Sir Peter Teazle (GB)

Sir Peter Teazle




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Sir Harry, by Sir Peter Teazle







Sir Peter Teazle br c 1784 (Highflyer - Papillon, by Snap). Sire Line Highflyer. Family 3.

Named for the Sir Peter Teazle in the Sheridan comedy The School for Scandal, which had been recently popular in the theatre, and commonly called "Sir Peter," he was bred by Edward Smith Stanley, the 12th Earl of Derby. Lord Derby's second wife was Ellen Farren who played the part of Lady Teazle. Lord Derby is also remembered as the host of many parties held at his country house, The Oaks, which was near Epsom. Both the Derby Stakes and the Oaks Stakes were an outcome of these festivities, the first named after the host and the second after his house.

After a highly successful turf career, in which he won his first start, the Derby Stakes, Sir Peter retired to stud at Knowsley. At the time Ambrosio (b c 1793) was considered his best son although Walton (b c 1799) was certainly more of an enduring influence. He also numbered among his offspring a remarkable number of classics winners, including four Derby winners, four St Leger winners and two Oaks winners. Mr Taunton found similarity between the careers of Sir Peter and Waxy (b c 1790) [Portraits of Celebrated Racehorses:167].

"Nimrod" notes that Sir Peter combined the blood of King Herod, Blank, Snap, Regulus and the Godolphin Arabian, and that he believed that Sir Peter, despite having forelegs that broke down at four and his tendency to pass this on to his progeny, had produced more winners than any other horse before him, excepting Eclipse and King Herod [The Chace, The Road, and The Turf:159].

Sir Peter sired 350 winners who won between them 126,726 and 34 Cups, and was Champion Sire ten times. He died August 10, 1811.

