Rosedrop (1907 – 1930) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. She won one minor race as a two-year-old in 1909 before emerging as a top-class performer in the following year. She won the Epsom Oaks, Atalanta Stakes and Great Yorkshire Stakes as well as finishing third in the 1000 Guineas and the Park Hill Stakes. After her retirement from racing she became a broodmare in England, and later in the United States. By far the best of her offspring was Gainsborough who won the 13th U.K. Triple Crown Champion and became a very successful breeding stallion.

Rosedrop winning 1910 Epsom Oaks.jpg
Rosedrop winning the Oaks
SireSt. Frusquin
GrandsireSt. Simon
CountryUnited Kingdom
BreederJ A Doyle
OwnerSir William Bass, 2nd Baronet
TrainerAlec Taylor, Jr.
Record11: 4-2-1
Earnings£6,353 (in 1909)
Major wins
Oaks Stakes (1910)
Atalanta Stakes (1910)
Great Yorkshire Stakes (1910)


Rosedrop was a chestnut mare bred in England by John Doyle and owned during her racing career by Sir William Bass, 2nd Baronet who bought her as a yearling for 700 guineas.[2] She was sent into training with Alec Taylor, Jr. at Manton, Wiltshire.

She was sired by St. Frusquin who won the Middle Park Plate, Dewhurst Plate, 2000 Guineas, Princess of Wales's Stakes and Eclipse Stakes and was described as one of the best horses of the 19th century.[3] His other progeny included St. Amant, Quintessence, and Mirska. Her dam Rosaline showed so little promise that her owner Jack Barnato Joel donated her to charity auction in aid of the Fresh Air Fund at which she was sold for 25 guineas by William Allison.[4] Allison sold the mare by John Doyle for 200 guineas and on Doyle's death she was acquired for 900 guineas by J. Simons Harrison in a deal which also included her filly foal (Rosedrop).[5] She came from a successful family, being descended from the influential British broodmare May Queen (foaled 1868).[6]

Racing careerEdit

1909: two-year-old seasonEdit

Until 1913, there was no requirement for British racehorses to have official names and two-year-olds were allowed to run without names until 1946.[7] The practice of running horses unnamed had once been common, but had largely fallen out of use by the early 20th Century. Rosedrop however was not officially named until 1910, and ran as a juvenile under the descriptive title of Sir W. Bass's chestnut filly by St Frusquin - Rosaline.[8]

The filly ran twice as a two-year-old in 1909, recording one win in the Rangemore Maiden Stakes at Derby Racecourse.[8]

1910: three-year-old seasonEdit

The filly was still unnamed when he ran in the 1000 Guineas over the Rowley Mile at Newmarket Racecourse on 29 April and finished third of the thirteen runners behind Winkipop and Maid of Corinth (who was also owned by Bass).[8] She was then officially given the name Rosedrop. It was reported that the filly finished unplaced in a minor race in May.[9]

On 3 June Rosedrop was moved up in distance to contest the 132nd Oaks Stakes over one and a half miles at Epsom Racecourse. Winkipop started favourite with Rosedrop on 7/1 in an eleven-runner field which also included Maid of Corinth. Ridden by Charlie Trigg she dominated the race from the start and won "in a common canter" by four lengths from Evolution, with Pernelle a neck away in third.[10]

At Royal Ascot eleven days later Rosedrop was matched against male opposition in the Gold Vase over two miles and finished unplaced behind the colt Charles O'Malley.[11] In July she coped well with the exceptionally wet conditions to win the Atalanta Stakes at Sandown Park.[12] At the Newbury summer meeting she led for most of the way in the Kingclere Stakes but was caught in the last stride and narrowly beaten by the colt Lonawand, to whom she was conceding weight.[13] Rosedrop reversed the form in the Great Yorkshire Stakes at York in August, winning from Willonyx (later to win the Ascot Gold Cup) with Lonawand in third place.[14] On 7 September at Doncaster Racecourse Rosedrop took on colts in the St Leger but made little impact and finished unplaced behind Swynford.[15] Later at the same meeting she finished second to Yellow Slave in the Park Hill Stakes.

Rosedrop ended the year with earnings of £6,353.[16]

1911: four-year-old seasonEdit

Rosedrop remained in training as a four-year-old in 1911. On 10 May at Newmarket she was put up for auction and bought for 4,500 guineas by Alfred W. Cox.[17] She did not race in 1911 and was retired at the end of the year.

Assessment and honoursEdit

In their book, A Century of Champions, based on the Timeform rating system, John Randall and Tony Morris rated Rosedrop a "poor" winner of the Oaks.[18]

Breeding recordEdit

At the end of her racing career Rosedrop became a broodmare for Lady James Douglas. She was later exported to the United States. She produced at least six foals and two winners between 1914 and 1927:

Rosedrop died in 1930.[20]


Pedigree of Rosedrop (GB), chestnut mare, 1907[1]
St. Frusquin (GB)
St. Simon
Galopin Vedette
Flying Duchess
St. Angela King Tom
Plebeian Joskin
Queen Elizabeth
Parma Parmesan
Rosaline (GB)
Trenton (NZ)
Musket (GB) Toxophilite
West Australian mare
Frailty (AUS) Goldsbrough
Florence McIvor
Bend Or Doncaster
Rouge Rose
Rosa May Rosicrucian
May Queen (Family: 2-n)[6]


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  2. ^ "In a Nutshell". Otago Witness. 10 August 1910. p. 55 – via Papers Past.
  3. ^ "Tufts of Turf". The Press. 20 October 1896. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  4. ^ Mortimer, Roger; Onslow, Richard; Willett, Peter (1978). Biographical Encyclopedia of British Flat Racing. Macdonald and Jane’s. ISBN 0-354-08536-0.
  5. ^ "Rosaline's Career". The New Zealand Times. 17 August 1910. p. 9 – via Papers Past.
  6. ^ a b "Alexander Mare - Family 2-n". Thoroughbred Bloodlines. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  7. ^ Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1990). Horse Racing: Records, Facts, Champions(Third Edition). Guinness Publishing. ISBN 0-85112-902-1.
  8. ^ a b c "English Racing". The Press. 2 May 1910. p. 9 – via Papers Past.
  9. ^ "The Turf". The Dominion (Wellington). 6 June 1910. p. 4 – via Papers Past.
  10. ^ "Racing in England". Otago Witness. 20 July 1910. p. 56 – via Papers Past.
  11. ^ "Sporting". Wanganui Herald. 8 August 1910. p. 7 – via Papers Past.
  12. ^ "The Turf". Otago Daily Times. 29 September 1910. p. 10 – via Papers Past.
  13. ^ "Notes by Phaeton". The New Zealand Herald. 19 November 1910. p. 9 – via Papers Past.
  14. ^ "English Racing". The Evening Post. 4 May 1911. p. 7 – via Papers Past.
  15. ^ "Sporting". The New Zealand Herald. 19 October 1910. p. 5 – via Papers Past.
  16. ^ "Sporting". Manawatu Standard. 28 March 1911. p. 3 – via Papers Past.
  17. ^ "The Turf". The Dominion. 21 June 1911. p. 9 – via Papers Past.
  18. ^ Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1999). A Century of Champions. Portway Press. ISBN 1-901570-15-0.
  19. ^ "Mere Play pedigree". Equineline.
  20. ^ The Jockey Club (1936). "Rosedrop". The American Stud Book. 16: 800.