"FASTEST IN WORLD"
ENGLAND'S CRACK FILLY
The astounding performances of Myrobella, the crack two-year-old in Eugland during the season recently closed, have attracted world-wide attention to this remarkable roan or grey daughter of Tetratema,- says "Ithuriel" in the "Sporting Life." Some of her'ardent partisans have referred, to her as "a streak of lightning that has paralysed all her opponents." Naturally, comparisons have been .made with her immortal grandsire, Ths Tetrarcli, and that other wonderful filly, Munitaz Mahal. In view of her now universal reputation, it might be well to consider the history of her family. GRANDDAM AT 75 GUINEAS. About thirty years - ago the late Mr. Henry Waring, of the Beenhara Stud, near Reading, usually offered for sale in the" paddock during the Ascot Meeting a troup of yearlings. The prices realised were never very startling. In 1903 the sale took place on 17th June, and Mr. Waring received the insignificant sura of 75 guineas for a yearling filly by LovedOne out of Dongola. There was no reason to expect much more than that sum. Ten yeafs earlier Loved One, who at the commencement of his stud- career was located in Ireland, sired that good colt Dinna Forget. This son- of his was slow in coming to.-hand, and was. six years old when he won the Jubilee and the Liverpool Cup. He was beaten a short head in the Doneaster Cup, and also ran second in the Cambridgeshire. Nevertheless,' for the two or three seasons preceding 1903 Loved Oue had been languishing. He was not in demand, and his fee. had been 'lowered to 10 guineas, which included, the groom's services. Dongola, the dam of this filly, had been bred from since a. three-year-old. When RACING FIXTURES. January 23—Wellington R:C. January 23—Ashhurst R:C. January 25, 26—Paliiatua B.C. January 27—Opotlki J.C. January 2S—Napier Park R.C. January 28, 30—Takapuna J.C. February I—Tapanui R.C. February 1, 2—Egmont B.C.' February 2, 4—Wairoa R.C. February 4—Matamata R.C. February 9, 11—Taranakl J.C. February 9,; 11—Dunedin J.C. February 9, 11—Poverty Bay T.C. February 10, 11—Marlborough B.C. • February 11, 13—Rotorua R.C. February 16, IS—Wanganui J.C. her filly by Loved One. was sold it could be stated that Dongola had produced four winners—but of what class! Between them they competed in fifty • races, of which they won seven. The total stakes gathered by these four winners amounted to £824. It is obvious, therefore, that the modest sum of 75 guineas for . the. filly about represented her potential value at that time. Yet that purchase was one of the epoch-making transactions in the history . of. the British Turf ..The Loved One filly was named Gondolette.' After, winning at Brighton and at Epsom she was sold to Lord Wes'tburyfor SOO guineas. Later on she was. successfur in a selling plate at Newmarket, .when her owner retained her for 600 guineas. :. ' During her Turf career Gondolette ran in 23 faces," but" those to which reference has been made were her only: successes. Her owner" became tired df her- and entered her in the Newmarket October Sales. Lord Wavertree, then Colonel Hall Walker, secured her with, a- bid. of 360 guineas, and the filly joined the Tull/Stud ill Kildare. MYROBELLA'S PAM. Dolabella was-the- fourth produce of Gondolette. She.had :been, preceded by Dolly Strong, of no racing value, Lolette, a winner at Newbury, and Great Sport, a plain colt who secured third place in Aboyeur's Derby arid afterwards proved an indifferent stallion. Immediately following Dolabella was that good colt Let Fly, who had his heart broken in four desperate contests with Redf crn as a " two-year-old. The lastnamed never really recovered from those strenuous races. Let Fly, however, finished second to Pommern 'in a wartime Derby. He went to Argentina,-where his offspring added to his reputation. All this produce of Gondolette was bred by Lord Wavertree, and be retained Dolabella for Tullyi.-' She.was a bay filly by White Eagle, and ran in 23 races in three seasons. Her solitary victory was in the Longleat Plate over one mile at Salisbury. It was a race worth £200.
Possessing this filly to continue the family, Lord Wavertree decided to sell Gondolette. She "had been bred to Minoru. She was sent, to the Newinar&et sales, and was knocked down to Lord Derby for 1550 guineas. It has been said that Lord Derby .wanted Goudolette because she was a daughter of Loved One, and he was particularly desirous to mate her with Chaucer and with Swynford, both- sons of Canterbury Pilgrim. It was hoped, by inbreeding to Pilgrimage, great success might be obtained.- In reality marvellous success was the outcome, but this is not part of this story.
During the war Lord Wavertree offered the stud arid all its inmates to the Government. After considerable hesitation: this magnificent offer was accepted, and Tully then became known as, the National Stud, which must be-described as the breeder of:all the produce of Dolabella. Her- first foal, was the colt Green-; chesters, and then came Cinderella, a fast and handsome grey;, filly by Tlie -Tetrarcli., Cinderella proved a. most indifferent brood mate, for. in ten seasons she failed entirely in four years, slipped foal once, and once had a dead foal. Last September she went to the Dublin sales to be disposed of for 80 guineas. ' In 1920 Dolabella had another beautiful filly by Phalaris. This was Princess Charming, who %vas bought by Mr; Sydney Beer for 4200' guineas. She split a pastern as a two-year-old, but late that season-was successful at Newmarket, when/ heavily supported, she Twon by three lengths the Dalham Elate over six furlongs. ' ■ BACK TO "GREY TRIBE." Tlie nest foal was another filly by The Tetrarch. She was a bay. This doubtless was the reason why it was decided to send her to Newmarket, where Mr. C. N. Wadia bought her for 1850 guineas. Known as Treize, she was a very strongly made,! wide-quartered filly, who never fulfilled her early promise, though she did win five races and stakes worth about £1500. During the racing career of Treize frequent overtures were made to purchase her for one or other of the prominent stud farms; in fact, on one occasion her owner refused .an offer of 5000 guineas for her. Unhappily for him she proved a very doubtful proposHion at the stud. In the,.last December sales Mr. Wadia offered her without reserve, and sold the mare for 13 guineas! Such are the vicissitudes of bloodstock breeding. Between 1922 and 1927 there were only ! two foals- from Dolabella.. These were by j that, failure Silvern, so can be passed. The mare .again', returned to the "grey tribe" and visited Tetratema in 1027. Two years later her filly provided : the sensation of the year at Newmarket when, ottered for 6ale as a yearling, ehe made the record price of 11,000 guineas. Mrs. Chester Beatty was the buyer, and named her Dolubellissima. In 1029 Dolabella bad a colt by Pharos that died. Once more the successful cross was reverted to, with the result that Myrobella came into existence to electrify the world with her astounding brilliance. Such, briefly told, is the history of the family of this remarkable 'filly.
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"FASTEST IN WORLD", Evening Post, Volume CXV, Issue 17, 21 January 1933
"FASTEST IN WORLD" Evening Post, Volume CXV, Issue 17, 21 January 1933
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