Blank (horse)

Blank
Sire Godolphin Arabian
Dam Amorett
Damsire Bartlett's Childers
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1740
Country Great Britain
Colour Bay
Breeder 2nd Earl of Godolphin
Owner Mr. Greville
Mr. Haydon
3rd Duke of Ancaster
Record 1 win
Awards
Leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland
(1762, 1764, 1770)

Blank (1740–1770) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He only won one race, but became a very successful sire and was British Champion sire in 1762, 1764 and 1770.

Background

Blank was a bay colt bred by the 2nd Earl of Godolphin and foaled in 1740.[1] He was sired by Godolphin Arabian, who was an Arabian horse and three-time Champion sire. Amongst Godolphin Arabian's other progeny were Lath, Cade, and Regulus.[2] Blank's dam was Little Mare, also known as Amorett, who was a daughter of Flying Wigg.[1]

Racing career

Blank made his racecourse debut aged six at Newmarket in April 1746. He rarely raced and only won one race, which was a match race over three miles against Cumberland in 1748 at Newmarket.[1]

Stud career

After retiring from racing Blank became a very successful stallion and was British Champion sire in 1762, 1764 and 1770. He stood at Grimsthorpe in Lincolnshire and his best racing progeny included Ancaster, Great Subscription Purse and 1200 Guineas Stakes winner Antinous, Doncaster Cup winner Charlotte, another Great Subscription Purse winner Chatsworth, Chrysolite, Contest, 1200 Guineas Stakes winner Foxhunter, Hyder Ally, Lycurgas, Manby, Pacolet, Jockey Club Plate winner Paymaster, and Tatler. His daughter Rachel was the dam of Highflyer. Blank was also the damsire of Delpini, Goldfinder, Juniper and Young Marske.[1][3] Blank died at Grimsthorpe in 1770.[3]

Pedigree

Pedigree of Blank, bay stallion, 1740[1][3]
Sire
Godolphin Arabian
br. c.1724
(unknown) (unknown) (unknown)
(unknown)
(unknown) (unknown)
(unknown)
(unknown) (unknown) (unknown)
(unknown)
(unknown) (unknown)
(unknown)
Dam
Little Mare
Bartlett's Childers
b. 1716
Darley Arabian
b. c.1700
(unknown)
(unknown)
Betty Leedes Old Careless
Sister to Leedes
Flying Whig
1721
Woodstock Arabian (unknown)
(unknown)
Points St. Victor's Barb
Grey Whynot

Note: b. = Bay, br. = Brown

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Pick, William; Johnson, R. (1803). The Turf Register (Volume I). A. Bartholoman, High-Ousegate. 
  2. ^ "Godolphin Arabian". Bloodlines.net. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  3. ^ a b c "Blank". Bloodlines.net. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
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