Orville (GB)






Sire Line





Orville b c 1799 (Beningbrough - Evelina, by Highflyer). Sire Line Beningbrough. Family 8-a.

Orville was bred by William Wentworth-Fitzwilliam (1748-1833), 4th Earl Fitzwilliam, who also bred the St Leger winner Paulina (b f 1804 Sir Peter Teazle) and the stallion Mulatto (b c 1823 Catton), who finished 2nd to Tarrare (b c 1823 Catton) in the St Leger and was later sent to stud in Ireland. Lord Fitzwilliam also bred Orville's dam, Evelina (br f 1791 Highflyer) and her half-sister, the St Leger winner Pewett (b f 1786 Tandem). Evelina produced twelve offspring, including Orville's half-brothers, the useful stallions Cervantes (b c 1806 Don Quixote) and Paulowitz (br c 1813 Sir Paul).

He was described as standing slightly over 16 hands, bay in colour, with a small star on his forehead. Although he was said to be a horse of great power, and fine symmetry and quality, and passed the latter on to his progeny, the "Druid" noted that he had "a great deal of the coach-horse about him, and he stood very much over with one knee". Possessed of immense stamina, his jockey William Edwards said of him that while "Selim was the speediest, Orville was the best for all distances" of the horses that he had ridden. In a four mile trial with Haphazard (br c 1797 Sir Peter Teazle), Orville was said to have given him "such a tying up" at even weights that Haphazard "never again appeared in public".

Orville was a great success in the stud and was Champion Sire in 1817 and 1823. He was shot in November of 1826.

Orville Beningbrough King Fergus Eclipse
Tuting's Creeping Polly
Herod Mare King Herod
Evelina Highflyer King Herod
Termagant Tantrum

Race Record

At 2: won a sweep for 20 guineas each at Doncaster, beating Lord Strathmore's Strathspey (b c 1799 Pipator) and three others, placed 4th in a sweep for 20 guineas each at York, won by Lord Darlington's L'Orient (b c 1799 Star).
At 3: won the Doncaster St Leger, worth 350 guineas, defeating Mr Sitwell's Pipylin (br c 1799 Sir Peter Teazle), Lord Fitzwilliam's Sparrowhawk (br c1799 Buzzard), Sir R Winn's Tankersley (ch c 1799 Overton), and three others, 2nd sweep for 50 guineas each at York, won by Mr Wardell's Sir John (ch c 1799 Stride), who was later sent to Russia, 2nd sweep for 30 guineas each at York, won by Lord Darlington's Peter (b c Beningbrough), 2nd Doncaster Cup, won by Mr Brandling's Alonzo (b c 1798 Pegasus), beating nine others.
At 4: 2nd in a sweep of 20 guineas at York, won by Sir Thomas Gascoigne's Lennox (ch c 1798 Delpini), sweep for 100 guineas each at York, won by Sir F Standish's Duxbury (b c 1799 Sir Peter Teazle), unplaced in his other start.
At 5: won 120 guineas at York, beating Lord Darlington's colt (b c Ormond) and Maltonian (ch c 1800 King Fergus), won a sweep of 50 guineas each at Doncaster, beating Pipylin and Doncaster (br c 1800 Sir Peter Teazle), won a 200 guineas match against Colonel Mellish's Stockton (br c 1799 Gabriel) over four miles, 2nd in a sweep of 25 guineas each, won by Sir Charles Bunbury's Eleanor (b f 1798 Whiskey), winner of both the Derby and Oaks Stakes, 5th in a sweep for 25 guineas each, won by Haphazard (br c 1797 Sir Peter Teazle).
At 6: won the Somerset Stakes at Brighton, worth 450 guineas, although he was the last of the four-horse field to cross the finish line, as Sir H Williamson's Walton (b c 1799 Sir Peter Teazle), Sir J Shelley's Houghton Lass (b f 1801 Sir Peter Teazle) and Mr Howorth's Enterprise (b c John Bull) apparently did not run the full course, won the Prince's Gold Cup, worth 100 guineas with a sweep of 200 guineas, beating Houghton Lass, Colonel Mellish's Lady Brough (b f 1801 Stride) and Harefoot (b c 1799 Beningbrough), won the King's Plate at Lewes, beating the Duke of Richmond's Rolla (b c Overton) in both four-mile heats, Rolla giving 2 pounds to Orville, won a 100 guineas sweep, beating Walton, unplaced in his only other start.
At 7: won a 150 guineas sweep at Newmarket over the Beacon Course, beating Quiz (ch c 1798 Buzzard), St Leger winner, and two others, won 50 guineas over the Beacon Course, beating Parasol (b f 1800 Pot8os), Staveley (b c 1802 Shuttle) the St Leger winner, Houghton Lass, and Henry (br c Overton), Orville giving at least 5 pounds to the rest, won a 200 guineas match against Colonel Mellish's Sancho (b c 1801 Don Quixote), the St Leger winner who broke down in this race, collected 150 guineas forfeit at Lewes from Houghton Lass, walked-over for 90 guineas at Lewes, unplaced in his only other start.
At 8: won a 300 guineas handicap sweep at Newmarket, beating Oaks winner Pelisse (br f 1801 Whiskey), and Enchanter (ch c 1799 Pot8os), won a 200 guineas match at Lewes, beating Pelisse, won 100 guineas at Lewes, beating Cerberus (ch c 1802 Gohanna), won the Ladies' Plate at Lewes, beating Brighton (br c 1804 Gohanna), won 105 guineas at Newmarket, beating Canopus (b c 1803 Gohanna) over the Beacon Course, won 350 guineas at Newmarket, beating Parasol over the Beacon Course, walked-over for 125 guineas at Brighton.

