Flying Fox, Racer and Sire: Derby, St. Leger and Cesarewitch Winner-He Has Sired a Mighty Family, Daily Racing Form, 1921-09-01


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FLYING FOX, RACER AND SIRE Derby, St. Leger and Cesarewitch Winner He Has Sired a Mighty Family. Among the Derby winners that I have seen Fly. ing Fox was certainly one of the best and in his case the stock question What did he beat? admits of a ready answer. At the first October meeting in his three-year-old season Flying Fox won tho Jockey Club Stakes by four lengths from Scln-tillant, to which lie was conceeding eleven pounds. Scintillant, at the second October meeting won tho Cesarewitch, carrying ninety-eight pounds. The inference is that Flying Fox could have equaled, if i not surpassed, St. Gatiens CesareWitcli performance, for lie had at least fourteen pounds in hand when be beat Scintillant for tho Jockey Club Stakes. In short, it would be impossible to mark the form of a threo-yoar-old more clearly than that of Flying Fox was marked by his running with Scintillant and the Cesarewitcli victory of the latter. It was not a mere question of his being the best three -year-old of his year, but of his dominating tin-position as regards the old ones. No horse lias ever won the St. Leger more easily than Flying Fox did, and on that occasion Scintillant was third. His smashing defeat by Flying Fox giving eleven pounds for the Jockey Cbib Stakes, did not prevent his starting equal favorite at 0 to 1 for the Cesarewitch. which he won. i was very regrettable that Flying Fox could not go through a four-year-old season, though he sired AJax, Vouvernant, and French Fox at that age. The late Edmnnd Blanc would have kept him in training had John Porter been able to carry tin with him, but Kingsclere, Lines., was at that tine a close borough, and outside owners were not admitted. Therefore, Flying Fox departed to Fiance after the great sale, and began stud life fortwith. Writing of Flying Fox, I am reminded that his son Romeo, lain of the ever-famous Glare, was bought at the Newmarket July Sales by a namesake of my own save that he spells his name with one 1 and will he shipped to New Zealand. The AVelkin, by Flying Fox, has already made a great success in Australia, where he was third in the list of winning stallions last season, and Bright Steel, a son of Glare, is also doing well as a stallion there and has sired a Melbourne Cup winner. It is well on the cards that Romeo will prove a rare bargain. lie brought 0,500 as a yearling, and was a high-class two-year-old, winning the Chesterfield Stakes and being beaten only a head for the July Stakes. He win difficult to train as a three-year-old, but in later years won welter races, and also hurdles, retiring after his six-year-old season. In all he won 0,330 in stakes, and there is nothing whatever against him except that he is thirteen years old and has not up to now had a real chance of making good at the stud. The late Mr. Mills, who owned him, had strange ideas of breeding, such as inbreediug to Flying Fox, but as Romeo was kept in training so long and did not go to the stud till 1915, he has not had much opportunity as yet. He is the sire of winners, however, such as Humpty Dumpiy and Solitaire, which is aii earnest of his future prospects. The Flying Fox horses, ..Tardy and Val d.Or, have done wonders in South America, and no doubt. Adam, sire of Adam Bede, would have been equally successful had he not been shifted from country to country without ever having time to establish his reputation anywhere. Denmau considered him better than either Jardy or Val dOr, whose contemporary he was, and any one of the three was good enough to have won the Derby. Special Commissioner in "The Sportsman."

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