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Blue Peter III

Blue Peter
Sire Fairway
Dam Fancy Free
Grandsire Phalaris
Damsire Stefan the Great
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1936
Country Great Britain
Color Bay
Breeder Mentmore Stud
Owner Harry Primrose, 6th Earl of Rosebery
Trainer Jack Jarvis
Record 6: 4-1-0
Earnings £31,964
Summary
Blue Peter is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Fancy Free by Fairway. He was born around 1936 in Great Britain, and was bred by Mentmore Stud.
Major wins
Blue Riband Trial Stakes (1939)
2,000 Guineas (1939)
Epsom Derby (1939)
Eclipse Stakes (1939)
Awards
Leading broodmare sire in Britain & Ireland (1954)
Honors
Blue Peter locomotive #60532
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on February 2, 2007

Blue Peter (1936–1957) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse whose career was cut short by the outbreak of World War II.

Bred and owned by Lord Rosebery, his sire was the good racehorse, Fairway and his dam Fancy Free was by Stefan the Great, a son of The Tetrarch.

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Racing career

At age two, Blue Peter raced twice without winning. He was unplaced in one outing and second in the Middle Park Stakes behind the British Two-Year-Old Champion Colt, Foxborough.

In 1939, three-year-old Blue Peter went undefeated in all four of his races. He captured the Blue Riband Trial Stakes, a prep race for the ensuing Triple Crown series. In May, the colt won the 2,000 Guineas and then June's Epsom Derby, defeating Heliopolis by four lengths.[1] While Blue Peter was clearly the best three-year-old in Britain in 1939, the September 3rd onset of World War II ended his chance to win the Triple Crown as the St. Leger Stakes was canceled. Canceled as well, was a planned match race against the brilliant French colt Pharis who had won the Prix du Jockey Club and France's most important race at the time, the Grand Prix de Paris.

Stud career

Blue Peter was retired to stud duty at his owner's Mentmore Stud on the Mentmore Towers estate in Buckinghamshire. Successful, he was near the top on the British General Sires List three times and in 1954 was leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland.

His notable offspring included:

  • Masthead was a stakeswinner that was exported to Australia where he sired 10 stakeswinners for 21 stakeswins.[2]

Other successful Blue Peter sons that were exported into Australasia include Blueskin II, Blue Coral, Bold Buccaneer, Sabaean, Messmate and Wateringbury.[1]

Blue Peter died in 1957 and is buried in the grounds of Mentmore Towers close to a statue of his ancestor King Tom.

Blue Peter was the horse his owner loved best, shortly after his death Lord Rosebery described him thus: "He was just like a human being although a placid animal. Blue Peter was particular about what he ate. Give him something he didn't like and he would take one look at it and turn away. He was the best horse I ever had and was the best I had ever seen and he had only half a career as a racehorse" [3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 de Bourg, Ross, “The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred”, Nelson, West Melbourne, 1980, ISBN 0 17 005860 3
  2. Masthead (GB) Retrieved on 2009-6-12
  3. Young, Kenneth. Harry, Lord Rosebery. (page 105) Hodder and stoughton. London. ISBN 0 340 19035 3.

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