Breeders as Racing Men: English Expert Considers That the Two Industries Fit Well, Daily Racing Form, 1922-03-29


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BREEDERS AS RACING MEN i ♦ 1 English Expert Considers That the Two Industries Fit Well. a Success of Lord Astor in the English Field Is a Sharp Illustration. * "I was onee aked." vrites W. Allison, in the Luidou Sport.-man. "before the Sperial Commissioner- of Inland Revenue whether, from a comieereial point of view, it is advisable lot a breeder to sell yearlings rather than to keep and race them. My answer was that the two schemes depend entirely on the capital of the breeder, but if he can atlord the initial outlay the owner who breeds and races his own stock is almost sure to have the best of it. It needs only to mention Lord Astor, who from 1906 to lf20 had never more than nine horses in training in any one year, and out of Ill starts during that period won sixty-two races and was seventy-six Hawi seond. The wins in-cluded the Two Thousand Juineas. One Thousand Guineas. Oaks. Jockey Club Stakes. Lclipse Stakes twice, Princess of Wales Slakes. P.iethy Stakes. Ituckenimm stakes. Ialineuth Stake*, Rous Memorial Newmarket. July Stakes. Craven Stakes, Champion Stakes. Chestcrlicld Stakes. Coronation Stakes. Winkipop: Nassau Stakes. Winkipop: Sussex Stakes. Wlakipap; Daaeaater Cap. Bacnaa; Park Hill Stakes, First Spear; Chester Vase. ISuchun: Kingsclere Stakes. Mirador: which also won the North Derby, as In! Trois Temps; Leicestershire Oaks, Pinprick, and the imperial Plate at Kemptou, won by Pompadour. "II by no means follows that if Lord Astor were to take to sidling his yearlings the stock would maintain their prestige. There have been many instances to show that any such distribution to the public destroys th,. sucressful continuity of a stud. Bat now. as % result of Lard, Asters well-organized plan, we tind him in possession of P.uchaii. of iiis own breeding, which won fur him H0 ~1Q on the turf and is lull at a fee of *2.000. Then. too. there is Craig an Kran eomin : along, while Sunny .laic, of the same family, must. Willi her Gay Crusader foal, be of extraordinary value. SMALL RISK IN GREAT STUDS. "There is really no great risk of loss with a stud like this for anyone wilh sufriclent capital to defray the early expeases. Lara Astor has flee yearlings, ria., Splendid Jajr, I brown filly, by Kwang Bet — iopingaol: Bold and Bad, a brown colt. by Swynford — Good and Gay: Light Hand, a blown coll. by Sunstai — Third Trek; Saltash. a chestnut brother to Ruihaii. by Buastar — Hamoazo: and C u-certiua, a brown filly, by Sir Eager or Florentine— Conjure. Hainoazc. with a bay colt by Bwyafond, has again visited Banstar this year, and her dam. Maid of the Mist, has a filly by Gainsborough. with which she lias been mated once more. Popinjay went to Gap Crusader: Third Trick and Win-Kipap both barren are on I.uchans list. Good and Gay. which was barren to Tracery, went to Swynford. a most suitable horse for her. Iopingaol has a bay colt by The Tcttarch, and is mated With Cylgad. Of the younger marcs. Sprocket, which missed to Gay Crusader, has been to The Tetrarch; Baba, with a brown colt by P.lack Jester, went to GaiiisUu-ough: and the four-year-old maiden. Pinprick, by Torpoint -Third Trick, is now mated with Stinstar, which should, of course, suit her well. "The stakes won by Lord Astor between 1900 and 1930 exclaelre of place money amount to .si3l.7". and this has been materially added to in the current season. The above rcsuit is instinctive as sh arias that, while racing the stock you breed is ultimately the most remunerative plan, it needs a breeder with plenty of capital to work on that l !an. Thus L rd Astor in his first two years, 1908-07, won nothing at all. and be was at that Usee running horses that he had bought. From 1!10S be beCaa breeding his own stock at Cliveden, and in thai year lie Woa ,110. which would nothing like clear the racing expaWMH of three seasons. LEAN YEARS BEFORE RETURNS. "After that big results camp along, and yet there were lean years, which would have troubled the owner with inadequate capital. Thus, in 1012 ,903 was the total netted ami in 1918 only !?92o. though sevt n horses were in training. They won but one race among them. Iu 1914. on the other hand. Lard Astor. with six horses in training, had won Ss:;.|s.-, jM stakes. Vicissitudes such as these cannot be encountered by breeders who have not big funds to fall back on. but for those in a position to face the music without fear, racing the home-bred stock is the most paying game in the long run, apart from its being the most sporting game. "Thus. Lord Astor. in addition to his winnings, has from time to time realized considerable sums tor stuck, such as Magpie, sold, and Huehans value at the present moment is certainly not less than 8390.009, while Craig an Kran is of equal value, if not greater, as he has many engagements still. It is obvious that Lard Astors brood •iinies. yearlings and feata would make sensational prices if offered for sale, but this is only because he has been aide to race his stock as well as breed it. Had the yearlings been scattered aniong various owners and trainers the record would be different, as happened after the sale of Laid] Falmouths stud in the eighties. No one has ever been quite so successful as he was. so long as he kept sending wiiat be bred to Matthew Daweou to train, but after the dispersal saie there were no more winners to speak of, except Harvester .lid Busybody, which were then being trained by Matthew Dawson. That was in 1SH4. when they were three year-olds, and shortly before they won their classic races." *

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