Blacklock (GB)





Sire Line

King Fergus




Blacklock b c 1814 (Whitelock - Mare, by Coriander). Sire Line King Fergus. Family 2-t.

Half brother to St Leger winner Theodore (b c 1819 Woful) Blacklock was bred at York by Mr Kirby and sold to Richard Watt of Bishop Burton in 1815. The Druid noted that Mr Reed "had the offer of Blacklock for 50; but he neither liked his forelegs nor the recollection of his dam when he saw her crawling past his windows, in York, on her way to the stables of Mr Moss, who had bought her for 3." Blacklock was described by a contemporary turf writer as "a queer-shaped beast, with an enormous fiddle head, but he certainly could gallop." The Druid recollected a conversation with Tom Peirse (whose father William Peirse trained Blacklock): The famous mare, The Duchess, by Cardinal York, led Blacklock in most of his exercise gallops; and, on one occasion, Tom Peirse exclaimed, in his anguish, when he saw the great half-moon head and seven-league stride of Blacklock at work, "Father's going to kill the mare with that half-thick of a horse."

In Mr Watt's stud his success will be ever remembered in the tail male descent: Blacklock - Voltaire - Voltigeur - Vedette - Galopin - St Simon. Among his sons were Chester Cup winner and stallion Brutandorf (b c 1821), Doncaster Cup winner Laurel (br c 1824), York Gold Cup winner and stallion Velocipede (ch c 1825), Tranby (br c 1826) and Belshazzar (ch c 1830) successful stallions in America, and Doncaster Cup winner Voltaire (br c 1826).

He was Champion Sire in 1829. Blacklock died at Bishop Burton in 1831.

Blacklock Whitelock Hambletonian King Fergus
Grey Highflyer
Rosalind Phoenomenon
Coriander Mare Coriander Pot8os
Wildgoose Highflyer
Race Record
In 1816 he won two races, 80gs at Pontrefact and 200gs at Doncaster.
In 1817 he lost the St Leger to Mr H Peirse's Ebor (b c 1814 Orville) apparently due to the instructions of his groom, Tommy Sykes, who told his jockey to let him "stride along" to the distance post and there acquire more instructions. The jockey was then told to pull Blacklock up, presumably to regain control since he had at that point a three lengths lead. Ebor's jockey, Bob Johnson, also heard the instructions and got Ebor past him by a head at the post. He went on to win the 340gs Gascoigne Stakes then lose the Club Stakes at the same meeting. At Richmond he won 180gs and the Dundas Stakes.
In 1818 at the York Spring meeting he won 220gs and at the August meeting he won both the Great Subscription Purse and the second Great Subscription. The same day as the latter he ran again and won 250gs defeating the Duke of Leeds's Rasping (br c 1813 Brown Bread). At Doncaster he beat The Duchess (b f 1813 Cardinal York) in the Doncaster Stakes and then walked over for 120gs. He also defeated Rasping, who had won the Gold Cup the previous day, for another 100gs, and The Duchess in the Club Stakes. At Richmond he won the Dundas Stakes then finished 4th and last for the Cup, won by Dr Syntax (br c 1811 Paynator).
In 1819 he lost a 130gs sweep to the Hon T O Powlett's The Marshal (gr c 1815 Comus) then won the Cup. In August at York he again won the Great Subscription but lost the second Great Subscription to St Helena (ch c 1814 Stripling). He then retired from the turf.
Notable Blacklock Mares
1. Bee-in-a-Bonnet (ch f 1825), dam of the stallion Riddlesworth (bbr c 1837 Emilius) and 2nd dam of Stewards' Cup winner Garry Owen (ch c 1837 St. Patrick). Family 4-c.
2. Belinda (br f 1825), 2nd dam of Doncaster Cup and Queen's Vase winner Sweetmeat (br c 1842 Gladiator). Family 21-a.
3. Miss Pratt (b f 1825), 2nd dam of St Leger and Cesarewitch winner The Baron (ch c 1842 Birdcatcher). Family 24.
4. Blacklock Mare (f 1825c), 2nd dam of Derby and Champagne Stakes winner Attila (b c 1839 Colwick). Family 15.
5. Nell (gr f 1831), 3rd dam of Two Thousand Guineas winner and stallion Vedette (br c 1854 Voltigeur), who was inbred to Blacklock 3Sx4D. Family 19-b.

Velocipede (GB) ch c 1825 (Blacklock - Mare, by Juniper). Sire Line King Fergus. Family 3-i.
Voltaire (GB) br c 1826 (Blacklock - Mare, by Phantom). Sire Line King Fergus. Family 12-a.