GODOLPHIN ARABIAN. It may be confidently asserted, that this famous stallion contributed more to the improvement of our native breed than any other horse, before or since his day—all our present first-raters partaking of his valuable blood. Unlike the majority of foreign horses,no pedigree was brought over with him; indeed, it is altogether conjectural whence he originally came. All we know with certainty is that Mr. Coke obtained him in Paris, where it is said he was employed in drawing a cart. The general opinion, however, was that he had been stolen, and smuggled into France. Mr. Coke parted with him to Mr. Williams, proprietor of the St. James's Coffee-house, and the latter gentleman presented him to the Earl of Godolphin, in whose stud he died in December, 1753,atGogmagog, Cambridgeshire, aged twenty-nine.
In 1730 and 1731, the Godolphin Arabian was teazer to Hobgoblin (a son of Aleppo by the Darley Arabian), and on the latter refusing to cover Roxana, she was put to the Arabian, and that cover produced Lath, admitted by judges to have been one of the finest and best horses that had appeared on the turf since the days of the Duke of Devonshire's Flying Childers. This accidental circumstance, as it must be deemed, brought the Godolphin Arabian into repute, and the best mares were sent to him, happily for those interested in the breed of an animal which, says Burton, " declines no service; exerts all his strength; and, that his obedience may be complete, will strain every nerve, till he even expires under his generous efforts."
A faithful portrait of the Arabian was taken by Stubbs, who has introduced the cat towards whom this extraordinary stallion evinced so strong an attachment, from constantly living in the stable with him; and this affection the horse manifested in a remarkable degree on the death of his favourite. It would occupy too much space to enumerate all his get: he was sire of Babraham, Bajazet, Blank, Cade, Matchless, Mirza, Old England, Regulus, &c.-—The Godolphin was a bay horse, about fifteen hands high, with some .white on the off hind pastern.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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