Value of Thoroughbreds in War, Daily Racing Form, 1919-01-18


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VALUE OF THOROUGHBREDS IN WAR In a recent issue of the Scotsman appears a letter by Professor Robert Wallace of Edinburgh University, who pleaded the cause of breeding and its twin industry, racing, with such earnestness in the press last year. Replying to some observations in that journal upon the demobilization of army horses. Professor Wallace writes: "It may be quite true that except in Palestine cavalry has played a smaller part in the war than had been expected, but it should not be forgotten that the retreat from Mons could not have been carried out without disaster to the original British army of Conteniptlbles, and to the whole cause of the entente, but for the unparalleled feat of arms of General Allenby with 12,000 men mounted on English thoroughbreds, hunters and other horses got by thoroughbreds, stopping 40,000 German cavalry. It is no exaggeration to say that but for that one triumph of the thoroughbred horse the war would either have been going on now or have been ended in the wrong way. In any practical reconstruction scheme the thoroughbred breeding industry, which has been more injured than probably any other important national industry, should find a foremost place. What it has fallen to may be gathered by the fate of PIntadeau, the beautiful chestnut stallion which carried the kings colors to fourth place in the 1012 Derby, being recently sold at Rugby for twenty dollars. In reconstruction the thoroughbred blood has an important part to play."

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