Spilletta (1749 1776) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse. She only raced once and is best known for being the dam of the undefeated Eclipse.

GrandsireGodolphin Arabian
DamMother Western
DamsireSmith's son of Snake
CountryGreat Britain
BreederSir Robert Eden
Record1 start, 0 wins


Spilletta was a bay filly bred by the Sir Robert Eden and foaled in 1749. She was sired by the undefeated Regulus.[1] Regulus was also a very successful stallion, becoming Champion sire eight times. Regulus also sired Careless and Cato.[2] Spilletta's dam was Mother Western, a daughter of Smith's son of Snake.[1]

Racing career

Spilletta only started one race, in April 1754 at Newmarket for a £50 Plate. She lost the race to Sir Charles Sedley's Royal, the Marquess of Hartington's Tantivy and Mr. Curzon's Jason.[3]

Stud career

Spilletta was a broodmare at the Duke of Cumberland stud. She produced five foals:

  • Ariaden – a bay filly foaled in 1759 and sire by Crab.[1]
  • Eclipse – a chestnut stallion foaled in 1764 and sired by Marske.[1] He was undefeated during his 18 race career and is generally consider one of the best horses ever. His wins included 11 King's Plates, the Great Subscription Purse and a match against Bucephalus.[3] He sired Planet, Pot-8-Os, King Fergus, Mercury, Young Eclipse, Saltram, Serjeant and Annette.[4] Eclipse is the sire-line ancestor of most Thoroughbreds alive today.
  • Proserpine – a bay mare foaled in 1766 and sired by Marske.[1] She never raced, but was the dam of Humbug and six others.[5]
  • Garrick – first called Hyperion, a chestnut stallion foaled in 1772 and sired by Marske.[1] He won a 140 guineas race at Newmarket in 1777. As a stallion he stood at Newmarket and near Malton in Yorkshire.[3]
  • Briseis – a chestnut filly foaled in 1774 and sired by Chrysolite.[1]

Spilletta died in 1776.[1]


Pedigree of Spilletta, bay mare, 1749[1][2][4][6][7]
Regulus (GB)
Godolphin Arabian (unknown) (unknown)
(unknown) (unknown)
Grey Robinson Bald Galloway St. Victor's Barb
Grey Whynot
Snake mare Snake*
Grey Wilkes
Mother Western (GB)
Smith's son of Snake Snake* Lister's Turk
Hautboy mare
Akaster Turk mare Akaster Turk
Pulleine's Arabian Colt mare
Montagu mare Montagu (unknown)
Hautboy mare Hautboy
Brimmer mare

Note: b. = Bay, br. = Brown

* Spilletta was inbred 3x4 to Snake. This means that the stallion appears one in the third generation and once in the fourth generation of her pedigree.


  1. The General Stud Book. J. S. Skinner, Baltimore. 1834. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
  2. "Regulus". Bloodlines.net. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
  3. Pick, William; Johnson, R. (1805). The Turf Register (Volume II). A. Bartholoman, High-Ousegate.
  4. "Eclipse". Bloodlines.net. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
  5. Johnson, R. (1822). The Turf Register (Volume III). A. Bartholoman, High-Ousegate.
  6. "Lister or Stradling Turk". Bloodlines.net. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
  7. "Brimmer Mare - Family 70". Bloodlines.net. Retrieved 2012-12-31.
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