(Prom the Pall Mall Gazelte.)
None of the thoroughbred sires has done so well as Blair Athol did last year ; for the horse which heads the list is Speculum, whose stock have won £26,921, or nearly £2000 less than was secured by the produce of the former in 1877. Blair Athol's stock won only 62 races, as against the 84 which have been taken by the offspring of Speculum, who owes his position mainly to the achievements of Softon in the Derby and City and Suburban Stakes, and of Kaleidoscope and Hesper in the many handicaps which have fallen to their share thi3 season. Scottish Chief was second last year with 61 winners of £18,158, but he is supplanted by the defunct Lord Olifden, who haß been credited with £25,185. He has had only 14 winnero of 39 races, but as those winners included Jannette, who took eight races, worth close upon £16,000, it is no wonder that his average is so good, especially as Peirarch added about a thousand more in one race, and Hampton nearly double as much in five, Hermit is third, with 15 winners of 35 races worth £14,065, a considerable proportion of which has been taken by the two-year-old Peter, winner of the Middle Park Plate. Adventurer comes fourth, with nine winners of 22 races worth £12,847, more than half of which was won in six races by the two-year-old Wheel of Fortune, while Blair Athol, though he has 19 winners of 44 races, is only fifth, with £11,252, or less than half of what his stock took last year. None of the three-year-olda by this sire in any way distinguished themselves; but Silvio won three valuable races, and a few of his two-year-olds more than paid their way. The parentage of Pilgrimage is disputed by the Palmer, recently exportel to Germany, and the Earl; but there can be no doubt that the former de3erves the credit of being her sire ; and if her winnings are added to those of his other produce, he will rank rather above Blair Athol. Scottish Chief has declined from the second to the seventh place ; his winnings, as represented by 11 horses successful in 24 races, being only £7251, nearly a third of which was won by Glengarry in the Prince of Wales' Stakes at Ascot. Childeric also won a few races, but neither of these colts was trustworthy, and his other offspring were very moderate. Parmesan, who, like Lord Clifden, is dead, has 16 winners of 31 races, worth £6600 ; and next to him is Victorious, who has 12 winners of 29 races, worth £0324, to hi 3 credit, which is not a bad achievement for a sire which was sold for 400 guineas two or three months ago. Knight of the Garter, who last yea? was credited with 49 races, worth £4494, has done better this year, his stock having won 38 races, worth £0098 ; while St. Albans, with no Springfield to represent him, has declined from £6810, won in 10 races, to £5632, won in 19 contests, the best of his stock being the wayward J uliu3 Cresar. Cathedral has improved his status very much, as has also Sterling, both of them buing winners of between £3000 and £6000 ; but Macaroni has only £5248 to his name as against £7508 last season. Toxophilite has also lost ground, foi though he has three mora winners than last year, tho total value of their earn ings i 3 but £4615, whereas Belphcebe and two or three others secured £7410 a season ago. But the most striking diminutions have been in the case 3of Pvosicrucian, King Tom, and Lord Lyon, whose produce won £12,700, £12,519, and £9713 last year, whereas this season the trio have not taken more than £10,000 between them, the best of them being Rosicrucian, whose total of £5030 was made up by 30 different races. Pero Gomez has also a lower total than in 1877, his 16 winners of 23 races having taken only £4467, as against £6888 won in 30 races last year. Kingcraft makes a good show, as, though he has only four winners of seveu races, the total'is £4300, of which Leap Year won £3165 in three events. Next to Kingcraft cornea Cambuscan, now exported to Hungary, who is the sire of Kinc3em, winner of the Goodwood Cup, and of three other winners of races worth £3915; and after him Mandrake, recently purchased by the French Government, whose total of £3800 was contributed to by nine winners of 20 races, among them being Mrathmoro, \v\v> secured the Liverpool Summer Cup. Mortemer, who whs last year credited with 10 races worth £8704, has only two winners of £2820 ; while his stud companion, Flageolet, mainly by means of Rayon dOr, is credited with £3210, or rather more than the sire who was beaten by him at the Paris Horse Show. Speculum, Lord Clifden, Hermit, Adventurer, The Palmer, and Blair Athol were the only sires whose stock won more than £10,000 ; but 29 others were credited with from £10,000 to £3000, 15 with totals rauging from £3000 to £2000 ; and 42 others with amounts between £2000 and £1000. Thus the principal prizes were distributed among 91 different sires, while last year only 80 of them were credited with winnings of £1000 or more, the difference being due to the fact that more money has been offered for competition this season than ever before.
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WINNING SIRES., Otago Daily Times, Issue 5336, 27 March 1879, Supplement
WINNING SIRES. Otago Daily Times, Issue 5336, 27 March 1879, Supplement
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