Irish Horsemans Romance: How the Late Barney Parr Won Fame as Thoroughbred Breeder, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-20


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IRISH HORSEMANS ROMANCE ! r How the Late Barney Parr Won Fame as Thoroughbred Breeder Queen Silver, "Worthless as Racer, Given to Him by a Friend She Becomes Foundation Stone of His Successful Stud. One of the most interesting figures of the British turf was B. W. Parr, who died some days ago at his Irish home, Bally boy, County Meath, aged 67 years. For many years he was a breeder and owner of horses and maintained stallions at his stud, the pair now holding court there being Achtoi, by Santoi, and Eavesdropper, by "Winkfield, and the former has already had some useful winners to his credit. Mr. Parr farmed on a large scale, and had a big stake in the cattle trade. His association was iirst with steeplechasing, and a large number of good horses came from his farm, including Aunt May, Judas and Silver Ring. His ambition was to win the Liverpool Grand National, and his belief was that each of these in his or her day would do so, but none of them fulfilled promise in that respect, though as regards Silver Ring, sold by Mr. Parr to Lord Woolavington, as he is but ten years old, his age should not prove inhibitory if he is otherwise- good enough. Aunt May, in 1906, when ridden by the present trainer, II. S. Persse, was third, and in 1909 Judas was second to Lutteur II. Many of the best-class steeplechases in Ireland and England fell to horses either bred or owned by Mr. Parr. WINS KSIIEIt CUP AT SAJfDOWN. Mr. Parrs most important flat race successes were gained in England, and this season with Silver Urn he won the Esher Cup at Sandown, the Stewards Handicap at Kempton Park and the One Thousand Guineas, these scores being made in a fortnight. She is from Queen Silver, which was the most successful dam of flat racers in the Ballyboy Stud. Her other good representative this year was Silver Image, brother to Silver Urn. He has won this season the Kempton Park Jubilee. This year the Parr horses won in all 2,620. Barney Parr had all the genial characteristics of his countrymen, but was singularly unsophisticated on some matters, and had but hazy notions of the value of the stakes his horses won. His only racing visit to England was to see Silver Urn win the One Thousand Guineas last April, and judging by the title of the race he reckoned it would be worth just the sum mentioned in the title. Its value, of course, was over 0,000. Queen Silver, whose produce have been the basis of Mr. Parrs fame as a breeder, was bred by the late Major Joicey, and foaled on February 21, 1906. This chestnut daughter of Queens Birthday from Sterling Balm was in her younger days so short and thick set, with bad knees, that being no use for racing, she was given by the Major to Chris Waller, who, in turn, having no use for Queen Silver, either presented her to Parr, or else took a "pony" for her. QUEEN SILVER PROYES GOLD 31IXE. As a brood mare she proved a perfect gold mine to her new owner, and having startea by being barren in 1910 to St Primus, the following year she produced to this St. Simon horse a chestnut filly called Silver Balm. Under the able care of Atty Persse, who has had charge of most of his racers, although others have also trained for him, including Arnott and Usshcr, she won her second race, the City Plate, at Manchester, nut never scored again until winning the Egcrton Handicap, over the same course, some fourteen months later. Silver Balm then won three more races in succession, these being the Scarborough Stakes at Doncaster, Mill House Plate at Windsor and Stockton Autumn Handicap. Donoghue had ridden the filly in all the five races she won, worth collectively ,SS5, and without running again in England she was bought by Mr. Clarence Hailey for 5,-000 and sent to India on April 21, 1915. On May 21, 1912, Queen Silver foaled a bay colt by Zria, which was gelded young and called Silver Ring. As a two-year-old he won the Surrey Plate at Hurst Park and the Long-leat Plato at Salisbury, and the following year the Wednesday Plate at Newmarket. These races brought in 32,520. Silver Ring was then put to jumping, and became an excellent steeplechaser. In the autumn of 1919 ho was sold for a large sum about 120,000 to Lord Woolavington. SILYEtt CUP NEVE It FACED STARTER. Silver Cup, by Captivation, never ran ; but the foal of 1914, Silver Saint, a bay son of St. Gris, foaled on May 20, won the Conyngham Plate at the Curragh as a three-year-old, and the following year was sent to India. On May 27, 1915, appeared Silver Bridge, by Bridge of Earn, which never won a race until she was four years old, then taking the Newbury Autumn Cup. Barren to Juggernaut, son of St. Simon, in 1916, Queen Silver produced to him on May 8, 1917, a chestnut filly called Silver Jug, which did not win before she was three years old, but then developed into an extremely smart performer and won five races, worth in all 2,345, including the Great Foal Stakes ana two others in succession. Shortly before winning at Newmarket she had been bought by Mr. Hailey, on Mr. Gardas behalf, for 5,000. Silver Jug failed upon four occasions the following season and was then sent to India. On April 29, 1918, Silver Jugs roan chestnut brother, Silver Image, made his appearance, and having as a two-year-old easily carried the owners "sage green, pink sleeves anp cap" to victory in the Donnington Castle Plato at Lincoln, he did not score again until the Red Rose Stakes at Manchester last year; while this season he carried 104 pounds to easy victory in the Jubilee Stakes, being favorite for the race. The three "events won by Juggernauts son brought in 18,245, and on September 19 Silver Image loft for India, having been purchased by Mr. Gocul-das for 0,000. Now corns Silver Urn, a smart chestnut sister to Silver Image, which was not foaled before May 18. Having done nothing in her three races last season, she this year won with absurd ease the Esher Cup from thirteen other three-year-olds, and exactly a week later, when ridden by Carslake, won much the richest One Thousand Guineas, 1,825, ever competed for by an extremely easy two lengths from Soubriquet, which in turn defeated the non-staying favorite, Golden Corn, by three-quarters of a length. On the following Friday, at Kempton, Silver Urn carried her 110 pounds to ready victory from fourteen other three-year-olds in the Stewards Handicap, these three victories representing 0,020. After this came the Oaks contretemps. "With regard to the remainder of Queen Silvers produce, in 1920 she had a brown filly By Junior, which has not run ; was barren the following year to Achtoi, and foaled on February 12 last a colt by Juggernaut The latter is the only early foal Queen Silver has yet produced, most of her stock having appeared late in May.

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