The Baron (horse)
|Breeder||George Watts of Dublin|
1) George Watts|
2) John Scott
3) Edward Rawson Clark
4) John Theobald
5) Perrot de Thaunberg
|The Baron is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Echidna by Birdcatcher. He was born around 1842 in Ireland, and was bred by George Watts of Dublin.|
Madrid Stakes (1845)
St. Leger Stakes (1845)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on October 11, 2007|
The Baron (foaled 1842) was a Thoroughbred racehorse from Ireland, and a very notable sire.
A dark chestnut colt with star, snip, and sock left hind markings, The Baron was first raced in Ireland before being shipped to England in 1845, by his breeder, veterinary surgeon George Watts. He was then sold to John Scott, with whom he won the St. Leger Stakes and the Cesarewitch Handicap. The latter win as the then big weight of 7st 9lb for 3200 guineas. This was the highest prize ever given for a 3 year old up to that time. He was then being purchased by Edward Rawson Clark.
The Baron had a turf career in 1846, but did not perform well and suffered from poor feet. His best result was a second place finish in the 1846 Craven Stakes at Epsom Downs. He was given in part payment to the breeder John Theobald who stood him at stud at Stockwell where he sired his famous son, Stockwell). After Theobald's death, The Baron was sold to Perrot de Thaunberg of France where he sired three winners of the Prix de Diane, including the filly La Toucques (1860), who also won the French St. Leger Stakes, the Prix du Jockey Club, and the Grosser Preis von Baden.
The Baron sired the stallion Stockwell, a winner of the 2,000 Guineas, Newmarket Stakes, Great Yorkshire Stakes, St. Leger Stakes, Grand Duke Michael Stakes, Newmarket St. Leger, and the Whip. He was also a Champion Sire. The Baron also sired Rataplan, who won 42 races. Both these horses were full brothers, out of the same dam, Pocahontas.
The Baron was known as "the slim and savage" The Baron, due to his terrible temperament.