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Sire Vedette
Dam Flying Duchess
Grandsire Voltigeur
Damsire The Flying Dutchman
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1872
Country Great Britain
Color Bay
Breeder Taylor Sharpe
Owner 1. Prince Gustavus Batthyany
2. Henry (later Viscount) Chaplin
Trainer John Dawson, Sr.
Record 9: 8-1-0[1]
Earnings ₤4,950[2]
Galopin is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Flying Duchess by Vedette. He was born around 1872 in Great Britain, and was bred by Taylor Sharpe.
Major wins
Fern Hill Stakes (1874, 1875)
New Stakes (1874)
Epsom Derby (1875)
Leading sire in GB & Ireland (1888, 1889, 1898)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Galopin (1872–1899) was a good British Thoroughbred racehorse and a prominent sire.



Galopin's sire, Vedette, had a very good racing career, winning the Great Yorkshire Stakes, the Doncaster Cup (twice), and the 1857 2,000 Guineas Stakes. Vedette's value as a stallion had declined to such an extent that he was sold at auction for 42 guineas when he was seventeen.[3] Other than Galopin, clearly his most successful progeny, he produced only one other horse of note, Speculum, who won the Goodwood Cup, the Suburban Handicap, was third in the Epsom Derby, and was Britain's Champion Sire in 1878. Vedette also sired some good hunters. Galopin's dam Flying Duchess (1853) was by the 1849 Epsom Derby winner The Flying Dutchman. She was sold for 100 guineas, with a foal at foot (Galopin) when she was nineteen.[3]

Racing record

Galopin was a versatile racehorse who won the Epsom Derby and then defeated some very fast juveniles in the Fern Hill Stakes. He was able to win over practically any course and distance. This great ability was passed on to his wonderful, undefeated son, St. Simon. Galopin's owner had a heart condition that enforced early retirement of Galopin as it was feared that the excitement of watching his horse race may risk the Prince's life. Galopin's only defeat was in the Middle Park Plate.[2]

Stud record

After the death of the Prince, Galopin was sold to Henry Chaplin for 8,000 guineas, but was not initially well received as a stallion because of the presence of Blacklock in his pedigree. He later stood at Blankney Hall, Sleaford, Lincolnshire. In addition to his famous son, St Simon (br c 1881), Galopin sired numerous classics winners, including Galliard, Disraeli, Galeottia and Donovan.[2]

Galopin was the leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland in 1888, 1889 and 1898 and topped the broodmare sire list four times. He was the damsire of Bayardo and of the 1886 U.K. Triple Crown Champion, Flying Fox.[2]


From 1925, the London and North Eastern Railway had a tradition of naming locomotives after prominent racehorses, and their Class A1 locomotive no. 2575 (later British Railways no. 60076), which had been built in October 1924, was named Galopin after this horse, and remained in service until October 1962.[4][5]

Pedigree of Galopin (3)
br. 1854
br. 1847
br. 1826
Phantom mare
Matha Lynn
ch. 1837
Mrs Ridgway
b. 1849
gr. 1833
Sir Hercules
Nan Darrell
b. 1844
Flying Duchess
b. 1853
The Flying Dutchman
br. 1846
Bay Middleton
b. 1833
ch. 1836
b. 1841
br. 1826
Phantom Mare
Juniper Mare
br. 1817
Sorcerer mare (3)


  1. Bloodlines: Galopin Retrieved on 2009-9-5
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 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”, JA Allen & Co, London, 1969
  4. Boddy, M.G.; Fry, E.V.; Hennigan, W.; Proud, P.; Yeadon, W.B. (July 1963). Fry, E.V.. ed. Part 1: Preliminary Survey. Locomotives of the L.N.E.R.. Potters Bar: RCTS. p. 50. 
  5. Boddy, M.G.; Neve, E.; Yeadon, W.B. (April 1973). Fry, E.V.. ed. Part 2A: Tender Engines - Classes A1 to A10. Locomotives of the L.N.E.R.. Kenilworth: RCTS. pp. 73, 218 & folding sheet inside back cover. ISBN 0 901115 25 8. 

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