Woful (own brother to Whalebone, Web, Wire, and Whisker, all bred by the Duke of Grafton), was a bay colt, foaled in 1809, and was got by Waxy, out of Penelope, by Trumpator, out of Prunella, by Highflyer, out of Promise, by Old Snap, out of Julia, by Blank, out of Spectator's dam, by Old Partner, out of Bonny Lass, by Bay Bolton, her dam, by the Darley Arabian, out of a mare by the Byerley Turk, her dam, by the Taffolet Barb, out of a dau. of Place's White Turk, &c.
At Newmarket (First Spring), for horses rising three years old, 8st each, was not placed in a sweep of 15 gs. each, won by Colonel Udny's br. c. The Corporal, by Orville, beating Mr. Blake's ch. c. Pupil, by Whiskey, and four others. The winner was claimed by the Hon. E. Petre, for 100 gs., according to the conditions. At Newmarket (First October), colts, 8st 7lbs each, ran third in a sweep of 200 gs. each, h. ft., eight subscribers, won by Sir John Shelley's ch. c. Comus, by Sorcerer, beating Lord Stawell's br. c. Cato, by Sancho, and three others. S. mg., 8st 4lbs each, R. M., for three years old, won a sweep of 100 gs. each, beating Mr. Craven's br. c. Tooley, by Walton, and Mr. Payne's ro. c. Mountebank, by Gohanna, last; 5 to 4 on Woful. At Newmarket (Second October), 7st 9lbs, R. M., ran second in the Oatlands, won by Lord Egremont's b. f. Sister to Castanea, by Gohanna, three years, 7st 3lbs, beating Tooley, 7st 6lbs, third, and two others. At Newmarket (Ho.), 7st 4lbs, match for 200 gs., p. p., received 150 gs. compromise from Lord Lowther's b. m. Dimity, by Trumpator, five years, 8st 10lbs. Next day (S. mg.), 8st 4lbs, won a handicap sweep of 50 gs. each, beating Tooley, 7st 10lbs, Mr. Andrew's bl. c. Trophonius, by Sorcerer, four years, 8st, and Mr. Ladbroke's ch. c. Hamlet, four years, 8st 12lbs. S. mg., 7st 13lbs, Ab. M., match for 200 gs., received 80 gs. compromise from the Duke of York's b. c. Pointers, by Giles.
At Newmarket, Craven, 8st, ran second in the Oatlands, won by the Duke of Rutland's b. c. Grimalkin, by Chance, five years, 8st 12lbs, beating eight others; 7 to 4 against Grimalkin, and 7 to 2 against Woful. At Newmarket (First Spring), 8st 9lbs, R. M., match for 200 gs., beat Lord Foley's ch. c. Bodkin, by Trumpator, 7st 9lbs, both four years old; 2 to 1 on Woful. S. mg., 8st 5lbs, R. M., match for 200 gs., beat Lord George Cavendish's b. c. Gaber, by Sorcerer, five years old, 8st 7lbs; 5 to 2 on Woful. At Newmarket (Second Spring), 8st 4lbs each, D. I., match for 200 gs., received 50 gs. compromise from Mr. Craven's br. c. Tooley. At Newmarket (First October), 8st 12lbs, D. I., match for 300 gs., h. ft., received 150 gs. forfeit from Tooley. S. mg., 8st 10lbs, T. Y. C., match for 200 gs., received 75 gs. compromise from Mr. Craven's b. c. The Captain, by Waxy, three years, 7st 3lbs. At Newmarket (Second October), 8st 6lbs, ran third in the Garden Stakes, of 100 gs. each, p. p., won by Lord George Cavendish's b. h. Eccleston, by Cesario, six years, 8st 7lbs, beating Lord Jersey's b. c. Oscar, by Hyperion (son of Highflyer), four years, 7st 4lbs, second; also, Lord Stawell's br. c. Cato, four years, 8st 4lbs, Colonel Udny's ch. f. Emily (the dam of Emilius), by Stamford, three years, 7st 4lbs, and one other. S. mg., 8st 9lbs, Ab. M., match for 300 gs., was beaten by the Duke of York's ch. c. Aladdin, by Giles (son of Trumpator), three years, 7st 6lbs. At Newmarket (Ho.), 8st 9lbs, for 200 gs., p. p., beat Cato, 8st; 6 to 4 on Cato.
At Newmarket, Craven, 8st 10lbs, three miles, match for 150 gs., beat
General Gower's b. f. Lama, by Orville, four years, 6st 13lbs. At Newmarket
(First Spring), for four years old, two miles, 8st 10lbs, ran second
in a sweep of 100 gs. each, h. ft., six subscribers, won by Mr. Stanlake
Batson's b. f. Pranks, by Hyperion, 7st 11lbs, beating the Duke of York's
b. c. Pointers, by Giles, 8st 5lbs, last; all rising five years old; 5 to 1
against Pranks. At Newmarket (Second Spring), 8st 3lbs, D. I., match
for 300 gs., beat the Duke of Rutland's b. h. Grimalkin, by Chance (son
of Lurcher), six years, 8st 7lbs; 6 to 4 on Woful. At Newmarket
(First October), 8st 4lbs each, A. F., match for 300 gs., h. ft., paid 150 gs.
to the Hon. George Watson's b. h. Pericles, by Evander. S. mg., 8st
2lbs each, two miles, match for 200 gs., was beaten by Lord Foley's br. h.
Teasdale, by Mr. Teazle (son of Sir Peter); Woful broke down in
running, and, in consequence, paid forfeit to Lord George Cavendish's
b. c. Alcohol, by Whiskey, at Newmarket (Ho.), and retired to the Stud.
Woful was the sire of Lord Exeter's famous mare, Augusta, the dam of his chestnut filly, Acacia, by Phantom, and of his Lordship's equally famous chestnut colt, Augustus, by Sultan.
[Taunton, Thomas Henry: “Portraits Of Celebrated Racehorses Of The Past And Present Centuries”, 1887]