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Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath, with a trainer, a jockey and a stable lad. (George Stubbs, 1765)

Gimcrack (1760-?) was an English Thoroughbred racehorse stallion sired by Cripple, a son of the Godolphin Arabian, his dam Miss Elliot was by (Grisewood's) Partner.

A small grey horse at 14.2 hands, Gimcrack was nonetheless widely successful, winning 27 of his 36 races in a turf career spanning 7 seasons. Gimcrack won his last race in 1771, at age eleven, and he retired to the Grosvenor stud.

Gimcrack sired the handy grey horse, Grey Robin who defeated Pot-8-os.[1] His bloodline was more notable though in US horse racing than in Britain, via his son Medley.

Gimcrack is best known from the paintings by George Stubbs.

After death he was buried at Haughton Hall, Shifnal, Shropshire. A small brick and stone pillar marks his grave to the west of the boundary wall of the old kitchen garden.

The Gimcrack Club, in York was founded in 1766 in his honour, and the Gimcrack Stakes, also at York, are therefore also named after the horse.[1]


  1. ^ a b Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), “Thoroughbred Breeding of the World”, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970

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