Dispersal Sale of the Musker Stud: First Days Vendue of Englands Most Extensive Breeding Establishment, Daily Racing Form, 1917-07-22


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DISPERSAL SALE OF THE MUSKER STUD. First Days Vendue of Englands Most Estensivo Breeding Establishment. July 2 was the first day of the dispersal sale of the Melton Stud, property of Mr. J. Musker. July 1C. and IS were the dates set to conclude the sale. On the first day, 108 liorses were sold and it is probable the total result was more than Mr. Musker expected under present conditions. The young stallion, Maiden Erlegh, 8, by Polymelus Flam Tart, brought the star price of the day, 7,100. He was bought by Mr. A. B. Hancock through the British Bloodstock Agency, and will presently find his way to this country. Concerning leading features of tlie sale, London Sporting Life of the next day said: Naturally, a great deal of curiosity was felt as to the fate in the sale ring of the first portion of Mr. Muskers immense stock of thoroughbreds, which were offered by Messrs. Tattersall at Park Iaddocks today. It was not surprising, .therefore, to find a big attendance in evidence upon arrival at the turf headquarters, which is suffering from the unhappy cxperence of passing through the First July week under governmental prohibition of racing. Under these depressing circumstances, therefore, began a sale which in ordinary times would have attracted purchasers from every quarter of the globe. . Many of the mares were, of course, sold at sums far below their value, but as Mr. Tattersall remarked, Mr. Musker is in a happier position than many breeders and therefore able to accept with equanimity whatever result was in store for him. The sale was arranged as long ago as March, before the racing ban was imposed, but Mr. Musker adhered to his decision to dispose of the whole of his four hundred head of. bloodstock, and absolutely without reserve. Tlie first installment offered today consisted -of all the broodmares and foals, except Sceptre, which coines iip a fortnight hence, several five and four-year-old maiden mares, and four of the stallions 170 lots in all. Thus Mr. Tattersall and Captain Deane were kept busily employed for some six hours, but buyers were in admirably business-like mood, within their limitations, of course, and the bidding seldom flagged. Mutters opened quietly with Airds Moss and her foal, sold for eighty-five guineas and prices ruled low until Amy Orlet and her filly realized 200 guineas. There was an improvement on this when Mr. le Mestre took Avlona and her colt for 330 guineas nnd the British Bloodstock Agency Bessie Melton and her Cyllius colt at 320 guineas. Then another run Of small figures until Crnmond Brig, half-sister to Bridge of Canny, with a filly by William Rufns, realized 500 guineas, to JJI. Fari-pate, who bought quite a number of lots. He is a Greek gentleman -with important business interests in the city and in the matter of his purchases, covered a wide range, buying both high and low priced bands. Fine Feathers and Her Daughters. The good-looking Gallinule marc, Fine Feathers, fell to Felix Leachs bid of 300 guineas arid tlie same amount was given by F. Harding for lier daughter, First Feather, but Mr. Brendon, acting on behalf of Sir Thomas Dewar, hail to go to 700 guineas for Flying Ant and - her colt-foal by Galloping Simon. Another daughter of Fine Feathers, viz., Grey Feathers, made 500 guineas to II. Williams, and she was followed by the flea-bitten gray mare, Grey Flier, dam of tlie recent Irish Derby winner, First Flier. Started at 300 guineas, she was soon run Hp to 1,000 guineas and after a tussle with Messrs Sadler, Jr., and Chet-wynd, Mr. Brendon secured her for Sir Thomas Dewar at 1,050 guineas. I Spy, the dam of another Irish winner, I See, was cheap to Mr. Saddler, Jr., at 300 guineas, as also Was .Tenriy Melton, which with her Maiden Erlegh colt, was taken, by Mr. Hornung at 430 guineas, between them, the beautifully-bred young mare, Lady Cicero, with foal by William Rufus, cost Major Shirley 1,100 guineas, but Lady Harriett, dam of tlie Irish and Bnldoyle Derby winner. Aviator, and Which has a filly-foal by Glenesky, was a bargain to Mr. De Mestre at 210 guineas. There was good competition for Lady Tetrarch nearly sister to The Tetrarch and her William Rufus colt, her breeder, Mr. Kennedy, being among those anxious to secure her. He, however, dropped out at 1,000 guineas and at 100 guineas more than this M. Paripate won the day. After this the best price for some time was 700 guineas for the Siind-ridge mare Lota, which fell to the bid of M. P. Guilliams U. S. A., but it required an increase of 70 guineas on that amount to secure Melton Fuse and her Glenesky colt. Major Willoy and G. Blackwell followed on With purchases from 105 guineas th 500 guineas. A nice- young Spearmint mare- named Peanniiit, with" a colt by Galloping Rufus, made 500 guineas to M. V. Buret, arid 11. Williaihs took two daughters of Persimmon, viz., Ier Contra and Petschau. at 530 guineas. Arter this the Radium mare Pitch Blend, with a William Rufus colt, took the fancy of Mr. Brendon, who had to go to 1,050 guineas before securing her. . Princess Persimmon joined the other two lersinimons in H. Williams Ownership at 410 guineas, while Quarnero, Receptuss and Setting Star all ma He 300 guineas or over. Top Figure of the Day. The Britisli Bloodstock Agency were successful in securing the sister to Henry tlie First and William Rufus, witli her Ambassador foal, at 440 guineas, while Lionel Robinson paid 410 guineas for .Sweet Palm and colt by Maiden Erlegh; but Basil Jaryis had to go. on up to 700 guineas before securing the stoutly-bred Wendela. Two or three lots later we reached the young mares which have never had a foal and for the second of these the top price of 2,400 guineas was forthcoming. This was Curia, by Cicero Sceptre, and was bred by Mr. Tattersall. Her new owner is Lord Anglesev, for whom A. Chetwynd was acting. For Brazil, Sundridge Star was taken at 400 guineas, while tlie four-year-old Alphabetical will be cheap at 2S0 guineas if she proves in foal to Maiden Erlegh. Others of the latter age made small prices, except Helen Maria and Snoarm, which realized 410 guineas and 500 guineas respectively, while the few three-year-old fillies submitted did not make much money. This left the four stallions Ambassador, Cvllius, Galloping Simon and Maiden Erlegh to dispose of. The first-named son of Dark Ronald was put in at 200 guineas, and was run up without loss of time to 1,000 guineas. Mr. A. E. Barton, however, would not be denied, and silCricod the opposition at 1.200 guineas. Cyllus, however, was given away at 45 guineas, and Galloping Simon did not do much better, but Maiden Erlegh naturally Was in request. Put in at 500 guineas, he was not long in reaching 2,000 guineas, and then 3,000 guineas; but the representative of the British Bloodstock Agency stayed on tenaciously, until at 3,300 guineas lie had gained the day. Maiden Erlegh goes to Kentucky, to join Wrack at Mr. Hancocks establishment. It only remains to be added that the whole of the stock was sent into tlie ring iii splendid fettle, reflecting, the greatest credit on Mr. Muskers stud groom Gilbert. M. Duret, who bought frequentlv during the day, was formerly director of M. Eilmond Blancs stud, but now has an establishment of his own at which tlie famous French classic winner Fauchcur stands.

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