Precipitation (1933 – 6 March 1957) was an influential British-bred Thoroughbred stallion who is found in the pedigrees of many racehorses and sport horses today. He is responsible for helping maintain the Matchem sireline through his son, Sheshoon.

SireHurry On
DamDouble Life
DamsireBachelor's Double
CountryGreat Britain
BreederLady Zia Wernher
OwnerLady Zia Wernher
Record10: 7-0-0[1]
Major wins
1936 King Edward VII Stakes
1937 Ascot Gold Cup
Last updated on 3 March 2010



He was by Hurry On and out of Double Life, a foundation mare of the famous British stud, Someries Stud. Hurry On, the sire of Precipitation, was unbeaten in his six starts and sired three winners of The Derby during the 1920s. Double Life was a good racemare that won six races worth £5,647 and then proved to be an exceptional broodmare. Her foals included Casanova (a winner and a good sire), Persian Gulf (Coronation Cup and outstanding sire) and Doubleton who was the grandam of Meld.[2]

Racing record


Precipitation did not race until he was three owing to a heel problem.[3] He did well on the track, winning seven races including the 1937 Ascot Gold Cup (20f), King Edward VII Stakes (12f), Gratwicke Stakes and Queen's Prize (16f)[4] for a total of £18,419.[5]

Stud record


He was successful at stud, producing seven classic winning racehorses and sport horses. During his stud career, which began in 1938, he was one of the leading sires in England, and produced over 50 stakes winners, including:

In all Precipitation sired the winners of 431 races for prizemoney of £269,675. Precipitation's daughters produced the winners of 810 races worth £541,370.[1]

In New Zealand, his blood lives on through the offspring of four great sons: Admiral's Luck, Count Rendered, Summertime and Agricola.[1]

Precipitation is well known for siring sport horses too, including Furioso, the sire of the influential Furioso II and Cor de la Bryere.

Precipitation died on 6 March 1957.

Sire line tree



  1. ^ a b c d Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), Thoroughbred Breeding of the World, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  2. ^ Leicester, Sir Charles, Bloodstock Breeding, J.A. Allen & Co, London, 1969
  3. ^ Hislop, John, Breeding for Racing, Martin Secker & Warburg, London, 1976, ISBN 0-436-19701-4
  4. ^ Birch, Franklin E., Pedigrees of Leading Winners 1912-1959, The Thoroughbred Breeders Assoc., London, 1960
  5. ^ Stonebridge Great Horses p. 450
  6. ^ ASB: Precipitation Retrieved 2010-3-3
  7. ^ Godolphin Arabian Jump Sires
  8. ^ Portraits: Hurry On
  9. ^ Godolphin Arabian Sire Line
  10. ^ The Godolphin Arabian & his descendants
  11. ^ Le Mexico
  12. ^ a b Voltaire
  • Stonebridge, M. A. (1972). Great Horses of Our Time. New York: Doubleday.