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William the Third

Foaled: 1898    Died: 1917
Sire: St Simon    Dam: Gravity
Dam Sire: Wisdom    Sex: Horse
Colour: Bay   


6th Duke of Portland


John Porter


6th Duke of Portland
William the Third
William the Third
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Dates & jockeys of important wins:

Other major race(s)
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1902  Ascot Gold Cup   Herbert Cannon


Reaching the height of his powers as a four-year-old, William the Third was regarded by his trainer John Porter as one of the best long-distance horses seen on the turf. As a two-year-old the horse was weak and ran but once, being unplaced over the inadequate distance of five furlongs. He was successful in five contests the next season and finished runner-up in that year's Derby.

As a four-year-old William the Third was successful five more times, including in a very high class Ascot Gold Cup, winning by five lengths. He walked away after the contest with his head over the groom's shoulder, receiving sugar and a tickle on the nose.

The horse split a pastern the following season, just before a second run on the Ascot Gold Cup, and retired to stud. As a stallion he was not as successful as his connections hoped, but produced a 1000 Guineas winner in Winkipop, and a fine stayer under record weights in Willonyx. He died at the age of 17 years, from a cerebal haemorrhage, moments after covering a mare.

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