Frances Leading Breeder to Race: M. Edmond Blanc to Return to the Turf with Descendants of Flying, Daily Racing Form, 1919-01-29


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FRANCES LEADING BREEDER TO RACE M. Edmond. Blanc to Return to the Turf with Descendants of Flying Fox. It being understood that the famous French breeder and owner, M. Edmond Blanc, intends to take a more active iuterest in racing, now that the war is over, it is interesting to note that lie has no fewer than twenty-seven brood mares and fillies at his renowned .Tardy Stud. NaturaUy enough, the great majority of them are daughters or granddaughters of Flying Fox, for which he gave at auction 37,500 guineas at the famous sale of the late Duke of Westminsters stud at Kingselere nearly nineteen years ago, a sum that still holds the record for a public sale. Nine of these mares are by Flying Fox himself, eleven by his son Ajax and one by another of his sons in Adam. The remaining six art? by Chaleureux, Gardefeu, Masque, Maximum, Wildfowler and Nimbus. The oldest of the brood mares. Belle Fleur, will be only sixteen tomorrow, and the youngest Terre Neuve, a three-year-old. The latteris by Nimbus, dam that staying mare Basse Terre, and in view of her tender age it is not surprising that she. lias not yet been bred. Basse Terre is by Omnium II., and one of her elder daughters, Basse Pointe, it will le remembered, finished, second to Prince Palatine for the Ascot Gold Cup in 1912. It is especially worthy of note that M. Blanc is giving Verwood, the only stallion at .Tardy, every chance, for the sire of hi Derby colt Observateur is responsible for no fewer than fourteen foals which tomorrow will be yearlings, while as many as twenty-three of the mares were sent to him last spring. In the circumstances it is well worth noting that Verwood is a descendant of Herod, being by Grey Plume sou of Grey Leg. This means tltat Verwood goes back in the male line to the Derby winner Wild Dayrell. via Pepper and Salt and The Rake, of which the last-named won the inaugural race for the Middle Park Plate. Grey Plume, like his sire. Grey Leg, was bred at -the Eaton Stud, and was beautifully-bred, his dam being Gantlet which also produced Duke of Westminster, by Galopiu Hors de Combat, by Hampton. There is every reason, therefore, to think that Verwood, which was foaled in 1910, will come prominently to the fore as a sire, the more so as his dam is a sister to Ajax, one of the best of Flying Foxs various good sons and a winner of the Grand Prix de Paris. Ajax is a son of Amie, as also were Adam and Helene the dam of Verwood. There are several mares now in M. Blancs stud which are daughters of Amie, Helene, La Sportive and Dolce Mia being sisters, and all three were bred last season to Verwood. "Vigilant" in London Sportsman.

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