breeding unknown Owner: Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Baron Cameron The Fairfax Morocco Barb stood at stud at Helmsley, Yorkshire. Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Baron Cameron, was granted the Helmsley estate (which had previously been owned by George Villers, 1st Duke of Buckingham and favourite of James I) by Oliver Cromwell for Fairfax's service as a parliamentary general and as a salve for a bad wound he suffered when besieging Helmsley Castle in 1644 in the English Civil War. There is a strong possibility that the Fairfax Morocco Barb is one of the four stallions presented in 1637 to Charles I by the Emperor of Morocco. About 1653 Fairfax bred Old Bald Peg to the Old Morocco Barb. The outcome was the Old Morocco Mare. It is this General Stud Book connection which establishes the pre-Christian Irish Hobby as a prime source of Thoroughbred sprinting speed. (Speed and the Thoroughbred by Alexander MacKay-Smith  (page 3). The Old Morocco Mare is an extremely significant broodmare.