Pommern (horse)

Pommern (1912–1935) was a British bred Thoroughbredracehorse and sire. In a racing career which lasted from 1914 to June 1916 he ran ten times and won seven races. As a three-year-old in 1915 he won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and the wartime substitutes for The Derby and the St. Leger Stakes to win a version of the English Triple Crown. After winning his only race as a four-year-old in 1916, he was retired to stud where he had limited success.

British-bred Thoroughbred racehorse


Pommern with Steve Donoghue up.
Sire Polymelus
Grandsire Cyllene
Dam Merry Agnes
Damsire St. Hilaire
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1912
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Colour Bay
Breeder Solomon B. Joel
Owner Solomon B. Joel
Trainer Charles Peck
Record 10: 7-1-0
Earnings £15,616[1]
Major wins
Imperial Produce Stakes (1914)
Richmond Stakes (1914)
2000 Guineas Stakes (1915)
Epsom Derby (1915)
September Stakes (1915)
June Stakes (1916)
11th English Triple Crown Champion (1915)

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Pommern was an elegant, good-looking[2] bay horse officially bred by his owner Solomon Joel[3] who bought the mare Merry Agnes for 500 guineas in 1911 when she was already pregnant with the future Derby winner.[4] The mating of Merry Agnes and Joel’s stallion Polymelus was actually arranged by the mare’s previous owner Sir Alan Johnstone.[5] Polymelus was a five-time British Champion sire and a horse that Thoroughbred Heritage calls one [of] the most influential British stallions of the 20th century.[6] Merry Agnes, was by St. Hilaire whose sire St. Simon, was one of the most successful sires in the history of British racing. Pommern was inbred to the stallion Hampton (see below).[7] Pommern was reportedly named after a German friend of Mr Joel.[8] Given the period, the name was rather unfortunate, as it was also borne by a German battleship which was erroneously reported to have been sunk by British submarines in July 1915.[9] Joel sent his colt to his private trainer Charles Peck at Newmarket, Suffolk.[10]

Pommern showed little form in his first two races, finishing unplaced in races at Royal Ascot in June and at Newmarket’s July meeting. He showed much improved form in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood later in July, winning easily by two lengths from nine opponents.[2] In October he ran in the £3,000 Imperial Produce Stakes at Kempton in which he was set to receive eight pounds from King Priam, who up till that time had been regarded as the best two-year-old of the season.[11] Pommern dominated the race, leading from the start and pulling clear inside the final furlong to win by four lengths from King Priam with Follow Up third.[12] After these successes, the leading jockey Steve Donoghue was contracted to ride the horse in the following year’s Classics[4]

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