Catton was a bay colt, bred by the Earl of Scarborough, in 1809, and was got by Golumpus (son of Gohanna), out of Lucy Gray, by Timothy (son of Delpini), out of Lucy, by Florizel (son of Herod), out of Frenzy (dam of Phenomenon), by Eclipse, out of a mare by Engineer (son of Sampson), her dam, by Blank, out of Lass of the Mill, by Old Traveller, out of Miss Makeless, by Young Greyhound, out of a mare by Old Partner, &c., &c.
At York (August 26th), for three years old, colts 8st 2lbs, fillies 7st 13lbs, won a sweep of 275 gs., beating Mr. T. Duncombe's b. c. Langold (winner, this year, of the Doncaster Stakes), by Stamford; only two ran. At Doncaster, was not placed in the Great St. Leger, won by Mr. Robb's b. c. Otterington, by Golumpus, beating Lord Strathmore's br. c. by Remembrancer, Mr. Beckwith's b. c. Herrington, by Remembrancer, third, Mr. Hewett's b. f. Manuella (winner of the Oaks), by Dick Andrews, out of Mandane, by Pot8o's, and nineteen others. S. mg., 8st 5lbs each (St. Leger Course), in the Gascoigne Stakes of 100 gs. each, &c., was beaten a length by Herrington.
At York (Spring), 8st 5lbs each, two miles, ran second in a sweep of 180 gs., won by Mr. Fletcher's b. c. Sligo, by Shuttle (son of Young Marske), beating Otterington, Langold, and three others. S. mg., 8st each, ran second in the Constitution Stakes of 240 gs., won by Sligo, beating Earl Fitzwilliam's (afterwards Lord Jersey's) b. c. Fugitive, by Camillus. Otterington, and seven others. At Preston (July), 8st each, four miles, ran second for the Cup of 300 gs., won by Sir William Maxwell's gr. c. Viscount, by Stamford, beating Manuella and two others. Next day, heats three miles, won 70 gs. At York (August 23rd), 10st 4lbs each, four miles, won the King's Plate, beating Otterington and another. At Doncaster, 8st 7lbs each, for four years old, won 130 gs., beating Earl Fitzwilliam's br. c. Algernon, by Orville, and also won 100 gs., beating four others.
At York (Spring), 8st 9lbs, ran second in the Constitution Stakes, won by Mr. Gascoigne's b. c. Cannon Ball, by Sancho, four years, 8st, beating Viscount, five years, 8st 9lbs, and two others. At Newcastle, 8st 9lbs, ran a dead heat in the Northumberland Stakes with Mr. Riddell's b. h. X. Y. Z., six years, 9st; stakes divided; four ran. At York (August), 8st 10lbs, two miles, ran second in a sweep of 250 gs., won by Mr. R. Watt's ch. f. Altisidora (winner of last year's St. Leger), by Dick Andrews, four years, 8st; four ran. S. mg., 8st 7lbs each, four miles, won the Great Subscription Purse, beating Mr. Hodgson's ch. h. Skip, by Stride; only two ran; and, on the following day, won the second Great Subscription, beating Lord Queensberry's b. h. Epperston, by Delpini, and one other. At Doncaster, 9st 1lb, won the Fitzwilliam Stakes, beating Mr. R. Watt's b. c. Tramp, by Dick Andrews, four years, 8st 9lbs; and three others. S. mg., 8st 3lbs, four miles, won the Doncaster Stakes, beating Fugitive, four years, 7st 7lbs, and one other.
At York (Spring), 8st 13lbs, three miles, won the Gold Cup, beating Mr. H. Peirse's b. f. Rosanne, by Dick Andrews, four years, 7st 12lbs, and two others. S. mg., won 150 gs. At York (August 21st), 9st, two miles, won 250 gs., beating ch. m. Altisidora, five years, 8st 10lbs, and gr. h. Viscount, six years, 9st; also, 8st 10lbs each, four miles, won the Great Subscription Purse, beating Altisidora. At Doncaster, 8st 10lbs, won the Doncaster Stakes, four miles, again beating Altisidora, 8st 3lbs.
At York (Spring), 8st 13lbs, two miles, won the Gold Cup, beating Colonel King's b. c. Fulford, by Orville, four years, 7st 12lbs, and four others. At Newcastle-on-Tyne, 8st 10lbs, four miles, won the Gold Cup, beating Mr. Lambton's br. c. Shepherd, by Sir Harry Dimsdale, four years, 7st 11lbs; only two ran. At York (August 17th), 9st, two miles, won 250 gs., beating a bay filly by Camillus (son of Hambletonian), and a bay colt by Orville; also, w. o. for the Great Subscription Purse. At Doncaster, 8st 10lbs, four miles, won the Doncaster Stakes, beating Earl Fitzwilliam's b. c. Dinmont, by Orville, four years, 7st 7lbs.
At Pontefract, won a purse of 80 gs.; ran three times more, without success, and joined Lord Scarborough's Stud, at Sandbeck, and became a sire of considerable eminence.
[Taunton, Thomas Henry: “Portraits Of Celebrated Racehorses Of The Past And Present Centuries”, 1887]