Blandford (horse)

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Sire Swynford
Grandsire John O'Gaunt
Dam Blanche
Damsire White Eagle
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1919
Country Ireland
Colour Brown[1]
Breeder Irish National Stud
Owner Samuel C. Dawson & Richard C. Dawson
Trainer Richard C. Dawson
Record 4: 3-1-0
Earnings not found
Major wins
Princess of Wales's Stakes (1922)
Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland
(1934, 1935, 1938)
Leading sire in France (1935)
Blandford Stakes at Curragh Racecourse
Last updated on 7 June 2011

Blandford (1919–1935) was an Irish bred Thoroughbred racehorse best known as the three-time Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland who sired eleven British Classic Race winners including four which won The Derby. He was the Leading sire in France and also in England in the same year.[2]

He was bred by the Irish National Stud at Tully. Blandford had pneumonia as a foal and was not ready for the early sale, but was later offered at the December Newmarket Sale where he sold for 720 guineas ro Messrs. RC & SC Dawson.[3]

Race record[edit]

Trained by co-owner Dick Dawson, Blandford raced only four times in his career. At age two he ran second in the Windsor Castle Stakes at Ascot Racecourse and at three won the Princess of Wales's Stakes. Bad forelegs, inherited from his grandsire, John O'Gaunt, limited Blandford's career to four starts.

Stud record[edit]

When he was retired to stud he initially stood at a fee of ₤149 which was later raised to 400 guineas.[3] During 1924 his progeny earned ₤70,510.[4]

According to Thoroughbred Heritage, at stud Blandford proved to be one of the great sires of the English turf. Among his offspring were:

Blandford was still successfully breeding at Whatcombe Stables in Wantage, Oxfordshire when he died unexpectedly on 24 April 1935 at age sixteen. He is buried in Whatcombe's equine cemetery. Blandford sired the winners of 308 races worth ₤327,840 in England, plus overseas winners.[3]


Pedigree of Blandford (GB), brown stallion, 1919
Black 1907
John o'Gaunt
Isinglass Isonomy
La Fleche St. Simon
Canterbury Pilgrim
Chestnut 1893
Tristan Hermit
Pilgrimage The Palmer
Lady Audley
White Eagle
Chestnut 1905
Gallinule Isonomy
Merry Gal Galopin
Mary Seaton
Black Cherry
Bendigo Ben Battle
Hasty Girl
Black Duchess Galliard
Black Corrie (Family:3-o)

See also[edit]

List of leading Thoroughbred racehorses


  1. ^ Wicks, B.M., “The Australian Racehorse”, Libra Books, Canberra, 1973 ISBN 0-909619-00-X
  2. ^ a b Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), “Thoroughbred Breeding of the World”, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  3. ^ a b c Leicester, Sir Charles, “Bloodstock Breeding”, J.A. Allen & Co, London, 1969
  4. ^ Henry, Bill (ed.), "J.J. Miller's Sporting Annual, 1977", Herald & Weekly Times Ltd., Melbourne

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