Queen Mary (GB)

Queen Mary and Blink Bonny

Sire Line




Sir Peter Teazle


Descendants of Haricot

Caller Ou



Blink Bonny

Blair Athol

Descendants of Bonny Bell

Mary Tudor, dam of Owen Tudor

Owen Tudor

Descendants of Bonnie Doon

Arctic Prince


Descendants of Braxey




Descendants of Blooming Heather

Vieux Manoir

Bonnie Scotland


Queen Mary b f 1843 (Gladiator - Mare, by Plenipotentiary). Sire Line Highflyer. Family 10-a.

Queen Mary was bred in Yorkshire by Mr Dennis of Holderness, near Beverley, who perspicaciously sent her dam to Gladiator (ch c 1833 Partisan) in 1842, as the stallion advertisements for 1843 noted that "Lord Chesterfield and Colonel Anson and most of Scott's masters have sent nearly all their favourite mares to Gladiator and Jereed, and the stock of both have turned out amazingly well."

Queen Mary was purchased as a yearling by Mr William R Ramsay of Barnton, near Edinburgh, who sent her to William I’Anson at Gullane, also near Edinburgh, for training. In her only start, in May of 1845 at Chester, she fell, sustaining injuries that terminated her racing career. As a result she was subsequently acquired for 30 by her trainer who greatly admired Gladiator.

I'Anson sent her to Lanercost (br c 1835 Liverpool) to whom she duly produced Haricot in 1847. Haricot, scarcely taller than a pony and blessed with unfortunate conformation, disappointed to the extent that I'Anson did not bother to put her in training. Queen Mary produced her next living foal, Braxey, to Moss Trooper (br c 1839 Liverpool) in 1849 and Braxey failed to offer much improvement. Thus when I'Anson moved his training operation to Langton Wold, near Malton, he sold Queen Mary to a Forfarshire farmer for 40.

Having little aspiration for Haricot I' Anson used her as a hack until an exercise gallop in which she so impressed him that he put her into serious training. She won ten races in her first season and during her career she ran forty times winning seventeen races including the Stirling Gold Cup, the Lincolnshire Handicap and the Manchester Cup. As a five year old she was beaten only a head by Voltigeur (br c 1847 Voltaire) in the Flying Dutchman Handicap at York. Given Haricot’s success I’Anson set about reacquiring Queen Mary. Fortuitously he found her on the same Forfarshire farm where he had originally sold her. No doubt the farmer must have realised that I’Anson had good reason for wanting her back and was not going to be so sporting as to let her go for the price he paid. She was, the farmer reasoned, in foal; so after some negotiation the price agreed upon was 100. To his consternation I'Anson discovered that the farmer had had her covered by a Clydesdale stallion, to which she produced a half-bred foal in 1851.

Queen Mary had nineteen foals, of which two died young and one was half-bred. Queen Mary herself is the taproot mare of Family 10-a. Four of her daughters have branches of Family 10-a assigned to them: Bonny Bell, taproot mare of Family 10-b, Bonnie Doon, taproot mare of Family 10-c, Braxey, taproot mare of Family 10-d, and Blooming Heather, taproot mare of Family 10-e. Both Haricot and Blink Bonny were very successful in the stud as well. Queen Mary died in 1872.

Queen Mary Gladiator Partisan Walton
Pauline Moses
Plenipotentiary Mare Plenipotentiary Emilius
Myrrha Whalebone
Race Record

In 1845 she went unplaced for a 25 sovs each sweepstakes at Chester, won by Lord G. Bentinck's Princess Alice (br f 1843 Bay Middleton), with Lord Chesterfield's Curiosity (ch f 1843 Hetman Platoff) finishing 2nd and Mr. O'Brien's The Traverser (b c 1843 Gilbert Gurney) 3rd. There were 10 starters altogether.
Notable Offspring
Queen Mary (b f 1843 Gladiator) ......................
     Haricot (br f 1847 Lanercost)
     Blink Bonny (b f 1854 (Melbourne)
     Bonny Bell (b f 1860 Voltigeur) ....................
     Bonnie Doon (b f 1870 Rapid Rhone) .............
     Braxey (b f 1849 Moss Trooper) ...................
     Blooming Heather (b f 1852 Melbourne) .........
Family 10-a

