Jump to: navigation, search

Spearmint (horse)

Sire Carbine
Dam Maid of the Mint
Grandsire Musket
Damsire Minting
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1903
Country Great Britain
Color Bay
Breeder Sir Tatton Sykes
Owner Major Eustace Loder
Trainer Peter-Purcell Gilpin
Record 5: 3-1-0
Earnings Not found
Spearmint is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Maid of the Mint by Carbine. He was born around 1903 in Great Britain, and was bred by Sir Tatton Sykes.
Major wins
Epsom Derby (1906)
Grand Prix de Paris (1906)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 17 May 2009

Spearmint (1903-1924) was an English Thoroughbred racehorse and sire that was bred by Sir Tatton Sykes at the famous Sledmere Stud.



He was by Carbine (NZ), a New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame and Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee, and out of the unraced mare, Maid of the Mint, by Minting (GB). Spearmint was doubly inbred to Stockwell in the 4th and 5th generations (4x5).[1][2]

Racing record

Spearmint was purchased by Major Eustace Loder for 300 guineas as a yearling. He was trained by Peter-Purcell Gilpin at Newmarket. The colt's racing career was limited due to his bad front legs, and he made only five starts, winning three times, including the 1906 Epsom Derby, England's most prestigious flat race. Eleven days later he won France's most important race, the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp Racecourse, after leading from start to finish over the two mile journey.[3]

As a sire

Spearmint was a very successful sire as well as a broodmare sire having sired classic winners in three countries: Great Britain, Ireland and the United States. Among his offspring, he notably sired:

  • Catnip (b.m. 1910) - An Irish mare who went to stud in Italy where she became the second dam of the great Nearco
  • Johren (b. 1915) - very successful racing in the United States and whose wins included the 1918 Belmont Stakes
  • Lord Archer b. 1914 - sire of Master Charlie Championship Racehorse in US
  • Zionist (1922) - Irish Derby.[4]


  1. Pryor, Peter, “The Classic Connection”, Cortney Publications, Luton, 1979
  2. Montgomery, E.S, “The Thoroughbred”, Arco, New York, 1973 ISBN 0-668-02824-6
  3. Leicester, Sir Charles, “Bloodstock Breeding”, J.A. Allen & Co, London, 1969
  4. Ahnert, Rainer L. (editor in chief), “Thoroughbred Breeding of the World”, Pozdun Publishing, Germany, 1970

External links


Premier Equine Classifieds


Subscribe to our newsletter and keep abreast of the latest news, articles and information delivered directly to your inbox.

Did You Know?

Modern horse breeds developed in response to a need for "form to function", the necessity to develop certain physical characteristics in order to perform a certain type of work... More...

The Gypsy Cob was originally bred to be a wagon horse and pulled wagons or caravans known as Vardos; a type of covered wagon that people lived in... More...

Archaeological evidence indicates that the Arabian horse bloodline dates back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses spread around the world by both war and trade.... More...

That the term "Sporthorse" is a term used to describe a type of horse rather than any particular breed... More...