Newminster (1848 – 2 October 1868) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse who won the St. Leger Stakes in 1851. He raced for four seasons, winning two of his ten races. He retired to stud in Yorkshire and became British champion sire in 1859 and 1863. Newminster sired the Derby winners Musjid and Hermit and the champion sires Adventurer and Lord Clifden. He was trained by John Scott and owned by Anthony Nichol throughout his racing career.

Engraving of Newminster
DamsireDoctor Syntax
CountryGreat Britain
BreederWilliam Orde
OwnerAnthony Nichol
Richard Lumley-Saville
TrainerJohn Scott
Record10: 2-0-1
Major wins
St. Leger Stakes (1851)
Sweepstakes of £300 (1852)
Leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland
(1859, 1863)

Background edit

Newminster was a bay colt bred by William Orde and foaled in 1848.[1] He was sired by Touchstone, who won the St. Leger Stakes as a three-year-old, before winning both the Doncaster Cup and Ascot Gold Cup twice as an older horse. He was also a successful stallion, becoming British champion sire four times.[2] Touchstone sired many Classic winners including the Derby winners Cotherstone, Orlando and Surplice.[3] Newminster's dam was Beeswing, a daughter of Doctor Syntax. Beeswing was a successful racemare who raced for many years. Her wins included six Newcastle Gold Cups, four Doncaster Cups and one Ascot Gold Cup. Beeswing also foaled the 2000 Guineas winner Nunnykirk, who was also sired by Touchstone.[4] Newminster was purchased as a yearling by Anthony Nichol and put into training with John Scott.[5]

Racing career edit

1851: Three-year-old season edit

A week before Newminster was scheduled to run in the Derby, there were reports that he had gone amiss.[6] However, on 21 May 1851, along with 32 other horses, Newminster lined up at Epsom Downs for the start of the Derby Stakes. Teddington was the 3/1 favourite for the race and Marlborough Buck was next in the betting at 7/2, with Newminster being a big outsider at the odds of 1000/15. Newminster never challenged the leaders and did not finish in the top eight. Teddington won the race by two lengths from Marlborough Buck, with Neasham a further length back in third place.[7]

Newminster's next race was the two-mile Ebor St. Leger at York in August. He started as the odds-on favourite, but could only finish third in the five-runner field. The Calculator won the race by a length from Cnaeus.[8] The following month Newminster went to Doncaster for the St. Leger Stakes. Hernandez started at the price of 6/4 and was the pre-race favourite. Aphrodite was priced at 7/2, The Ban at 5/1, Ephesus at 12/1 and Newminster at 15/1, with the other thirteen runners 20/1 or bigger. The field got away to an even start, with Deceitful setting the pace at the front. Jockey Sim Templeman settled Newminster in the middle of the pack, where he stayed for the majority of the race. As the field turned into the finishing straight, Deceitful faded and Aphrodite took over the lead. Newminster closed up until he was challenging for the lead as they entered the final furlong. He then pulled away near the finish to win by two lengths from Aphrodite. Hookem Snivvy was a further two lengths back in third place, with the favourite eventually finishing in ninth.[9] His win in the St. Leger meant he had to carry a twelve-pound weight penalty in the Cambridgeshire Stakes. Despite this he stated as second favourite, but was never able to challenge and finished well down the field, behind winner Truth.[10]

1852: Four-year-old season edit

Newminster did not reappear as a four-year-old until Goodwood in late July, where he ran in a sweepstakes of £300 each over the distance of about three miles and five furlongs. He started as the 1/3 favourite and was ridden by Sim Templeman. At the start of the race Phlegethon went into the lead and pulled clear, at one point being about one furlong clear to the other three runners. With three quarters of a mile left to run Newminster and Harpsichord began to close down the lead. Newminster overtook him as they entered the final furlong and won by two lengths from Harpsichord, with Phlegethon in third place.[11] Two days later he started in the Goodwood Cup, but did not finish in the top five. The race was won by Kingston, with Little Harry second and Teddington third.[12] In September he finished fourth, behind winner Teddington, in the two and a half mile Doncaster Cup.[13]

1853: Five-year-old season edit

Newminster's first start as a five-year-old was in the Tradesmen's Plate at Chester. He started the race at 15/1, but finished outside the first four, behind winner Goldfinder.[14] His only other start of the season was in August in the Great Ebor Handicap at York. Pantomime won the race by a neck from The Nabob, with Newminster finishing outside the top eight.[15]

1854: Six-year-old season edit

Newminster only started once in 1854, in the Tradesmen's Plate at Chester. He started the race at 11/1 and was near the front before breaking down with a few furlongs left to run. The race was won by Epaminondas.[16] Newminster was put out of training and sold to Richard Lumley-Saville for 1,300 guineas to stand at stud.[5]

Assessment edit

Despite winning only two races, Newminster was highly regarded, with people believing he was unable to show his true potential.[5]

Stud career edit

Newminster's son Hermit

Newminster retired to stud at Tickhill Castle near Doncaster, where he stood for two seasons at the fee of 10 guineas. He then moved to Rawcliffe Stud near York, where his fee rose to 15 guineas. After his son Musjid won the Derby in 1859 his fee rose to 50 guineas and later 100 guineas. Newminster was a successful stallion and was the British champion sire in 1859 and 1863.[5] His most notable progeny were:

Newminster died on 2 October 1868 at Rawliffe.[17]

Pedigree edit

Pedigree of Newminster, bay stallion, 1848[18][19]
Touchstone (GB)
br. 1831
Camel (GB)
br. 1822
br. 1807
Selim mare
br. 1812
Banter (GB)
br. 1826
Master Henry
b. 1815
Miss Sophia
b. 1807
Beeswing (GB)
b. 1833
Doctor Syntax (GB)
br. 1811
br. 1791
Mark Anthony mare
Beningbrough mare Beningborough
Jenny Mole
Ardrossan mare (GB)
ch. 1817
b. 1809
John Bull
Miss Whip
Lady Eliza
b. 1813
Spadille mare

Note: b. = Bay, br. = Brown, ch. = Chestnut

References edit

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  19. ^ The General Stud Book. J. S. Skinner, Baltimore. 1834. Retrieved 2013-06-11.