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Merry Hampton

Foaled: 1884    Died:
Sire: Hampton    Dam: Doll Tearsheet
Dam Sire: Broomielaw    Sex: Horse
Colour: Bay   


J Crowther Harrison


William Guy Stevens
Martin Gurry


George Alexander Baird
Merry Hampton
Merry Hampton
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Dates & jockeys of important wins:

1887  John Watts


Merry Hampton, bred in Yorkshire, did most of his galloping on the grounds of East Ilsley prepared by the shrewd trainer William Stevens. However, in late May owner George Baird was reconciled with ex-trainer Martin Gurry, and the horse came back to Newmarket. His first race was for none other than the Derby! It was a poor year and Merry Hampton led into the straight and was never extended.

The colt never won again although he was runner-up in the St Leger and fourth in the Grand Prix de Paris. At the disposal of Baird's stud, Merry Hampton was sold to the jockey George Barratt for 1,150 guineas. However he did not make a great name for himself as a sire. His best son was Pride, winner of the Ascot Gold Vase, and his daughter Merry Wife bred the evil-tempered Ascot Gold Cup winner Santoi. Another daughter, Merry Token, was granddam of the famous American racehorse Man O'War.

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