Mares Sold at Newmarket: Curia, Daughter of Cicero and Sceptre, Realizes 6,000, Daily Racing Form, 1921-08-16


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MARES SOLD AT NEWMARKET Curia, Daughter of Cicero and Sceptre, Realizes 6,000. 0 Well-Bred Mares and tStailions Make Good Prices Rossendale Sold at Bargain Price. BY E. E. COUSSELL. LONDON, England, July 2S. The sales catalog on the Monday of the Second July meeting at Newmarket, when there was no racing, was practically confined to brood mares, foals and stallions. Interest centered chiefly in some of the mnres offered by Lord Anglesey and those owned by the late Sir John Thursby. Among the marcs sold by the former was Curia, a daughter of Cicero Sceptre. She was offeied with a nice filly foal by Swynford, to which she was again considered to be in foal. Put in at 0,000, the marc and foal were eventually secured for the Sledmere Stud with a bid of 6,000. The writer, on behalf of a well-known American breeder, was the underbidder at 5,500. Mr. Chol-mondeley hesitated more than once, but was persuaded by a friend to go on. After the hammer fell many people considered that Curia had been bought too dearly. Perhaps that would bo true if it had been any other buyer than the Sledmere Stud. With ordinary luck they may obtain for one yearling at Doncaster more than they gave for the mare and foal, especially if it were by Sunstar and so closely related to Craig an Bran and Buchan. It was in, 1917 Lord Anglesey bought Curia for 2,000. The mare was then in foal to Ambassador, the resulting produce being the filly Embassy, a smart two-ycnr-old. Last February Embassy was bought by Mr. Arthur B. Hancock and hns been bred to Volta, to which she is considered to be in foal. Embassy arrived in Kentucky about a month ago, and is, I think, the only representative of Sceptre in the United States. She should make a valuable mare and doubtless no one, more than Mr. Hancock, appreciates the i value of this successful family. An interesting book cculd be written about Sceptre and her descendants, amongst which are Craig an Eran, Buchan, Skyrocket and Sunny Jane. Sceptres history may be summarized as follows: 1900. Sold as a yearling to Mr. Sievier for. .0,000 1903. Sold privately by Mr. Sievier to Sir William Bass for 25,000. For Sievier she won eight races and 27,900. For Sir William Bass she wen five races and 03,105 1911. Sold at auction to Messrs. Tattersall for 5,000. At the same time four of her daughters were offered and realized 74,750 1914. Messrs. Tattersall sold privntely to Mr. Muster Sceptre and her daughter Curia for 35,000 1917. Sceptre sold at auction to Sir AVillinm Tatem for 2,500 and Curia sold to Lord Anglesey for 12,000 Another good mare of Lord Angleseys was Wilton, sold for 7,500. She had a filly foal by Gainsborough and has been bred to Buchan. Angelina, an eight-year-old mare, which is the dam of John Green, -went to Italy, Captain Tesio paying 7,000 for her. Sir John Thursbys mares were sold without reserve and made big prices. Torchlight, a good-looking mare which ran third in the One Thousand Guineas and the Oaks, and is the dam of two winners, missed this year, but she was believed in foal to Buchan. She was bought by A. de Roths-Child for 0,000. I was the under-bidder on behalf of an American friend, but I learned later that even had the price been 5,000, the mare would still have gone to the Southcourt Stud. For my friend I did manage to secure Damaris, which I consider the gem of the sale. She is not too big, but is a beautiful individual, an ideal size for a brood mare, and possesses great quality. No mare offered had a better foal than her colt by Swynford, and the mare has again been bred to Swynford. She cost 4,0C0. Subsequent to her purchase her first foal, Marissa, which had run second twice, won the July Handicap at Leicester. Damaris remains in England and in all probability next year will be mated with Lemberg. Lord Penrhyn gave 0,000 for a Bayardo mare named Cranford, which hud a filly foal by Iluiry On, and had been bred to Grand Parade. These transactions, of course, stood out from the general average. Many mares sold most reasonably and will in all probability be realized at a profit later on. Bargains could have been picked up if agents had had a free hand. The market was extremely strong for the .best animals. There is no doubt they are worth as much today as ever. Breeders who want only t lie best must be prepared to pay big prices. Five stallions were offered, three of them were sold. Rossendale, sire of Yellow Sea, and some good winners in this country, was bought for Australia for ,050. This was an absurd price, and evidence that he was a great bargain was soon, forthcoming in offers of profit. Before twenty-four hours had elapsed his buyer had been asked if he would take,000 for the horse. When lids handsome profit was refused he was asked to name his own price, but refused to sell, and Rossendale was shipped to Australia within a week of his purchase, so as to be available for the next stud season in New South Wales. Rossendale should have brought ,500 in the ring; had he been offered again he would have made at least that amount. Somnie Kiss, which is by Sunstar Stolen Kiss, a winner of nineteen races, was sold in consequence of the death of C. T. Garland. He was bought by It. Sherwood, who owns a stud farm at Newmarket, and the price paid Avas 1,000. It seems a big sum for a horse which is not a favorite with everybody. He is a big chestnut, rather lacking in quality and not at all of the type with which Sunstar has made us so familiar. Alan Breck and Skyrocket are both big chestnut horses, but possess individually more quality than Somnie Kiss. Romeo, by Flying Fox Glare, the granddam of Prince Palatine, made 25 only. He is thirteen years old and his offspring have not rnade much of a name for him. He was sold owing to the death of his owner in Juno. Four years ago the writer, on behalf of a colonial friend, could have paid 5,000 for Romeo, but Mr. Mills would not sell. That arch-rogue Sarchedon has been sold to Australia for, I understand, 5,000. Last December his price was 20,000. Sir James Buchanan could have had 5,000 for him, but he would not sell. Sarchedon was a good two-year-old, but he was then nof too generous, for as soon as he was tackled in a race he commenced to swerve. Last year he ran fourth to Spion Kop in the Derby. He did not win during the season. In the hope of coaxing back his racing merit, Inst winter Sarchedon was trained to run over hurdles. The experiment was an utter failure. lie is brother to Stefan the Great, which is in gront favor with English breeders. t

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