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SPEARMINT.

Maid of the Mint H)(B. IW7) I Carbine (2)(B. 1885) Warble (B. 1S84) Mintiue (I) (B 1883) i The Mersey <Cb. 1874) Musket 3 in im)

The above combination serves to illustrate in the most remarkable manner how a pood figure coming through <i slightly obscure branch of the family may be fortified and bioueht to the front b\ fuithcr in- *

fusions of flourishing lines of the «am« family. Thus, when Warble (1) wa» mated with Minting (I), who is himself by Lord Lyon (1), tfie result was the brood mare Maid of the Mint (dam of Spearmint). Now, Minting duplicates the No. (1)' family through the great brood mare Paradigm, on the side of his sire, Lord Lyon, and England's Beauty on the side of his dam,, and Maid of the Mint thus possesses the concentrated essence, so to speak, of the best blood of the best classic family. It is noticeable also that; Melbourne (1) comes twice into Maid of the Mint's pedigree and once into that of Carbine. There is no doubt that No. (1) blood in its general influence tends to qualify, though Minting and Melbourne, as individuals, are hardly suggestive of this. To some such reason we must ascribe the bToodlike quality of Spearmint, who, on the principle that like begets like, might have been confidently expected to be a big, heavy horse, for his dam, second dam, and third dam, are by Minting, Skylark, and Thunderbolt! respectively, all of them most massive animals, and the third crosses of Stockweil, tlree of Melbourne, »nd one of King Tom wonld still further suggest bulk and big bone. But Spearmint is anything but a bulky colt, being of the lithe, light-actkmed sort, and I take this to be due to his close combination of No. (1) blood. The actual -" nick" which made Carbine so successful with Spearmint is most probably to be found in No. 3 blood, for it was- undoubtedly No. 3 that was the chief- factor in the making of Carbine himself, he being closely inbred to No-. 3 through Brown Bess, by Camel, and both bis sire- and maternal grandsire were by Xo>. 3 horses— viz., Toxophilita and StockswOL Clearly the doable Stockweil and the King Tom in Maid of the Mint would be well suited by bloed like Carbine's, and I do not think enough credit has been given to Sir .James Dufco for mating Spearminf a sire and dan. I know that he mates a very careful study of such matters, and does not go to work hajihazard or as a mew votary of fashion. Rama, the Srsfc foal of Maid of the Mint was bj his own horse Ramapo. She did not soar above plating- form in this country; but in South Africa, to which country she was sent by William Stevens, sbe ha» proved vpry useful indeed, and if her owner were to send her back j&vr she would find a ready tmrchflser among breeders of blood stock Spearmint, I may add here, was foaled on April 6. so he was by no me*ns an early foai. How much more interesting the Stud Book would be if Jiessrs Weatherby wculd only add the foaling dates! ft would ba a very simple matter.

I lit' ebovr 21 (B, 1849) Ithuriel (2) jMus Bow* Pantaloon (17) i Decoy Melbourne (1) Mow<*rina T"stop' ilit«3 (B. 1855) I egfrdemtin (B, 1846) W.Aratraln 7 (B, i«5ll) D^^htfr o' (B, 1857) Brown B*sa (Br. 1544) St"ckw*ll 3 (Ch, iBW Camel 24 Brutaodor/ m're The Baron 24 Pocahont»s I Kaowslev 3 (B, 1859) lOrlando Biviwn Bess fl menre (B, 18S5) Daueiter of (B, 1853) NVwroiDstr 8 (B, 1«J8) Touchstone 14 Bet-swing Eulogy (B. 1843) Kuclid 7 Martha Lynn Lord Ly. n '(B, 18«) (1) StockweU 3 (Ch, \8iO) The Baron 24 ll'ocahontjis Paradigm (Br, 1852) Paraeone (2) Ellen Horn* Mint Sauce I (8, 1575) Y. Me brn 25 (B, 1855) Melbourne (1) iClarUs a ~yceo (B, 18.T4) Marsyas 12 Roue of Kent King Tom 3 (B, <«51) Harkaway (.2) Pocahontas Skylark (B, 1873) J5 Wheatear (B, 1867) Tnvinderboir 11 (Ch. 1867 Y. Melb'rne (25) Swallow Coturnix (Cb, 1871) IStockwell 3 Corgella Fravclina (B, 1862) lOrlanL'o 13 lApricot

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SPEARMINT., Otago Witness, Issue 2734, 8 August 1906

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SPEARMINT. Otago Witness, Issue 2734, 8 August 1906

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