Theodore (GB)

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Sire Line




Theodore b c 1819 (Woful - Mare, by Coriander). Sire Line Pot8os. Family 2-t.

Bred by the Hon [Robert] Edward Petre (1794-1898), Theodore was a half-brother to to the Champion Sire Blacklock (b c 1814 Whitelock). Petre won the St Leger four times, with Theodore, Matilda (b f 1824 Comus), The Colonel (ch c 1825 Whisker) and Rowton (ch c 1826 Oiseau).

His turf career spanned five years during which he started twenty-one times, was victorious in nine of those, finished second seven times, third once, and went unplaced four times.

His victory in the Great St Leger came as a surprise due to his unsoundness, severe enough to send him off at 100 to 1. Bets against him were said to include £1000 to a crown, and £100 to a walking-cane. Even his owner had so little hope that he sold his book to Rhodes Mills for £200 (who made thousands), and his jockey John Jackson reputedly burst into tears when told to ride what he termed "such a cripple as that". Nevertheless, Jackson followed his instructions to race at his best pace, went off on the lead, was never headed and won by four lengths.

He was purchased by William Carleton at the end of his four year old season and sent to France in 1838.

Theodore Woful Waxy Pot8os
Penelope Trumpator
Coriander Mare Coriander Pot8os
Wildgoose Highflyer
Race Record
In 1821 he won at Richmond, finished second at Doncaster and went unplaced at York in his three starts.
Of his five starts as a three year old he won four, a sweep at Catterick, the St Leger at York, a sweep at Newcastle, the Great St Leger at Doncaster and finished second in the Gascoigne Stakes at Newmarket.
He did little in 1823, starting twice, for a second at Doncaster and a third at the same place for the Club Stakes.
In 1824 he started five times, winning the Manchester Gold Cup, running second for a Gold Tureen at Leeds and for the Fitzwilliam Stakes at York, and going unplaced twice more.
His fortune, or perhaps his corns, improved in 1825. He won three of six starts, the Gold Cup and the Members' Plate at Edinburgh along with another race at the same place. He finished second in the Trial Stakes and the Cromarty Gold Cup at Inverness and ran unplaced once more before his retirement from the turf.