Rock Flint Retired to the Stud, Daily Racing Form, 1913-12-30


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HOCK FLINT RETIRED TO THE STUD. Sous of Rock Sand will necessarily be in demand and, breeders who find Tracerys fee prohibitive, should not fall to make a note of Rock Flint, as owing to its having been wisely decided to limit strictly his first seasons list, the opportunity to secure a nomination will not be available for long. Only ten approved public mares will be taken, at 35 guineas each, and at this fee, when one remembers that Rock Flint was the only horse to beat Craganour as a two-year-old. It cannot be complained that the amount is anything approaching an unreasonable one. It may be contended that lie was fortunate on the day he defeated Craaanour at Goodwood, ami possibly there was ah element of luck in his favor. Even so, however, the son of Desmond and Veneration II. could not have finished far in front of him, yet there is a wide difference between the fee that will be charged for his services and that asked for Itock Flints. That the latter was a really good colt when at his best cannot be denied, for, in addition to his Molecomb Stakes victory, lie carried off the July Stakes at headquarters and the Tatter-sall Sale Stakes at Doncaster the latter event being won in a common canter by four lengths. Ills subsequent failure in the Middle Park Plate proved only one thing, that he was far from being himself on the day. and this was further demonstrated when he ran a creditable third to Louvois and Sanquhar, to each of which lie conceded three pounds for the Dewhurst Plate. As a three-year old Rock Flint made an early but solitary reappearance in the Easter Stakes at Kempton Park. How curious the record of that race now looks! Illnpeastrum, taking all the allowances, won very easily for Mr. Leopold tie Rothschild, but could never run again. Roseworthy gave Aboyeur seven pounds and beat him out of a place, while, on even terms, he also accounted for Rock Flint and Sanquhar. Verily, could we have foreseen that this sort of thing was to be the keynote to the seasons three-year-old forni we would have been butter prepared for the sensations that were to come. As regards Rock Flint, however, that was his last public outing and, training troubles battling all the skill of his talented mentor. George Blackwell. visions of a Derby vlctorv. which at onetime had been quite bright, gradually faded away into disappointment. London Sporting Life,

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