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Blenheim II

Blenheim II
Sire Blandford
Dam Malva
Grandsire Swynford
Damsire Charles O'Malley
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1927
Country Great Britain
Color Brown
Breeder Henry Herbert, 6th Earl of Carnarvon
Owner HH Aga Khan III
Trainer Dick Dawson
Record 10: 5-3-0
Earnings £14,533
Blenheim II is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Malva by Blandford. He was born around 1927 in Great Britain, and was bred by Henry Herbert, 6th Earl of Carnarvon.
Major wins

New Stakes (1929)
Hopeful Stakes (1929)
Manton Plate (1929)
Speedy Plate (1929)

British Classic Race wins:
Epsom Derby (1930)
Leading sire in North America (1941)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 29 January 2010

Blenheim II (1927-1958) was a good British-bred Thoroughbred race horse who won the prestigious Epsom Derby in 1930. As sire he had a major influence on pedigrees around the world.



He was by the good sire, Blandford, his dam was a winner and the good broodmare, Malva, by Charles O'Malley. Malva was the dam of seven winners including King Salmon and His Grace. Blenheim was inbred to Isinglass in the fourth generation.[1]

Race record

Blenheim had seven starts as a two-year-old for four wins and was placed second in the other races. His first two starts as three-year-old were disappointing and his jockey elected to ride Rustom Pasha in the Epsom Derby instead. Harry Wragg rode Blenheim to win this race from 16 other starters. After the derby Blenheim was injured and retired from racing.[2]

Stud record

He entered stud in 1932[1] at the Aga Khan's Haras Marly-la-Ville in Val-d'Oise, France, where he stood at a fee of 400 guineas. In his first crop of foals he sired Mumtaz Begum (bred eight winners, including Nasrullah), followed the next year by Mahmoud, who won the 1936 Epsom Derby and in 1934, Donatello II, who was one of Federico Tesio’s best horses.[3]

He was sold after that year's breeding season for £45,000 to an American syndicate that included Claiborne Farm, Calumet Farm, Greentree Farm and Stoner Creek Stud before being exported to America in 1936.[1]

Registered in England as Blenheim, because the name had already been registered in the United States he had to be registered as Blenheim II. Most notably, he sired the 1941 U.S. Triple Crown champion, Whirlaway and Jet Pilot, who won the 1947 Kentucky Derby and $198,740. Blenheim II was also the damsire of Hill Gail, Mark-Ye-Well, Kauai King, Ponder and the very versatile Le Paillon, who in 1947 won the Grande Course de Haies d'Auteuil steeplechase race and France's most important flat race, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. In America Blenheim was a Champion Sire.[3] He is also the great-great-grandsire of 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat.

Blenheim II died in 1958 and was buried at Claiborne Farm.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Pryor, Peter, The Classic Connection, Cortney Publications, Luton, 1979
  2. Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), Thoroughbred Breeding of the World, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  3. 3.0 3.1 Leicester, Sir Charles, Bloodstock Breeding, J.A. Allen & Co, London, 1969
  4. Thoroughbred Heritage: Blenheim Retrieved 2010-1-29

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