HURDLE RACE COMEDY
It took Torvin eleven minutes to win the Toonga Hurdles at Waggawagga, New South. Wales, on August 31. There were three runners, and they provided one of the most comical hurdle races ever seen. ' •
AH three horses jumped the first liurdle without incident, but at the second Minelayer and, Fairlyn ran off. Tprvin followed them, but could not 'quite clear the obstacle, arid jumped the corner of it. The two that ran off got out of control, and their riders could not get them back .to jump the hurdle. It looked easy money then for Torvin,. but it- was not. He balked at the next jump. His rider got him over from a standing jump, but he rah off at: the next, and the process had to be repeated. . ~'■■•
In this fashion Torvin completed the twp miles and 63 yards in eleven minutes. The timekeeper was so amused that he did not take the time, but private watches showed eleven minutes. Torvin and his rider were greeted with a great burst of ironical cheering as they cantered back to the post. . . ■ •■ .•."..-.
SPOTS THAT, "WENT
THE TETRARCH'S DEATH
(From "The Post's" Representative.)
.' LONDON, August 10. The.death is announced^from the Ballylinch Stud, County Kilkenny, of The Tetrarch, one of the most famous racehorses of the last thirty years. Known as "The Spotted Wonder" and "The Rocking Horse," he was unbeaten on the,racecourse, and later ' became one of the most successful stallions in the history of the thoroughbred breeding industry. He was 24 years old, and for a number of seasons he has been pensioned off in a paddock at Ballylinch. • . ..
The Tetrarch, a son of Roi Herode, was bred by the late Mr. Edward Kennedy, and he was sold as a yearling at Doncaster to Major D. McCalmont for the price of 1300gs/ On account, of his strange markings he was regarded as a curiosity. He was trained by; H. S. Persse at Stockbridge, and his jockey in all his seven' races as a two-year-old was Steve Donoghue. A mishap prevented his running as a three-year-old, and in 1915 he was retired to the stud.'- -• ~. . ' ■-•■ ■. ■ ■ .'.
j The first race in which The Tetrarch ran was a maiden plate at a ' NewI market Meeting,' and'he won it by four 'lengths fronr twenty opponents. He then took .the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom, the Coventry Stakes as Ascot, the Kous Memorial Stakes at. Goodwood, the Champion Breeders' Foal Stakes at Derby, and the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster. ,Each was won by many lengths, and in most instances he was giving" away considerable weight The value of .the stakes won was 11,336g5.
At the stud The Tetrarch commanded a fee of £525, and his list was filled for many years in advance. He was the sire of such well-known winners as Tetratema (who won the Two Thousand Guineas in 1920), Caligula, Polemarch, and Salmon Trout (three St. Leger winners), Mumtaz Mahal, Sarchedon, Stefan the Great, Royal Alarm, Tetrabbazia,' Paola, Puttenden, and Glass Idol. Mahmoud, who won so well at Goodwood the other day and who is one of the outstanding two-year-olds of the season, is also of The Tetrarch strain, and he is a.light grey horse.. Indeed, it" may be said that most of the greys now in training have a touch of .The Tetrarch in iheir parentage. ~ .. '.■.'..:." When "Hotspur," one .of the best known of racing critics, was in Ireland some five years ago he saw The Tetrarch, who 'was1 then completely white, so ■'that his famous markings had quite disappeared. -..■■ ... .....
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HURDLE RACE COMEDY, Evening Post, Volume CXX, Issue 70, 19 September 1935
HURDLE RACE COMEDY Evening Post, Volume CXX, Issue 70, 19 September 1935
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