Sir Peter Teazle Highflyer King Herod Tartar
Rachel Blank
Sister to South
Papillon Snap Snip
Sister to Slipby
Miss Cleveland Regulus
Race Record
At 3: won the Derby Stakes at Epsom, worth 950 guineas, beating Gunpowder (ch c 1784 Eclipse) and Doncaster Cup winner, Bustler (ch c 1784 Florizel), won 450 guineas sweepstake at Ascot, beating Lampo (b c 1784 Fulmine), at Newmarket the 1400 guineas subscription, beating Poker (b c 1784 Magnet), the 100 guineas Prince of Wales's Plate, beating Mark-ho! (b c Mark Anthony) and the Oaks winner, Yellow Filly (ch f 1783 Tandem), 500 guineas match from Bullfinch (ch c 1784 Woodpecker), 140 guineas beating Letitia (b f 1783 Highflyer), collected 100 guineas compromise from Bullfinch, walked-over for a 140 guineas sweepstake.
At 4: all at Newmarket, won Jockey Club Stakes, worth 300 guineas, beating Bustler and Poker, 1200 guineas Claret Stakes, beating Bustler and Bubble (b c 1784 Highflyer), 150 guineas, beating Bubble and Don Quixote (ch c 1784 Eclipse), Grosvenor Stakes, worth 225 guineas, beating Mentor (br c 1784 Justice), 300 guineas match from Maria (b f 1783 Telemachus), collected a 250 guineas compromise from Mentor, 350 guineas forfeit from Mentor, 2nd 500 guineas match, losing to Dash (b c 1784 Florizel).
At 5: won 425 guineas beating Meteor (ch c 1783 Eclipse), 2nd 500 guineas match to Mulberry (br c 1783 Florizel), paid 500 guineas forfeit to Dash, paid 425 guineas to Meteor, broke down in the running of a 70 guineas purse won by Cardock (b c 1785 Jupiter).
Notable Offspring
Archduke* (br c 1796), won the Derby Stakes, and sired Roseden, who was sent to Ireland where in turn he sired the Roseden Mare, taproot of Half-Bred Family B1. Archduke was later sent to America where he proved a useful sire.
Beatrice (b f 1791), 2nd dam of Gibside Fairy (b f 1811 Hermes), matriarch of Family 7-a, and grandam of two Derby winners, Cotherstone (b c 1840 Touchstone) and Mundig (ch c 1832 Catton).
Caleb Quotem (b c 1802), won the Doncaster Cup and sired Prodigious (b f 1814), the 2nd dam of One Thousand Guineas winner Barcarolle (b f 1835 Emilius).
Cecilia (b f 1793), dam of Doncaster Cup winner Whitenose (b c 1806 Don Quixote).
Ditto [Williamson's] (b c 1800), won the Derby Stakes, Claret Stakes and Craven Stakes, sired Luzborough* (br c 1820), a distinguished sire in America.
Fanny (b f 1796), 2nd dam of Mulatto (b c 1823 Catton), who sired the Derby winner Bloomsbury (b c 1836) and the taproot mare of Family 2-h, Martha Lynn (br f 1837).
Fyldener (b c 1803), won the St Leger Stakes, sired Mrs Lot, the 2nd dam of Henckel-Rennen winner Erbprinz (b c 1847 Coronation).
Sister to Haphazard (b f 1798), from whom nearly all of Family 35 descends.
Hermione (br f 1791), won the Oaks Stakes.
Houghton Lass (b f 1801), dam of Comus (ch c 1809 Sorcerer), who in turn sired the One Thousand Guineas winner, Catgut (br f 1816), the Two Thousand Guineas winner, Grey Momus (gr c 1835), two St Leger winners, Matilda (b f 1824) and Reveller (b c 1815), as well as Humphrey Clinker (b c 1822) who continued the Matchem sire line.
Lady Jane (b f 1796), won 5 races at three and placed 2nd in the Oaks Stakes, dam of the Oaks winner Briseis (b f 1804 Beningbrough). Briseis produced the One Thousand Guineas and Oaks winner, Corinne (br f 1815), along with the Ascot Gold Cup winner, Marcellus (b c 1819) and Abjer (br c 1817). Lady Jane was also 3rd dam of Harkaway (ch c 1834 Economist).
Maiden (b f 1801), 2nd dam of Camel (br c 1822 Whalebone), the Champion Sire in 1838.
Margaretta (br f 1802), dam of the useful stallion Waverley (br c 1817 Whalebone), who in turn sired the St Leger winner, Don John (b c 1835), and the useful stallions The Bard (b c 1833) and The Saddler (br c 1828).
Mary (b f 1803), dam of the One Thousand Guineas and Oaks winner, Neva (b f 1814 Cervantes).
Mary Ann (b f 1791), dam of the Oaks winner, Oriana (b f 1807 Beningbrough) and the stallion Windle (b c 1804 Beningbrough).
Paris (br c 1803), won the Derby Stakes and two sweepstakes.
Parisot (br f 1793), won the Oaks Stakes.
