The Darley Arabian
was the progenitor of the race so to speak.
The Byerley Turk, The Darley Arabian
and The Godolphin Arabian are the daddies of them all.
Every single thoroughbred on the planet is descended from three Arab stallions - The Godolphin Arabian, The Darley Arabian
and The Bayerley Turk - which were brought back here from the Middle East by returning army officers in 1704 and subsequently crossed with Irish Draught mares to produce the forebears of the animals we back today.
FLYING CHILDERS, foaled in 1715 and sired by the Darley Arabian
, is often described as "the first great racehorse".
EVERY thoroughbred race horse in the world is a descendant of one of three horses which were imported to England in the 18th century: Byerly Turk, Darley Arabian
, or Godolphin Barb.
Whether he is the best in 20 years, 30 years, 40 years or since the Darley Arabian
covered his first mare is a subject that has occupied most people's minds at some stage of the season.
The horses for sale at Ocala, just like Sea The Stars, all trace back to one of the same three stallions - the Godolphin Arabian, Byerley Turk or Darley Arabian
- but, judging from the bids, most of them don't seem to trace back in quite the right way, or maybe there's something awry with their pasterns, or fetlocks, or gaskins.
The Qataris are using the meeting to boost the pure Arab horse, and some purists might not be best pleased to see the EUR450,000 Qatar Arabian Gold Cup on the card, but they should remember that the Byerley Turk, Darley Arabian
and Godolphin Arabian all came from the middle east to become foundation stallions of today's thoroughbred.
They would have been at the roots of the fine horses from which, in the early 1700s, Thomas Darley, the British Consul at Aleppo, famously selected the young Arabian colt who, as The Darley Arabian
, became immortalised as one of the fathers of the breed.