West Australian (GB)

West Australian




Sire Line





West Australian b c 1850 (Melbourne - Mowerina, by Touchstone). Sire Line Matchem. Family 7-a.

Bred in Durham by John Bowes of Streatlam Castle from his home-bred mare Mowerina (b f 1843 Touchstone), who had finished second in the One Thousand Guineas Stakes in 1846. She was said to be named after a farm that Mr Bowes owned in Australia. West Australian was a full brother to three winners: North Derby winner Marley Hill (bl c 1851), Yorkshire Oaks winner and Oaks 3rd Victoria (b f 1853), and Nassau Stakes winner Go-Ahead (br f 1855). He was also a half brother to The Old Orange Girl (b f 1860 Kingston) winner of the Zetland Biennial Stakes and thrice winner of the Bentinck Memorial Stakes, Baragah (ch c 1861 Stockwell) winner of Ascot Biennial Stakes and twice winner of the Bentinck Memorial Stakes, and Ebor Handicap and Great Northern St Leger winner Westwick (b c 1863 Stockwell).

Trained by John Scott and affectionately called "The West" by his jockey Frank Butler he won nine of ten starts, including the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes, the Derby Stakes and the St Leger Stakes and has the distinction of being the very first triple crown winner. He was sold in 1854 for 5000 guineas to Lord Londesborough for whom he won the Ascot Gold Cup. The latter race was considered the fastest ever run for the Cup and many, it was said, thought him to be the best racehorse of the century at the time.

He covered at Kirkby, near Tadcaster, for a fee of 30 guineas along with Stockwell, prior to his export to France. In England he had moderate success in the stud getting the Oaks winner Summerside (br f 1856) and the Two Thousand Guineas winner The Wizard (b c 1857). He was later sold for 4000 guineas to the Duc de Morny and sent to France.

West Australian died in 1870.

West Australian Melbourne Humphrey Clinker Comus
Cervantes Mare Cervantes
Golumpus Mare
Mowerina Touchstone Camel
Emma Whisker
Gibside Fairy
Race Record

In 1852 he finished 2nd for the Criterion at Newmarket Houghton, won by Mr G Payne's Speed The Plough (b c 1850 Cotherstone), beating Lord Exeter's Filbert (b c 1850 Nutwith), the Duke of Bedford's Prendergast winner Sittingbourne (ch c 1850 Chatham), Mr W Bosville's Ionic (b c 1850 Ion) and 2 others. Won the 700 Glasgow Stakes at the same meeting, beating Filbert by 2 lengths, Speed-the-Plough and General Anson's chestnut Don John colt.

In 1853 he won the 3300 Two Thousand Guineas Stakes at Newmarket First Spring, beating Sittingbourne by a half length, Lord Glasgow's Barbatus (b c 1850 Bay Middleton), Sir J Hawley's Orinoco (b c 1850 Orlando), Filbert and 2 others. Won the 5400 Derby at Epsom, beating Sittingbourne by a neck, Mr Powney's Cineas (b c 1850 Touchstone), Rataplan (ch c 1850 The Baron), Baron Rothschild's Orestes (b c 1850 Orlando), Lord Derby's Great Yorkshire Stakes winner Umbriel (br c 1850 Touchstone), Captain Lane's Ascot Derby winner Ninnyhammer (ch c 1850 Orlando), the Duke of Richmond's Bentinck Memorial winner Pharos (br c 1850 Touchstone), Mr Knowles's Newmarket Handicap winner Talfourd (b c 1850 Ion), Mr Oliver's City and Suburban winner Ethelbert (ch c 1850 Faugh-a-Ballagh), Mr Way's Royal Hunt Cup winner Brocket (br c 1850 Melbourne), Barbatus, Filbert, Orinoco, Cesarewitch winner Mr Sykes (b c 1850 Sir Tatton Sykes) and 12 others. Won the 2175 St Leger at Doncaster, beating Lord John Scott's The Reiver (b c 1850 Pantaloon), Rataplan, Mr W I'Anson's Doncaster Stakes winner Balrownie (b c 1850 Annandale), Lord Exeter's Cobnut (ch c 1850 Nutwith), the Duke of Bedford's Feversham (b c 1850 Chatham), Sittingbourne, Cineas, and 2 others. Walked over for a 200 sovs each sweep at the same meeting (13 subscribers) with Lord Exeter's Cobnut withdrawing his stake by consent. Walked over for the 850 Grand Duke Michael Stakes at Newmarket First October with Cobnut receiving 300 sovs not to start.

