Probably bred by Thomas Panton of Newmarket, he possibly ran under his original name, Deputy. Later sold to one of the non-noble Vanes, who changed his name to Lofty. May have stood at the Leedes stud in Yorkshire, since he was largely utilized by Leedes, who may have been attracted by his excellent pedigree, despite any failings he may have had as a racehorse. He got Honest Harry (1772), Chance (1763), Slim (later Wafer, 1762), and sisters Flora (1765, dam of St. Leger winner Ruler) and Laura (1763). He stood at Bilby, in Nottinghamshire, in 1759.