Blue Peter (British horse)

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Blue Peter
Blue Peter (GB).jpg
Sire Fairway
Grandsire Phalaris
Dam Fancy Free
Damsire Stefan the Great
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1936
Country Great Britain
Colour Bay
Breeder Mentmore Stud
Owner Harry Primrose, 6th Earl of Rosebery
Trainer Jack Jarvis
Record 6: 4-1-0
Earnings £31,964
Major wins
Blue Riband Trial Stakes (1939)
2,000 Guineas (1939)
Epsom Derby (1939)
Eclipse Stakes (1939)
Awards
Leading broodmare sire in Britain & Ireland (1954)
Honours
Blue Peter locomotive #60532
Last updated on 22 September 2010

Blue Peter (1936–1957) was a British bred Thoroughbred racehorse whose career was cut short by the outbreak of World War II. He won the Epsom Derby and was later a Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland.

Bred and owned by Lord Rosebery, his sire was the good racehorse, Fairway and his dam Fancy Free was by Stefan the Great, a son of The Tetrarch.

Racing record[edit]

At age two, Blue Peter raced twice without winning. He was unplaced in one outing and second in the Middle Park Stakes behind the top-rated British two-year-old, Foxbrough.

In 1939, three-year-old Blue Peter went undefeated in all four of his races. He captured the Blue Riband Trial Stakes, a prep race for the ensuing Triple Crown series. In May, the colt won the 2,000 Guineas and then June's Epsom Derby, defeating Heliopolis by four lengths.[1] While Blue Peter was clearly the best three-year-old in Britain in 1939. The onset of World War II ended his chance to win the Triple Crown as the St. Leger Stakes was cancelled. Cancelled as well, was a planned match race against the brilliant French colt Pharis who had won the Prix du Jockey Club and France's most important race at the time, the Grand Prix de Paris.

Stud record[edit]

Blue Peter was retired to stud duty at his owner's Mentmore Stud on the Mentmore Towers estate in Buckinghamshire. Successful, he was near the top on the British General Sires List three times and in 1954 was leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland.

His notable offspring included:

Other successful Blue Peter sons that were exported into Australasia include Blueskin II, Blue Coral, Bold Buccaneer, Sabaean, Messmate and Wateringbury.[1]

Blue Peter died in 1957 and is buried in the grounds of Mentmore Towers close to a statue of his ancestor King Tom.

Blue Peter was the horse his owner loved best, shortly after his death Lord Rosebery described him thus: "He was just like a human being although a placid animal. Blue Peter was particular about what he ate. Give him something he didn't like and he would take one look at it and turn away. He was the best horse I ever had and was the best I had ever seen and he had only half a career as a racehorse" [3]

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Blue Peter (GB), b.h. 1936
Sire
Fairway
Bay 1925
Phalaris
Bay 1913
Polymelus Cyllene
Maid Marian
Bromus Sainfoin
Cheery
Scapa Flow
Chestnut 1914
Chaucer St. Simon
Canterbury Pilgrim
Anchora Love Wisely
Eryholme
Dam
Fancy Free
Bay 1924
Stefan the Great
Gr. 1916
The Tetrarch Roi Herode
Vahren
Perfect Peach Persimmon
Fascination
Celiba
Bay 1916
Bachelors Double Tredennis
Lady Bawn
Santa Maura St. Simon
Palmflower (Family:20-c)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b de Bourg, Ross, “The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred”, Nelson, West Melbourne, 1980, ISBN 0-17-005860-3
  2. ^ Masthead (GB) Retrieved on 2009-6-12
  3. ^ Young, Kenneth. Harry, Lord Rosebery. (page 105) Hodder and stoughton. London. ISBN 0-340-19035-3.