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  Family 25: Brimmer Mare

The Old Scarboro' Mare, by Makeless, is the only descendent of this particular Brimmer mare in the General Stud Book, as far as we know. While Robertson [J.B. Robertson, "The Origin and History of the British Thoroughbred Horse" in Flat Racing (London: J.B. Lippincott Co.)] says this mare by Brimmer was in the stud of Sir Marmaduke Wyvill, who then bred her daughter, the Old Scarboro' Mare, evidence to support this statement has thus far not been forthcoming.

Brimmer, an important early sire whose daughters are seen in a number of foundation families, was sired by the D'Arcy Yellow Turk, and was used as a sire at the D'Arcy stud at Sedbury, Yorkshire in the 1690s. Brimmer daughters, when details were provided in the GSB, were usually noted as bred by James D'Arcy or John Croft of Barforth, Yorkshire; both D'Arcy and Croft were great horse breeders in the north of England. Makeless, the Old Scarboro' Mare's sire, was owned by John Croft and was described as "...a horse of great eminence especially as a stallion." So it is possible the Scarboro' mare was bred by Croft. She was a racehorse, and won "a large sum" in a race against (young) Bonny Black around 1720.

The GSB records three offspring from the Scarboro' Mare, all listed as bred by "Sir William Wyville," probably an error, as Sir William Wyvill was long-dead by the 1720s, and it was almost certainly his son, Sir Marmaduke Wyvill (fifth baronet) who bred these horses; the latter's son, the Sir Marmaduke Wyvill (sixth baronet) later referred to Young Belgrade as a "Colt of my own Breed called Bellgrade." The three offspring were the Scarborough Colt (1724), a racehorse who ran at Knavesmire in 1731, and probably elsewhere, and was later a sire in the Wyvill stud at Constable Burton, Yorkshire; a filly by Bay Bolton who, when bred to the Belgrade Turk, owned by Wyvill, produced Young Belgrade, sire of the racehorses and sires Volunteer, Antelope, and Standard; a filly by the Belgrade Turk, who produced Miss Wyndham, through whom the family continued in female descent.

Miss Wyndham, born sometime in the 1730s, was by Wyndham (or Windham), who was a stallion in the Petworth stud of Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, and it seems probable that he obtained the Belgrade Turk mare out of the Scarboro' Mare, and bred Miss Wyndham; her two offspring listed in the GSB, both by a brother to (Bolton) Fearnought, the latter possibly the horse listed in the GSB as sometimes called "Herbert's Horse," were bred by the Duke. From there, the family seems to have passed to the Hutton stud in Yorkshire, and then dispersed via various daughters of Lardella to different breeders.

Brimmer Mare's Known Produce:

f. Old Scarboro' Mare (1715) by Makeless. Dam of
  c. The Scarborough Colt (1724) by Belgrade Turk.
  f. Mare by Belgrade Turk. Dam of
     f. Miss Wyndham by Windham. Dam of
       c. (1740) by Brother to (Bolton) Fearnought
       f. (17--) by Brother to (Bolton) Fearnought. Dam of
           c. Beaufremont (1758)
           f. Mare (17--) by Cade. Dam of
             f. Lardella (1780) by Young Marske
  f. Mare by Bay Bolton. Dam of
     c. Young Belgrade (17--) by Belgrade Turk


Family #25 Oaks Winners

1823 ZINC br.f. 1820
(Woful - Zaida)

Family #25 Derby Winners

Azor Sefton
Azor Sefton

1817 AZOR ch.c. 1814
(Selim - Zoraida)

1878 SEFTON b.c. 1875
(Speculum - Lady Sefton)

Family #25 St. Leger Winners


Family #25 Other Family Members

One Count
One Count

Gouvernant ch. c. 1901
(Flying Fox - Gouvernante)
Top race horse in France, winner of the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (French 2,000 Guineas), Prix du Cadran, Prix Jean Prat, Grand Prix de Saint Cloud, and Prix La Rochette, and in Germany winner of the Grosser Preis von Baden-Baden. Sired Laudon, who got winners in Germany, and daughter Orsza was second dam of the excellent German racehorse and leading sire (1948) Wahnfried (German St. Leger, Stadion-Rennen, and others). His dam also produced Governor, who also won the French 2,000 Guineas.