Paulina (b f 1804), won the St Leger Stakes, a King's Plate, the Produce Stakes and the Filly Stakes, taproot mare of Family 8-e.
Pea-Hen (b f 1802), 2nd dam of the One Thousand Guineas winner, Selim Filly (br f 1812 Selim).
Petronius (b c 1805), won the St Leger Stakes.
Rival (br f 1800), 3rd dam of Sir Hercules (bl c 1826 Whalebone), sire of the Derby winner, Coronation (b c 1838), the St Leger winner, Faugh-a-Ballagh (br c 1841), the Two Thousand Guineas winner, The Corsair (bl c 1836), and more importantly, Birdcatcher (ch c 1822), who continued the main branch of the Eclipse sire line.
Robin Redbreast* (b c 1796), sire of Robin Redbreast Mare (f), she the dam of Old Flirtilla (b f 1829 Sir Archy), and the good stallions, Thornton's Rattler (ch c 1816 Sir Archy) and Sumpter (ch c 1818 Sir Archy). Old Flirtilla was also the dam of Ringgold (ch c 1842 Boston).
Sir Harry (GB)*
br c 1795 (Sir Peter Teazle - Matron, by Alfred). Sire Line Highflyer. Family 4-o. Bred by Joseph Cookson and running for Mr Cookson, Mr Turnor and Mr Concannon he won the Derby and Claret Stakes and a King's Plate. Sir Harry covered the 1803 season at O'Kelly's Cannons, in Middlesex and the 1804 season at O'Kelly's, Clay Hill, Epsom, where he got the dam of the Oaks winner Medora (ch f 1811 Selim), herself a broodmare of note, although his stud career in England seems otherwise undistinguished. Consigned to William Haxall in Petersburg, Virginia, he arrived in November. Spending most of his stud career at various Virginia studs he moved in 1816 to Samuel Griffith`s, Harford County, Maryland. He more than repaid his supporters by getting some of the finest racing stock hitherto seen in Virginia including Haxall's Sir Alfred (b c 1806) and Sir Hal (b c 1809) whilst Sir Harry mares were held in great esteem and especially successful when crossed with Sir Archy (b c 1805 Diomed*).
Sir Oliver (b c 1800), won the Doncaster Cup, and sired the Two Thousand Guineas winner Olive (b c 1811) and the Chester Cup winner, Doge of Venice (ch c 1818).
Sir Paul (b c 1802), won the Craven Stakes and placed 3rd in the St Leger and a sweepstakes. A mediocre stallion at best, nevertheless, he contributed to the Herod sire line which produced the worthy stallions Wild Dayrell (br c 1852 Ion), a Derby winner, and Buccaneer (b c 1857 Wild Dayrell), and later culminated in a line of superb German stallions, Trachenberg (ch c 1879), sire of Hannibal (ch c 1891), sire of Fels (b c 1903), sire of Laland (b c 1913).
Sir Peter Teazle Mare (b f 1802), 4th dam of matriarch and taproot of Family 10-a, Queen Mary (b f 1843), who numbered among her foals the Derby and Oaks winner Blink Bonny (b f 1854 Melbourne) and the Leading Sire Bonnie Scotland* (b c 1853 Iago).
Sir Peter Teazle Mare (br f 1802), 2nd dam of Derby and Port Stakes winner Prince Leopold (b c 1813 Hedley).
Stamford (br c 1794), twice won the Doncaster Cup, and placed 2nd in the St Leger Stakes and a King's Plate. He was best represented by his good daughters, including the taproot mare of Family 5-e, Belvoirina (b f 1813), and Stamford Mare (ch f 1803), dam of Doncaster Cup winner Trophonius (b c 1807 Sorcerer).
Virgin (br f 1801), 3rd dam of the good stallion Velocipede (ch c 1825 Blacklock), he the sire of the Derby winner Amato (br c 1835), the Two Thousand Guineas winner Meteor (ch c 1839) and the Oaks and St. Leger winner Queen of Trumps (br f 1832). Virgin was also the 5th dam of the Derby winner and Champion Sire Galopin (b c 1872 Vedette).
Zaida (bl f 1806), dam of the One Thousand Guineas winner Zeal (b f 1818 Partisan), the latter the dam of the One Thousand Guineas winner Arab (br f 1824 Woful). Arab was the 2nd dam of the Prix du Jockey Club winner Renonce (ch c 1840 Young Emilius). Zeal was also the dam of the One Thousand Guineas and Oaks winner Zinc (br f 1820 Woful).

Ambrosio (GB) b c 1793 (Sir Peter Teazle - Tulip, by Damper). Sire Line Highflyer. Family 3-a.
Haphazard (GB) br c 1797 (Sir Peter Teazle - Miss Hervey, by Eclipse). Sire Line Highflyer. Family 35.
Walton (GB) b c 1799 (Sir Peter Teazle - Arethusa, by Dungannon). Sire Line Highflyer. Family 7.