Galopin

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Galopin
Galopin.jpg
Sire Vedette
Grandsire Voltigeur
Dam Flying Duchess
Damsire The Flying Dutchman
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1872
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Colour Bay
Breeder William Taylor Sharpe
Owner Prince Gustavus Batthyany
Henry Chaplin, 1st Viscount Chaplin
Trainer John Dawson, Sr.
Record 9: 8–1–0[1]
Earnings ₤4,950[2]
Major wins
Fern Hill Stakes (1874, 1875)
New Stakes (1874)
Epsom Derby (1875)
Awards
Leading sire in GB & Ireland (1888, 1889, 1898)

Galopin (1872–1899) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a racing career which lasted from June 1874 until October 1875 he ran nine times and won eight races. He was one of the best British two-year-olds of 1874, winning his first three races before sustaining the only defeat of his career in the Middle Park Plate. In 1875, he won all five of his races including the Derby. At the end of the season he was retired to stud where he became an extremely successful and influential breeding stallion.

Background[edit]

Galopin was a bay stallion standing 15.3 hands high, bred in Lincolnshire by William Taylor Sharpe. His sire, Vedette, was a successful racehorse, winning the Great Yorkshire Stakes, the Doncaster Cup (twice), and the 1857 2,000 Guineas Stakes. Vedette's value as a stallion had declined to such an extent that he was sold at auction for 42 guineas when he was seventeen.[3] Apart from Galopin, the best of his offspring was Speculum, who won the Goodwood Cup, the Suburban Handicap, was third in The Derby, and was Britain's Champion Sire in 1878. Vedette also sired some good hunters. Galopin's dam Flying Duchess (1853) was by the 1849 Epsom Derby winner The Flying Dutchman.

As a foal, Galopin and his mother were sold for a combined price of 100 guineas by a representative of the Middle Park stud.[3] A year later, the yearling was offered for sale again, and was bought for 520 guineas by the Hungarian aristocrat Gustavus Batthyany,[4] acting on the advice of his private trainer John Dawson. Galopin was trained by Dawson at Batthyany's Warren House stable at Newmarket, Suffolk.[5]

Racing career[edit]

1874: two-year-old season[edit]

On his first appearance on a racecourse, Galopin finished second in the Hyde Park Stakes at Epsom Downs Racecourse. After Galopin's jockey lodged an objection however, the winner was disqualified and the colt was credited with a winning debut. At Royal Ascot in June, Galopin ran twice, winning the New Stakes and the Fern Hill Stakes, both over five furlongs

After a break of almost four months, Galopin returned to the racecourse in October to contest the Middle Park Plate, the most valuable and prestigious race of the season for two-year-olds. He finished third to Plebeian, but appeared to be a very unlucky loser, having been badly hampered and almost falling a furlong from the finish. Dawson thought so highly of the colt that he intended to run him in a trial against the five-year-old Prince Charlie, the winner of the 2000 Guineas and the leading sprinter in England. Batthyany, however, refused to allow the match as he felt that the test would be too severe for his colt.

1875: three-year-old season[edit]

Galopin began his three-year-old career by running a match race against a filly named Stray Shot over Newmarket's Rowley Mile course. He won by ten lengths to claim the £500 stake money. At Epsom, Galopin started the 2/1 favourite for the Derby against seventeen opponents. Ridden by John Morris, he won comfortably by a length from Claremont. The race was rather closer than it might have been as Morris eased the colt down in the closing stages. After his win in the Derby, Galopin's owners took the unusual step of returning the horse to sprint distances. At Royal Ascot he won his second Fern Hill Stakes, beating the filly Bella.

Galopin had never been entered for the St Leger Stakes and did not appear again until October. At Newmarket he won a £1,000 match race against the five-year-old Lowlander, the winner of the Royal Hunt Cup and the All-Aged Stakes. His final race came two days later in the Newmarket Derby in which he defeated the St Leger winner Craig Millar.

Batthyany had a heart condition that enforced early retirement of Galopin as it was feared that the excitement of watching his horse race may risk the Prince's life.[2]

Stud record[edit]

After the death of the Prince in 1883, Galopin was sold to Henry Chaplin for 8,000 guineas, but was not initially well received as a stallion because of the presence of Blacklock in his pedigree. He later stood at Blankney Hall, Sleaford, Lincolnshire. In addition to his famous son, St Simon, Galopin sired numerous classics winners, including Galliard, Disraeli, Galeottia and Donovan.[2]

Galopin was the leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland in 1888, 1889 and 1898 and topped the broodmare sire list four times. He was the damsire of Bayardo and of the 1886 U.K. Triple Crown Champion, Flying Fox.[2]

Assessment and honours[edit]

In May 1886 The Sporting Times carried out a poll of one hundred racing experts to create a ranking of the best British racehorses of the 19th century. Galopin was ranked nineteenth, having been placed in the top ten by 14 of the contributors. He was the third highest ranked horse of the 1870s, behind Isonomy and Cremorne.[6]

From 1925, the London and North Eastern Railway had a tradition of naming locomotives after prominent racehorses, and their Class A1 locomotive no. 2575 (later British Railways no. 60076), which had been built in October 1924, was named Galopin after this horse, and remained in service until October 1962.[7][8]

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Galopin, bay stallion, 1872
Sire
Vedette
br. 1854
Voltigeur
br. 1847
Voltaire
br. 1826
Blacklock
Phantom mare
Matha Lynn
ch. 1837
Mulatto
Leda
Mrs Ridgway
b. 1849
Birdcatcher
gr. 1833
Sir Hercules
Guiccioli
Nan Darrell
b. 1844
Inheritor
Nell
Dam
Flying Duchess
b. 1853
The Flying Dutchman
br. 1846
Bay Middleton
b. 1833
Sultan
Cobweb
Barbelle
ch. 1836
Sandbeck
Darioletta
Merope
b. 1841
Voltaire
br. 1826
Blacklock
Phantom Mare
Juniper Mare
br. 1817
Juniper
Sorcerer mare (Family 3-i)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bloodlines: Galopin Retrieved on 2009-9-5
  2. ^ a b c d Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), Thoroughbred Breeding of the World, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  3. ^ a b Leicester, Sir Charles, “Bloodstock Breeding”, JA Allen & Co, London, 1969
  4. ^ "Horseracing History Online - Person Profile : Prince Gustavus Batthyany". www.horseracinghistory.co.uk. 
  5. ^ "Horseracing History Online - Person Profile : John Dawson (Snr)". www.horseracinghistory.co.uk. 
  6. ^ Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1990). Horse Racing: Records, Facts, Champions (Third ed.). Guinness Publishing. ISBN 0-85112-902-1. 
  7. ^ Boddy, M.G.; Fry, E.V.; Hennigan, W.; Proud, P.; Yeadon, W.B. (July 1963). Fry, E.V., ed. Part 1: Preliminary Survey. Locomotives of the L.N.E.R. Potters Bar: RCTS. p. 50. 
  8. ^ Boddy, M.G.; Neve, E.; Yeadon, W.B. (April 1973). Fry, E.V., ed. Part 2A: Tender Engines - Classes A1 to A10. Locomotives of the L.N.E.R. Kenilworth: RCTS. pp. 73, 218 & folding sheet inside back cover. ISBN 0-901115-25-8.