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  Family 10: Fair Helen/Childers Mare

The descent of this family is fairly straightforward from an unnamed mare by Snap, probably born in the 1760s. Her dam was by the Gower Stallion, a 1740 bay colt by the Godolphin Arabian, purchased, with his dam, from the Earl of Godolphin by John Leveson-Gower, Earl Gower and Viscount Trentham.

Grey ChildersThe Gower Stallion Mare's dam was by Childers, and the General Stud Book notes in parentheses "(probably the Grey Childers Mare-Fair Helen)" as her lineage. This pedigree has been generally accepted and cited by turf historians, even though a filly by the Gower Stallion is not listed under the produce of the Grey Childers Mare in the General Stud Book. She is the only mare by any of the "Childers" stallions listed in the GSB who was bred to the Gower Stallion, and, additionally, was clearly in Lord Gower's stud between 1745 and 1754. Childers, commonly called Grey Childers, was foaled in 1726, by Devonshire/Flying Childers and out of a grey mare by Commoner.
Grey Childers  

The Grey Childers Mare's dam, Fair Helen, for whom this family is named, was by the bay Williams' Squirrel (1719), and out of a mare by Oysterfoot, presumably the horse listed in the GSB as the Oysterfoot Arabian, probably also sire of Miss Hip of the Coppin Mare family.

The only taproot branches identified by Bobinski are those descending from Queen Mary (see the pop-up chart), but other branches of this family also have produced horses of significance.

Fair Helen's Produce

f. 1741 Grey Childers Mare by Grey Childers (brother to Fleece'em), dam of
     gr.c. 1745 by Sir M. Newton's Arabian
     gr.c. 1746 by The Gower Stallion
     gr.c. 1748 by The Gower Stallion
     b.c. 1752 by The Gower Stallion
     b.f. 1754 by Cade
     f. No date, by Gower Stallion, dam of
          f., no date, Snap Mare by Snap, dam of
             b.c. 1771 Postmaster by Herod
             b.f. 1772 Polly by Herod
             c. 1773 by Herod
             f. 1774 by Herod
             c. 1777 by Herod
             b.f. 1778 Peggy by Herod


Family #10 Oaks Winners

Vespa Tormentor

1833 VESPA br.f. 1830
(Muley - Miss Wasp)

1857 BLINK BONNY b.f.1854
(Melbourne - Queen Mary)

1866 TORMENTOR b.f.1863
(King Tom - Torment)

1900 LA ROCHE b.f.1897
(St. Simon - Miss Mildred)

1918 MY DEAR b.f. 1915
(Beppo - Silesia)

Family #10 Derby Winners

Blair AtholLemberg
Blair Athol Lemberg
Owen TudorArctic Prince
Owen Tudor Arctic Prince

1785 AIMWELL br.c. 1782
(Mark Anthony - Sister to Postmaster)

1857 BLINK BONNY b.f. 1854
(Melbourne - Queen Mary)

1864 BLAIR ATHOL ch.c. 1861
(Stockwell - Blink Bonny)

1869 PRETENDER b.c. 1866
(Adventurer - Ferina)

1879 SIR BEVYS br.c. 1876
(Favonius - Lady Langden)

1910 LEMBERG b.c. 1907
(Cyllene - Galicia)

1941 OWEN TUDOR br.c. 1938
(Hyperion - Mary Tudor)

1946 AIRBORNE gr.c. 1943
(Precipitation - Bouquet)

1951 ARCTIC PRINCE br.c. 1948
(Prince Chevalier - Arctic Sun)

1987 REFERENCE POINT b.c. 1984
(Mill Reef - Home on the Range)

Family #10 St. Leger Winners

Caller OuBayardo
Caller Ou Bayardo

1861 CALLER OU br.f. 1858
(Stockwell - Haricot)

1864 BLAIR ATHOL ch.c. 1861
(Stockwell - Blink Bonny)

1876 PETRARCH b.c. 1873
(Lord Clifden - Laura)

1909 BAYARDO b.c. 1906
(Bay Ronald - Galicia)

1946 AIRBORNE gr.c. 1943
(Precipitation - Bouquet)

1987 REFERENCE POINT b.c. 1984
(Mill Reef - Home on the Range)

Family #10 Other Family Members

Black Tony
Black Tony
Blink Bonny
Blink Bonny
Bonnie Scotland
Bonnie Scotland
Deputy Minister
Deputy Minister
Image Courtesy Tony Leonard
La Roche
La Roche
Queen Mary
Queen Mary

