Hurry On

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Hurry On
DamTout Suite
Foaled7 May 1913
CountryGreat Britain
BreederWilliam Murland
OwnerJames Buchanan
TrainerFred Darling
Record6: 6-0-0
Major wins
St. Leger (1916)
Jockey Club Cup (1916)
Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland (1926)
Leading broodmare sire in Britain & Ireland (1938, 1944, 1945)
Last updated on 13 June 2009

Hurry On (7 May 1913 – 1936) was an undefeated British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire that revived the Matchem sire line.[2] English trainer Fred Darling called Hurry On the best horse he ever trained.


Hurry On was by Marcovil, who won two races and was an ordinary sire. His dam was the unraced Toute Suite by Sainfoin, who sired English Triple Crown winner Rock Sand. Marcovil was inbred to Hermit in the 3rd remove.[3] Hurry On cost his Scotch whisky producer owner James Buchanan, later Baron Woolavington, 500 guineas as a yearling. He was a late colt, having been foaled on 7 May, but he matured into a 17 hands high horse.

Racing record[edit]

As he was a backward late colt, Hurry On was not raced as a two-year-old and was not entered in The Derby. He was undefeated in all of his six three-year-old starts, ranging in distance from 8 to 14 furlongs, which included the wartime St. Leger at Newmarket Racecourse and the Jockey Club Cup.

Stud record[edit]

Hurry On sired Epsom Derby winner Captain Cuttle from the first mare he covered at stud and was the Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland in 1926, the year his colt Coronach emulated Captain Cuttle at Epsom. He sired a third Derby winner in Call Boy, as well as two Epsom Oaks winners, Pennycomequick and Toboggan, and two 1,000 Guineas winners, Plack and Cresta Run.[4] In 1921 his stud fee was 200 guineas.[5]

These sons of Hurry On sired further stakes-winners:[6]

  • Captain Cuttle (GB) 1919, exported to Italy
  • Coronach (GB) 1923, sired two winners of the Italian Derby before he was given away and exported to New Zealand, where he was a successful sire that produced 16 stakes winners for 23 stakes wins.[2][7]
  • Defoe (GB) 1926, successful sire in New Zealand
  • Excitement (IRE) 1927, successful sire in Australia of Russia (Melbourne Cup) and others
  • Hunter’s Moon (GB) 1926, pedigree influence in several South American countries, including direct sire lines still existing on that continent[6][8]
  • Hunting Song (IRE) 1919, a leading sire in New Zealand for six successive years
  • Precipitation, a successful racehorse and sire that maintained the Matchem sireline
  • Roger De Busli (GB) 1920, exported to Australia, sire of Rogilla (Sydney Cup etc.)

Hurry On's daughters produced seven Classics winners, including Court Martial. This led to him becoming the Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland in 1938, 1944 and 1945.

Sire line tree[edit]

  • Hurry On[9][10][11]
    • Captain Cuttle
      • Mint Master
      • Walter Gay
      • The Recorder
      • Pilade
        • Gong
    • Diligence
      • Dick Turpin
    • Hunting Song
    • Werewolf
    • Roger de Busli
    • Town Guard
      • Pougatchev
        • Meli Melo
    • Coronach
      • Highlander
      • Montrose
      • De Albertis
      • Cranach
        • Ciel Etoile
        • Violoncelle
      • Niccolo dell'Arca
        • Daumier
        • Nick La Rocca
        • Pluchino
        • Candleabra
        • Nicholas Nickleby
    • Nesiotes
      • Maenio
      • Fante
    • Call Boy
    • Messenger Boy
    • Cyclonic
    • Lord Warden
    • Defoe
      • Defaulter
    • Hunter's Moon[12]
      • Helium
      • Halifax
        • Picafort
      • Haricot
      • Holy Smoke
        • Arnedano
      • Carnaval
        • Norweste
      • Taltal
        • Los Copahues
        • Combatiente
      • Postin
        • Pertinaz
        • Pirulin
        • Pavelo
        • Rio Pallangra
      • Halconero
      • Hamlet
      • Fairplay
      • Acapulco
    • Excitement
      • Russia
    • Press Gang
    • Accelerator
    • Garryclogher
    • Precipitation


Pedigree of Hurry On (GB), chestnut stallion, 1913
Barcaldine Solon
Novitiate Hermit*
Lady Villikins
Hagioscope Speculum
Dinah Hermit*
The Ratcatcher's Daughter
Tout Suite
Springfield St. Albans
Sanda Wenlock
Thurio Cremorne
Meteor Thunderbolt
Duty (Family: 2-d)[14]

* Hurry On is inbred 4S × 4S to the stallion Hermit, meaning that he appears twice fourth generation on the sire side of his pedigree.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Birch, Franklin E., Pedigrees of Leading Winners 1912-1959, The Thoroughbred Breeders Assoc., London, 1960
  2. ^ a b Leicester, Sir Charles, "Bloodstock Breeding", J.A. Allen & Co, London, 1969
  3. ^ Pryor, Peter, The Classic Connection, Cortney Publications, Luton, 1979
  4. ^ Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), "Thoroughbred Breeding of the World", Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  5. ^ Ruff's guide to the turf. Office of Ruff's Guide, London. 1920.
  6. ^ a b Thoroughbred Origins: the Godolphin Arabian Male Bloodline Part 1
  7. ^ ASB - Coronach (GB) Retrieved on 2009-6-12
  8. ^ Hunter's Moon
  9. ^ Godolphin Arabian Jump Sires
  10. ^ Portraits: Hurry On
  11. ^ The Godolphin Arabian & his descendants
  12. ^ Portraits: Hunter's Moon
  13. ^ Le Mexico
  14. ^ ASB: Hurry On (GB) Retrieved 2011-1-29
  • The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing - by Bill Mooney and George Ennor

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