Wild Man From Borneo

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Wild Man From Borneo
Wild Man From Borneo.jpg
Wild Man From Borneo with owner Tom Widger
DamWild Duck (half-bred)
CountryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
BreederGeorge Keays
Owner1) J.J. Maher
2) John and Joe Widger
TrainerJames Gatland
Major wins
Grand National (1895)

Wild Man From Borneo, sometimes shortened to Wild Man,[1] (1888 – June 1901) was a half-bred Thoroughbred racehorse that won the 1895 Grand National and was third in the 1894 running.


Wild Man was bred by George Keays at Newton House, Nenagh. His dam, Wild Duck, was a half-Thoroughbred sired by the registered Thoroughbred stallion Sheldrake (seventh in the 1877 St. Leger)[2] out of an unraced half-breed mare.[3] Wild Duck was sold as a four-year-old with the foal Wild Man at foot to J.J Maher. Maher won several steeplechases with Wild Duck, notably the Ward Hunt Cup, before selling her to E. Richardson in 1891, who sold her shortly afterward to a German buyer.[3] Wild Man is Wild Duck's only recorded foal. Maher retained Wild Man until 1893, using him as a hunter initially as a three-year-old and then entering him in steeplechases beginning in April 1892.[4] Wild Man was trained by James Gatland at his Wingrove Stables in Alfriston, Sussex.[5]

Racing career[edit]

Wild Man was second in a four-mile Maiden Plate at Punchestown.[4]

Running in the name of Mrs. F. E. Norris, Wild Man finished third to Balmy and Drogheda in the 7 December 1897 Metropolitan Steeplechase at Gatwick.[6]


Wild Man From Borneo was retired to his owner's residence in West Derby, Liverpool after his racing career. He died in early June 1901.[7]


Pedigree of Wild Man From Borneo (GB), Bay Gelding, 1888[3]
Decider (GB)
Brown, 1868
Umpire (USA)
Lecomte Boston
Alice Carneal Sarpedon (GB)
Danae (GB)
Kingston Venison
Queen Anne
Sacrifice Voltaire
Wild Duck (GB)
Chestnut, 1884
Mandrake Weatherbit
Bonny Breast Knot Voltigeur
Queen Mary
Ireland Yet mare Ireland Yet (IRE) Lance
William the Conqueror mare William the Conqueror
Warlike mare


  1. ^ Staff (1895). "Our Van". Baily's Magazine of Sports & Pastimes. 63: 280. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  2. ^ Fletcher, Joseph Smith (1902). The history of the St. Leger Stakes, 1776-1901. London: Hutchinson & co. p. 370. sheldrake bonny breast knot.
  3. ^ a b c Prior, F.M. (1914). "Prior's "H-B" Studbook Volume I". Horace Cox. p. 208. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  4. ^ a b Bird, Thomas Henry (1937). A hundred Grand nationals. London: C. Scribner's sons. p. 141.
  5. ^ Staff (25 March 1896). "Messrs. J. Gatland and W. C. Clark". Racing Illustrated. 2: 324. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  6. ^ Staff (January 1898). "Sporting intelligence". Baily's Magazine of Sports and Pastimes. 69: 87. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  7. ^ Staff (July 1901). "Sporting intelligence". Baily's Magazine of Sports & Pastimes. 76: 78. Retrieved 5 January 2014.