The Baron (horse)

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The Baron
The Baron (IRE).jpg
Sire Birdcatcher
Grandsire Sir Hercules
Dam Echidna
Damsire Economist
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1842
Country Ireland
Colour Dark Chestnut
Breeder George Watts of Dublin
Owner 1) George Watts
2) John Scott
3) Edward Rawson Clark
4) John Theobald
5) Perrot de Thaunberg
Trainer John Scott
Major wins
Madrid Stakes (1845)
Kirwan Stakes (1845)
Waterford Stakes (1845)
St. Leger Stakes (1845)
Cesarewitch Handicap (1845)
Last updated on 29 September 2011

The Baron (foaled 1842) 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.

Racing career[edit]

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.[1] His best result was a second-place finish in the 1846 Craven Stakes at Epsom Downs.

Stud record[edit]

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:

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,[1] he had a great influence on French Thoroughbred bloodlines; several of his progeny were also exported to Australia.

Tabulated pedigree[edit]

Pedigree of The Baron (IRE), chestnut stallion, 1842
Sir Hercules
Whalebone Waxy
Peri Wanderer
Bob Booty Chanticleer
Flight Escape
Young Heroine
Whisker Waxy
Floranthe Octavian
Miss Pratt
Blacklock Whitelock
Coriander Mare
Gadabout Orville
Minstrel (Family: 24)[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c [1] Thoroughbred Heritage. Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  2. ^ Morris, Simon; Tesio Power 2000 - Stallions of the World, Syntax Software