Blink Bonny, born in 1854 was a British racehorse who was by Melbourne, out of Queen Mary. She raced 19 times, and won 13.
She was an exceptional horse, said to be the leading race horse of British thoroughbreds in 1865. She’s most known for defeating the boys in the Epsom Derby, she also won the Epsom Oaks, the Lancashire Oaks, Gimcrack Stakes and the Park Hill Stakes.
The filly was said to stand about 15.2 hands high, and was a power built filly. Some people had mentioned she almost impossible to work with, and was unpopular with some workers due to her nasty temper while some claim she was amazingly friendly.
As a broodmare, she only produced three foals. Her first foal was a filly, named Borealis. This filly went on to being an important broodmare herself. She also produced Blair Athol, her most successful foal who won the Epsom Derby, Triennial Stakes and the St Leger. Her final foal was Breadalbane.
Blink Bonny had a short life, dying as an 8 year old in 1862, she died after her final foal was born. Her skeleton is at York Museum, where it’s displayed.