(From' Dec. ' Boms News"',)
Those who take an interest in racing matters are fain to fall back upon the statistics which, in default of any speculation upon future events, have obtained more than their usual share of attention this winter. Breeders more particularly may cousulfc with profit; the list of " winning sires " and thoae wh ) wish success to the Stud Company which took up Mr Blenkiron's succession cannot fail, to note with satisfaction that Blair Athol, purchased for so large a sum at the Middle Park sale, occupies in every respect the highest place. Thirty-four of his produce Prince Charlie, Ecossias, and Cecilia among the number have won eighty-four races,° the collective value of which is L 18.482 ; and it is not a little singular that Blair Athol's sire, the now defunct Stockwell, should stand second on the list. Don'caster and Grans: Forward, winners of the Two Thousand Guineas and the Derby contributed largely to the total of twentyone races and L 13,650 10*, won by ten of his children; aud Scottish Chief, whose total is ooly L 145 less than that of Stockwell, owes his sudden advancement to the prowess of Mavie Stuart and Sir William "Wallace, who secured two-thirds of the amount, though Scottish Chief had eight other winning representatives. Lord Clifden who now stands in the same paddocks as Scottish Chief, is fourth with a total of forty-four races and L 7291, won by twenty of -his offspring ; but, large as is this sum, it may be doubted whether Winslow who was the best of the lot is an animal of the highest class. Adventurer much a* has been alleged against him since Pretender won the - Two Thousand Guineas and the Derby, is still held in good esteem for 14 horses by this sire have won L6SL2, while Macaroni who has recently joined Blair Atfiol at Cobham owes the majority of bis winninga to Couronne de Per, whose three yeir old performances will have a very decisive effect for good or for evil unon the fortunes of his eire. Thunderbolt and Skirmisher are head and head for seventh place and the doings of Kaiser and Uhlan make us regret thß unt'msly decease of the latter, whose progeny have almost without exception been gifted with stay in sr powers. King Torn can lay claim to 12 winners, who have secured between them the sum of .L 6359, of which Kiag Lud contributes one-half, thus enabling Rarou Rothschild's old horse to outrival his half brother Rataplan, who, however, with Field Marshal and Drummond upon his side makes a respectable sho^-. Just as Saccharometa? 1 , with the stou f , blood of Parmesan in his veins, was beginning to earn a name for himself at the stud, ho came to- a premature end; hig owner must feel the loss si ill more deeply when he finds that his produce have won 37 races, worth within a triils of L6OOO. Monarque, most of whose winning progeny this year i ; an in M. Lefevre's colors, is credited with 24 races and LoiOS, and young Melbourne who will yet again distinguish himself at the stud, as when the Earl was carrying all before him, is not disgraced by the collective winning (L 4705) of his nine successful representatives. It is extremely creditable to* the French bred Plutus that his average should bo higher than that of any other sire, as the only one of his produce which has been, seen in public is' Flageolet, whoso four victories ha-ve brought him in L 2250, inclusive of the Godwood and Jockey Club Cups. Sterling's two performances towards the close of the season came in time to place Oxford in a more enviable position than he wduld otherwise have occupied, but the Duke, sanguine as were the anticipations as to his success at the stud, stands lower than he did last year. Lord Lyan and the Earl were also counted upon to do great things j but though they havo not yet justified this prediction, their career is still before them ; while th,3 Duke, like his old rival, Gladiateur, ought already to have made his mark. Of the yet oldsr sires, Sauuterer, Trumpeterer, and Mareyaa have about held their own ; but Voltigeur once the object of such fierce controversy has fallen altogether out of the race,
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Winning Sires., Bruce Herald, Volume VI, Issue 573, 20 February 1874
Winning Sires. Bruce Herald, Volume VI, Issue 573, 20 February 1874
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