Cotherstone (GB)

Courtesy of Richard Green




Sire Line





Glenmasson, by Cotherstone





Cotherstone b c 1840 (Touchstone - Emma, by Whisker). Sire Line Camel. Family 7-a.

Bred at Streatlam Castle, Durham, by John Bowes (1811-1885) he was a full brother to Mowerina (b f 1843) the dam of the first triple crown winner West Australian (b c 1850 Melbourne) and a half brother to the Derby winner Mundig (ch c 1832 Catton) and to Trustee (ch c 1829 Catton) who enjoyed much success as a stallion in America. He was sold to John Charles Spencer (1782-1845), Viscount Althorp and 3rd Earl Spencer, of Althorp, near Northampton, for 3,000 guineas in 1844 prior to his breakdown at Goodwood. He was described as "thoroughly racing-like" with grand quarters.

Trained by John Scott, The Druid remarked that he was the thinnest fleshed yearling to ever arrive at Whitewall and when he was a two year old "he was always amiss". Nevertheless he ran for three years winning almost all he entered for as a two and three year old, including the Two Thousand Guineas and the Derby Stakes, and just missing the St Leger by "a short head" to Nutwith (b c 1840 Tomboy) in one of the finest races said to have taken place on the moor. He broke down in his first start as a four year old and retired to the stud. The Druid observed that "when he arrived at Althorp in his van, his fetlocks almost touched the ground".

In the stud he got a number of winners, the best of whom was probably Glenmasson (b c 1854) who won the Stewards' Cup although his daughter Coterie (b f 1862) has descendants persisting into the 20th century with the classics winners Teenoso (b c 1980 Youth) who won the Derby Stakes, Harayir (b f 1992 Gulch) who won the One Thousand Guineas Stakes and Toulon (b c 1988 Top Ville) who won the the St Leger Stakes.

Cotherstone died in April of 1864.

Cotherstone Touchstone Camel Whalebone
Selim Mare
Banter Master Henry
Emma Whisker Waxy
Gibside Fairy Hermes
Race Record
In 1842 he went unplaced for the Criterion at Newmarket Houghton, won by Lord G Bentinck's Gaper (b c 1840 Bay Middleton), with Mr R Watts's Pineapple (b c 1840 Yaxley) placing 2nd and Mr Sadler's Testy (b f 1839 Venison) 3rd. Ran a dead heat for the Nursery Stakes at the same meeting with Mr Payne's Mania (br f 1840 Muley Moloch), beating Testy and 6 others.
In 1843 he won the 900 Riddlesworth Stakes by 3 lengths at Newmarket Craven, beating Lord Eglinton's Pompey (br c 1840 Emilius) and Mr Thornhill's Elixir (ch c Emilius). Won the 900 Column Stakes by 3 lengths at the same meeting, beating Colonel Peel's Murat (b c 1840 Slane), Lord Albemarle's The Brewer (b c Plenipotentiary) and Mr Thornhill's One Thousand Guineas winner Extempore (b f 1840 Emilius). Won the Two Thousand Guineas by 3 lengths at Newmarket First Spring, beating the Duke of Richmond's Cornopean (b c 1840 Elis) and Lord Orford's Mallard (b c 1840 St Patrick). Won the 4200 Derby Stakes "easily" by 2 lengths at Epsom, beating Colonel Charreties's Gorhambury (b c 1840 Buzzard), Sir G Heathcote's Sirikol (br c 1840 Sheet Anchor), Sir G Heathcote's Khorassan (ch c 1840 Samarcand), Lord G Bentinck's Gaper, Mr Blakelock's A British Yeoman (br c 1840 Liverpool), Mr Taylor's Gamecock (b c 1840 Jereed), Mr Griffith's Newcourt (b c 1840 Sir Hercules), Mr Mostyn's General Polock (ch c 1840 Velocipede), Lord Chesterfield's Parthian (b c 1840 Jereed), Mr Bell's Winesour (ch c 1840 Velocipede), Lord Westminster's Ameer (b c 1840 Touchstone), Lord Eglinton's Arisides (b c 1840 Bay Middleton), Elixir, Mr Harvey Combe's Fakeaway (b c 1840 Freney) and 8 others; only the first two were placed. Won the 2150 Gratwick Stakes easily by 2 lengths at Goodwood, beating Khorassan, Mr Gratwick's Mary (br f 1840 Elis) and Gaper. Finished 2nd for the St Leger Stakes at Doncaster, won by Mr Wrather's Nutwith (b c 1840 Tomboy). Won the 200 sovs each Three Year Old Stakes by 3 lengths at the same meeting, beating Colonel Anson's Napier (ch c 1840 Gladiator) and Aristides. Won the 1195 Royal Stakes by a length at Newmarket Second October, beating Fakeaway and 2 others. Sold to Lord Spencer.
In 1844 he broke down when running for a 300 sovs each sweep at Goodwood, won by Aristides, with Lord Exeter's Phlegon (b c Sultan) placing 2nd.
Notable Cotherstone Mares
1. Glauca (ch f 1846), won the Woodcote Stakes, Gimcrack Stakes and the Cesarewitch. Family 24.
2. Nina (br f 1846), won the Criterion Stakes, dam of Champagne Stakes and St James's Palace Stakes winner Walloon (b c 1858 The Flying Dutchman). Family 16.
3. Nightcap (b f 1847), 2nd dam of the Middle Park Stakes winner Newry (b c 1871 Lacydes) and the Manchester Cup winner Attalus (b c 1875 Lacydes). Family 6-b.
4. Hirsuta (ch f 1849), owned by G Payne, won the Nassau Stakes. Family 24.
5. Peggy Whitethroat (b f 1854), 3rd dam of the Derby Italiano winner Enio (ch c 1886 Hamlet). Family 15-b.
6. Swallow (ch f 1855), 2nd dam of the (DH) Derby winner Harvester (br c 1881 Sterling), the Queen's Vase winner Skylark (b c 1873 King Tom) and the Coronation Stakes winner Red Wing (br f 1875 Blair Athol). She was also ancestress of the Lincolnshire winner Wolf's Crag (br c 1890 Barcaldine), the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Widgeon (ch f 1885 King Lud) and a good family of winners in Eastern Europe. Family 15-b.
7. Coterie (b f 1862), ancestress of Poule d'Essai des Poulains winner Vatout (b c 1926 Prince Chimay), Prix du Jockey Club and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Verso (b c 1940 Pinceau) and Prix du Conseil Municipal winner Vandale (b c 1943 Plassy). Family 3-c.
Other  Notable Offspring
Speed the Plough (GB)
br c 1850 (Cotherstone - The Farmer's Daughter, by Muley Moloch). Sire Line Camel. Family 12-a. Won the Criterion Stakes. He doesn't appear to have gotten any stock that bred on.
Pumicestone (GB)
b c 1851 (Cotherstone - The Duchess of Lorraine, by Pantaloon). Sire Line Camel. Family 2. Won the Stewards' Cup.
Woodcote (GB)
ch c 1851 (Cotherstone - The Empress, by Assassin). Sire Line Camel. Family 5. Won the Woodcote Stakes.
Glenmasson (GB)
b c 1854 (Cotherstone - Annette, by Priam). Sire Line Camel. Family 16. Won the Stewards' Cup. In the stud got the Cambridgeshire and Lincoln Handicap winner Vestminster (br c 1866).