Imported from Aleppo, Syria, in 1715 by Nathaniel Harley, a merchant in Turkey, who said:-
"Three Expresses have been sent after him, and all the passes of the Mountains between this and Scanderone ordered to be watched, and ye marine strictly guarded to prevent his being shipp'd off ... I believe few such Horses have ever come to England. I've had so much trouble, Expence and difficulty at first to procure, afterwards to keep and now to send him away, that I think him above any price that can be offered, and am so little of a Merchant that I would not have him sold even tho' a Thousand Pounds should be bid for him".
Sire of an unnamed mare, dam of the great broodmare Miss Slamerkin (1735 King's Plate [mares] Newmarket, dam of 1) Bustard (1747 King's Plate Newmarket), 2) the great racemare Duchess (7 King's Plates 1753-1755 and 1755 Jockey Club Plate), and 3) outstanding racehorse [Portmore's] Othello (winner of 6 King's Plates); and sire of Griselda, grandam of Red Rose (1750 King's Plate [mares] Newmarket)