Eaton Hall And Its Great Horses., Daily Racing Form, 1908-08-20


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EATON HALL AND ITS GREAT HORSES HORSESA A recent American who rented the Duke of West minsters noble domain of Katon Hall in England writes writesFrom From the paddocks we went Into the stable quadrangle The quadrangle had high walls on two opposite sides the long stable for hunters and steeplechase horses on a third side and special sta ¬ bles with large rooms for each of the great race horses on the fourth side The groom first called our attention to four stones let into the side of a wall They were Inscribed Angelica dam of Orme Shotover Derby 1SS2 Lily Agnes dam of Ormonde Bend Or Derby 1SSO In the ground Tinderneath are buried those four great horses but the graves have no raised mounds The groom told us that the two mures were ordered shot and buried there by the old duke only a few months before his own death He knew that at his death his stud would be sold and he was afraid that the two old mares would go into loss gentle hands We were mnch disappointed to learn that the dukes great racer Orni which we hud hoped to see was at present with his Irish stud The pedi ¬ gree goes down Poncaster Bend Or Ormonde Orme and Flying Fox The most beautiful horse we saw however was Troutbeck He was in a large sunlit room by liimself In another room in the stables is preserved the articulated skeleton of Touchstone one of the heroes of the English turf of a former generation and also some of the bones of Beeswing a famous mare of oarly days There are no more famous names in all its annals than these Doncaster and Bend Or were rated with the foremost of their time as were Ormonde and Orme In creating and maintaining this breeding establish ¬ ment the first Duke of Westminster made a great and notable contribution to the progress of the Lng lish thoroughbred besides contributing Flying Fox to continental Europe and Star Buby also bred here to the United States

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