Phantom was a bay colt, foaled in 1808, bred by, and the property of Sir John Shelley, Bart. He was got by Walton, out of Julia (Sister to Eleanor), by Whiskey, out of Young Giantess (dam of Sorcerer), by Diomed, out of Giantess, by Match'em, out of Molly Long Legs, by Babraham, out of a mare by Cole's Foxhunter (a son of Brisk, by the Darley Arabian), her dam, by Old Partner, out of a sister to Roxana, by the Bald Galloway, out of Sister to Chaunter, by the Acaster Turk, &c., &c.
At Newmarket, Craven, colts 8st 5lbs, fillies 8st 2lbs, rising three years old, ran second in a Produce Sweep of 750 gs., won by Lord Grosvenor's b. f. Barrosa (second to Trophonius, by Sorcerer, in the 2000 Guineas), by Vermin (son of Highflyer), beating Sir Frank Standish's b. c. Beresford, by Mr. Teazle, third, and Lord Grosvenor's br. f. Oliveira, by Vermin, last. At Epsom (ridden by Frank Buckle), won the Derby of 1500 gs., beating Mr. Astley's ch. c. Magic, by Sorcerer, second; also Sir C. Bunbury's b. c. Rival, by Whiskey, Sir F. Standish's bl. c. Wellington, by Trumpator, Lord Darlington's b. c. Hit or Miss, by Haphazard, Mr. John Payne's ch. c. Mountebank, by Gohanna, Mr. Andrew's bl. c. Trophonius, Lord George Cavendish's br. c. Merry-go-round, by Trumpator, and eight others. At Ascot, 8st 12lbs (F. Buckle), won a sweep of 650 gs., beating Wellington, 8st 7lbs, and the Duke of York's b. c. by Sorcerer, 8st 7lbs; 7 to 4 on Phantom, also received 100 gs. forfeit from the Duke of York's b. c. by Giles. At Newmarket (Second October), 8st 4lbs each, A. F. (T. Goodisson), match for 200 gs., beat Colonel Udny's br. c. Truffle, by Sorcerer (F. Buckle), both three years old. At Newmarket (Ho.), 8st 5lbs each, received 100 gs. forfeit from Mr. Shakespeare's br. c. Jolter, by Trumpator. S. mg., 8st 7lbs, A. F. (F. Buckle), match for 500 gs., beat Colonel Morgan's br. c. Oporto, by Trumpator, four years, 7st 11lbs; also, 8st (F. Buckle), match for 200 gs., beat Mr. Andrew's ch. m. Morel (Oaks winner in 1808, then the Duke of Grafton's), by Sorcerer, six years, 8st 10lbs (William Arnull).
At Newmarket, Craven, 8st 4lbs each, D. I., match for 300 gs., received 80 gs. (compromise) from Sir C. Bunbury's br. c. Young Sorcerer, by Sorcerer. At Newmarket (First Spring), for horses rising four years old, colts 8st 7lbs, fillies 8st 2lbs, ran second in the Claret Stakes of 200 gs. each, won by General Gower's b. c. Rainbow, by Walton, beating bl. c. Wellington, third, Hit or Miss, fourth, and Mr. H. Peirse's gr. f. Albuera, by Beningbrough, last. At Newmarket (Second Spring) 8st 1lb, A. F. (Buckle) match for 200 gs., beat Mr. J. Payne's b. h. Crispin, by Waxy, five years, 8st 9lbs, in a canter. S. mg., 8st 7lbs each, B. C., match for 500 gs., p. p., received 300 gs. (compromise) from Colonel Mellish's b. c. Beverley , by Golumpus, both four years old. At Newmarket (Ho.), 8st 9lbs, R. M., match for 300 gs., beat Lord George Cavendish's b. h. Eccleston, by Cesario, five years, 8st 2lbs, in a canter, by three lengths; 2 to 1 on Phantom, who paid three forfeits this year.
At Newmarket, Craven, 8st 7lbs, each (F. Buckle), match for 500 gs., A. F., was beaten by Lord Foley's ch. c. Soothsayer, by Sorcerer, both rising five years old; 5 to 2 on Phantom. This was his last race.
Phantom was the sire of Lord Jersey's renowned mare, Cobweb, out of Filagree, by Soothsayer, out of Web, by Waxy. He was also the sire of Lord Jersey's two famous colts, Middleton and Glenartney, both out of Web, one of which did win the Derby, and the other ought to have done so.
[Taunton, Thomas Henry: “Portraits Of Celebrated Racehorses Of The Past And Present Centuries”, 1887]