SHARK, br. foaled in 1771, bred by C. Pigott, Esq. was got by Marske, his dam by Snap; grandam by Mar1borough (a son of the Godolphin Arabian), out of a natural Barb mare. The winnings of Shark (exclusive of the Clermont cup, value 120 gs., eleven hogsheads of claret, and the Whip) amounted to 16,057 gs., in plates, matches, sweepstakes, and forfeits, which exceed, perhaps, those of any other horse: he lost and paid 3990 gs. Shark started twenty-nine times, out of which he won nineteen, he received six forfeits, and paid four and a compromise. Shark was beat in 1774 (the first time of starting) by Florizel, a son of King Herod ; also by Pretender, Masquerade, Dorimant, Kouli Khan, Ratcatcher, Mistley, and, in 1778, by Dictator, his last time of running.
In 1779, Shark was a stallion, near Stilton, at twenty-five guineas; in 1780, at twenty guineas; in 1781, at ten guineas; in 1782, at Beddington, Surrey, at ten guineas; in 1783, at fifteen guineas; in 1784, at ten guineas; in 1785, he covered at Boroughbridge, Yorkshire, at ten guineas, and afterwards at five guineas. Shark was about sixteen hands high, and was the first produce of his dam.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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