Questions Stamina of North Star: English Writer Deems Him More Likely to be a Great Sprinter than a Stayer, Daily Racing Form, 1917-02-16


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QUESTIONS STAMINA OF NORTH STAR. English Writer Deems Him More Likely to be a Great Sprinter Than a Stayer. As races .are run nowadays it is easier than it used to be to find out what horses can really stay, though t veil now it i- by no means uncommon to see a long distance race that has not been truly run won by speed rather than stamina. A point that is not generally appreciated is that many horses have a pretty definite limit of distance, anil can finish so well over it that they give the impression of ability to stay over a longer course. One such animal is North Star, which battled out of the finish for the Middle Park Plate with such resolution that many people declared there and then that he must be an excellent stayer. Some of my readers may remember that after seeing him run for the pewliurst Plate, when he challenged Athdara at the three-quarters and shortly afterwards died out, I suggested then that three quarters was his cOBtOe, ami he probably would not stay any farther against rivals of his own i lass. I now find on pretty sure aether Ity that this is exactly the stables estimate of North Stars capacity. The breeding of North Star is not at all suggestive of stamina, for Sundridge ami St. Aagelo certainly tend mainly to speed, aa 1 though no doubt stayed well enough. North Star is of the Sundridge color, and to a certain extent of the Sundridge type, though not so bulky as most of this sort. North Star Pleasing to Americans. I see that Joyner ami others in America are highly pleased with North Star, which is certainly a high-class colt to look at. but now that I know what the stable really thought of him. I am satisfied that my own view of his nuutlag was correct, and that he will prove to be a sprinter, with a limit of three-quarters, unless indeed, he lie opposed over longer distances by animals of inferior class. There has been considerable disposition to regret the exportation of Neath Star, but we may take it as fairly certain that his rating career in England, hail he remained, would have resembled that of Friar Mantis. His second dam. Fota. was sister to a fair stayer in Proclamation, and she produced Congratulation, which stayed well, to the stout Matchmaker; but to Sundridge Bunspot was her best effort, while her daughter. Angtdo. when mated with Sundridge, became dam of Sun Yat. Neither of three colts could really get beyond a mile, useful though tiny were, ami the addition of St. Angela is not likely to have added stamina in the case of North Star. I Should not have adverted to this subject ditl I know that I am working on a more solid basis than that of merely my own eptntea as regards the stamina of North Star. — W. Allison in Loudon Sportsman of Jan. 27.

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