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Toboggan (1925 – after 1941) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and broodmare. She showed very promising form as a juvenile in 1928 when she won three of her four races including the Dewhurst Stakes. In the following year she finished third in the 1000 Guineas and went on to win the Epsom Oaks, Coronation Stakes and Jockey Club Stakes. She had some success as a broodmare producing the top-class winner Bobsleigh and Hydroplane, the dam of Citation.

SireHurry On
DamsireSt Simon
CountryUnited Kingdom
BreederLord Derby
OwnerLord Derby
TrainerFrank Butters
Record8: 6-0-2
Major wins
Dewhurst Stakes (1927)
Epsom Oaks (1928)
Coronation Stakes (1928)
Jockey Club Stakes (1928)


Toboggan was a bay mare bred in the United Kingdom by her owner Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby. She was sent into training with Frank Butters at his Fitzroy House stable in Newmarket, Suffolk.[2] She was ridden in most of her races by Tommy Weston.

She was from the seventh crop of foals sired by the unbeaten champion, Hurry On, making her a representative of the Godolphin Arabian sire line.[3] Apart from Toboggan, Hurry On sired numerous major winners including Captain Cuttle, Coronach, Call Boy, Precipitation and Pennycomequick. Toboggan's dam Glacier was a half-sister to Canyon who won the 1000 Guineas and was the dam of Colorado.[4]

Racing careerEdit

1927: two-year-old seasonEdit

As a two-year-old in 1927 Toboggan finished third in a maiden race at Kempton Park Racecourse on her debut and then won the Champion Breeders Foal Plate at Derby Racecourse. In autumn at Newmarket Racecourse Toboggan was matched against male opposition won the Boscawen Plate. In the Dewhurst Stakes over seven furlongs at the same track she won again and won at odds of 4/9 despite carrying a seven pound weight penalty.[5]

Toboggan ended the season with earnings of £3,528.[6]

1928: three-year-old seasonEdit

On 4 of May Toboggan contested the 1000 Guineas over the Rowley Mile course at Newmarket. She finished third of the fourteen runers behind the King's filly Scuttle, who started the 15/8 favourite.[7][8] At Epsom Racecourse on 8 of June Toboggan faced Scuttle again in the 150th edition of the Oaks Stakes and started at odds of 100/15 (approximately 6.7/1) in a thirteen-runner field. Toboggan took the lead at least six furlongs from the finish, steadily increased her advantage in the straight and came home four lengths clear of Scuttle with a gap of six lengths back to Flegere in third place.[9]

Toboggan was dropped back in distance for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. Starting at odds of 11/10[10] she won from Scuttle and Romany Queen. On 4 October Toboggan was matched against older horse in the Jockey Club Stakes over fourteen furlongs at Newmarket. She won by two lengths from four-year-old colt Bonny Bay at odds of 3/1.[11] At the end of the season Lord Derby explained that both Toboggan and his leading colt Fairway had been succefully subjected to a process of "electric light treatment".[12]

In the 1928 season, Toboggan won £21,522.[13]

Assessment and honoursEdit

In their book, A Century of Champions, based on the Timeform rating system, John Randall and Tony Morris rated Toboggan a "superior" winner of the Oaks and the best filly of her generation trained in Britain or Ireland.[8]

Breeding recordEdit

At the end of her racing career Toboggan was retired to become a broodmare for Lord Derby's stud. She produced at least eight foals between 1930 and 1941:


Pedigree of Toboggan (GB), bay mare, 1925[1]
Hurry On (GB)
Marcovil (GB)
Marco Barcaldine (IRE)
Lady Villikins Hagioscope
Toute Suite (GB)
Sainfoin Springfield
Star Thurio
Glacier (GB)
St Simon (GB)
Galopin Vedette
Flying Duchess
St Angela King Tom
Glasalt (GB)
Isinglass Isonomy
Dead Lock
Broad Corrie Hampton
Corrie Roy (Family 3-1)[4]


  1. ^ a b "Toboggan pedigree". Equineline.
  2. ^ Mortimer, Roger; Onslow, Richard; Willett, Peter (1978). Biographical Encyclopedia of British Flat Racing. Macdonald and Jane’s. ISBN 0-354-08536-0.
  3. ^ "Godolphin Arabian Line". Retrieved 2011-11-02.
  4. ^ a b "Mayonaise - Family 3-L". Thoroughbred Bloodlines. Retrieved 2014-06-21.
  5. ^ "Turf in England". New Zealand Herald. 11 June 1928. p. 9 – via Papers Past.
  6. ^ "Sports and Pastimes". Otago Daily Times. 11 June 1928. p. 10 – via Papers Past.
  7. ^ "King Wins Classic". Auckland Star. 5 May 1928. p. 9 – via Papers Past.
  8. ^ a b Morris, Tony; Randall, John (1999). A Century of Champions. Portway Press. ISBN 1-901570-15-0.
  9. ^ "The Derby: other surprises". New Zealand Herald. 17 July 1928. p. 16 – via Papers Past.
  10. ^ a b Abelson, Edward; Tyrrel, John (1993). The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books Publishing. ISBN 978-1-873626-15-3.
  11. ^ "Jockey Club Stakes". Evening Post. 5 October 1928. p. 11 – via Papers Past.
  12. ^ "Racing News". Otago Daily Times. 7 November 1928. p. 13 – via Papers Past.
  13. ^ "English Racing". The Press. 6 December 1928. p. 14 – via Papers Past.