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Blandford

Foaled: 1919    Died: 1935
Sire: Swynford    Dam: Blanche
Dam Sire: White Eagle    Sex: Horse
Colour: Brown   

Breeder(s):

The National Stud

Trainer(s):

Richard Cecil Dawson

Owner(s):

Richard Cecil Dawson
Blandford
Blandford
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Dates & jockeys of important wins:

Other major race(s)
(featuring people in this database)
1922  Princess of Wales's Stakes   George Hulme

Description:

Blandford rests in Racing's Hall of Fame not for his prowess on the track, although he won three of his four starts, but for his achievements as a sire, begetting four Derby winners within seven years and eleven Classic winners in total. He was Champion Sire on three occasions including in 1935 when he also held the title in France. Yet, as a foal he had been spurned as a gift horse - he was bred at the National Stud (at that time in Ireland), where he was knocked about accidentally in his paddock and offered to a vet who refused him!

Blandford was bought as a yearling by Samuel Dawson and raced in his brother Richard Dawson's name. He was not easy to train and after his four races his racing career was cut short by tendon trouble. He retired to the Dawsons' stud near Dublin where he was an outstanding success, even though he died at the age of 16.
 

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