Notable Orville Mares

1. Agatha (br f 1814), 2nd dam of the Oaks winner Cyprian (b f 1833 Partisan), the latter the dam of the Oaks winner Songstress (b f 1849 Birdcatcher), and the Great Yorkshire Stakes winner Joe Lovell (b c 1841 Velocipede).
2. Charlotte (b f 1811), winner of the One Thousand Guineas.
3. Coral (b f 1816), 2nd dam of Lanterne (b f 1841 Hercule), winner of the Prix du Jockey Club and Prix de Diane, and herself the dam of Constance (ch f 1848 Gladiator), taproot of Family 6-d. Coral was also 2nd dam of the Prix du Cadran winner Tomate (b f 1842 Lottery).
4. Desdemona (br f 1811), dam of the good sire and Doncaster Cup winner Mulatto (b c 1823 Catton). Mulatto sired the Derby winner Bloomsbury (b c 1836) and Martha Lynn (br f 1837), taproot of Family 2-h, and dam of the the Derby and St Leger winner Voltigeur (br c 1847 Voltaire).
5. Etiquette (br f 1820), 2nd dam of Honoria (br f 1836 Camel), taproot of Family 14-f.
6. Gadabout (br f 1812), 3rd dam of the St Leger and Cesarewitch winner The Baron (ch c 1842), sire of many good winners in France as well as the Two Thousand Guineas and St Leger winner Stockwell (ch c 1849).
7. Louisa (br f 1813), dam of the St Leger winner Jerry (bl c 1821 Smolensko) and Jessy (ch f 1824 Comus), winner of the Champion Stakes at Lincoln.
8. Miss Cannon (b f 1811), 3rd dam of Gallopade* (gr f 1828 Catton), who was sent to America and founded a great family there. Gallopade* was the dam of Cotillion (ch f 1837 Leviathan*), Fandango (gr f 1836 Leviathan*) and Reel (gr f 1838 Glencoe*).
9. Miss Craigie (b f 1811), dam of the St Leger winner Birmingham (br c 1827 Filho da Puta) and of the useful stallion Hedgeford* (br c 1825 Filho da Puta).
10. Orville Mare (br f 1815), dam of the Oaks winner Miss Letty (b f 1834 Priam) and the Champagne Stakes winner Francesca (br f 1829 Partisan). Miss Letty was also the 3rd dam of the good stallion Oxford (ch c 1857 Birdcatcher).
11. Orville Mare (br f 1809), taproot of Family 2-s.
12. Orville Mare (gr f 1814), dam of The Twinkle (b f 1821 Walton), taproot of Family 19-c.
13. Orville Mare (br f 1812), dam of the good stallion Tranby* (br c 1826 Blacklock), Wagtail (b f 1818 Prime Minister), taproot of Family 21-a, and of Miss Bowe (b f 1834 Catton). Miss Bowe was the dam of the Oaks winner Iris (ch f 1848 Ithuriel), the St James's Palace Stakes winner Tom Bowline (br c 1857 The Flying Dutchman), and the Stewards' Cup winner and good sire Longbow (b c 1849 Ithuriel).
14. Orville Mare (b f 1819), dam of the Champion Sire Slane (b c 1833 Royal Oak), who got the Derby winner The Merry Monarch (b c 1842), the Oaks winner The Princess (ch f 1841), the Two Thousand Guineas winner Conyngham (b c 1844) and the One Thousand Guineas winner Lady Orford (ch f 1847).
15. Zoe (b f 1825), winner of the One Thousand Guineas Stakes.


Other Notable Offspring

Andrew (GB)
c c 1816 (Orville - Morel, by Sorcerer). Sire Line Beningbrough. Family 1-b. Bred by the 4th Earl Fitzwilliam, he was the sire of the Derby and Two Thousand Guineas winner Cadland (br c 1825). Cadland sired the Prix du Jockey Club winner Romulus (b c 1836), the three-time winner of the Prix du Cadran, Nautilus (b c 1835), and the useful sire The Prime Warden (b c 1834).
Ebor (GB)
b c 1814 (Orville - Constantia, by Walnut). Sire Line  Beningbrough. Family 19-b. Bred by Henry Peirse, he won the St Leger Stakes in 1817. He died at the early age of eight in 1822.
Master Henry (GB)
b c 1815 (Orville - Miss Sophia, by Stamford). Sire Line Beningbrough. Family 3-b. The sire of Banter (br f 1826), taproot of Family 14-a, and dam of St Leger winner Launcelot (br c 1837 Camel) and St Leger winner and Champion Sire Touchstone (br c 1821 Camel).
Octavius (GB)
br c 1809 (Orville - Marianne, by Mufti). Sire Line Beningbrough. Family 23-a. Bred by Robert Ladbroke, he won the Derby Stakes and the Epsom Gold Cup. A useful sire he died in 1831.
Pollio (GB)
b c 1823 (Orville - Blue Stockings, by Popinjay). Sire Line Beningbrough. Family 2. He was the sire of the Oaks winner Pussy (br f 1831).

Emilius (GB) b c 1820 (Orville - Emily, by Stamford). Sire Line Beningbrough. Family 28.
Muley (GB) b c 1810 (Orville - Eleanor, by Whiskey). Sire Line Beningbrough. Family 6-a.