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Beeswing (horse)

Sire Dr. Syntax
Dam Ardrossan mare (1817)
Grandsire Paynator
Damsire Ardrossan
Gender Mare
Foaled 1833
Country Great Britain
Color Bay
Breeder Nunnykirk Hall Stud
Owner William Orde, Jr.
Trainer James Watson
Record 63: 51–8–1
Earnings Not found
Beeswing is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Ardrossan mare (1817) by Dr. Syntax. She was born around 1833 in Great Britain, and was bred by Nunnykirk Hall Stud.
Major wins
Champagne Stakes (1835)
Newcastle St. Leger (1836)
Newcastle Gold Cup
(1836, 1837, 1838, 1839, 1841, 1842)
Doncaster Cup
(1837, 1840, 1841, 1842)
Cleveland Stakes (1837)
Gold Shield (1837)
Northallerton Gold Cup (1837, 1838)
Craven Stakes (1838, 1839, 1840)
Queen's Plate (1838, 1839)
Fitzwilliam Stakes (1838, 1839, 1840)
Queen's Purse (1839)
Stockton Cup (1839, 1841)
Ashton Stakes (1840)
Lancaster Cup (1840)
Hornsby Castle Stakes (1841)
Ascot Gold Cup (1842)
Beeswing Stakes at Newcastle Racecourse
Beeswing Ladies Day at Newcastle Racecourse
Village named in Beeswing's honor
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 15 May 2009

Beeswing (1833–1854) was a 19th century British Thoroughbred racehorse from the north of England. In her day, Beeswing was hailed as the greatest mare in Britain and one of the greatest of all time.[1]



Her sire was described by the noted racing writer "The Druid" as "...scarcely fifteen hands, very broad at the base of the nose, with open nostrils, an eye full and bright as a hawk's, a high, drooping rump, and on the side view rather short quartered. He was quite a mouse in his colour." But he took the Preston Gold Cup seven times, the Richmond Gold Cup five times, and the The Lancaster Gold Cup five times as well. How many races Dr. Syntax started in is unknown. On both her dam and her sire's side, Beeswing went back to the renowned Eclipse (5x5x5) and also to Herod (5x5).

Racing career

Beeswing raced at many venues between 1835 and 1842 and was a real crowd favourite. Entering 63 events, she won an incredible 51 times. Of the 57 races she finished, she was placed lower than 2nd on only one occasion. Her most notable victory was the 1842 Ascot Gold Cup. She won the Newcastle Cup an amazing six times. Beeswing won the Doncaster Cup for the fourth time and was retired afterwards.[1]

Such was her fame that the Scottish village of Lochend, Dumfries and Galloway changed its name to Beeswing in her honor.

As a broodmare

Of her eight foals, five were sired by Touchstone. Four of her foals went on to become top class runners, two of which were Classic winners. Many of today's top racehorses can trace their pedigree back to Beeswing. Some of her top runners were:

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), “Thoroughbred Breeding of the World”, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970

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