Statue of King Tom at Mentmore Towers
|Owner||Baron Mayer de Rothschild|
|King Tom is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Pocahontas by Harkaway. He was born around 1851 in Great Britain, and was bred by Samuel Thellusson.|
Biennial Stakes (1853)|
Triennial Produce Stakes (1853)
|Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland (1870, 1871)|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on March 13, 2007|
He was a bay horse foaled in 1851, sired by Harkaway and out of the exceptional mare Pocahontas by Glencoe. King Tom was a half-brother to 14 of Pocahontas' foals including, Auricula (a stakes winner), plus Stockwell and his brother, Rataplan, both being by The Baron.
King Tom won races at age two and at age three he was not quite recovered from an injury when he finished second by a neck to Andover in the 1854 Epsom Derby. He came out of the Derby with a tendon injury that curtailed his racing for the remainder of the year. At age four, King Tom returned to the track and won one race before breaking down.
Retired to stud duty, King Tom became the foundation stallion for Baron Mayer de Rothschild's Mentmore and Crafton Studs. Between 1861 and 1877 he was one of the United Kingdom's top ten sires 14 times and the Leading sire in Great Britain & Ireland in 1870 and 1871. King Tom sired the 1866 and 1867 Epsom Oaks winners, Tormentor and Hippia. He also sired 1864 1,000 Guineas Stakes winner Tomato plus another outstanding filly Hannah who in 1871 won the Epsom Oaks, 1,000 Guineas and St. Leger Stakes. One of his most important foals was his daughter, St. Angela, dam of St. Simon and second dam of Orme.
King Tom died at age twenty-seven in January 1878. He was buried in the grounds of Mentmore Towers beneath a life sized bronze statue by Sir Joseph Boehm. The statue is now at Dalmeny House in Scotland.