Bay Bolton

Bay Bolton

Print of Bay Bolton
Sire Grey Hautboy
Grandsire Hautboy
Dam Makeless mare
Damsire Makeless
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1705
Country Great Britain
Colour Brown/Bay
Breeder Sir Matthew Pierson
Owner 2nd Duke of Bolton
Major wins
Queen Anne's Gold Cup (1710)
Leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland
(1724, 1726, 1727, 1729, 1732, 1733, 1734)
Last updated on 30 October 2012

Bay Bolton or Brown Lusty (1705–1736) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse who won Queen Anne's Gold Cup as a five-year-old in 1710. After retiring from racing he became a successful sire for the Duke of Bolton and was Champion sire seven times.


Bay Bolton (originally called Brown Lusty) was a brown or bay colt foaled in 1705. Bred by Sir Matthew Pierson, he was a son of Grey Hautboy and a Makeless mare.[1]

Racing career

At York in 1710, Bay Bolton (then a five-year-old) beat eight six-year-olds to win Queen Anne's Gold Cup. In 1710 he also won the Subscription Purse at Middleham-Moor.[1] He then walked 200 miles to run in, and win, the Rich Prize at Quainton-Meadow in Buckinghamshire.[2] Bay Bolton was then bought by the Duke of Bolton, who sent him to Newmarket, where he won a match race against the Duke of Somerset's Wyndam and a match against Sir Matthew Pierson's Merlin. He also won two match races against Mr Frampton's Dragon.[1]

Bay Bolton, a horse belonging to his grace the Duke of Bolton, engraved by Richard Parr, 1739.

Stud career

Bay Bolton was retired to stud where he became a very successful stallion, becoming Champion sire in 1724, 1726, 1727, 1729, 1732, 1733 and 1734. His progeny included Bonny Lass, Fearnought, Looby, Starling (a Champion sire) and Whitefoot.[3] He died at the Duke of Bolton's stud at Bolton Hall in Yorkshire in 1736.[1]


Pedigree of Bay Bolton, brown or bay stallion, 1705[3]
Grey Hautboy (GB)
Hautboy Darcy's White Turk (unknown)
Royal mare (unknown)
(unknown) (unknown) (unknown)
(unknown) (unknown)
Makeless mare (GB)
Makeless Oglethorpe Arabian Darcy's Yellow Turk*
Natural Barb mare
(unknown) (unknown)
Brimmer mare Brimmer Darcy's Yellow Turk*
Darcy Royal mare
Diamond mare (unknown)

* Bay Bolton was inbred 4x4 to Darcy's Yellow Turk. This means that the stallion appears twice in the fourth generation of his pedigree.


  1. 1 2 3 4 Pick, William; Johnson, R. (1803). The Turf Register. A. Bartholoman, High-Ousegate.
  2. "Thoroughbred Foundation Sires". Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  3. 1 2 "Bay Bolton". Retrieved 2012-10-30.
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