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St Simon

Foaled: 1881    Died: 1908
Sire: Galopin    Dam: St Angela
Dam Sire: King Tom    Sex: Horse
Colour: Bay   


Prince Gustavus Batthyany


Mathew Dawson


6th Duke of Portland
St Simon
St Simon
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Dates & jockeys of important wins:

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1884  Goodwood Cup   Charles Wood
1884  Ascot Gold Cup   Charles Wood


Bred by Prince Gustavus Batthyany, St Simon was not entered for the Classics, possibly because his dam was aged and had not yet bred a good horse. Whatever engagements the horse did have were rendered void on the death of the Prince, so St Simon came up for auction in the July of his two-year-old days and was bought by Mathew Dawson on behalf of the 6th Duke of Portland for 1,600 guineas. He proved a rare bargain and was unbeaten in 9 races including the Ascot Gold Cup by 20 lengths. His owner said that when at full stretch, St Simon was nearly flat on the ground, resembling a greyhound more than a horse. His trainer, Mat Dawson, said that he had never seen a horse so full of what he called 'electricity'. He predicted correctly that St Simon would become one of the greatest stallions that the world had ever seen; St Simon was champion sire on nine occasions. His Classic winners were Persimmon, Diamond Jubilee, St Frusquin, La Fleche, Memoir, Amiable, Mrs Butterwick, La Roche, Semolina and Winifreda. He was 27 when he died at Welbeck Abbey. His skeleton is preserved in the Natural History Museum in London.
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