Lily Agnes

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Lily Agnes
Lily Agnes.jpg
Photo of Lily Agnes
Sire Macaroni
Grandsire Sweetmeat
Dam Polly Agnes
Damsire The Cure
Sex Mare
Foaled 1871
Country England
Colour Bay
Breeder James Snarry
Owner James Snarry
Record 32: 21 wins[1]
Major wins
Northumberland Plate (1874)
Doncaster Cup (1874)
Ebor Handicap (1875)
Honours
Lily Agnes Stakes at Chester Racecourse

Lily Agnes (1871-1899) is an English Thoroughbred racehorse. On the track she won 21 races including the Northumberland Plate, Doncaster Cup and Ebor Handicap. She is best known for being the dam of unbeaten Triple Crown winner Ormonde, but she also produced a number of other top foals. When she was in training she was described as "a light-fleshed, ragged hipped, lop-eared filly".[2]

Race career[edit]

Lily Agnes was the daughter of 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby winner Macaroni, out of Polly Agnes who had been given to James Snarry by Sir Tatton Sykes. As a two-year-old Lily Agnes won all of her six starts. As a three-year-old she won seven of her ten starts, her victories included the Northumberland Plate and Doncaster Cup.[1] She won a further eight races, including the Ebor Handicap at York.[3]

Stud career[edit]

Her owner James Snarry died in 1877.[4] Lily Agnes went on to become one of the top broodmares producing a number of good racehorses and broodmares. After Lily Agnes visited Doncaster the Duke of Westminster decided to buy her, paying £2500.[5]

Foals[edit]

c = colt, f = filly

Foaled Name Sex Sire Major Wins
1878 Narcissus c Speculum
1880 Eastern Lily f Speculum
1881 Rossington c Doncaster
1882 Farewell f Doncaster 1000 Guineas
1883 Ormonde c Bend Or Dewhurst Plate, 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby, St. James's Palace Stakes, Hardwicke Stakes (twice), St. Leger Stakes, Great Foal Stakes, Champion Stakes, Rous Memorial Stakes, Imperial Gold Cup
1884 Welfare f Doncaster
1885 Ossory c Bend Or St. James's Palace Stakes, Prince of Wales's Stakes
1886 Fleur de Lys c Bend Or
1887 Ornament f Bend Or
1889 Arklow c Bend Or
1894 Orelio c Bend Or

[6]

Rossington sired Good and Plenty. Ormonde sired two time Eclipse Stakes winner Orme. Ornament was the dam of Champion Stakes winner Labrador and champion filly Sceptre who won four British Classic Races.

Lily Agnes died in June 1899 at the age of 28 at Eaton stud after becoming infirm in her old age.[1]

The Lily Agnes Conditions Stakes at Chester Racecourse is a class 2 five furlong race named after her and is run during the May meeting. It is the first race for 2 years old horses of the English calendar.

Pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Lily Agnes, bay mare, 1871[7]
Sire
Macaroni
b. 1860
Sweetmeat
b./br. 1842
Gladiator
ch. 1833
Partisan
Pauline
Lollypop
1836
Voltaire
Belinda
Jocose
b. 1843
Pantaloon
ch. 1824
Castrel
Idalia
Banter
br. 1826
Master Henry
Boadicea
Dam
Polly Agnes
b./br. 1865
The Cure
b. 1841
Physician
b. 1829
Brutandorf
Primette
Morsel
1836
Mulatto
Linda
Miss Agnes
br. 1850
Birdcatcher
ch. 1833
Sir Hercules
Guiccioli
Agnes
b./br. 1844
Clarion
Annette

Note: b. = Bay, br. = Brown, ch. = Chestnut

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "IN A NUTSHELL". Otago Witness. 20 July 1899. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  2. ^ Porter, John; Moorhouse, Edward (1919). John Porter of Kingsclere. G. Richards Ltd. 
  3. ^ "ENGLISH INTELLIGENCE". Tuapeka Times. 23 October 1875. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  4. ^ "English Sporting News". Auckland Star. 12 May 1877. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  5. ^ "Lily Agnes". Tbheritage.com. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  6. ^ Radcliffe, J. B., The Life and Times of John Osborne, Sands and Company, 1900
  7. ^ "Lily Agnes pedigree". equineline.com. Retrieved 2012-09-06.