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

Victorious
Victorious by Ruffler
Victorious
Victorious by Whitenose
Volunteer
Volunteer
Vane Arabian
Imported 1744 by Mr. Mosco. Probably associated with the Earls of Darlington (later Dukes of Cleveland), whose seat was near the Yorkshire-Durham border. William Henry Vane (1766-1842), the 3rd Earl of Darlington and later Duke of Cleveland, succeeded to the peerage in 1792, upon his father's death. He built the Raby pack, and hunted over much of the north of England, including the vast lands associated with Raby. He also had an important stud, and owned the racehorses Chorister, Muley Moloch, and Haphazard. There is no apparent record of produce in the GSB from the Vane Arabian, at least not under that name.
Vernon Arabian
The import date of this horse, if he was imported, is unclear, but he was covering mares in the mid 1770s through the 1780s. He was owned by Richard Vernon. Vernon owned the great racehorse Woodpecker, and was one-time owner of Tortoise and other good racehorses, and was notorious for his skill in supporting "great expense" through horse racing. His nephew, Henry Vernon, was also a prominent turfite, who owned such horses as Minister, a winner at Newmarket in 1774. The Vernon Arabian sired the dam of the racehorses Emigrant (1794, by Escape) and Heathpoult (1801, Moorcock); the racehorse Foppington (1775); a filly from a Spectator mare (1775); and the dam of Punchinello (by Florizel).
Victorious
SIRE: Ruffler - Son of Brimmer - Brimmer - D'ARCY YELLOW TURK.
DAM: Mare by Hutton's Grey Barb - mare by WhyNot - mare by Wilkinson's Turk - mare by (Old/D'Arcy's) Woodcock (Family 62).
Grey 1722. Bred by Mr. Wilkinson of Yorkshire. Purchased by the (5th) Duke of Hamilton, he ran at Newmarket. Brother to Grisewood's Partner.
(Onslow's) Victorious
SIRE: Whitenose - GODOLPHIN ARABIAN. Godolphin Arabian Sire Line
DAM: Mare by Firetail - Miss Slamerkin by Young True Blue - mare by Oxford Dun Arabian - D'Arcy's Royal Mare by Blacklegs (Family 7).
Black 1747. Bred by William Crofts of Norfolk; sold to and run by the George (1st) Earl of Onslow. Brother to Basto. Ran from 1751 through 1755 at distances between 2 to 4 miles. At age 4 he won once in two tries, a purse for 50 at Lincoln. In 1752 he was unbeaten, winning the Town Plate at Epsom, and seven other races at Blandford, Marlborough, Tetbury, Oxford and Burford, his wins of eight plates (each 50) was said to be "...an instance never known before." In 1753 he won once in two starts, and the following year was beaten in his only start and was retired from the turf.
Volunteer
SIRE: Eclipse - Marske - Squirt - Bartlett's Childers - DARLEY ARABIAN. Darley Arabian Sire Line: Eclipse Branch
DAM: Old Tartar Mare by Tartar - mare by Mogul - mare by Bolton Sweepstakes - sister to Sloven by Bay Bolton - sister to Mixbury by Curwen Bay Barb - mare by Curwen's (Pelham's) Old Spot - mare by White Legged Lowther Barb - Vintner mare (Family 9).
Chestnut 1780. Bred by Dennis O'Kelly. Brother to Whitenose, Queen Mab, Jupiter, Mercury, etc. Ran between 1783 and 1786, originally under the name "Cornet." Won the Cumberland Subscription Stakes of 1100 guineas, beating Saltram and Gonzales, but was soundly beaten by Saltram in the Derby thereafter. Also at 3 he won at Basingstoke and Ascot, and a forfeit match at Newmarket. At age 5, now running under the name Volunteer, he won a 100 guineas sweep at Newmarket, beating Champion and others, and won two other matches, his only other races that year. He started once at age 6, was unplaced, and was retired to O'Kelly's stud at Epsom, joining Eclipse and Dugannon. He was a successful sire, considering his competition for the first few years in the same stud. He got two Oaks winners, Portia (1791) and Caelia (1793), and Derby winner Spread Eagle (1795, later exported to the U.S.), and a number of other racehorses, such as Fop (1798), Enchantress (1800, dam of Palmyra), Magic (1794), and Eagle (1796), a top runner later a good sire in the U.S.

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