Australian Turf Notes, Daily Racing Form, 1943-06-19


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Australian Turf Notes By Special Correspondent. MELBOURNE, Australia. — Australian owners and studmasters are naming their horses after many prominent American personages and places and several have burst into the limelight this season. The first Japanese bombs which fell on Darwin caused two New South Wales breeders to keep MacArthur, brilliant winner of the In-gleburn Nursery at Randwick. Named after Americas hero of Corregidor, this colt may be one of the best of recent years. His breeders, H. S. Thompson and P. C. Basche, had prepared MacArthur for the Sydney yearling sales last Easter and they thought he would bring well over ,500. When the Pacific war came to Australian shores, MacArthur s part owners decided to keep the colt at their Sunnyside Stud, Bylong, until it was time to give him a racing preparation. They argued that few owners would care to spend big money on yearlings, and if they put the half brother to the champion New Zealand per former. Royal Chief, into the ring they would be virtually giving him away. Being a son of the Abbots Trace horse Mar-conigram, sire of the Melbourne Cup winner Marabou, from the English-bred mare. Modiste II., by Franklin, from Vogue, by Tracery, there is a doubling of the famous Rock Sand blood and MacArthur would be a valuable acquisition to any American. Bayly Pay ten, one of Australias most successful developers, trains MacArthur and his Randwick team includes another colt likely to win one of the rich spring classics. Bought on the advice of Pajten, West Point won a ,500 first prize in the MacArthur Stakes at Rosehill in February. Breeding suggests that West Point should be a champion. His sire, Melfort, was one of the smartest two-year-olds of his day in England. His dam, Herowinkie, also is the mother of the 1933 dual Derby and Melbourne Cup winner, Hal Mark, and now a successful sire. West Points breeders, H. S. Thompson and P. C. Basche. sold the colt privately at a high figure shortly before last Christmas.

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