Sweetbriar (GB)





Sire Line

Darley Arabian





Sweetbriar ch c 1769 (Syphon - Mare, by Shakespeare). Sire Line Darley Arabian. Family 15.

Bred by Richard Grosvenor (1731-1802), 1st Earl Grosvenor, he was undefeated on the turf, winning well over 3000. After walking over for the Gold Cup at Ascot in 1775 he retired to Lord Grosvenor's stud at Oxcroft Farm, near West Wratting, in Cambridgeshire, where he stood along with Gimcrack (gr c 1760 Cripple), Mambrino (gr c 1768 Engineer) and Sweetwilliam (ch c 1768 Syphon). Although he covered very few mares besides Lord Grosvenor's, Sweetbriar sired over thirty winners, with a fee as high as 30 guineas in 1778 and 1779. He covered privately in 1780, and was sold at Tattersall's in 1790 for 20 guineas. At the age of twenty-five he stood at Mr Bott's farm at Totteridge, near Barnet, Hertfordshire, for 5 guineas.

Sweetbriar Syphon Squirt Bartlet's Childers
Sister to Old Country Wench
Patriot Mare Bolton Patriot
Crab Mare
Shakespeare Mare Shakespeare Hobgoblin
Miss Meredith Cade
Race Record
At 4: won a 50 guineas sweep at Newmarket in October, beating Lord Ossory's Chalkstone (b c 1769 Herod), the Honourable Richard Vernon's Milliner (b f 1768 Matchem), and Mr Ogilvy's Consul (br c Warren's Sportsman) over the Beacon Course, won a match against Lord Ossory's Chalkstone over the Beacon Course, with Lord Grosvenor staking 1000 guineas to 500 guineas, won a match over the Beacon Course against Mr Ogilvy's Porsenna (br c 1769 Blank), with Lord Grosvenor staking 650 guineas to 400 guineas.
At 5: all at Newmarket, won a 1000 guineas match against Chalkstone over the Beacon Course, giving him 8 pounds, won a 1000 guineas match against Mr Blake's Firetail (b c 1769 Squirrel) over the Beacon Course, won the 140 guineas subscription, beating the Duke of Grafton's Lamplighter (ch c 1769 Antinous), won a 20 guineas each sweep, beating Mr Vernon's Telemachus (b c 1770 Herod) and Lord Farnham's Jonquille (b c 1770 Squirrel) over the Round Course, collected 100 guineas forfeit from each of Mr Vernon's Prudence (br c 1769 Swiss) and the Duke of Grafton's Damper (b c 1769 Spectator), paid 150 guineas forfeit to Lord Foley's Firetail (previously owned by Mr Blake).
At 6: walked-over at the Newmarket October Meeting for the Gold Cup, over the Beacon Course, collecting 100 guineas forfeit from Mr Pigott's Shark (br c 1771 Marske). This was his final appearance on the turf.
Notable Offspring
Assassin b c 1779 (Sweetbriar - Angelica, by Snap). Sire Line Darley Arabian. Family 3-a. Bred by the 3rd Earl of Egremont, he won the Derby Stakes and a 300 guineas match against Pot8os (ch c 1773 Eclipse) over the Beacon Course at Newmarket. Assassin stood at Lord Egremont's Petworth stud in Sussex, along with Mercury (ch c 1778 Eclipse) and Trentham (b c 1766 Gower's Sweepstakes), where he sired Mr Graeme's Gunpowder (br c 1791) and Lord Egremont's Rag (b f 1786).
Chocolate (ch c 1777), sire of the good Irish stallion Cornet (b c 1792), and of Chocolate Mare (ch f 1796), ancestress of Alicante (ch f 1887 Hermit), winner of the Cambridgeshire Stakes, Prix de la Foret, Prix Jean Prat twice and the Prix Royal Oak, and Torcicollo (ch c 1918 Signorino), winner of the Premio Parioli. Chocolate also sired Young Lalage (ch f 1797), dam of De Vere (b c 1824 Feramorz).
Flyer (ch f 1777), dam of two Derby winners, Daedalus (b c 1791 Justice) and Rhadamanthus (b c 1787 Justice), and ancestress of St Leger winner, Robert the Devil (b c 1877 Bertram).
Hare (f 1794), 3rd dam of the Derby winner Phosphorus (b c 1834 Lamplighter), two One Thousand Guineas winners, Firebrand (ch f 1839 Lamplighter) and May-Day (ch f 1831 Lamplighter), and the Ascot Gold Cup winner Camarine (ch f 1828 Juniper).
Medea (b f 1778), full-sister to the Derby winner Assassin, and 2nd dam of the stallion Totteridge (br c 1791 Dungannon) and his full-sister Totterella (b f 1792 Dungannon), the dam of the July Stakes winner Little Sally (ch f 1804 Buzzard).
Rose (br f 1780), 4th dam of Flora McIvor (b f c1828 Rous' Emigrant), the great Australian matriarch and ancestress of Strawberry Road (b c 1979 Whiskey Road).
Shift (ch f 1779), 2nd dam of the three Irish stallions, Buffer (b c 1798 Prizefighter), Escape (ch c 1802 Commodore) and Rugantino (ch c 1803 Commodore).
Violet (b f 1778), 6th dam of the Australian stallion Yattendon (br c 1861 Sir Hercules), winner of the AJC Derby, AJC St Leger and the Sydney Cup.