Jupiter (GB)





Sire Line





Jupiter ch c 1774 (Eclipse - Mare by Tartar). Sire Line Eclipse. Family 9-b.

Bred by Dennis O'Kelly, Jupiter was produced by the famous Old Tartar Mare bred by Edward Leedes, and was full brother to Mercury (ch c 1778), Queen Mab (ch f 1785) and Volunteer (ch c 1780) among others. Queen Mab was described as a chestnut with a white mane and tail, which might apply to Jupiter as well. Cook notes that the Stubbs painting of him which hung at Elsenham Hall shows his coat changing to bright cream with a black mane [A History of the English Turf 2:332], which seems a curious observation. Perhaps he meant to say "with a white mane," or perhaps he was describing the process of a palomino turning grey, which, to those unfamiliar with it, is a curiosity in itself. Jupiter himself was described as standing 15.2 hands and of great length with proportionate bone.

Lightly raced for three years by Dennis O'Kelly, he won three of his eight starts, after which he was purchased by Colonel Thomas Thornton. He was in the stud from 1790 to 1802 at Thornville Royal, near Boroughbridge, Yorkshire, where he sired mostly hunters, although he did get two mares that bred on. Jupiter Mare (b f 1792) was the ancestress of such winners as (1) The White Knight (b c 1903 Desmond) who won the Ascot Gold Cup twice, the Coronation Cup twice, and the Ascot Gold Vase and Goodwood Cup, (2) the stallion Dinneford (br c 1902 Dinna Forget) who won the Princess of Wales's Stakes, and (3) Grakle (b c 1922 Jackdaw) who won the Grand National Steeplechase. Jupiter Mare (f 1792) was the dam of the stallion Whitworth (b c 1805 Agonistes) who in turn sired Lady Eliza (b f 1813), ancestress of Newminster (b c 1848 Touchstone). Jupiter also sired Sir Walter* (b c 1793).

Jupiter Eclipse Marske Squirt
Ruby Mare
Spilletta Regulus
Mother Western
Tartar Mare Tartar Croft's Partner
Mogul Mare Mogul
Sweepstakes Mare
Race Record
In 1777 he won a sweepstakes at Lewes beating Sir Charles Bunbury's Sweet Marjoram (ch f 1774 King Herod), Richard Vernon's Vengeance (b c 1774 King Herod) as well as four others. Won a 100gs sweep at Newmarket October, beating Lord Bolingbroke's Comet (ch c 1774 Matchem), Lord Abingdon's Puffendorff (b c 1774 Eclipse), Mr Carteret's Borascha (b c 1774 Bellario), Lord Grosvenor's Grey Robin (gr c 1773 Gimcrack) and 4 others.
In 1778 at Newmarket First Spring he went unplaced in a sweepstakes won by Mr Douglas's Bordeaux (gr c 1774 King Herod), with Mr Scawen's Laburnum (br c 1774 King Herod) finishing 2nd, Mr Vernon's Firm (b c King Herod) 3rd, Lord March's Fulmine (bc 1774 King Herod) 4th, followed by the other 6. Won a 30gs each sweep at the same meeting, beating Lord Clermont's Dilettante (b c Squirrel) and 6 others. Unplaced in a 100gs each sweep at Newmarket Second Spring, won by Mr Compton's Highflyer (b c 1774 King Herod), with Lord Clermont's Il'mio (b c1774  King Herod) finishing 2nd, Mr O'Kelly's Thunderbolt (b c 1774 Eclipse) 3rd and 7 others. Finished 4th and last for the 1400gs subscription at Newmarket October, won by Highflyer (b c 1774 Herod), with Il'mio 2nd and Mr Vernon's Firm 3rd.
In 1779 was unplaced for 300gs each sweep at Newmarket First Spring, won by Il'mio, with Sir J Shelley's Eagle (b c 1774 Eclipse) finishing 2nd, Mr Pratt's Purity (b f 1774 Matchem) 3rd, and Sir Charles Davers' Quicksand (b c 1774 King Herod) 4th. Not placed in the Weights-and-Scales Plate at Newmarket October, won by Lord Grosvenor's Adamant (b c 1775 King Herod), with Lord Derby's Guildford (b c 1775 King Herod) finishing 2nd, followed by the other 6, which marked the end of his turf career.