Partner (horse)

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Crofts Partner (GB).jpg
GrandsireByerley Turk
DamSister to Mixbury
DamsireCurwen's Bay Barb
CountryGreat Britain
BreederCharles Pelham of Lincolnshire
OwnerMr. Cotton of Sussex
Lord Halifax
John Croft of Barforth, Yorkshire
Record7 starts, 6 wins
Leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland
(1737, 1740, 1741, 1743)
Last updated on 29 August 2012

Partner (also known as Croft's Partner or Old Partner) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He won six of his seven races before being retired to stud where he was the Leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland four times, and continued the Byerley Turk sire-line.

Racing career[edit]

Partner's breeder sold him to Mr. Cotton of Sussex, who in turn sold him to Lord Halifax. Lord Halifax raced the colt with great success over four mile courses. He was unbeaten in 1723 and 1724, taking the following year off to come back to the track in 1726, beating Sloven in a match race. His only loss was in a race in 1728 to Smiling Ball, after which he was sold to John Croft to begin his breeding career.[1]

Stud career[edit]

His most important son was Tartar, who went on to sire the very influential Herod. He also sired Cato, Golden Ball, Sedbury, Morton's Traveller, (b c 1746 - exported to United States and a good sire there) and Traveller (1735), as well as the dam of Matchem, before his death at 29.


Pedigree of Partner (Croft's Old), chestnut stallion, 1718
Byerley Turk (unknown) (unknown)
(unknown) (unknown)
Charming Jenny Spanker Darcys Yellow Turk
Old Morocco Mare
Old Morocco mare Fairfax Morocco Barb
Old Bald Peg
Sister to Mixbury
Curwen's Bay Barb (unknown) (unknown)
(unknown) (unknown)
Curwen Spot mare Curwen's Old Spot Selaby Turk
Lowther Barb mare White Legged Lowther Barb
Vintner mare (Family: 9)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bloodlines: Partner Retrieved 2010-11-23