Thrown In

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Thrown In
SireBeau Bill
Grandsire William the Third
DamLa Vargo
DamsireLong Tom
Sex Gelding
Foaled1916 [1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
Colour Chestnut
Owner Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Baron Stalbridge
TrainerOwen Anthony
Major wins
Cheltenham Gold Cup (1927)

Thrown In (foaled 1916) was a British racehorse who won the 1927 Cheltenham Gold Cup. He won several other races but failed in two attempts at the Grand National.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeplechase horse race in Britain

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a Grade 1 National Hunt horse race run on the New Course at Cheltenham Racecourse in England, over a distance of about 3 miles 2½ furlongs, and during its running there are 22 fences to be jumped. The race takes place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Grand National English horse race held at Aintree every year

The Grand National is a National Hunt horse race held annually at Aintree Racecourse, near Liverpool, England. First run in 1839, it is a handicap steeplechase over an official distance of about 4 miles and 2½ furlongs,, with horses jumping 30 fences over two laps. It is the most valuable jump race in Europe, with a prize fund of £1 million in 2017. An event that is prominent in British culture, the race is popular amongst many people who do not normally watch or bet on horse racing at other times of the year.



Thrown In was a chestnut gelding bred in England. He was the only horse of any consequence sired by Beau Bill, a son of the Ascot Gold Cup winner William the Third. His dam Va Largo was a descendant of the successful broodmare Elf. [2]

Ascot Gold Cup

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William the Third (horse) horse

William the Third (1898–1917) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. After finishing unplaced on his only race as a two-year-old in 1900, he won five times in 1901 as well as finishing second in The Derby. He reached his peak as a four-year-old, winning five consecutive races including the Ascot Gold Cup, Queen Alexandra Stakes and Doncaster Cup. His career was ended by injury in early 1903 and he was retired to stud, where he had considerable success as a sire of winners.

Racing career

Thrown In was originally owned by Fred Gunt before being acquired by G. Sanday for whom he won seven races before being bought by Lord Stalbridge for £1000 in 1925. [3] After being gelded he was sent to the stable of Owen Anthony who trained for Stalbridge at Pounds Farm at Eastbury in Berkshire. Anthony had been a successful amateur jockey before taking up training and winning the 1922 Grand National with Music Hall. [4] Thrown In won a further seven races as well as finishing seventh in the 1926 Grand National. [5] In the same year Stalbridge reportedly turned down an offer of 4000 guineas from America for the gelding. [3]

Eastbury, Berkshire village in United Kingdom

Eastbury is a small village in the valley of the River Lambourn in the English county of Berkshire. The village is situated on the old river level road from Newbury to Lambourn, and is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Lambourn and 1 mile (1.6 km) west of East Garston. The village is situated in the civil parish of Lambourn, which is within the unitary authority of West Berkshire.

Berkshire County of England

Berkshire is one of the home counties in England. It was recognised by the Queen as the Royal County of Berkshire in 1957 because of the presence of Windsor Castle, and letters patent were issued in 1974. Berkshire is a county of historic origin, a ceremonial county and a non-metropolitan county without a county council. The county town is Reading.

The 1926 Grand National was the 85th renewal of the world-famous Grand National horse race that took place at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England, on 26 March 1926.

In the fourth running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup on 9 March 1927 he was ridden by his owner's son Hugh Grosvenor, a relatively inexperienced amateur who was recovering from a broken collar bone. [3] The favourite was Silvo, the winner of the Grand Steeplechase de Paris who started at odds of 13/8 ahead of Amberwave and the five-year-old Grakle with Thrown In starting a 10/1 outsider in an eight-runner field. After Amberwave fell early in the contest, the race was dominated by Thrown In, Grakle and Silvo before the favourite began to struggle two fences out. Thrown In outjumped Grakle at the final fence and drew away to win by two lengths. [3] [4] Just over two weeks after his win in the Gold Cup, Thrown In started 100/8 third favourite for the 1927 Grand National but fell early in the race. [5]

The 1927 Grand National was the 86th renewal of the world-famous Grand National horse race that took place at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England, on 25 March 1927.

Thrown In was sold again at the end of the 1927 season and was exported to Denmark. [4] Hugh Grosvenor, who rode him to his greatest success, was killed in an air crash in January 1930. [6]

Assessment and honours

In their book, A Century of Champions, based on the Timeform rating system, John Randall and Tony Morris rated Thrown In a "poor" Gold Cup winner. [7]

Timeform publishing company in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England founded in 1948

Timeform is a sports data and content provider located in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England founded in 1948 to provide information to fans, bettors, and others involved in the horse racing industry. The company was purchased by the sports betting exchange Betfair in December 2006. Since 2 February 2016, it has been owned by Paddy Power Betfair.


Pedigree of Thrown In (GB), chestnut gelding, 1916 [1]
Beau Bill (GB)
William the Third (GB)
St Simon Galopin
St Angela
La Belle France (GB)
Melton Master Kildare
Violet Melrose
Silver Sea Hermit
Stray Shot
Va Largo (GB)
Long Tom (GB)
Ladas Hampton
Fuse Bend Or
Bess Demdyke (GB)
Sir Hugo Wisdom
Queen of the Meadows (Family 4-g) [2]

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