rebel. Won the 100 sovs each Garden Stakes at Newmarket Second October, beating Lord Chesterfield's Ascot Gold Cup winner Glaucus (b c 1830 Partisan) by 4 lengths, and Lord Chesterfield's Colwick.

In 1835 he won the 300 sovs Gold Cup at Ascot Heath, beating Sir E Baker's Bran (ch c 1831 Humphrey Clinker), Colonel Peel's Nonsense (ch c 1830 Bedlamite) and 6 others. At Newmarket Second October Lord Jersey challenged for the Whip with Glencoe; no competitor accepted.