Master Roberts Family: Pedigree of Grand National Winner Is Free From Any "Stains".; His Sire, Moorside II., Has Produced Only Two Other Winners During His Stud Career, Daily Racing Form, 1924-04-25


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MASTER ROBERTS FAMILY Pedigree of Grand National Winner Is Free From Any "Stains". • His Sire, Moorside II., lias Produced Only Two Other Winners During His Stnd Career. $ By K. E. COUBSKLU LONDON, April 3.— Master Robert is the first entire horse to win the Irand National since Crudon was successful twenty-three years ago. Orudon had an opportunity at the stud. He sired a few junipers of merit on the race course, but he was better known M a sire of hunters. He was ineligible for the English Stud Book and that is where Master Hubert excels him. Too rarely has the liand National winner a pcrigree which can be traced. That of Master Robert presents no difficulties. He was bred in Ireland by R. MacKinloy. who resides at Sessakhmore, Castlefinn. County Donegal. Master Robert is the fifth foal of Podds. which is about the only mare owned by Mr. MacKinley. She never raced and was put to the stud in 1905 when three years old. Her produce prior to the Grand National winner were useless. Master Robert is a massive chestnut foaled in 1913. He stands fully seventeen hands high, with Rood bone and clean limbs. He is more of a wvignt -carrying hunter type than a race horse. Indeed. Dord Airlie originally purchased him as a hunter. He is a stout hearted horse with great stamina, which, more than his speed, won him the Grand National. MOORSIDE II.S VICTORIES. Master Robert is by Moorside II. Originally called Shimmer of the Sea, Moorsides name was changed when a four-year-old. Hf then ran twice and won two good steeplechases over two miles and a furlong and two and a half miles in Ireland. The following season he was one of eight runners in the BcdMr steeplechase at Liverpool. He was the only one to complete the course without falling. When six years old Moorside II. started seven times and won a sequence of steeple-cliases at two miles, three miles, three and a half miles, and four miles at Manchester, Haydock Park. Doncaster, and Derby. Nine months later he was beaten a neck in a three-mile steeplechase at Haydock Park when giving thirty pounds to the winner. He appears to have returned to Ireland and been put to the stud. In his first season he sired Master Robert, whose dam was mated with him again the next year and produced Master Alec, The latters best form was to run second in a two and a half mile steeplechase at a rather obscure English meeting in May, 1922. Apart from Master Robert I can trace only two other winners by Moorside II., whose stud fee was a modest J2f». He was located at Riversdale, Strabane, Ireland. Moorside IL was a son of St. Aidan. a bad-tempered son of St Simon, which sired a few useful winners. Moorside II.s dam was Eudora, by Rostrevor or Middleman, from The tlift, by Bllnkhoolie. BETE K ED TO TRAILING AT SIXTEEH. After about eight seasons at the stud Moorside IL was again brought to England and when sixteen years old was put in training, ultimately winning a selling over two miles at Huntington on April ." , 1920. The following season he plainly signified that he reseated this treatment by refusing to jump in two races in which it was thought to run him. Eventually he obtained from the board of agriculture a premium as a hunter sire and was. when last heard of, performing that useful duty in Lincolnshire. Such is the history of the sire of Master Robert. His dam Dodds was named after George Dodi who bred her in Ireland. She was by Dazzle. This son of See Saw won thirty-five little races for Alec Taylor about twenty years ago. and stood at Manton at a 0 fee. He was a most indifferent stallion. The next dam is Venezuela, which bred only two foas. She was by Crowberry, which ran second in the Derby and in the Grand Prix de Paris. The third dam was Eairfield Maid, by Hagioscope, the only foal produced by Eair May before she was exported to the United States in 188S. Fair May appears to have been imported by Dr. EL W. Freeman of New York in October, 188. on behalf of Cecil E. Benson, of Sibley. Iowa. She bred two colts and died in 1891. Fair May was a daughter of Fair Trade by Salvatore. a half-sister to King Monmouth. He raced till seven years old and won twenty-three races, including the Derby Cup and Ebor Handicap. King Monmouth sired Rums Messenger, which in successive years won Die Great Metropolitan, two and a quarter m.les, at Epsom, arid in the third year was beaten a neck, conceding twenty-two pounds to the winner. ■ *

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