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George Stubbs 010.jpg
Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath, with a trainer, a jockey and a stable lad. (George Stubbs, 1765
Sire Cripple
Grandsire Godolphin Arabian
Dam Miss Elliott
Damsire Grisewood's Partner
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1760
Country Great Britain
Colour Grey
Breeder Gideon Elliot
Owner Richard Grosvenor, 1st Earl Grosvenor
Record 36: 27-?-?

Gimcrack (1760 – after 1777) was an English thoroughbred racehorse.


Gimcrack was a small grey horse at 14.2 hands sired by Cripple, a son of the Godolphin Arabian, his dam Miss Elliot was by (Grisewood's) Partner.

Racing career[edit]

Despite his small stature, Gimcrack 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.

Stud record[edit]

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.

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.


Gimcrack is best known from the paintings of George Stubbs.

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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