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Barcaldine (horse)

Sire Solon
Dam Ballyroe
Grandsire West Australian
Damsire Belladrum
Gender Colt
Foaled 1878
Country Great Britain
Color Bay
Owner Robert Peck
Trainer 1. Mr Connelly 2. George Lambton 3. Robert Peck
Record 13: 13-0-0
Barcaldine is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Ballyroe by Solon. He was born around 1878 in Great Britain.
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Barcaldine (1878) was an outstanding, undefeated British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. He succeeded in carrying on the Matchem sire-line which would have died out in Europe without his sons and grandsons. In the US he passed on his sire-line through Man o' War via the exported Australian.[1]



Barcaldine was incestuously bred (2x3), being by Solon (by the Triple Crown winner, West Australian from Darling’s Dam), his dam Ballyroe was by Belladrum from Bon Accord by Adventurer from Darling’s Dam.

Racing record

Two-year-old season

Barcaldine had four starts for four wins, as a two-year-old: in September the Railway Stakes at the Curragh Racecourse, the National Produce Stakes which he won by four lengths, carrying 9 stone (126 pounds), the Beresford Stakes of one mile carrying 9½ stone (133 pounds) and Paget Stakes of six furlongs, carrying 9st 4 lb (130 pounds or 59 kg).[2]

Three-year-old season

Only being half-fit Barcaldine won Baldoyle Derby by a length in May. In June, he raced for three straight days in winning three Queen's Plates at the Curragh.

Four-year-old season

Stewards investigating Barcaldine's true ownership resulted in him being unraced that season. At the end of 1882 he was indeed sold to his new trainer, Robert Peck.

Five-year-old season

Barcaldine next won the 1½ mile Westminster Cup, the 1½ mile Epsom Stakes, carrying 9st 4 lb (130 pounds or 59 kg), the three mile Orange Cup at Ascot, and finally the Northumberland Plate under 9st 10 lb (136 pounds), by two lengths in a field of nine.[2]

Stud record

Barcaldine was then sold to Lady Stamford for £8,000 and retired to stand at Park Paddocks, Newmarket for a fee of 50 guineas. He produced the winners of 305 races in England, including:

  • Marco, was considered the best of his generation at age three and continued the Godolphin Arabian sire line.
  • Winkfield (Ascot Gold Cup)[3]

Barcaldine was the great-grandsire of unbeaten, Hurry On who sired the Derby winner Captain Cuttle from the first mare he covered at stud, and was Champion sire in 1926.[4]

Exported Barcaldine daughters have influenced Thoroughbred breeding in Australia, the US and South America.[5]

Barcaldine stood at the same stud for nine years until his death from a liver abscess.[2]

See also

  • List of Undefeated horses


  1. Leicester, Sir Charles, “Bloodstock Breeding”, J.A. Allen & Co, London, 1969
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Thoroughbred Heritage - Barcaldine Retrieved on 2009-8-14
  3. ASB - Barcaldine Retrieved on 2009-8-14
  4. Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), “Thoroughbred Breeding of the World”, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  5. Morris, Simon; Tesio Power 2000 - Stallions of the World


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