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Fisherman (GB)

There were a number of Thoroughbreds named Fisherman, for the American racehorse see Fisherman.

Sire Heron
Dam Mainbrace
Grandsire Bustard
Damsire Sheet Anchor
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1853
Country England
Color Brown
Breeder Mr Fowler
Owner Hurtle Fisher
Record 121[1] (or 136) [2] starts, 70 wins
Fisherman is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Mainbrace by Heron. He was born around 1853 in England, and was bred by Mr Fowler.
Major wins
1858 & 1859 Ascot Gold Cup
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 29 May 2010

Fisherman was a hardy English-bred Thoroughbred racehorse who won 70 races including the Ascot Gold Cup on two occasions. Exported into Australia he became a leading sire there.



He was a brown stallion bred by Mr. Fowler in 1853 in England. Fisherman was by Heron (son of Bustard), his dam Mainbrace, was by Sheet Anchor from a Bay Middleton mare from the Bruce Lowe number 11 family. He was inbred to Orville in the third and fifth generations of his pedigree (3m x 5f). Fisherman was a half-brother to Mainstay and The Peer.[3]

Racing record

Fisherman was the best stayer of his time and the winner of 70 races, including 21 wins from 35 starts in one season.[2] After winning the Ascot Gold Cup on one occasion Fisherman was saddled for the following race, the Queen’s Plate contested over three miles, and won that race, too. Altogether he won 26 Queen’s Plate trophies and two Ascot Gold Cups.[1]

Stud record

Hurtle Fisher purchased Fisherman for 3,000 guineas and imported him to South Australia in November 1860. He later stood at Fisher’s renowned Maribyrnong Stud in Victoria. Fisherman was regarded as one of the best English stayers imported to Australia during the nineteenth century.

In Australia he was a great sire where his offspring included 10 Australian stakes-winners that had 27 stakes-wins, including:

  • Fishhook (Launceston Cup, VRC St Leger Stakes, AJC Australian St Leger, Sydney Cup, AJC Champagne Stakes etc.)
  • Kingfisher (ex Grisi), Kingfisher (ex Melesina),
  • Lady Heron (VRC Ascot Vale (2yo) Stakes, VRC Oaks)
  • Maribyrnong (sire),
  • Seagull (Victoria Derby, VRC Oaks etc.)
  • Sour Grapes (VRC All-Aged Stakes,VRC Ascot Vale (2yo) Stakes),
  • Sylvia (VRC Oaks Stakes; dam of Goldsbrough, Martini Henry and Robin Hood).[4]

Fisherman stood only five seasons at stud before he died in June 1865 at the Maribyrnong Stud.

John Frederick Herring, Sr. painted the above portrait of Fisherman prior to his export.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), Thoroughbred Breeding of the World, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  2. 2.0 2.1 Barrie, Douglas M., The Australian Bloodhorse, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1956
  3. Morris, Simon; Tesio Power 2000 - Stallions of the World, Syntax Software
  4. ASB: Fisherman (GB) Retrieved 2010-5-29


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