Shakespeare (GB)




Sire Line



Darley Arbian


Shakespeare ch c 1745 (Hobgoblin - Amorett by Bartlet's Childers). Sire Line Darley Arabian. Family 15.

Bred by Sir John Dutton, his dam, Amorett (ch f 1727), who was also called the Little Hartley Mare, was owned by the Earl of Godolphin. Lord Godolphin traded her, along with her foal, Old England, to Sir John Dutton in 1741, in exchange for Lady Cow and her foal, Marksman. Shakespeare was later purchased by Thomas Meredith of Easby, near Richmond, Yorkshire. A half brother to the Champion Sire  Blank (b c 1740 Godolphin Arabian) and Janus (b c 1738 Godolphin Arabian), he stood 15 hands 3 inches and was said to be a very strong, large boned horse and master of any weight. He ran for four years.

He stood at a number of places including Croydon, Surrey, where his fee was 1 guinea, then at Samuel Rudd's, Swaffham Market, Norfolk, for 2 guineas. When he was fourteen he stood at Thomas Thompson's, in Beverley-Skinner, near Beck-End, Yorkshire, and commanded a fee of 3 guineas. He was said to be in good health and spirits at the time. He was last advertised in 1773.

Shakespeare Hobgoblin Aleppo Darley Arabian
Hautboy Mare
Careless Mare Old Careless
Smithson Mare
Amorett Bartlet's Childers Darley Arabian
Betty Leedes
Flying Whigg Woodstock Arabian
Race Record
In his only start in 1749 he lost to Mr Prentice's Black Legs (c 1745 Blaze) over the Beacon Course at Newmarket.
In 1750 at Huntingdon he placed 2nd to Lord March's Chance (ch c Black Chance) in a 50 purse, 3-mile heats, although he did win the first heat. Later in August, at York, he beat Mr Hartley's Snail (gr c 1745 Partner) to record his first win, a 50 plate, over 4 miles, carrying 10 stone.
In 1751 he won the King's Plate at Guildford, winning 100 guineas, defeating Snail in both 4 mile heats. They each carried 12 stone. In September at Lincoln he won another King's Plate, beating Sir W Middleton's Thwackum (b c 1745 Bay Bolton Colt), both of them carrying 12 stone.
Unraced in 1752 due to tendon problems, the following year he won the aged Plate at Newmarket in April, beating Captain Vernon's Crab (gr c 1744 Crab), also called Cumberland's Crab, among others. In May he won the first heat of a 100 guineas Subscription before breaking down, after which he was retired.
Notable Offspring
In the stud he produced a number of useful daughters. Among them were an unnamed mare (f 1763), dam of Sweetbriar (ch c 1769); Titania (f 1760), taproot mare of Family 4-a, dam of Satellite (ch c 1774); December (ch f 1774), 4th dam of the St Leger winner Tarrare (b c 1823); Stella* (br f 1764), the dam of Harris's Eclipse (b c 1771); and the unnamed mare who became the dam of Lady Northumberland* (f c1770).