Goldfinder (horse)

Goldfinder (1764–1789) was an undefeated Thoroughbred racehorse. His wins included two Newmarket Challenge Cup and Whips. After retiring from racing he became a successful sire.

Painting of Goldfinder
DamBlank mare
CountryGreat Britain
BreederJohn St Leger Douglas
OwnerJenison Shafto
Sir Charles Sedley
Record11: 11-0-0
Major wins
1400 Guineas Stakes (1768)
Ascot Stakes (1768)
Newmarket Challenge Cup & Whip (1769, 1770)


Goldfinder was a bay colt foaled in 1764. He was bred by John St Leger Douglas and was sired by the undefeated racehorse and Champion sire Snap. His dam was a daughter of Blank, another Champion sire.[1]

Racing careerEdit

Goldfinder made his racecourse debut at Newmarket on 5 April 1768, beating two opponents to win a sweepstakes of 200 guineas each (known as the 1400 Guineas). On 29 April he beat six rivals to win the Ascot Stakes. His next race came in October, where he beat five rivals (including Lord Bolingbroke's 4/5 favourite Sejanus) to win another sweepstakes of 200 guineas each. The next day he was due to race a filly belonging to Sir John Moore, but Moore paid a 300 guinea forfeit and withdrew his horse. In his last race as a four-year-old he won the Contribution Stakes, beating four other horses.[1]

His first race as a five-year-old was on 31 March, where he beat four horses to win a 150 guineas race.[1] In October he faced five rivals in the Newmarket Challenge Cup and Whip (known as 'the Cup').[2] In the betting the Duke of Ancaster's Jethro was the 2/1 favourite, with Goldfinder at 5/2, Sir Charles Bunbury's Bellario at 4/1, 5/1 and 6/1 against Marquis, with Sir Lawrence Dundas's A-la-greque and Lord Rockingham's Cosmo both at 8/1. Goldfinder won this race and then beat Jethro again to win a Subscription of 50 guineas each a few days later. In his final two races as a five-year-old he walked over for a 150 guineas race and the Contribution Stakes.[1]

At the start of the 1770 season he walked over for a Subscription stakes. In October he won the Newmarket Challenge Cup and Whip for a second time, in another walkover. It was intended that he would run in a King's Plate against the undefeated Eclipse, but the day after the Cup he broke down in an exercise.[1]

Stud careerEdit

In 1771 he was sold to Sir Charles Sedley for 1,350 guineas. As a stallion he stood at Nuthall Temple in Nottinghamshire.[1] He had a successful stallion career, siring many winners, including the 1781 St. Leger Stakes winner Serina.[3] After the death of Sir Charles Sedley in 1778, Goldfinder was sold for 350 guineas and moved to Mitcham, Surrey. He spent the rest of his stud career there and retired after the 1784 season. Goldfinder died in 1789, aged 25 years.[1]


Pedigree of Goldfinder, bay stallion, 1764[3]
Snap (GB)
br. 1750
Snip (GB)
br. 1736
Flying Childers
b. 1714
Darley Arabian
Betty Leedes
Sister to Soreheels Basto
Sister to Mixbury
Sister to Slipby (GB) Fox
b. 1714
Bay Peg
Bay Bolton
Newcastle Turk mare
Blank mare (GB)
Blank (GB)
b. 1740
Godolphin Arabian*
b. c.1724
Little Mare Bartlett's Childers
Flying Whig
Regulus mare (GB) Regulus
b. 1739
Godolphin Arabian*
Grey Robinson
Lonsdale Arabian mare Lonsdale Arabian

Note: b. = Bay, br. = Brown

* Goldfinder was inbred 3 × 4 to Godolphin Arabian. This means that the stallion appears once in the third generation and once in the fourth generation of his pedigree.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Pick, William; Johnson, R. (1805). The Turf Register (Volume II). A. Bartholoman, High-Ousegate.
  2. ^ Weatherby, C. J. E.; Weatherby, J. P. (1869). The Racing Calendar for the Year 1869 - Races Past.
  3. ^ a b "Goldfinder". Retrieved 2012-10-28.