Family 10-b
Family 10-c
Family 10-d
Family 10-e

Haricot (GB)

br f 1847 (Lanercost - Queen Mary, by Gladiator). Sire Line Eclipse. Family 10-a. Following her highly successful racing career (noted above) she produced twelve foals the most famous being Caller Ou (br f 1858 Stockwell) who ran for six seasons, winning forty-nine of ninety-eight races, including the St Leger. The 1909 Oaks winner Perola (ch f 1906 Persimmon), the Ascot Gold Vase winner Mackintosh (b c 1898 Florizel), and in recent times Right Tack (b c 1966 Hard Tack), winner of the Two Thousand Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes in 1969, were all descendants of Caller Ou. Haricot’s daughter, Lady Langden (br f 1868 Kettledrum), produced Hampton (b c 1872 Lord Clifden) a winner of the Doncaster Cup, the Goodwood Cup and the Goodwood Stakes, and who in turn sired three Derby winners: Merry Hampton (b c 1884), Ladas (b c 1891) and Ayrshire (br c 1885). Lady Langden was also the dam of the Derby winner Sir Bevys (br c 1876 Favonius).  Descendants of Haricot through her daughter Scarlet Runner (b f 1861 Orlando) include the Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner and stallion Riverman (b c 1969 Never Bend), Exclusive Native (ch c 1965 Raise a Native) and Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic (ch c 1996 Summer Squall). This line experienced a recent revival producing the Two Thousand Guineas winners Rock of Gibraltar (b c 1999 Danehill) and Refuse to Bend (b c 2000 Sadler's Wells), in successive years.

Blink Bonny (GB)

b f 1854 (Melbourne - Queen Mary, by Gladiator). Sire Line  Matchem. Family 10-a. Bred by William I'Anson, she won the Gimcrack Stakes, Derby Stakes, Oaks Stakes, Lancashire Oaks, and Park Hill Stakes. In the stud she produced the Derby and St Leger winner Blair Athol (ch c 1861 Stockwell), a Champion Sire in 1872, 1873, 1875 and 1877; and the Prince of Wales's Stakes winner Breadalbane (ch c 1862 Stockwell), sire of The Ill-Used* (b c 1870) who was influential in America. Other illustrious descendants include the St Leger winner Bayardo (b c 1906 Bay Ronald) and the Derby winner Lemberg (b c 1907 Cyllene), both sons of the good mare Galicia (br f 1898 Galopin). Galicia was also the grandam of the Oaks winner My Dear (b f 1915 Beppo). Blink Bonny died in 1862.

Bonny Bell (GB)

b f 1860 (Voltigeur - Queen Mary, by Gladiator). Sire Line King Fergus. Family 10-b. After Blink Bonny Queen Mary’s next influential daughter was Bonny Bell. Among her most famous descendants were the wartime Derby winner Owen Tudor (br c 1938 Hyperion), son of the French bred Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Mary Tudor (b f 1931 Pharos); Orwell (b c 1929 Gainsborough) winner of the Two Thousand Guineas and Fighting Charlie (b c 1961 Tenerani) dual winner of the Ascot Gold Cup in 1965 and 1966. Another famous descendant was the July Cup winner Cadeaux Genereux (ch c 1985 Yong Generation).

