Disraeli (1895–1911) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. As a juvenile in 1897 he showed considerable promise by winning the Champion Breeders' Foal Plate at Derby Racecourse and then finishing second in the Middle Park Plate. In the following spring he recorded his biggest win in the 2000 Guineas but disappointed when favourite for the Epsom Derby and later ran unplaced in the St Leger. He made no impact as a breeding stallion in France.

DamLady Yardley
Died1911 (aged 15–16)
CountryUnited Kingdom
BreederSir Tatton Sykes, 5th Baronet
OwnerWallace Johnstone
TrainerJohn Dawson
Record6: 2-1-0
Major wins
Champion Breeders' Foal Plate (1897)
2000 Guineas (1898)

Background edit

Disraeli was a "good-looking, well-set-up"[2] bay horse bred at the Sledmere Stud in East Yorkshire by Sir Tatton Sykes, 5th Baronet. As a yearling he was consigned to the Doncaster sales and bought for 1,000 guineas by Wallace Johnstone.[3] The colt was sent into training with John Dawson, the younger brother of Mathew Dawson, at Warren House stables at Newmarket, Suffolk. Dawson had established his reputation in the 1870s when he trained Galopin and Petrarch.[4]

His sire Galopin was an outstanding racehorse who won the Derby in 1872 and went on to be a successful and influential stallion, being Champion sire on three occasions. Disraeli's dam Lady Yardley was a full-sister to The Swan, whose descendants included Mondrian and Hansel.[5]

Racing career edit

1897: two-year-old season edit

Disraeli made his debut in the Champion Breeders' Foal Plate on 31 August over five furlongs at Derby Racecourse. Ridden by Fred Allsopp, and starting at odds of 100/8 he led from the start and won "somewhat easily"[3] by one and a half lengths from the odds-on favourite Champ de Mars.[6] In the Middle Park Plate over six furlongs at Newmarket on 15 October, Disraeli started at odds of 100/15 (approximately 6.7/1) in a fourteen-runner field. With Allsopp again in the saddle he briefly took the lead in the last quarter mile but was overtaken and beaten three lengths by the Duke of Devonshire's colt Dieudonne with Wildfowler a head away in third place.[7] On his third and final start of the season six days later Disraeli was assigned a weight of 136 pounds for the Great Sapling Plate at Sandown Park and finished as Ninus won from Nun Nicer and Sheet Anchor.[8] He was eased down in the race by his rider John Watts when his chance of winning had gone.[2]

1898: three-year-old season edit

Sam Loates, who rode Disraeli in 1898

The 90th edition of the 2000 Guineas was run over the Rowley Mile on 27 April and saw Disraeli, ridden by Sam Loates start at odds of 100/8. Ninus went off the 100/30 favourite while the other twelve runners included Batt, Jeddah, Hawfinch (Dewhurst Plate) and Wildfowler. Disraeli settled behind the leaders before moving intothird behind the 40/1 outsider Wantage and Ninus a furlong from the finish. He "put in some very strong work" to take the lead in the closing stages and won by 1+12 lengths from Wantage, with Ninus a neck away in third place.[9]

At Epsom Racecourse on 25 May Disraeli, with Loates again in the saddle, started the 2/1 favourite for the Derby Stakes. He led the field in the early stages but dropped out of contention approaching the straight and finished tenth as Jeddah won from Batt, Dunlop and Dieudonne.[10] According to press reports the colt failed to stay the distance and Loates was described as looking "a picture of misery" after the contest.[11] In the St Leger over 14+12 furlongs at Doncaster Racecourse on 7 September Disraeli started at odds of 100/6 and finished unplaced behind Wildfowler.[12]

In December 1898 Disraeli was put up for auction at Newmarket and bought for 850 guineas by a Mr Jones, acting on behalf of a group of French breeders.[13]

Stud record edit

Disraeli was retired from racing to become a breeding stallion in France. He appears to have fathered very few foals and had no success as a sire of winners. Disraeli died in 1911 at the stud of the Marquis de Tracy.[14]

Pedigree edit

Pedigree of Disraeli (GB), bay stallion, 1895[1]
Galopin (GB)
Voltigeur Voltaire
Martha Lynn
Mrs Ridgway Birdcatcher (IRE)
Nan Darrell
Flying Duchess
The Flying Dutchman Bay Middleton
Merope Voltaire
Juniper mare
Lady Yardley (GB)
Oxford Birdcatcher (IRE)
Honey Dear
Whisper Flatcatcher
Weatherbit Flatcatcher
Miss Letty
Wish Touchstone
Hope (Family 2-w)[5]
  • Disraeli was inbred 4 × 4 to Birdcatcher and Voltaire, meaning that both of these stallions appear twice in the fourth generation of his pedigree.

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Disraeli pedigree". Equineline.
  2. ^ a b "Sporting Items". Papers Past. The Press. 6 January 1898. p. 2.
  3. ^ a b "Talk of the Day". Otago Witness. 14 October 1897. p. 31 – via Papers Past.
  4. ^ "John Dawson (Snr)". Horseracing History Online. Retrieved 2012-09-15.
  5. ^ a b "Peter Lely Mare - Family 2-w". Thoroughbred Bloodlines.
  6. ^ "Derby". Otago Witness. 14 October 1897. p. 34 – via Papers Past.
  7. ^ "Racing in England". Otago Witness. 9 December 1897. p. 34 – via Papers Past.
  8. ^ "Sandown Park". Otago Witness. 9 December 1897. p. 34 – via Papers Past.
  9. ^ "Racing in England". Otago Witness. 16 June 1898. p. 37 – via Papers Past.
  10. ^ "The Epsom Derby". Auckland Star. 27 May 1898. p. 8 – via Papers Past.
  11. ^ "In a Nutshell". Otago Witness. 14 July 1898. p. 37 – via Papers Past.
  12. ^ "The St. Leger". Auckland Star. 19 October 1898 – via Papers Past.
  13. ^ "Bloodstock Sales in England". Otago Witness. 26 January 1899. p. 56 – via Papers Past.
  14. ^ Staff (1912). "Etalons Anglais". Stud Book Français. 16: 17.