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Sire Cyllene
Grandsire Bona Vista
Dam Maid Marian
Damsire Hampton
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1902
Country Great Britain
Colour Bay
Breeder Robert Crewe-Milnes, 1st Marquess of Crewe
Owner 1) Earl of Crewe
2) David Faber (age 4)
3) Solomon Joel
Trainer 1) John Porter 2) Mr. Baker
Record 31: 11-7-2
Earnings £16,803
Major wins
Criterion Stakes (1904)
Richmond Stakes (1904)
Duke of York Stakes (York) (1905)
Duke of York Stakes (Kempton Park) (1906)
Cambridgeshire Handicap (1906)
Champion Stakes (1906)
Princess of Wales's Stakes (1907)
Leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland
(1914, 1915, 1916, 1920, 1921)
Last updated on May 6, 2010

Polymelus (1902–1924) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse who was the leading sire of racehorses in Great Britain and Ireland for five years (1914, 1915, 1916, 1920, 1921). Among his most famous descendants are Secretariat and Northern Dancer. However, it was through his son Phalaris that he will forever be remembered. His great grandsire was Bend Or.

The skeleton of Polymelus is now on display in the entrance lobby of the University of Cambridge Museum of Zoology, where it is an example of the specialised adaptations to high-speed running.

At stud

Polymelus stood at stud at Solomon Joel's Maiden Erlegh Stud near Reading, Berkshire where he died in 1924. Among his progeny, Polymelus sired:[1]


  • Polymelus' pedigree and partial racing stats
  • Details on page 44 in ISBN 978-0-929346-80-9
  • Story of the Polymelus skeleton at CUMZ
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