The Baron (horse)
|Breeder||George Watts of Dublin|
|Owner||1) George Watts|
2) John Scott
3) Edward Rawson Clark
4) John Theobald
5) Perrot de Thaunberg
|Madrid Stakes (1845)|
Kirwan Stakes (1845)
Waterford Stakes (1845)
St. Leger Stakes (1845)
Cesarewitch Handicap (1845)
|Last updated on 29 September 2011|
The Baron (1842 – 1859) was a Thoroughbred racehorse from Ireland, who also raced in England. Sired by Birdcatcher out of Echidna (by the English stallion Economist), he was also an influential sire in England, France and Australia.
A dark chestnut colt with a star, snip, and white sock on his near (left) hind leg, The Baron won three of his four starts at the Curragh in Ireland as a three-year-old before being shipped to England in 1845 by his breeder, veterinary surgeon George Watts. He was then sold to John Scott with whom he won the 1¾-mile St. Leger Stakes and the 2¼-mile Cesarewitch Handicap, the latter under 7 st 9 lb (107 pounds or 49 kilograms) for 3,200 guineas. This was the largest purse ever awarded a three-year-old up to that time. The Baron was then purchased by Edward Rawson Clark.
The Baron raced as a four-year-old in 1846, but did not perform well and suffered from bad feet. Clark sold him to John Mytton, a gambler; after he left Scott, The Baron never won another race. His best result was a second-place finish in the 1846 Craven Stakes at Epsom Downs.
He was given in partial payment to the breeder John Theobald, who stood him at Stockwell Stud. After Theobald's death, The Baron was sold to Perrot de Thaunberg of France's National Stud. There he sired many Thoroughbreds, including:
- Baronella (1861) won Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2,000 Guineas)
- Dame D'Honneur, won Prix de Diane
- Etoile De Nord, Prix de Diane
- Isabella, FR Two Thousand Guineas and Grand Criterium
- La Toucques (1860), won the French St. Leger Stakes, the Prix du Jockey Club, and the Grosser Preis von Baden.
- Rataplan, Doncaster Cup, won 42 races, a noted broodmare sire
- Stockwell, winner of the 2,000 Guineas, Newmarket Stakes, Great Yorkshire Stakes, St. Leger Stakes, etc.; a leading sire, his progeny included Doncaster and St. Albans.(GB )
- Tonnerre Des Indes, won Grand Criterium
Rataplan and Stockwell were full brothers out of the same dam, Pocahontas.
The Baron was known as "The slim and savage" Baron, due to his terrible temperament. Despite rough treatment at his French stud, he had a great influence on French Thoroughbred bloodlines; several of his progeny were also exported to Australia. The Baron died in 1859.
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