|Dam||West Australian mare (B. 1857)|
|Colour||Bay or brown|
|Flying Dutchman Handicap|
|Leading sire in Australia (1886, 1889, 1891)|
|Last updated on 24 March 2010|
He was sired by Toxophilite, his dam was a bay mare (1857) who was a half-sister to General Peel’s dam, by West Australian (winner of the 1853 British Triple Crown) from Brown Bess (1844) by Camel. Musket was inbred to Touchstone in the fourth generation (4x4).
In England Musket won nine races including the Ascot Stakes before retiring to stud there where he only had limited patronage. In spite of this he managed to sire Petronel winner of the 2,000 Guineas and Brown Bess (1876) winner of the Doncaster Cup and Goodwood Stakes.
In December 1878 Musket was imported into Victoria by the Auckland Stud Company and then sent to Auckland, New Zealand the following month. Initially he was used here to cover “half-bred” mares to breed coach horses.
He sired 28 stakeswinners which had 107 stakes wins, including:
- Cuirassier, won Great Northern Derby
- Foul Shot, won Auckland Derby
- Fusilade, won New Zealand Cup
- Fusilier, won Wanganui Derby
- Manton, Derby Stakes, New Zealand Cup, Wanganui Derby
- Martini-Henry, Victoria Derby, Melbourne Cup
- Nordenfeldt, Victoria Derby, AJC Australian Derby
- Trenton, ARC Welcome Stakes, CJC Champagne Stakes, VRC Royal Park Stakes (twice), etc., sire of good racehorses including Wakeful.
Musket is best remembered for siring the famous Carbine (great-great-grandsire of Nearco), Nordenfeldt, Trenton (a leading sire in Australasia and then exported), Martini-Henry and Hotchkiss, all top sires. Carbine in his day was considered one of the greatest horses in the world, whose feats included winning the 1890 Melbourne Cup with the impost of 10 st 5 lb in the record time of 3:28¼. The bloodlines of Musket including Carbine and Trenton, are still evident in many horses racing today.
|Orville mare (21) (1812)|
West Australian mare
|Cervantes mare (1-a) (1825)|
|Selim mare (1812)|
|Brutandorf mare (1829)||Brutandorf|
|Gohanna mare (1803) (family: 3-d)|
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