Passing of a Famous English Stud, Daily Racing Form, 1915-11-12


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PASSING OF A FAMOUS ENGLISH STUD. The advertisement in the "Calendar" that the famous training establishment known as Russley Park is for sule seems to remove all doubt us to whether Co|. Hall Walker intends keeping on any of his horses in training. That the owner of two such establishments as the Tully Stud and Russley should decide to relinquish his connection witti racing and breeding is one of the most grievous blows dealt by the war to the turf of the luiled Kingdom. For many years past there has been no greater enthusiast in all matters connected with bloodstock than Col. Hall Walker. As a breeder he made tbe name of Tully a household word, for at his stud in Kildare be bred not only a Derby winner in Minoru. which was leased to King Edward VII.. but also three other classic winners, of which Cherry Ijiss won the One Thousand and Oaks of 1905, Witch Elm. the One Thousand of two seasons later, and Night Hawk the St. l.eger of three years ago. In addition Tully has produced many other horses of high class, inclusive of Black Arrow, Polar Star. White Eagle, Royal Realm. Colouia and Great Sport. With Colonia. Polar Star and Royal Realm he established a record by winning the Gimcrack Slakes at York iu successive seasons, while Lily Rose won thai famous two year-old race for him a fourth time a couple of years later. Probably the licst if the all the good" race horses bred at Tully was the ill-fated Black Arrow, a half-brother to Cuerr.v Lass. Polar Star, too, was a performer of great merit, and his successes included the Jubilee of 1!K7 as a three-year-old, carrying 110 pounds, and the Manchester Cup iu the next year under 119 pounds. Sold to go to the Argentine lor ls.OOO guineas after his Manchester victory. Polar Star by Pioneer out of Go On; lie-caine a most successful sire. In the old days, when the late Robert Peek was the master of Russley and Mr. Merry was one of the famous owners, that training center was one 011 which the eyes of the racing world rested. Don-caster and Marie Stuart In 1873 were sent out from Russley to do buttle in the chief classic races, ami they carried off the Derby and Ouks respectively, Doucaster starting at the outside odds of 45 to 1. in those far-off days we had only fields of moderate size as a rule for the Derby, owners of "rags" discretely avoiding the contest, and there were no more than twelve starters on the afternoon when Doucaster, with Fred Webb in the saddle, triumphed over the dead-heaters, Gang Forward aud KaNcr, and the rest, among the unplaced lot being the German colt, Hochstapler, which was bred in Hun-land. and was by Savcrnakc, out of La Tr.iviata. Marie Stuart won the Oaks even more easily than Doncaster had secured the Blue Kibliou, and the sub sequent meeting of .the pair in the Douca-ster St. Leger was most interesting, their owner running them on their merits. Kaiser started favorite at »i to 4, with Marie Stuart second choice at 9 to 4 and Doncaster a 100 to oO chance. Marie Stuart, ip ti„. hands of T. Osborne, defeated the Derby winner 1 Webb by a head after a great finish, with Kaiser a fair third. Another famous Derby winner trained on the Russley downs was Doncasters sou. Bend Or, which, with Fred Archer in the saddle, scored a lucky victory over Rossiter on Robert the Devil, which ought to have won. Robert, however, took a spacious revenge on his rival when thev met again in the autumn. For the St. Leger Bend Or was beaten pointless by the son of Bertram and Cast off on oue of the wettest Leger days 011 record. Bene: Ors form in that race was, of course, too had to lie true, a ad iu the Great Foal Stakes in the First «•-tober week ithe Tace won a few days ago bv Cirrus 1 "Roberts" Leger pilot, Tom Canton, only got him home by a head from Fred Archer on the Duke of Westminsters colt. Subsequently Robert the Devil carried off the Cesarewitch under US pounds ami two days afterwards— the Cesarewitch was run on the Tuesday — he was pulled out again for the Champion Stakes, for which he defeated his old oponent. Beud Or, by ten lengths. Rossiter bavi lithe mount on the winner and Fordham on Bend or" with two other good horses in Reveller and Charil bert behind the pair. Coming back to Russley -it the present day, it is sincerely to be hoped that Col. Hall Walker is only temporarily closing down for it is to breeders and owners of his stamp that the turf owes inucli — more than most people imagine —and from a business point or view it is. if I mar hazard the opinion, regrettable that such owners men of vast capacity and deeply bitten with a love of the horse, are not invited to co-operate with the Jockey Club in forwarding the interests of the twin industries of horse breeding and horse racing Before Col. Hall Walker became associated with siH.rt under Jockey Club rules he was first of all 1 "lead mg light in pony racing and then took up with racing under National Hunt rules, winning the chief event of the steeplechasing season, the Grand Na tional in 1896 with The Soarer.— "Vigilant "in London Sportsman.

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