IN LINE FOR DERBY
COLOMBO PROVING BEST
The two-year-olds in England this season are declared by critics to be an excellent lot. With nearly lialE the flat season over Lord Glanely's Colombo has been proved best of the colts so far seen out, and Lord Woolavington's Maureen liest of the iillies. Mr. J. A. Dewar's Medieval Knight, kdwever, is probably not much inferior to Colombo, and until the latter's fifth success in his unbeaten record at Sandown Park last month' there were some who were inclined to give slight precedence to Medieval Knight. Certainly none of these names would disgrace the Derby record if any should be enscvolled thereon next year. Colombo is a well-grown bay colt belonging to Lord Glanely, who has one of the largest teams of horses in training and who has spent a veritable fortune in bloodstock. He vas bought, in the saleling last year for the relatively ' cheap price of 510 guineas, and he has won all five of liis races to date in a style that has impressed everyone. He is a colt above the average in size and strength, and is altogether a sensible sort. The worst point about him ia said to be his rather plain head, with ears inclined to lop: He gallops with a raking, effortless stride, which ; indicates staying powers. Colombo began his racing season ns a "Colt by Manua—Lady Nairne," when he -non the First' Spring TYO Stakes at Newmarket on April 25. He was immediately afterwards named, and he was •Colombo: when l^e scored easily in the Scarborough Sweepstakes at York on May 17. His next and third win was in the New Stakes at Ascot on -Time 15, his next in the Fulbourne Stakes at New-market-on June 3ft, and his latest and fifth success in the valuable National Breeders' Produce Stakes.at Sandown Park on July. 15. The last-named event he won in a canter from the , letratema filly Silver Araby,, whose dam (Golden Araby) Lord Glanely also now owns. All races were *t five furlongs. His five victories have earned • him £.11,298 in stakes, which placed him second on the season's winning list ■ (as at -the middle of last month) to Hyperion (£13,606). Three times he has been ridden by G. Richards, and once each by S. Wragg (first start) and S. Donoghue (fourth start). COLOMBO'S BREEDING. Colombo is by the Derby winner Manna (son of Phalaris), and he was bred by Sir Alec Black. He is a member of the Bruce Lowe No. 11 family, and he traces back in tail-female line to Xutbush, a winner of 14 races and £2132 in stakes, and at the stud the dam of such good winners, as Queen of the Chase. Hazlenut, and HazJedean, the last-named succeeding, at all distances up to two and a half miles. ... "Art'a'matron (writes the "Special Commissioner") Hazledean proved an even greater success than her dam. Her fourth offspring was Colombo's fourth dam, Kermesse,' a grand mare, owned by Lord Rosebery and probably the best of her day, though she was unable conclusively to prove it. ..:; - When. Kermesse swept the board as a two-year-old, it was said that the next was to. be "a mares' year," and truly enough it was,, as all five classics were won by the so'-'cnlled weaker sex—Shotover (Two Thousand Guineas and Derby), St. Marguerite (One Thousand Guineas), Geheimniss' (the Oaks), and Dutch Oven (St. Leger). In the meantime) Kermesse, greatest of'them' all; was' crocked for the crucial seven months of the year. Kermesse, however, reappeared in October, and in winning the Select Stakes at Newmarket she defeated: among others, the Two Thousand and Derby winner, Shotover. . , ' ■ ..■ In spite of being out .of'action through the critical stage of her career. Kermesse. was.able to retire to the stud a winner of' £8024 in stakes, and among her foals was .Colombo's third 'daffii Montem, to the Derby winner Ladas. Montem was a brilliant two-year-old, her successes including the New Stakes and the -July. Stakes. As a brood mare she carried on the fame of her line, and among many successful offspring was Lammermmr, to Simstur. Lammermuir was a good winner, and. going to .the stud in her turn, she produced Lady Nitirrte (to Chaucer) and then the Two Thousand Guineas winner Ellangowan (to Lemb'erg). Lady Nairne, the dam of Colombo, never ran, but was sold by her breeder (the late Lord Rosebery) to the Messw. Brice. They passed her on to Sir Alec Black at the December sales of 1326 for 6200 guineas. Possibly now she has handed on the great fame of her line to a colt who is already early fancy for next year's Derby. So the story of Colombo's breeding is told. Tt remains only to add that he is a March foal, and that there is a difffierence of three years between the aces of his sire and dam. Whether lie will win the next Derby, or be just another Orwpll (the brilliant two-year-old. "Golden Hair colt") remains to be seen. BEST OF HER SEX. Maureen, undoubtedly foremost filly so far of the year, is also unbeaten. She first surprised by defeating the first string of J. Jarvis's Beekhampton stables, Lord Rosebery's 'Everlasting, in the Sandown Park Stud Produce Stakes on April 22, being at Jong odds with the layers. In her next start she won the Spring TYO Stakes at Newmarket on May 10, and in her third' start to date she was successful in. the Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot on June 13. Her three wins have been wjjrth £6461. and at the middle of July she held sixth place among the season's winners. iSite has been another o£ G. Richards s mounts, as also has been Medieval Knight, so that England's premier jockey should have a wonderful choice of rides in . the classics- next year. She is a bay filly by Son-in-Law, and her dam is the Friar Marcus mare St. Prisca. %ledieval. Knight, Colombo's rival among the colts, was going, well with an unbeaten record till at his fourth and most recent start he narrowly failed in the Soltykoff Stake* at Newinarkct on July 11; being beaten a head by a Felstead—Constellation colt, to whom he was conceding over a stone. As his victor was unplaced in Ihc Xew Stakes won by Colombo at Ascot, it would look now that he is not on quite the same high plane as the un-beaten-Manna colt. The breeding of Medieval Knight, whois a three parts brother-in-blood to Legatee, is of interest to the Dominion, as his second dam is Love:oil, the dam of ■philamor, now at the stud here. Medieval Knight is a bay colt by Bayanlo's son Gay Crusader from Hasty Love, by Hurry On from Love-oil, by Am.idis. from Paraffine Lass, a member of the famous Illuminata —Paraffin branch of the No. I family. He was bred by his miner (Mr. Dewar), to whom his dam (Hasty Love) was bequeathed by the late Lord Pewnr. His being by Gay Crusader (though this sire was a Triple Crown winner) is not considered by most critics to be a point in favour of his classic chances, as in his long, career at the stud, ending with his death last year. Gay Crusader never got a single classic winner.
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IN LINE FOR DERBY, Evening Post, Volume CXVI, Issue 49, 26 August 1933
IN LINE FOR DERBY Evening Post, Volume CXVI, Issue 49, 26 August 1933
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