THE BREEDING OF ROBERT THE DEYJL. Mr Joseph Osborne, of Newmarket, writing m The FitU on tho "cracks of 1880," says: — " In offering a fair remarks on the pedigree of Robert. the Oevil, I do bo with muoh diffidenco, knowing very well that there are many buyera of blood stock, if not breeders, who believe breeding, so far as concerns the proper mixiog of the different strains of blood, to be mere chance. Those wlio hold that opinion have not studied the subject so deeply or practically as I have, or they would sco the necessity of following certain rules if their object ib to breed successfully for tho turf. Early m life, at the Turf Club m Kildare, I heard many discussions on breeding, ia which Lord Sligo, Lard Rossmoro, Martin Joseph Blake, the ' Man for Gal way,' Robert Holmes,* fiimouß breeder of shorthorns as well as of running horses, and Mr Watts, the breeder of The Baron, all now, alas 1 gone to the happy hunting grounds — took part ) and their unanimous opinion was m favor of in-breed-ing, particularly m tho Waxy line, Lord Sligo going the length of asserting that 'you cannot havo too much "Waxy. 1 Following out this ndvice, the writer of this paper brought Pleiad, by Bob Booty, out of the Huntsman more, by Waxy Pope, and put her to Bir Hercules the aame year that Mr Knux put Guicciolo, by Bob Booty out of Sleight, by Irish E6cipe, to the same horse. Tho produce of the two best of their year m Irelaud. Tho former was a ram stayer, as her many rictories for Queen's Plates testified, while Birdcatcber wns, m the opinion of the writer, one of the fistest, if ntfc the faces', hor?e that ever ran; but his temper was unhappily broken through running away after winning the Peel Cup at the Curragh when three years old. Still sticking to the W&xy cross, Pleiad next produced Mercury to Drone, a son of Master Robert out of the famous mire by Sir Walter (son of Waiy), and whut this horse might have dono had not an aroideut befallen him, occasioning his breiking down when Ihreo yours old, may bo inferred by liia having beaten Hnrkaway for the Madrid stakes, and run him to a head for the last Groat Eirmin, at tho Ourragh. Pleiad was subsequently put ta Freney, a horse of rare cxcellenca, quality, and beauty, but m whom thero was no Wax; blood, the result being n total failure, and unsaccecsful he proved to be to the ja?t hour of hia life, there being no moros m the country bre.l to suit him. Robert the Devil is in-bred to Waxy, of whom there are no fewer than eleven crosses, as many as three of those being derived through Sir Hcroulcs, four through Camel, and one through Economist (tho ton of Harkaway, Pooohontas, Jericho, " and Hampton). From a careful examination of tho pedigree* of the. winners of the ' Classic' as well a» other great races won during tho last qunrtor of a century, it is an indisputable fact that the blood of Waxy, Jobanux, Ei.npata, Whisky, Walton, Sir Paul, Orville, Selim, Tramp, and Blacklock, making a combination of running blood thnt is not to be found m any blood of the day. . . . Bertram, the siro of Robert tho Devil also po rusaod very fair form, being the winner of sureral rac< s. . , Tho re'ult rf the Cambridgeshire Stokes m whicli Ctpolat* held euob a forward placo, carrying 8 stone, mujt for ever let at rea: »ny
■doubt* at to the wonderful racing powers ■ possessed by Robert Iho Dovil, and entitles him to be regarded as tho beet three-year-old that ever started for the Ceairowitah. The manner m which hia joint owners, Messrs Brewer and Bl.nton, acted throughout is deserving of every credit, and bas rendered Sober t tho Devil tho moat popular horse that has run at Newmarket for many years, . not even excepting ' The Prince of the T.X.0., who co often sent ' pluugers ' home rejoicing. The measurement of Prince Charlie I had the pleasure of taking some fon " years back ; arid as Mr Blant-m kindly permitted my running tho tape over Robert the Devil, I cannot more appropriately conclude this article than by plaoing them before your readers : — Pbinok Charlie. Bobbet thb Beth. Height, 16 hands 3iin . Height, 16 hands, 2in Girth, sft lljin Girth, sft lljin Arms, 22in Arms, 19iin Legs, BJin Legs, Bin Gajkins, 19}in Gasfcins, 18Jin Shoulders, 30}in Shoulior?, 29Jin . Hip to Hock, 52in Hip to Hock, 50in Robert tho Dovil, taking after his sire and grand-sire, is a bay horso with black lojs. He has a particularly nice and intelligent he«d, with a very smalt white speck m his forehead, and a littlo white near the coronet of his near hind fo)t. Though, as the dealeis tay, ' neither good to meet nor to follow, 1 tlio above measurement shows that be is good at all points, and as he has exeel'ent sound feet and stands well on his fetlockp, it is not surprising that he stood the severe training which enabled him to distinguish himself beyond any horse of modern times."
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SPOUTING., Timaru Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 1967, 11 January 1881
SPOUTING. Timaru Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 1967, 11 January 1881
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