Osteology & Natural History
Potoooooooo or Pot-8-Os (1773 – November 1800) was a famous 18th-century Thoroughbred racehorse, known for his defeat of some of the greatest racehorses of the time and his later life as an influential sire.
He was a horse of quality and endurance, with many of his races being run over the Beacon Course, upwards of four miles. Pot-8-Os won thirty-four races over the span of seven years, including the Jockey Club Purse three times, and the Craven Stakes. In 1778 he was sold to Richard, 1st Earl Grosvenor, for 1,500 guineas (about £100,000 in 2014), plus an agreed percentage of Pot-8-Os' future winnings.
His amusing name comes from when a young worker at the stables was told to write his name, Potatoes, on a feed bin. He spelled it Potoooooooo (Pot-eight o's). It apparently amused his owner and the name stayed.
Pot8os is now finished and back in Newmarket. The slideshow on the left shows some progress images.
He will be on display where he belongs at the new National Horseracing Museum galleries at Palace House, Newmarket from September 2016.
HRH Queen Elizabeth with Pot8os at the official opening, Nov 2016.