Meteora

Meteora (own sister to Lord Grosvenor's bay filly, Musidora), was a bay filly, bred by Lord Grosvenor in 1802, and got by Meteor (son of Eclipse, and bred by Lord Grosvenor in 1783), out of Maid of all Work, by Highflyer, out of Sister to Tandem, by Syphon, her dam, by Regulus, out of a mare by Snip (son of Childers), her dam, by Cottingham (son of Hartley's Blind Horse), out of the Warlock Galloway, by Snake, out of own sister to Buckhunter (afterwards called the Carlisle Gelding), by the Bald Galloway.

Meteora's Performances

1805

At Epsom, for three years old fillies, 8st each (Frank Buckle), won the Oaks of 50 gs. each, h. ft., twenty-seven subscribers (value 875 gs.), beating the Duke of Grafton's b. f. Dodona (winner this year, at Newmarket, First Spring, of a Produce Sweep of 500 gs.), by Waxy, second; also (not placed), Sir F. Standish's b. f. by Sir Peter Teazle, Mr. Glover's ch. f. by Buzzard (winner this year, of the Prince's Stakes of 100 gs. each, at Newmarket, First Spring), Lord Egremont's b. f. by Gohanna, Sir T. Gascoigne's br. f. by Sir Peter, and Mr. Dockeray's b. f. by Waxy; 2 to 1 against Dodona, and 3 to 1 against Meteora. At Ascot (June 18th), for three years old, colts 8st 7lbs, fillies 8st 2lbs (5lbs extra for winning Derby or Oaks), 8st 7lbs (F. Buckle), won 145 gs., beating Sir Frank Standish's b. f. by Sir Peter, second, and five others, not placed. At Newmarket (July), won 50 gs. At Chelmsford (August 6th), w. o. for the King's Plate. At Newmarket (First October), colts 8st 6lbs, fillies 8st 3lbs, D. I., won a sweep of 400 gs., beating Sir C. Bunbury's br. f. Lydia (sister to Eleanor), by Whiskey, and two others. S. mg., 8st (F. Buckle), match for 100 gs., beat Lord Barrymore's (late the Duke of St. Albans'), b. c. Merryman, by Buzzard, four years, 8st 1lb (W. Arnull); 6 to 4 on Meteora.

1806

At Newmarket, Craven (April 10th), 8st, A. F. (F. Buckle), match for 200 gs., beat Colonel Mellish's b. c. Staveley, by Shuttle, 8st 5lbs (J. Arnull); Meteora ran once more this year, without success.

1807

At Newmarket, Craven, rising five years, 8st 8lbs, D. I. (F. Buckle), won the Oatlands (handicap), of 50 gs. each, &c. (value 325 gs.), beating Mr. Wyndham's b. f. Glory, by Coriander, rising five years, 7st 3lbs, General Gower's b. c. Swinley, by Coriander, rising five years, 8st 1lb, third, gr. h. Sir Harry Dimsdale, rising seven years, 8st 11lbs, and two others. At Newmarket (Second Spring), 8st 2lbs, D. I. (F. Buckle), match for 200 gs., beat Colonel Mellish's b. h. Cardinal Beaufort (Derby winner in 1805), by Gohanna, 8st 5lbs (W. Arnull). At Stamford (July 1st), 8st 3lbs, won the Gold Cup, beating two others. At Newmarket (July 16th), 8st 9lbs (F. Buckle), match for 100 gs., T. Y. C., beat Lord Foley's br. f. Pipylina (sister to Pipylin), by Sir Peter, four years, 7st 13lbs. At Newmarket (Houghton), 8st 6lbs (F. Buckle), won the Audley End Stakes of 300 gs., beating Mr. Goddard's br. f. Bronze (winner of the Oaks in 1806, then Mr. Craven's), by Buzzard, four years, 7st 2lbs, second, and five others. Meteora ran three times more this year, without success.

1808

At Newmarket, Craven (April 20th), 8st 9lbs, ran second in the Oatlands, won by Mr. Batson's ch. c. Charmer, by Whiskey, rising five years, 6st 13lbs; seven ran. At Newmarket (Second Spring), 8st, B. C., ran second in a sweep of 100 gs. each, won by General Gower's (late Colonel Mellish's) b. h. Cardinal Beaufort, 7st 5lbs; three ran. At Stamford, 8st 10lbs, four miles (F. Buckle), won the Gold Cup, beating Lydia, six years, 8st 10lbs, second, Mr. Sitwell's br. c. Clinker, by Sir Peter, three years, 6st, third, and one other. At Brighton, 8st 8lbs, four miles (F. Buckle), won the Somerset Stakes of 50 gs. each, &c., beating Mr. Daly's ch. c. Bob Booty, by Chanticleer, four years, 7st, second, and Lord Egremont's b. h. Canopus, by Gohanna, five years, 8st 5lbs, last. S. mg. (August 5th), 8st 9lbs, four miles (F. Buckle), won the Gold Cup of 100 gs. (given by H. R. H. the Prince of Wales), with a sweep of 10 gs. each, twenty-six subscribers, beating Bob Booty, 7st 1lb, second, ch. h. Cerberus, by Gohanna, six years, 8st 12lbs, and two others. At Newmarket (First October), 8st 13lbs (B. C.), won 145 gs., beating the Duke of Grafton's b. c. Musician (winner this year of the Claret Stakes of 1400 gs., at Newmarket), by Worthy (son of Pot8o's), four years, 7st 7lbs. At Newmarket (Second October), 9st, B. C. (F. Buckle), won a Subscription Purse of 25 gs. each, p. p., sixteen subscribers, beating Lord Lowther's ch. h. Brainworm, by Buzzard, aged, 9st 3lbs.

1809

At Newmarket, Craven (April 4th), 9st 7lbs, D. I. (F. Buckle), won the Oatlands (handicap) of 50 gs. each, h. ft., fourteen subscribers, beating Lord Foley's b. c. Weaver, by Shuttle, rising four years, 7st 2lbs, General Grosvenor's b. c. Rifleman, by Asparagus, rising four years, 6st 12lbs, third, and three others. At Newmarket (Second October), 9st 3lbs, B. C. (F. Buckle), won a Subscription Purse of 140 gs., beating H. R. H. the Duke of York's bay mare Nymphina, by Gouty (son of Sir Peter), and one other. At Newmarket (Houghton), 8st 7lbs, B. C. (F. Buckle), match for 400 gs., was beaten by b. h. Musician (now Lord Darlington's), by Worthy, five years, 8st 2lbs (W. Arnull). She ran once more, without success.

1810

At Newmarket, Craven (April 25th), 9st 4lbs, was not placed in the Oatlands, won by Lord Jersey's b. h. Langton, by Precipitate, aged, 9st 1lb; twelve ran. At Newmarket (Second Spring), 8st 11lbs, B. C., won the Jockey Club Plate, beating Mr. H. Vansittart's ch. h. Burleigh, by Stamford, five years, 8st 3lbs, and five others. At Stamford, 8st 12lbs, four miles (F. Buckle), won the Gold Cup, beating Mr. Andrew's b. h. Thorn (a very successful runner), by Beningbrough, aged, 9st 2lbs, second, General Grosvenor's b. f. Chryseis, by Asparagus, four years, 7st 3lbs, third, and one other. S. mg., won 80 gs., and was put to the Stud, where she threw for Lord Grosvenor a b. f. Larissa, by Trafalgar, in 1813; in 1817 a br. c. Tybalt; in 1818 a br. c. Capulet; and in 1819 a bay filly, Juliet – all three by Thunderbolt (brother to Smolensko). Meteora died in his Lordship's possession, in 1821.

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

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