Keenes Second Sale in England: Critics Thought Cap and Bells Filly Would Sell for the Top Price, but Were Mistaken, Daily Racing Form, 1908-10-17


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KEENE S SECOND SALE IN ENGLAND. Critics Thought Cap and Bells Filly Would Sell for the Top Price, but Wero Mistaken. Mr. James It. Keenes second consignment of yearlings to the English market were sold at Newmarket October 1. They brought fairly good prices, but, as a whole, the consignment was called inferior to that sold in July for an average of SI. 290, and only averaged 1908.sh10. three selling for almost two-thirds of the total. Of the sale Sporting Lifes commissioner said: "Like a good many other people. I thought the Cap and Bells filly would bring top price, but the fine chestnut colt by Disguise II.. out of Dorset Flower, secured that honor. He is a horse of the commanding type, and there are undoubtedly great possibilities about him. His four white feet will make him easy to identify when he gets into a paddock. There was brisk competition for him from the outset. To begin with. Mr. Sydney Paget, who, I understand, intends racing over here next year, and Mr. James Ie Kothschild were the bidders, but they were eventually joined by Mr. Keddington. to whom the colt was knocked down at $;j.C00. He is engaged in the lHrl.y and the St. Leger. "The lilly by Star Ituby, out of Cap and Bells was Nuglt by Mr. llouldsworth. Ho- long it is since tills honored member of the Jockey Club purchased a yearling at auction I cannot say offhand, but his excursions in this direction have been very few in recent years. It may be assumed that he was actuated by the desire to secure this grandly-bred lilly for the paddock, though it is almost certain that before the time comes to retire her to the stud she will more than pay her way on the race course. The wonder is that Mr. llouldsworth had not to contend with more determined opponents Mr. James Kothschild gave ,550 for the hay filly by Handspring or Ben Brush, out of Lady Reel, tho dam of the mighty Hamburg, which was by Hanover. Ben Brush, which" is assumed to he entitled to the credit of this youngster, was not only a good winner himself, but is the sire of good winners. There is a gonl deal to like about the yearling, but she turns her near toe in. and is somewhat deficient in bone. Mr. Arthur Portman was the buyer of a colt and two fillies, one of the latter being a half-sister to Inishfree and other winners, and tracing to Shot-over. "The English-bred yearlings which were afterward submitted did not seem to appeal to buyers, though we cannot help feeling that if one or two of these had been included in Mr. Ilaggins string they would have made very fair prices. This may seem a somewhat bold suggestion, but there is no getting away from the fact that yearling buyers are rather too apt to pay more attention to the estimation in which tho sire is held than to the individual excellencies of the progeny. In the case of the American yearlings sold this week, so little, was known of tlw majority of the sires that they had to lie judged on their absolute merits. Yes. said a breeder to me on Tuesday morning, as we looked over the youngsters about to pass into the ring, they will probably sell well, but if I sent up yearlings of the same class, by English sires of the same caliber as the horses these are by, I should not be able to give them away. That was rather an extreme way of putting the matter, but it was, I fancy, more than half the truth. Fashion is the ruling power in the realm of bloodstock, as in other walks of life." Following is the complete record of the sale: Colt, by Voter Amberosine; Mr. Storey $ 500 Filly, by Star Ituby Cap and Bells; Mr. llouldsworth 3.000 Filly, by Ben Brush Contentious: Mr. Forbes 250 Filly, by Voter Cappelia: Mr. S. Paget 225 Filly, by Kingston Costume: Mr. Forbes.... 275 Colt, by Disguise II. Dorset Flower: Mr. Bed- dington 3.C00 Colt, by St, Leonards Dovecote: Mr. A. Port-man 325 Filly, by Disguise II. Evasion: Mr. A. Port-man 375 Filly, by St. Simonian II. Isis; Mr. A: Port-man 1.000 Filly, by Handspring or Ben Brush Lady Keel: Mr. L. do Kothschild 2,550 Colt, by St. Leonards Nora Crcina; Mr. J. Watson 500 Coll. by St. IxMMiards Obscurity: Mr. Jennings 525 Filly, by Voter Kapanga: Mr. Forbes 125 Colt, by St. Leonards Splendour: Mr. P. Peebles .".00 Colt, by Kingston Spry: Mr. S. Paget 125

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