Racing Career of Tamar: Lord Astors Colt, Which Finished Second in Derby, Unlucky, Daily Racing Form, 1923-05-17


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• r I S ; ! B 1 e 1 u j ;, t , j I ., t , to Q e .. _ 1 • 1 ; • . I 1 1 r RACING CAREERJF TAMAR Lord Astors Colt, Which Finished Second in Derby, Unlucky. ♦ His Breeding Is of the Best and English Writer Predicts Good Success for Him in the stud, ♦ ■ Bred and still owned by Ixjrd Astor. having been foaled on April 22. 1919. Tamar is the second foal of his dam. which, after producing her first. Buchan, to Sunstar, in, 1916. was barren the two ensuing years. A backward youngster, Tamar was nothing like wound up when third to Re-echo, which was giving him twelve pounds for the Criterion Stakes, his only race as a two-year-old. Although he had wintered all right, the colt still wanted plenty of time when he was made a raging favorite on his first appearance last year in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket, the presumed danger to him being another maiden. Poisoned Arrow, which had also only run once previously. Neither, however, could win the race, and Collaborator, giving fifteen pounds to Tamar. beat him by five lengths, the latter being well ahead of Major Cayzers colt. Tamar did little behind St. Louis in the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes, but was in different trim on next appearing in the Derby, for which his able trainer. Alec Taylor, had been specially preparing him. Ridden by Frank Bullock, as in all his other races, the son of Tracery beat everything but Captain Cuttle, which scored by four lengths, while three lengths behind the second came Craigangower, with the favorite St. Louis fourth and twenty-six others behind him. EBRD ASTORS POOR BERBY LICK. This was superior form to anything previously shown by Tamar, but Lord Astor does not appear to be able to win the Derby, for neither of his horses. Buchan and Craig an Eran, was any too lucky when respectively second at Epsom to Grand Parade and Humorist. His lordship also ran second with Blink to his stable companion Gainsborough in the New Derby of 1918. Put by then for the E2lipse Stakes, at a mile anil a quarter, so as not to lose the n aiden allowance for this race, worth "..675, it was thought Tamar. with 114 pounds up, would win this for certain and he started at evens against his eleven opponents ; but although Bullock rode a beautiful race on him the colt failed by a head to beat Sir George Bulloughs Golden .Myth, a four-vear-old carrying 133 pounds and ridden by Elliott. This gallant son of Tredennis is the only horse, wtih the exception of Persimmon, that has brought off the double of the Gold Cup at Ascot and the Eclipse Stakes, which latter race Lord Astor had won in each of the three previous years, twice with Buchan and again with Craig an Eran in 1921. It was his being so jarred in this race that probably cost Craig an Eran the St. l.eger. as on his best form he must have easily won that event, in which Buchan performed badly in 1919. These three Eclipse Stakes were not nearly so valuable as that of 1922. when Tamar earned ,500 for his owner by running second, whereas in the Derby he only received ,000. At Goodwood Tamar picked up the Grat-wicke Stakes on the Tuesday and the Gordon Stakes three days later with absurd ease, beating on each occasion two others of his own age. These two races brought in ,325 and when Captain Cuttle went wrong during Goodwood week, the St. Leger. which, like the Derby, Lord Astor, apparently cannot win. seemed at the mercy of Tamar, which unfortunately injured a tendon so badly while doing exercise work at Manton during the third week in August that he had to be struck out of the race and his career ended. An extended pedigree of the horse reads as follows: f Sainfoin... fSS?0-* / Sanda f *JRock Sand | St. Simon «rand [■■|li.ii.iii.[«* Jg; 3 1 fOrme j •iOrn.onde Ifc J I Angelica • I L Topiary j Piaisanterie. Wllingtonia .J • , Poetess *1 I f Trenton j **£" j | Frailty [T"rP jint---- i Doneaster I?— S ! 1 ! Deauty.... ""gg" H 3 I rOh ne f Buna Vista a Maid of the Arcadia I Mist I ttSeeptre . . . . f niVrsimmon 1 "" " I Ornament l •Winner of the Derby. tWinner of the Oaks. jWiuner of the St. l.eger. With such breeding and coming of the all-too-scarce line of grea-t Stockwell. through St. Albans. Springfield. Sainfoin. Rock Sand and Tracery, all classic winners except Springfield, which was. by the way. far the best racer of the lot, Tamar quickly filled for this season at a fee of 45 ; and the other two stallions at the carefully looked after Littleton stud, Buchan and Craig an Eran. each a near relative of Tamar. have long been full for 1923 at ,000 and ,250 respectively. Indeed, Buchans list has al-e ready filled for 1924. which does not sur-s prise me, as his first crop of foals that appeared last year are remarkably attrac-e tive. It will be remembered that Mr. Allison took exception to the naming of Tamar, but I think Mr. Tattersall scored a point when he answered Mr. Allisons criticism in a letter he sent to "Ho se and Hound," which was published on December 3, 1921. I hope, Tamar may prove a successful sire and any.eay he seems an ideal out-cross for mares of Gallinule descent. — Audax, Hcrse | and H und

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