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  Foundation Sires of the Thoroughbred: K
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Alphabetized List of Important 17th and 18th Century Stallions

King Fergus
King Fergus
Khalan Arabian
If imported, fairly late: sired Trounce 'em (1771) and several unnamed horses between 1763 and 1771, then disappears from the GSB. Most were bred from mares owned by the sixth Earl Ferrers of Leicestershire. Between 1774 and 1779 the Ferrers Arabian appears as sire of Flavia (1774) and several unnamed foals in the GSB, all bred by Lord Ferrers. It is possible the Khalen and Ferrers arabians were the same horse. Races limited exclusively to Arabians were instituted in 1771 at Newmarket, but the novelty did not last long.
King Fergus
SIRE: Eclipse - Marske - Squirt - Bartlett's Childers - DARLEY ARABIAN. Darley Arabian Sire Line: King Fergus Branch
DAM: Creeping Polly by Black and All Black (Othello) - Fanny by Tartar - mare by (Bolton) Grey Starling - mare by Roundhead - mare by Grey Grantham - mare by Wilkinson's Turk - Young Bald Peg by Leedes Arabian - Old Morocco Mare by Fairfax Barb - Old Bald Peg (Family 6).
Chestnut 1775. Bred or purchased as a yearling by Dennis O'Kelly (owner of Eclipse). Ran from 1778 through 1781. His wins included a sweep at Bath in 1799; matches against Pomona and Knight Errant, and Guildford at Newmarket, in addition to several purses there in 1780; in 1781 he won 50 in a race at Newmarket, but was unplaced in the Craven Stakes. Retired to stud where he continued the Eclipse sire line through sons Hambletonian and Beningbrough. He also got the good winners Warter, Johnny, Hippopotamus, Fergulus, Ormond, and others; in all the GSB lists around 40 foals.
The King's Grey Arabian
This horse is noted as the sire of a dun colt in 1730, which would place him in the stud of George II, who was a more enthusastic supporter of the turf than George I. At present the origins and further history of this horse is not determined.
King William's Black Barb (Without a Tongue)
Stood at Hampton Court during the reign of William I. This horse sired two early influential mares: a filly (by the Stanyan Arabian) from the foundation mare of Family 7, D'Arcy Blacklegs mare, who was the ancestress of Blank Mixbury, dam of the racehorse Methodist and others; and Gipsy, a black filly c. 1713, who is important in Family 13.

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