Carnarvons Turf Career: Late English Peers Racing and Breeding Ventures Succeeded, Daily Racing Form, 1923-04-24


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CARNARVONS TURF CAREER . — «. Late English Peers Racing and Breeding Ventures Succeeded. — — ♦ Although He Never Won One of the Five English Classics lie Raced Many Horses of High Quality. BY K. E. COFSSELL. liO.NKON. Hngland. April 10— The late Lord Carnarvon had been intimately connected with racing and breeding for close upon thirty years. The best he could do toward winning a classic race was to run second in the St. Leger with Valens in 1909 and with Franklin in 1921. Franklin looked ail over a winner one hundred yards from the finish, when his rider pulled away from the rails and enabled Polemarch to snatch a victory. The second was undoubiedly the better colt. Lord Carnarvon took the keenest interest in his well-appointed stud farm at High-clere. near Newbury, in Berkshire. Such high -class winners a:; Valens. Rivoli, and Franklin were all bred at Highclere. Their successes in the scarlet jacket, blue oollar and white cap were naturally the more pleasing. Lord Carnarvon had been racing for twelve years before he won a good slake. His first winner was Cyrenian, which won the Helper Plate at Derby in 1S97. That season liis lordships total winnings were ,520. His lirst good winner was Baldur. by Sheen, which won the Ascot Stakes, at two miles in 1S9S. In 1902 The Solicitor, by Winklield, won him the Koyal Hunt Cup. KOHKItT I.K MAIU A GOOD WIXNKR. Two or three years later he owned a much better horse in Robert le Diablo, which won such good races as the City and Suburban at Fpsom, by three lengths : the Doncaster Gold Cap, beating by live lengths, at even weights, Faohelors Double, which had de-defeated Pretty Folly in the Ascot Cup. He was also an easy winner of the Duke of York Stakes at Kempton. He tried to give twenty-five pounds to Thunderbolt in the Prince Edward Handicap of two miles at Manchester. He could not quite do so. but finished well in front of the remainder, a high-class field. Kobert le Diable was the sire of Wrack, whose stud successes have been such an outstanding feature in recent years. Mauvezin. which won a lot of races, including the Stewards Cup at Goodwood, for Lord Carnarvon, was used as a stallion at Highclere, where he got numerous winners. Santry. by Callinule, was a smart two-year-old and, it was thought, capable of taking Classic honors. He broke a blood vessel after winning a good trial and could only finish fourth in the Two Thousand Guineas, later he ran second in the Cambridgeshire. Vril, which was purchased out of a selling race for ,000. won smart races, and also filled second place in the Cambridgeshire to Hack-lers Fride, beaten a neck only. Lord Carnarvon had most annoying fortune in the big back-end handicap. He also owned Mustapha, a game, honest horse, which ran second in the Cambridgeshire three years in succession. In 1908 Valens made his appearance. He is "home-bred." being by Laveno, son of Bend Or, from Va-lenza. which won the Coronation Cup at Epsom. Valens as the sire of such winners as Volta. Art—. Violoncello. Varzy, The Vizier and Devizes has thoroughly proved his merit. His offspring have won about 00,000. RlVOLlS GOOD RECORD. In 1913 Uivoli, also by Robert le Diable, won the Ascot Stakes at two miles and Alexandra Plata at two miles and three-quarter:!. Breeders gave him no chance at the stud, but he got a few winners before he was sold cheaply to a French breeder. Volta was bought at auction as a foal for $.r 00. He was a wonderful bargain. A fast horse, he met and defeated nearly all the speedy horses of his time. Among the races he won were the Victoria Cup by three lengths, the July Cup by three lengths ami the Chesterfield Nursery, with top weight, giving thirty-nine pounds to the second. In his first stud season Volta sired a good and handsome colt in Franklin. He also got Vilna. a staying mare which would. I think, have won the Cesarewitch last yea:-if she had not met with an accident which prevented her starting. Of course. Volta sires some speedy stock, but as he also produces stayers it looks as if he will be a stallion to keep well in mind. Franklin won the Coronation Cap last year. In Ford Carnarvon the British turf has lost one of its stanchest supporters. The news of bis passing after a brave and tenacious struggle against a complication of fatal diseases caused real sorrow. The recent discoveries made in Egypt at his expense and under liis direction have added greatly Il the wcrlds knowledge of the mind of humankind thousands of years ago. For this reason Lord "arnarvons death must have been received with deep regret all over the world. The late pear was one of the founders of the British Thoroughbred Breeders Association during the racing crisis in 1917. From its inauguration he was a valued member of the council. He was a good fighter for the principles the association wished to maintain. His manner often appeared to suggest nonchalance. When his interest was aroused he at once applied his vivkl intelligence to tin: problem. Opposition was a stimulant. lie was fearless and impulsive ; all for action, quick and direct. Large numbers of people in racing and breeding circles sini-ccrely mourn his loss.

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