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Hermit (horse)

Hermit as painted by Harry Hall (1870s).
Sire Newminister
Dam Seclusion
Grandsire Touchstone
Damsire Tadmor
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1864
Country Great Britain
Color Dark Chestnut
Breeder The Middle Park Stud
Owner Henry Chaplin
Record 23:8-9-0
Earnings £41,261
Hermit is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Seclusion by Newminister. He was born around 1864 in Great Britain, and was bred by The Middle Park Stud.
Major wins

Troy Stakes (1866)
St. James's Palace Stakes (1867)

British Classic Race wins:
Epsom Derby (1867)
Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Hermit (1864–1890) was an 19th-century British Thoroughbred racehorse that was a direct descendant of Eclipse. His sire and dam were both bleeders and passed the condition on to Hermit. Hermit was a chestnut stallion that stood approximately 15.2 1/2 hands high with a white blaze. By contemporary accounts, Hermit was a good-natured horse with a gentle disposition.[1]

Hermit won the 1867 Epsom Derby, despite running in a snowstorm at 1000:15 odds with 10 false starts.[2] He also won the St. James's Palace Stakes as a three-year-old. He often bleed excessively through his nares after racing, but, despite his condition, he finished either first or second in 20 of his starts.


Hermit was an exceptional stud, siring 846 English stakes winners, and was the leading English sire for seven years (1880–86).[3] He sired Tristan (1878), winner of the Ascot Gold Cup, and Friar's Balsam (1885), brilliant as a two-year old but plagued by mouth abscesses during and after the Epsom Derby. Hermit's son, Ascetic, was the leading sire of Irish steeple chasers for almost 20 years. His son, St. Blaise, won the Epsom Derby in 1883 and was shipped to Belmont Stud in the United States where he became the leading U.S. sire of 1890, siring Potomac.

His most notable female offspring were the classic-winning fillies:

Other notable daughters included Cinderella (dam of the American racehorse, Peter Pan I), Moorhen and Bella-Donna (dam of the American racemare, Beldame).

Hermit's tail-male line in the United States is presumed to be extinct, with the last descendant, 1922 Kentucky Derby winner Morvich dying in 1946.[4]


  1. Hermit at Thoroughbred Heritage site
  2. Hermit at Thoroughbred Heritage site
  3. Hermit Pedigree
  4. Avalyn Hunter,American classic pedigrees: 1914-2003, Blood Horse Publications, 2003


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