In 1854 he collected a 250 sovs half forfeit at Newmarket First Spring from Lord Glasgow's Barbatus for a 500 sovs match. Running for Lord Londesborough he won the 470 Biennial at Ascot, beating Lord Eglinton's Vanderdecken (br c 1850 Bay Middleton) and Filbert. Won the 540 Gold Cup at the same meeting, beating Mr Morris's Kingston (b c 1849 Venison) by a head, Mr Parr's Rataplan, Cobnut, The Nabob (bl c 1849 The Nob) and Orestes. Won a 1200 sweepstakes at Goodwood, beating Cobnut by 20 lengths and Hazelnut by 200 yards.
Notable West Australian Mares
1. Lady Roden (br f 1856), dam of July Stakes and Norfolk Stakes winner Liddington (b c 1862 Orlando) and ancestress of the stallions July Cup and Golden Jubilee winner Energy (ch c 1880 Sterling) and Two Thousand Guineas winner Enthusiast (ch c 1886 Sterling). Family 27-a.
2. Summerside (br f 1856), bred by Admiral Harcourt, winner of the Oaks Stakes, 2nd dam of the Lincolnshire Handicap and Rous Memorial Stakes winner Poulet (ch c 1877 Peut-Etre), 3rd dam of Yorkshire Oaks winner Fairmile (b f 1895 Common) and Craven Stakes winner Headpiece (br c 1897 Morion). Family 18-a.
3. West Australian Mare (b f 1857), dam of the Queen Alexandra and Ascot Stakes winner Musket (b c 1867 Toxophilite) and the Chester Cup winner Windsor (b f 1877 Hermit), and ancestress of the Oaks winner Straightlace (b f 1921 Son-in-Law). Family 3-d.
4. West Australian Mare (ch f 1857), dam of the Manchester Cup winner Sir Bertram (ch c 1868 Hesper). Family 9.
5. Couleur de Rose (b f 1858), dam of the Manchester Cup winner Retrousse (b c 1863 Tournament) and the Gimcrack Stakes winner Duke of Cumberland (ch c 1877 George Frederick), ancestress of One Thousand Guineas and Oaks winner Reve d'Or (ch f 1884 Hampton). Family 4.
6. La Traviata (b f 1860), dam of Deutsches Derby winner Bauernfanger (b c 1868 Grimston) and Grosser Preis von Baden winner Hochstapler (b c 1870 Savernake). Family 5-b.
7. Lady Sefton (bbr f 1861), dam of the Derby winner Sefton (b c 1875 Speculum). Family 25.
8. Jeune Premiere (b f 1864), bred in France, winner of the Prix de Diane. Family 19-b.
9. Stella (ch f 1868), bred in France, ancestress of the Prix du Jockey Club (DH) and Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud winner Sea Sick (b c 1905 Elf). Family 19-a.
Other Notable Offspring

Joskin (bbr c 1856), stallion, sire of the Middle Park Stakes winner Plebeian (b c 1872) who was the damsire of the Champion Sire and Two Thousand Guineas winner St. Frusquin (br c 1893 St. Simon).

The Wizard (b c 1857), bred by the 2nd Earl of Durham, winner of Two Thousand Guineas Stakes and King Edward VII Stakes. He was later sent to Germany and there got the Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen winner Goswin (b c 1864) and the Zukunfts-Rennen winner Dorothee (b f 1871).

Solon (b c 1861), bred by Mr Christopher St George, stood 16 hands and was described as a horse of "great power, and an excellent performer." He was raised in Ireland although foaled at Mentmore whilst his dam was visiting King Tom. He won seven of twelve starts as a three year old and two of three as a four year old. He covered in England and Ireland, and became a link in the Matchem sire line to the St Leger winner and Champion Sire Hurry On (ch c 1913 Marcovil).

Bagdad (b c 1862), bred in France, sire of the Prix du Jockey Club and Prix Jean Prat winner Reluisant (ch c 1882).

Ruy Blas (b c 1864), bred in France, won the Grosser Preis von Baden and was later a successful stallion.

Australian (GB)* ch c 1858 (West Australian - Emilia, by Young Emilius). Sire Line Matchem. Family 11.