Sedbury (GB)

Courtesy of Richard Green

Sedbury was painted many times






Sire Line



Byerley Turk



Sedbury ch c 1734 (Old Partner - Old Montague Mare, by Darcy's Woodcock). Sire Line Byerley Turk. Family 68.

Sedbury was foaled in the custody of Andrew Wilkinson (1697-1784) of Boroughbridge, Yorkshire, who had acquired Sedbury's dam, Old Montague, on the death of James Darcy (1707-1733), 2nd Baron Darcy of Navan. James Darcy, formerly James Jessop, was the son of William Jessop (1665-1734) of Broom Hall and the Hon Mary Darcy, daughter of James Darcy the Younger, 1st Baron Darcy. Andrew Wilkinson, who had married Barbara Jessop, sister of James, sold Sedbury before he turned a year old to Mr Mann, also of Boroughbridge. It was reported that Wilkinson often said that "he had sold the best horse in England for 5 guineas, and never rued after," [Pick 1:59] and presumably Mr Mann was as well satisfied since in his custody Sedbury won five of six starts. In November of 1739 he was sold to Mr Martindale, who was a later owner of Regulus (b c 1739 Godolphin Arabian). Described as a horse of exquisite beauty, fine shape and form, Sedbury was said to be the best of his size in his day.

Sedbury had some success in the stud. He stood at least part of the time at Leeming Lane, in Yorkshire, where such notable stallions as the Bald Galloway (St Victor's Barb) and Whitenose (b c 1742 Godolphin Arabian) also covered in yards belonging to establishments like the Old Salutation and the Oak Tree. His fee was advertised at 5 guineas upon his retirement from the turf and later declined to 3 guineas. His son, Alfred (b c 1749), was the sire of an unnamed mare who was exported to America and there produced the good stallion Batte & Macklin's Fearnought (b c 1777 Fearnought*). Other sons, Tantivy (b c 1749) and Soldier (ch c 1747), fared well as a racehorses. The latter won the Town Plate at Newmarket and five 50 Plates, beating Danby Cade (b c 1747 Cade) at Epsom and Lord March's Wanton (b c 1747 Cade) at Marlow. His daughter, Brandy Nan, helped to establish Family 34. Another daughter, Miss Western (ch f 1746), half-sister to Spilletta, the dam of Eclipse (ch c 1764 Marske), was ancestress of the stallions Pretender (ch c 1771 Marske) and Pandolpho (ch c 1789 Pretender). An unnamed daughter contributed to Family 5, and was the ancestress of such good stallions as Defence (b c 1824 Whalebone) and The Emperor (ch c 1841 Defence). Sedbury died at Leeming Lane, around 1759.

Sedbury Partner Jigg Byerley Turk
Charming Jenny
Sister to Mixbury Curwen's Bay Barb
Spot Mare
Old Montague Mare Darcy's Woodcock Bustler
Race Results

In 1738 he won 20 guineas at Hambleton, beating Lord Halifax's No Name (Old Partner) and five others, carring 9 stone over three miles. In September at Yarum he ran second in a 20 guineas purse, won by Mr Davidson's Look-about-you (gr c 1734 Robinson Crusoe), beating Mr Metfcalf's Shepherdess (gr f Hampton Court Grey Barb) and two others, all carrying 9 stone.

In April of 1739 he won 30 guineas at Carlisle beating Shepherdess and two others, all carrying 9 stone in three-mile heats. Still in April, he won 40 guineas at Bishop Burton, defeating Mr Pierse's Dismal (gr c 1733 Godolphin Arabian) and four others. He next won 40 guineas at Durham, beating Mr Jeffrey's Swallow (gr c Old Swallow) and two others, all under 10 stone. In August at York he won the Ladies' Plate, worth 60 sovereigns, beating Lady Coningsby's Ruby (ro c Sir Michael Newton's Arabian), Mr Davidson's Look-about-you, and Mr Osbaldeston's Trial (b c Bartlet's Childers). Sedbury was ridden by Thomas Jackson, Ruby by Christopher Jackson, and Look-about-you by Match'em Timms. Each carried 10 stone over four miles. In November Mr Martindale purchased Sedbury.

In 1740 he won 40 guineas at Epsom beating three others, all at 10 stone. In May at Guildford he won the King's Plate, defeating Lord Portmore's Slipby (br c 1734 Old Fox), and Sir M Newton's Elephant (gr c 1734 Newton's Grey Arabian), at 12 stone in four-mile heats. In June he won the King's Plate at Salisbury, beating Slipby, Ruby and one other, at 12 stone in four-mile heats. He walked-over for the King's Plate at Canterbury in August. Ten days later he lost the King's Plate at Lewes to Sir M Newton's Elephant, at 12 stone in four-mile heats. In October he lost the King's Plate at Newmarket to Lord Godolphin's Cade (b c 1734 Godolphin Arabian), sire of Matchem, with two others in the field, at 12 stone in four-mile heats.

In March of 1741 at Newmarket he won the King's Plate, beating Cade in both four-mile heats, along with three others. He next won the 60 guineas Prince of Wales's Purse at Epsom, at 12 stone over four miles. In May he walked-over at Guildford for 50 guineas, and in July he walked-over at Winchester for 50 sovereigns. In August at Stockbridge he won 50, beating Mr Neale's Second (b c 1732 Childers), at 12 stone over four miles. Then at Oxford he won 50 guineas, defeating Mr Bee's Looby (b c 1728 Bay Bolton), who had previously belonged to the Duke of Bolton, at 12 stone in four-mile heats. In August at Gloucester he won 50 beating Mr Richard Williams's Black Chance (bl c 1732 Hutton's Bay Barb), who had previously belonged to the late Mr J Hutton, in both heats.

Sedbury had no success in 1742. He lost both four-mile heats for a purse of 50 at Nottingham to Sir Marmaduke Wyvill's Volunteer (b c 1735 Young Belgrade), and at York in August he lost a purse of 50 sovereigns to Mr Aislabie's Poor Robin (ch c Robinson Crusoe), the latter said to be in high form.

In May of 1743 he won 50 at Epsom, then moved on to York, where he won 50 in August, defeating the Duke of Perth's Chance (b g Lowther Arabian), who was said to have attained fame by beating several of the best horses in the north [Pick 1:281]. Both carried 12 stone in four-mile heats. He next won 50 at Stockbridge beating three others, at 12 stone in four-mile heats.

In March of 1744 he won 60 guineas defeating the Duke of Ancaster's Brisk (b c Cinnamon), Lord Cullen's Silvertail (ro f 1737 Heneage's Whitenose), and two others, Sedbury carrying 9 stone and Brisk 8 stone 7 pounds, in four-mile heats. This was Sedbury's final race.