Musket (horse)

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Musket (GB).jpg
Sire Toxophilite
Grandsire Longbow
Dam West Australian mare (B. 1857)[1]
Damsire West Australian
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1867
Country Great Britain
Colour Bay or brown
Breeder Lord Glascow
Owner George Payne
Record 14: 9-5-0
Earnings Not found
Major wins
Flying Dutchman Handicap
Ascot Stakes
Leading sire in Australia (1886, 1889, 1891)
Last updated on 24 March 2010

Musket (1867–1885) was an English-bred Thoroughbred racehorse and a Leading sire in Australia and New Zealand.


He was sired by Toxophilite, his dam was a bay mare (1857) who was a half-sister to General Peel’s dam, by West Australian (winner of the 1853 British Triple Crown) from Brown Bess (1844) by Camel.[2] Musket was inbred to Touchstone in the fourth generation (4x4).

Racing record[edit]

In England Musket won nine races including the Ascot Stakes before retiring to stud there where he only had limited patronage. In spite of this he managed to sire Petronel winner of the 2,000 Guineas and Brown Bess (1876) winner of the Doncaster Cup and Goodwood Stakes.

Stud record[edit]

In December 1878 Musket was imported into Victoria by the Auckland Stud Company and then sent to Auckland, New Zealand the following month. Initially he was used here to cover “half-bred” mares to breed coach horses.[3]

He sired 28 stakeswinners which had 107 stakes wins, including:

Musket is best remembered for siring the famous Carbine (great-great-grandsire of Nearco), Nordenfeldt, Trenton (a leading sire in Australasia and then exported), Martini Henry and Hotchkiss, all top sires.[2] Carbine in his day was considered one of the greatest horses in the world, whose feats included winning the 1890 Melbourne Cup with the impost of 10 st 5 lb in the record time of 3:28¼. The bloodlines of Musket including Carbine and Trenton, are still evident in many horses racing today.[5]

Musket had his portrait painted by the noted equine artist, Martin Stainforth and it was reproduced in Racehorses in Australia.[6]

Tabulated pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of Musket (GB), B.h. 1867
Bay 1855
Bay 1849
Ithuriel Touchstone
Miss Bowe Catton
Orville mare (21) (1812)
Bay 1846
Pantaloon Castrel
Decoy (?)
West Australian mare
Bay 1857
West Australian
Bay 1850
Melbourne Humphrey Clinker
Cervantes mare (1-a) (1825)
Mowerina Touchstone
Brown Bess
Bay 1844
Camel Whalebone
Selim mare (1812)
Brutandorf mare (1829) Brutandorf
Gohanna mare (1803) (family: 3-d)


  1. ^ Morris, Simon; Tesio Power 2000 - Stallions of the World, Syntax Software
  2. ^ a b Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), “Thoroughbred Breeding of the World”, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Ahnert" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ Leicester, Sir Charles, “Bloodstock Breeding”, J.A. Allen & Co, London, 1969
  4. ^ ASB: Musket (GB) Retrieved 2010-3-26
  5. ^ Becker, Friedrich, The Breed of the Racehorse, The British Bloodstock Agency, London, c.1935
  6. ^ Painting of Musket by Martin Stainforth Retrieved 2010-2-28