Fisherman (English horse)

Fisherman was a hardy English-bred Thoroughbred racehorse who won 70 races including the Ascot Gold Cup on two occasions. Exported into Australia he became a leading sire there.

From a painting by John Frederick Herring, Sr.
DamsireSheet Anchor
BreederMr Fowler
OwnerHurtle Fisher
Record121[1] (or 136) [2] starts, 70 wins
Major wins
1858 & 1859 Ascot Gold Cup
Last updated on 29 May 2010

Breeding edit

He was a brown stallion bred by Mr. Fowler in 1853 in England. Fisherman was by Heron (son of Bustard), his dam Mainbrace, was by Sheet Anchor from a Bay Middleton mare from the Bruce Lowe number 11 family. He was inbred to Orville in the third and fifth generations of his pedigree (3m x 5f). Fisherman was a half-brother to Mainstay and The Peer.[3]

Racing record edit

Fisherman was the best stayer of his time and the winner of 70 races, including 21 wins from 35 starts in one season.[2] After winning the Ascot Gold Cup on one occasion Fisherman was saddled for the following race, the Queen’s Plate contested over three miles, and won that race, too. Altogether he won 26 Queen’s Plate trophies and two Ascot Gold Cups.[1]

Stud record edit

Hurtle Fisher purchased Fisherman for 3,000 guineas and imported him to South Australia in November 1860. He later stood at Fisher’s renowned Maribyrnong Stud in Victoria. Fisherman was regarded as one of the best English stayers imported to Australia during the nineteenth century.

In Australia he was a great sire where his offspring included 10 Australian stakes-winners that had 27 stakes-wins, including:

Fisherman stood only five seasons at stud before he died in June 1865 at the Maribyrnong Stud.

John Frederick Herring, Sr. painted the above portrait of Fisherman prior to his export.

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), Thoroughbred Breeding of the World, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  2. ^ a b Barrie, Douglas M., The Australian Bloodhorse, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1956
  3. ^ Morris, Simon; Tesio Power 2000 - Stallions of the World, Syntax Software
  4. ^ ASB: Fisherman (GB) Retrieved 2010-5-29