Bostwicks Melra is Here: Famous Hurdle Mare Arrives to Join the American Stable, Daily Racing Form, 1924-03-27


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BOSTWICKS HELRA IS HERE Famous Hurdle Mare Arrives to Join the American Stable. Polymclus Stallion Fandlon nnd the Mare Baltic of Flowers Are Two Others In the Same Shipment. NEW YORK, N. T., March 26. There was an important thoroughbred importation of three horses reached New York last Friday consigned to three different owners. Of these the one of greatest interest was the coming of Melra, a fonr-year-old filly consigned to A. C. Bostwick. She is a hurdler of parts and was purchased for a big price by Mr. Bostwick in Ireland. The other two were the stallion Pandion, a nine-year-old son of Polymclus and Sun Angel, by Sundridge, consigned to the Kentucky Sales Company, and Battle Of Flowers, a five-year-old mare by Picton Maeareme, by Marcovil. Melra is a four-year-old daughter of Cor-cyra and Melmond, by Desmond, and was raced with great success by J. Daly in Ireland. One of her recent victories was in the two miles and a furlong of the Strand Plate at Baldoyle. This is a race over the flat and Melra, carrying her owner and an impost of 155 pounds, was an easy winner. But her best successes were over the hurdles and it was for that she was purchased by Mr. Bostwick. AX IRISH onxiox. In a recent issue of the Sport, an Irish publication, this tribute was paid the Bostwick purchase: We have been sounding the praises of Melra for some time, and her recent performances have fully justified the high opinions we have formed of her. Mr. Jim Dalys handsome filly made hacks of a big field in the flat race, the Stewards Plate, and it would be impossible to estimate how much she has improved since leaving the Curragh to be trained by her owner. Not that the slightest reflection is intended to be cast on her previous trainer, but it is an acknowledged fact that some animals form a dislike to their surroundings, and only a change of environment will bring out the best that is in them. QUALIFICATIONS AS HURDLER. Melra is a striking example. She had been tried more than once to be something out of the common, but would not reproduce her form on the Curragh tracks. As a hurdler we have no hesitation in comparing her with the best of her age in Kngland, having seen them all perform. She is developing into a beautiful four-year-old, and if she is still in Ireland when the flat season comes along will surely recompense her owner for some exasperating failures. We should very much like to see her "take on" the top-notchers of the four-year-old hurdling class on the other side. Melra has been shipped to Benning, where she will join the other of the Bostwick horses that J. W. Healy is preparing there for the new season of racing. She shipped in good shape and should she suffer no inconvenience in becoming acclimated it is promised that she will be seen under silks before the season is old.

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