Bonnie Doon (GB)

b f 1870 (Rapid Rhone - Queen Mary, by Gladiator). Sire Line Matchem. Family 10-c. Queen Mary’s last foal, born in 1870 at the age of twenty-seven, was Bonnie Doon. Through her daughters Wharfdale (b f 1879 Hermit) and Bouvardia (bbr f 1888 Hermit) Bonnie Doon became the ancestress of Airborne (gr c 1943 Precipitation), winner of the first post war Derby and St Leger, and Arctic Prince (br c 1948 Prince Chevalier), winner in 1951, respectively. Other notable descendants are the Canadian Queen's Plate winner and stallion Victoria Park (b c 1957 Chop Chop) and the French Prix d'Ispahan winner and stallion Highest Honor (gr c 1983 Kenmare). The recent St Leger winner, Mastery (b c 2006 Sulamani), and the Lockinge Stakes winner, Peeress (ch f 2001 Pivotal), are also descendants of Bouvardia. The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winners, Rheingold (b c 1969 Faberge) and Helissio (b c 1993 Fairy King), also descend from Wharfedale.

Braxey (GB)
 b f 1849 (Moss Trooper - Queen Mary, by Gladiator). Sire Line Eclipse. Family 10-d. Queen Mary’s second foal, Braxey was a poor performer but at stud produced Thrift (ch f 1865 Stockwell) and Merino (b f 1874 Young Melbourne) both of whom produced prolific offshoots of Queen Mary’s family. Thrift was the dam of Tristan (ch c 1878 Hermit) and also ancestress of Poseidon (br c 1903 Positano), a winner of the Melbourne Cup and twice winner of the Caufield Cup. Another notable descendant of Thrift was Aggressor (b c 1955 Combat) who beat the Derby winner Parthia (b c 1956 Persian Gulf) for the Hardwicke Stakes and the fabulous Petite Etoile (gr f 1956 Petition) in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. More recent descendants of Thrift’s line are Reference Point (b c 1984 Mill Reef), winner in 1987 of the Derby, St Leger and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Monitor Closely (b c 2006 Oasis Dream), winner of the Great Voltigeur Stakes and Drosselmeyer (ch c 2007 Distorted Humor), winner of the Breeders Cup Classic and the Belmont Stakes. Merino’s daughter Miss Mildred (b f 1890 Melton) was the dam of La Roche (b f 1897 St Simon) winner of the Oaks in 1900 and the good stallion Cannobie (br c 1913 Polymelus). Via Merino, Karabas (b c 1965 Worden) winner of the 1969 Washington DC International, is also a descendant of this branch of Queen Mary’s family.

Blooming Heather (GB)

b f 1852 (Melbourne - Queen Mary, by Gladiator). Sire Line  Matchem. Family 10-e.
Queen Mary’s first foal, after the birth of the half-bred Clydesdale, was Blooming Heather. Other than finishing second for the Oaks and winning one small race, she was unsuccessful on the racecourse. Her line continued in France, where she was ancestress of Vieux Manoir (b c 1947 Brantome), winner of the Grand Prix de Paris, along with many other good French and German winners.

Other Notable Offspring

Balrownie (GB)
b c 1850 (Annandale - Queen Mary, by Gladiator). Sire Line Camel. Family 10-a. He won the Doncaster Stakes, the Pontefract Gold Cup and the Caledonian St Leger at three, finished 3rd of 17 in the Great Northern Handicap and 4th for the Manchester Cup at four years of age. He appears in many American pedigrees.

Bonnie Scotland (GB)
b c 1853 (Iago - Queen Mary, by Gladiator). Sire Line Pot8os. Family 10-a. He won the Doncaster Stakes and the Liverpool St. Leger. He was exported to America and rather late in life became the leading sire in 1880 and 1882. He was the grandsire of Ben Brush (b c 1893 Bramble), a winner of the Kentucky Derby and an important male-line influence among American pedigrees in the first half of the 20th century.

