Baronet (GB)





Sire Line






Baronet b c 1785 (Vertumnus - Penultima, by Snap). Sire Line Eclipse. Family 61.

Bred by Sir John Webb and later owned by Sir William Vavasour he was a half brother to the Royal Plate winner Constant (b f 1789 Highflyer). Sir William also owned Joe Andrews (b c 1778 Eclipse) and numerous other racehorses. Baronet stood nearly sixteen hands and was described as unequalled in elegance and finish. He was purchased by HRH the Prince of Wales at the end of 1789.

He covered in England from 1792 to 1795. William Constable purchased him as a ten-year old from James Weatherby and he was exported to New York along with the Pot8os Mare who would become the grandam of American Eclipse (ch c 1814 Duroc). He covered in New York and New Jersey until 1803. Sold to Walter Carr, James Martin and D McGavock he stood in 1807 north of Nashville. Although he saw few well bred mares he sired Empress, the grandam of the celebrated racemare Ariel (gr f 1822 American Eclipse) and her brother, the useful stallion Lance (b c 1821 American Eclipse).

Baronet Vertumnus Eclipse Marske
Sweeper Mare Sweeper
Tartar Mare
Penultima Snap Snip
Sister to Slipby
Sister to Nabob Cade
Sister to Drudge
Race Record

In 1788 he won 80 guineas at Catterick Bridge, beating Mr Ratcliff'e Whitenose (b c Tandem) along with six others, followed by £50 at York, beating Sir J Webb's Mary Ann (br f 1784 Florizel) and five others. He then finished 2nd in a 20 guineas sweep at Newcastle to Lord A Hamilton's Scorpion (br c 1785 Il'Mio).

In 1789 he finished 2nd in a 10 guineas each sweep at the York Spring meeting, won by Mr Wetherell's Windlestone (gr c 1783 Magnet), beating one other. In August he beat Windlestone in a match for 500 guineas at York. At the same place he finished 6th in the Great Subscription, won by J Hutchinson's Traveller (b c 1785 Highflyer), whilst managing to defeat Scorpion. He fared a little better in his next engagement, winning the first heat in a £100 Plate at Doncaster, ultimately won by Mr Wentworth's Gustavus (b c 1785 Young Morwick). In his final start of the year he won £50 at New Malton, beating Mr Garforth's Tamerlane (ch c 1786 Young Marske) and four others.

Baronet did not race in 1790.

In 1791 he won the Oatlands at Ascot, worth 2800 guineas, beating Mr Barton's Express (b c 1785 Postmaster), Lord Barrymore's Chanticleer (ch c 1787 Woodpecker) and sixteen others, including such good horses as Escape (b c 1785 Highflyer), Coriander (b c 1786 Pot8os), Skylark (b c 1786 Highflyer), Precipitate (ch c 1787 Mercury) and Buzzard (ch c 1787 Woodpecker). He then walked over for the King's Plate at Winchester. He won the King's Plate at Lewes, beating the Duke of Bedford's Cardock (b c 1785 Jupiter) in both heats. After walking over for the King's Plate at Canterbury he won the King's Plate at Newmarket, First October, beating Coriander, Cardock and one other, which was his final race.