Haphazard was a brown colt, bred by the Earl of Darlington in 1797; and was got by Sir Peter Teazle, out of Miss Harvey (bred by Mr. O'Kelly in 1775), by Eclipse, out of Clio, by Young Cade, her dam, by the Bolton Gray Starling, out of a mare by Bartlett's Childers, her dam, by Bay Bolton, out of a mare by the Byerley Turk.

Image of Haphazard (1797)

Haphazard's Performances


At Doncaster, September 24th, 6st, four miles, ran second for the Cup, won by Mr. Garforth's b. h. Dion, by Spadille, five years, 8st 3lbs; four ran. S. mg., for a purse of 100 sovs., was beaten by b. c. Chance, by Lurcher: Sir Solomon and four others ran.


At Catterick, 8st, three miles, won 80 gs., beating Cinnamon, four years, 8st, and five others; even on Cinnamon. At Preston, 8st 4lbs, won £50, beating Aniseed, by Coriander, 8st 2lbs, and two others. At Knutsford, won 60 sovs., distancing both his opponents. At Richmond, 7st 10lbs, ran third for the Cup, won by Agonistes, 7st 10lbs (also Lord Darlington's), Alonzo, by Pegasus, second; six ran. At Pontefract, won £50. At Doncaster, 8st 7lbs, heats two miles, won £100, beating Cinnamon, Chance, and two others. At Carlisle, won £50.


At Catterick, won 50 gs. At York, August, 8st 2lbs, four miles, won a sweep of 250 gs., beating Mr. P. Wentworth's b. h. Chance, Cockfighter, Cinnamon, and two others. S. mg., 8st 7lbs each, four miles, won the Great Subscription Purse of £268 15s., beating Chance, second, and Mr. Garforth's noted gr. m. Marcia, by Coriander. At Richmond, won 40 gs., and ran third for the Cup, won by Sir W. Gerard's b. c. Asheton, by Beningbrough. At Doncaster, 8st 3lbs, four miles, won the Doncaster Stakes, beating Marcia, 8st 3lbs, second, and two others. At Carlisle, w. o. for the King's Plate.


At Newmarket (First Spring), 7st 12lbs, match for 500 gs., received 100 gs. (compromise) from Lord Sackville's b. h. Dick Andrews, six years, 8st 4lbs. At York, in a match for 500 gs., beat Lord Strathmore's b. h. by Walnut, six years, 8st. S. mg., 8st 10lbs, four miles, won 200 gs., beating Sir T. Gascoigne's ch. h. Lennox, by Delpini, 8st 5lbs, and five others; also, 8st 10lbs, won the Great Subscription, beating Marcia, second, and Cinnamon last.


At York, won 200 gs., beating Marcia and Lennox, and also won the Great Subscription, beating Alonzo and Marcia. At Doncaster, match for 200 gs., beat Mr. Garforth's b. h. by Traveller (son of Highflyer).

Haphazard did not run in 1805, and only once in 1806, at Lewes, for the Ladies' Purse, in which he was beaten by Dick Andrews, and then retired to the Stud, where he will be best remembered in having been the sire of Filho da Puta.

“The Druid,” in writing of Haphazard, says that “he was a gay, nag-looking horse, with a lock back, and very fine action, but never a great favourite. Billy Pierse thought he had hardly ever been on a truer four-mile horse than him and Agonistes, both of the same age, both by Sir Peter, and companions in the Raby Stable. His finest race on Haphazard was against Marcia (ridden by Frank Buckle, at York August Meeting in 1803), for the Great Subscription Purse, when Haphazard won by half a length.” Ben Smith rode Cinnamon, third and last. From “Silk and Scarlet.”

[Taunton, Thomas Henry: “Portraits Of Celebrated Racehorses Of The Past And Present Centuries”, 1887]