Blinkhoolie (GB)
b c 1864 (Rataplan - Queen Mary, by Gladiator). Sire Line Birdcatcher. Family 10-a. A good stayer Blinkhoolie won the Gimcrack Stakes, the Ascot Gold Vase and Queen Alexandra Stakes [Alexandra Plate]. Described as "neat," " little," and "exquisite," he was said to get small, neat stock, quite unlike Rataplan in that respect. His best son was Wisdom (b c 1873). The grand gelding Exterminator (ch g 1915 McGee), a winner of the Kentucky Derby, was a male line descendant of Blinkhoolie.

Broomielaw (GB)
b c 1862 (Stockwell - Queen Mary, by Gladiator). Sire Line Stockwell. Family 10-a. The bad tempered Broomielaw won the Dee Stakes and Ascot Triennial as a three year old, and the Newmarket Triennial, the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket, and the Chesterfield Cup at Goodwood as a four year old. Said to be a "confirmed rogue," he is probably best known as the damsire of the Derby winner Merry Hampton (b c 1884 Hampton) who sired Merry Token (b f 1891) the second dam of the great American racehorse and leading sire Man o' War (ch c 1917 Fair Play). He also got Trent (br c 1871), the winner of the Grand Prix de Paris and the Great Yorkshire Stakes. His daughter, Fasting Girl (br f 1875), was the ancestress of Glacial (br c 1966 Pardal) winner of the Svenskt St Leger and the good Italian winner Clouet (br c 1964 Hugh Lupus), sire of the Oaks d'Italia and Premio Lydia Tesio winner Zabarella (gr f 1974). Family 2-i. Another daughter, Maidenhair (b f 1871), was the ancestress of a successful family in Russia that produced two Przewodniczacego Rady Panstwa (Derby) winners, Irish Lad (b c 1900 Galtee More) and Karolyi (ch c 1901 Galtee More), as well as the Oesterreichisches Derby winner Tovabb (b f 1912 Wool Winder) in Austria and a number of other good winners in Family 3-k.

Produce Record

Year of Birth   Name, Sire Owner or Breeder
1847 br f Haricot, by Lanercost Mr W I'Anson
1848 f by Mango (died a foal) Mr. W. I'Anson
1849 b f Braxey, by Moss Trooper Mr W I'Anson
1850 b c Balrownie, by Annandale Mr W I'Anson
1851 b c Beef and Greens, by Ferneley (half-bred) Mr W I'Anson
1852 b f Blooming Heather, by Melbourne Mr W I'Anson
1853 b c Bonnie Scotland, by Iago Mr W I'Anson
1854 b f Blink Bonny, by Melbourne Mr W I'Anson
1855   barren Mr W I'Anson
1856 bbr c Balnamoon, by Annandale Mr W I'Anson
1857 b f Bab at the Bowster, by Annandale Mr W I'Anson
1858 b c Bonnyfield, by West Australian Mr W I'Anson
1859 br f Bonny Breast-Knot, by Voltigeur Mr W I'Anson
1860 b f Bonny Bell, by Voltigeur Mr W I'Anson
1861 f dead foal Mr W I'Anson
1862 b c Broomielaw, by Stockwell Mr W I'Anson
1863 b c Bertie, by Newminster Mr W I'Anson
1864 b c Blinkhoolie, by Rataplan Mr W I'Anson
1865 ch c Blankney, by Stockwell (dead) Mr W I'Anson
1866 b f Bertha, by Young Melbourne Mr H Chaplin
1867   barren Mr H Chaplin
1868   barren Mr H Chaplin
1869   barren Mr H Chaplin
1870 b f Bonnie Doon, by Rapid Rhone Mr H Chaplin
1871   barren Mr H Chaplin

AJ Byles & CA Matthes


Bonnie Scotland (GB)
b c 1853 (Iago - Queen Mary, by Gladiator). Sire Line Pot8os. Family 10-a.

Caller Ou (GB)
br f 1858 (Stockwell - Haricot, by Mango or Lanercost). Sire Line Stockwell. Family 10-a.