Beeswing (horse)

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Sire Doctor Syntax
Grandsire Paynator
Dam Ardrossan mare (1817)
Damsire Ardrossan
Sex Mare
Foaled 1833
Country Great Britain
Colour Bay
Breeder Nunnykirk Hall Stud
Owner William Orde, Jr.
Trainer James Watson
Robert "Bob" Johnson
Record 63: 51–8–1
Major wins
Champagne Stakes (1835)
Newcastle St. Leger (1836)
Newcastle Gold Cup
(1836, 1837, 1838, 1839, 1841, 1842)
Doncaster Cup
(1837, 1840, 1841, 1842)
Cleveland Stakes (1837)
Gold Shield (1837)
Northallerton Gold Cup (1837, 1838)
Craven Stakes (1838, 1839, 1840)
Queen's Plate (1838, 1839)
Fitzwilliam Stakes (1838, 1839, 1840)
Queen's Purse (1839)
Stockton Cup (1839, 1841)
Ashton Stakes (1840)
Lancaster Cup (1840)
Hornsby Castle Stakes (1841)
Ascot Gold Cup (1842)
Beeswing Stakes at Newcastle Racecourse
Beeswing Ladies Day at Newcastle Racecourse
Village named in Beeswing's honor
Last updated on 15 May 2009

Beeswing (1833–1854) was a 19th-century British Thoroughbred racehorse from the north of England. In her day, Beeswing was hailed as the greatest mare in Britain and one of the greatest of all time.[1]


Her sire, Doctor Syntax was described by the noted racing writer "The Druid" as "...scarcely fifteen hands, very broad at the base of the nose, with open nostrils, an eye full and bright as a hawk's, a high, drooping rump, and on the side view rather short quartered. He was quite a mouse in his colour." But he took the Preston Gold Cup seven times, the Richmond Gold Cup five times, and the Lancaster Gold Cup five times as well. On both her dam's and her sire's side, Beeswing was descended from two renowned stallions, Eclipse (5x5x5) and Herod (5x5).

Racing career[edit]

Beeswing raced at many venues between 1835 and 1842 and was a real crowd favourite. Entering 63 events, she won an astonishing 51 times. Of the 57 races she finished, she was placed lower than second only once. Her most notable victory was in the Ascot Gold Cup of 1842. She won the Newcastle Cup no fewer than six times and was retired after winning the Doncaster Cup for the fourth time.[1]

James Hill of Tyneside composed a hornpipe, "The Beeswing," named after her.[2] Such was her fame that the Scottish village of Lochend in Dumfries and Galloway changed its name to Beeswing in her honour.

Stud record[edit]

Of her eight foals, five were sired by Touchstone. Four of her foals went on to become top class runners, two of which were Classic winners. Many of today's top racehorses can trace their pedigree back to Beeswing. Some of her top runners were:


Pedigree of Beeswing (GB), bay mare, 1833[3]
Doctor Syntax (GB)
Trumpator Conductor
Mark Anthony mare Mark Anthony
Beningbrough mare Beningbrough King Fergus
Fenwick's Herod mare
Jenny Mole Carbuncle
Prince Tquassaw mare
Ardrossan mare (GB)
John Bull Fortitude
Miss Whip Volunteer
Lady Eliza
Whitworth Agonistes
Jupiter mare
Spadille mare Spadille
Sylvia (Family 8)[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), “Thoroughbred Breeding of the World”, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  2. ^ "The Fiddler's Companion". 
  3. ^ "Beeswing pedigree". 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  4. ^ "Thoroughbred Bloodlines - Bustler Mare - Family 8". Retrieved 2013-03-10. 

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