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Precipitation (horse)

Sire Hurry On
Dam Double Life
Grandsire Marcovil
Damsire Bachelor's Double
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1933
Country Great Britain
Color Chestnut
Breeder Lady Zia Wernher
Owner Lady Zia Wernher
Record 10: 7-0-0[1]
Earnings $18,419[1]
Precipitation is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Double Life by Hurry On. He was born around 1933 in Great Britain, and was bred by Lady Zia Wernher.
Major wins
1936 King Edward VII Stakes
1937 Ascot Gold Cup
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 3 March 2010

Precipitation was an influential British bred Thoroughbred stallion who is found in the pedigrees of many racehorses and sport horses today. He alone is responsible for maintaining the Matchem sireline, through Sheshoon, except for the American Fair Play branch.



He was by Hurry On and out of Double Life, a foundation mare of the famous British stud, Someries Stud. Hurry On, the sire of Precipitation, was unbeaten in his six starts and sired three winners of the Epsom Derby during the 1920s. Double Life was a good racemare that won six races worth £5,647 and then proved to be an exceptional broodmare. Her foals included, Casanova (a winner and a good sire), Persian Gulf (Coronation Cup and outstanding sire) and Doubleton who was the grandam of Meld.[2]

Racing record

Precipitation did not race until he was three owing to a heel problem.[3] Precipitation did well on the track, winning seven races including the 1937 Ascot Gold Cup (20f), King Edward VII Stakes (12f), Gratwicke Stakes and Queen's Prize (16f)[4] for a total of £18,419.[5]

Stud record

He was successful at stud, producing seven classic winning racehorses and sport horses. During his stud career, which began in 1938, he was one of the leading sires in England, and produced over 50 stakes winners, including:

  • Chamossaire (won St. Leger Stakes and a leading sire)
  • Supreme Court (£36,949) was probably by him, although his dam was covered by Persian Gulf and Precipitation in the same season.[2]

In all Precipitation sired the winners of 431 races for prizemoney of £269,675. Precipitation's daughters produced the winners of 810 races worth £541,370.[1]

Precipitation died on 6 March 1957.

In New Zealand, his blood lives on through the offspring of four great sons: Admiral's Luck, Count Rendered, Summertime and Agricola.[1]

Precipitation is well known for siring sport horses, too, including Furioso, the sire of the influential Furioso II and Cor de la Bryere.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), Thoroughbred Breeding of the World, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970
  2. 2.0 2.1 Leicester, Sir Charles, Bloodstock Breeding, J.A. Allen & Co, London, 1969
  3. Hislop, John, Breeding for Racing, Martin Secker & Warburg, London, 1976, ISBN 436 19701 4
  4. Birch, Franklin E., Pedigrees of Leading Winners 1912-1959, The Thoroughbred Breeders Assoc., London, 1960
  5. Stonebridge Great Horses p. 450
  6. ASB: Precipitation Retrieved 2010-3-3

  • Stonebridge, M. A. (1972). Great Horses of Our Time. New York: Doubleday. 


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