|Breeder||Sir Tatton Sykes|
|Owner||1. Mr J. Merry; 2. Robert Peck 3. Duke of Westminster|
|Record||10: 4 wins|
|Doncaster is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Marigold (1860) by Stockwell. He was born around 1870 in Great Britain, and was bred by Sir Tatton Sykes.|
Epsom Derby (1873)|
Goodwood Cup (1874)
Ascot Gold Cup (1875)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on 16 May 2009|
Doncaster was foaled at the Sledmere Stud, in Great Britain and was sired by "The Emperor of Stallions", Stockwell, who had won both the 2,000 Guineas and the St. Leger Stakes, and had been a leading sire during his later years, siring many classic winners. Donaster's dam, Marigold, had a fairly good career at the track, and was sired by the Epsom Derby winner, Teddington.
Doncaster, originally called "All Heart and No Peel," was raised at Sledmere Stud, before he was sent to the Tattersalls auction. Mr. James Merry bought the colt for 950 guineas, changed his name to Doncaster (after the racetrack), and sent him to trainer Robert Peck.
The racing career of Doncaster
The colt did not compete as a juvenile, partly due to a kick to the stifle. He began racing as a three-year-old, first appearing at the Two Thousand Guineas, where he finished unplaced to half-brother, Gang Forward. His next race, the Derby, he won easily. He then ran at the Grand Prix in Paris, finishing third to winner Boiard, before being beaten by a head at the St. Leger. He did not do well in his next run, the Grand Duke Michael Stakes, but finished his season second in the Newmarket Derby.
His four-year-old career was respectable, with a dead heat second place with Flageolet in the Ascot Gold Cup (won by Boiard), before a win at the Goodwood Cup. As a five-year-old, he won both the Ascot Gold Cup and the Alexandra Plate, amazingly within two days of each other.
The stud career of Doncaster
Doncaster was then retired. Peck purchased him for £10,000, before immediately selling the stallion to the Duke of Westminster (for whom he was also a trainer), for £14,000. The Duke had been searching for a stallion prospect, both of fantastic pedigree and who had proven himself at the track, to stand at his Eaton Stud.
Doncaster was bred to the mare Lily Agnes (by Macaroni), producing the filly Farewell, a 1,000 Guineas winner. Doncaster's most famous son was Bend Or as well, the Derby winner and prolific sire. He also sired Sir Reuben and Cambusmore.
- Muncaster: sired Saraband (broodmare sire of Pretty Polly), Lady Muncaster, and Lady Loverule (dam of 1904 Derby winner St. Amant).
- Sandiway: won the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, dam of only three foals, but is influential in many American-bred horses (she was in the pedigree of Sting—sire of Dr. Fager, twice).
Empress Elisabeth of Austria saw Doncaster while visiting Eaton, and reportedly fell in love with him. She eventually purchased him, for £5,000, and he lived at her Kisber Stud until his death at the age of 22 in January 1892. His blood lives on through his son, Bend Or.