Hatoof ch. f. 1989
(Irish River - Cadeaux d'Amie)
Won once and placed second twice in her three races at age 2 in France; at age 3, well-traveled, she won Newmarket's 1,000 Guineas Stakes, the Prix de l'Opera, and E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine in Canada. At age 4 won in France and also England (Champion Stakes); 1994 Eclipse winner for Champion grass female. Dam of modest winners Dubai Edition and Mighty Isis.

Macdougal b. g. 1953
(Marco Polo II - Lady Fox)
New Zealand-bred colt, "...a tough-looking customer who should be a stayer," was lightly raced at ages 2 and 3, and did not win well until age 6, when, due to "a specialised diet and veterinary attention" he became the first horse to win the Melbourne Cup, the Metropolitan, and the Brisbane Cup in a single year. His dam produced five other winners, and her dam, Lady Marie, also produced two successful half-sisters to Lady Fox, Gay Sheila (winner of 13 races, including Great Northern Guineas and Avondale Guineas), and Gay Blonde (winner in New Zealand of Great Northern Derby, Oaks, and Guineas).

Nina b. f. 1848
(Boston - Frolicksome Fanny)
Boston's best daughter, and the last foal of her imported dam, she was a good racehorse, her wins starting at age 3 in South Carolina, in a three mile "dash," and continuing through 1854 in various locations throughout the south, including Charleston, Virginia, and Augusta, Georgia, including a walk-over for a Jockey Club Purse in 1854 and a handicap race there. Top broodmare, produced fifteen foals, most of whom became celebrated racehorses in their own right. Offspring included Planet and his brother Exchequer, Algerine (Belmont Stakes, sire of Aurelia and Margerine (second dam of Orby and Rhodora)). Through daughter Ecliptic tail-female ancestress of One Count (see below).

One Count dk.b./br. c. 1949
(Count Fleet - Ace Card)
U.S. Champion 3 year old of 1952, he won once at age 2 in a maiden race. At age three, he won three of his first ten races, failing to place in the major stakes, such as the Flamingo and the Everglades, then placed second in the Withers Stakes and third in the Preakness. He ran an erratic, but winning race in the Belmont Stakes, and returned after a two-month layoff to beat Tom Fool and Armageddon in the Travers Stakes. Beaten by 4 lengths by Mark-Ye-Well in the Lawrence Realization, he came back to win the Jockey Club Gold Cup over both Mark-Ye-Well and top handicapper Crafty Admiral, and went on to win the Empire City Gold Cup by nine lengths. At stud he got seven stakes winners, including Champion Airmans Guide.

Planet ch. c. 1855
(Revenue - Nina)
Considered the best U.S. racehorse "...between Lexington and the Civil War."

Red Rum b. g. 1965
(Quorum - Mared)
The Aintree steeplechasing legend who won three Grand Nationals and placed second twice in that challenging event.

Sefton b. c. 1875
(Speculum - Lady Sefton)
Unsuccessful in 4 races at age 2; at age 3 won the Derby, the City and Suburban, and the Newmarket St. Leger, and finished third in the 2,000 Guineas. He broke down running in the Cesarewitch and was retired to stud. Despite being put to some high class mares, was regarded as a failure at stud and was destroyed in 1891. Through daughter Framework, grandsire of Cordon Rouge, top Argentinian racehorse; also seen in the pedigree of Coronation Cup winner and sire Chanteur.

Slane b. c. 1833
(Royal Oak - mare by Orville)
Ran from ages 2 to 4; at age 2, only placed once, in the Criterion at Newmarket, beaten by Elis, who was the top of his generation. At age 3 did not place in the Derby, but beat the good colt Hornsea in a 200 sovereign match at Newmarket, his only races that year. Best at age 4, winning all his races but one, where he placed a good second: his wins included the Dinner Stakes at Reigate, beating Venison; the Swinley Stakes at Ascot; the Somerset Stakes at Bath; the Glocestershire Stakes at Cheltenham; the Queen's Plate at Winchester; the Waterloo Shield at Goodwood; the Cup at Oxford, and was runner-up to Touchstone in the Ascot Cup. Sired Derby winner The Merry Monarch, but was a better broodmare sire, with daughters including The Arrow (dam of Cambuscan and Chance Shot); Crosslanes (second dam of Ambuscade); Miss Tennyson (ancestress of Hackler and of Lorlot); Payment (dam of Dollar).

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