Battleship ch.c. 1927
(Man o' War - Quarantaine)
Winner on the flat, he was sold to Mrs. Marion Scott who sent him over fences. He won the American Grand National in 1934. Sent to England to compete in and win the Grand National at Aintree in 1938, the first American-bred horse running under American colors to do so. Sired 11 stakes winners from 58 foals, a number of top 'chasers, including Floating Isle, Shipboard, Tide Rips, War Battle. A son, Battlewick, was a top show hunter sire.

Beldame ch.f. 1901
(Octagon - Bella Donna)
One of the top American race mares of the 20th Century, at 2 she won the Great Filly Stakes; at 3 she won 12 of her 14 races, beating the country's top horses at distances between 7 furlongs and 2 miles, including the Saratoga Cup, the Dolphin Stakes, the Carter Handicap. At 4 she had to concede weight, still winning the Suburban Handicap and the Saratoga Stakes. Produced Belvale in the stud.

Black Tony br.c. 1911
(Peter Pan - Belgravia)
A good racehorse at 2, and winner of the Independence Handicap at 3, in all winner of 13 of his 40 races, ages 2-4. His importance lies in his success at stud, particularly as a sire of juveniles, attributed to his Domino and Ben Brush bloodlines; Leading Sire of 2 Year Olds in the U.S. in 1923 and 1929, and in the top 20 Leading Sires list ten times. Offspring included Balladier, Big Hurry, Bimelech (sired at the age of 25), Black Carse, Black Helen, Broker's Tip, Black Servant.

Blink Bonny b.f. 1854
(Melbourne - Queen Mary)
A 15.2 1/2 hand, sweet-tempered filly of great speed, who won 14 of her 20 races, including the Derby, the Oaks, and the Park Hill Stakes--her St. Leger race was deliberately lost by her jockey. One of her sons , Blair Athol, was later to avenge this wrong with his own win of that race; he also won the Derby and was Leading Sire in England 4 times. Blink Bonny also produced Breadalbane, winner of Ascot's Prince of Wales Stakes and sire of the Ill-Used, Flower of Dorset, Sarcasm; Chester Cup and Prince of Wales Stakes winner Broomielaw; Borealis, her only daughter.

Bonnie Scotland b.c. 1853
(Iago - Queen Mary)
This blood-bay half-brother to Blink Bonny was injured at 2, came back at 3 to win the Liverpool St. Leger and Doncaster Stakes, and was runner-up in the St. Leger, but was never "right." Sent to the U.S. on speculation, he was finally sold at a bargain price to Ohio breeders; he changed hands numerous times, going from Kentucky, to Ohio, to Illinois, finally rescued from relative obscurity at the age of 19 and taken to Belle Meade Stud in Tennessee, where he lived until his death at the age of 27. He became Leading Sire in the U.S., the bulk of his winners dating from the 1870s on. Established the Bramble-Ben Brush sire line and his daughters, such as Bourbon Belle (dam of Hanover and Malcolm), wove his blood deep into American thoroughbred lines.

Canadiana b.f. 1950
(Chop Chop - Iribelle)
Canadian Horse of the Year in 1952, this top race filly won 20 of her 62 races through age 5, placing second 11 times. Her juvenile wins in races such as the Coronation Stakes, Miss Cleveland Stakes, and Princess Elizabeth Stakes, cinched her title. Other wins, ages 3-5, included Woodbine's Queen's Plate, Belmont's Vagrancy Handicap; Jacques Cartier Stakes, and Woodbine's Highlander Handicap. Bred five winners.

Deputy Minister dk.b./br. c. 1979
(Vice Regent - Mint Copy)
Best North American 2 year old and Canadian Horse of the Year in 1981, he won 8 of his 9 juvenile races, including the Victoria Stakes, Young America Stakes, Laurel Futurity, Youthful Stakes. At 3 and 4 he won Gulfstream's Spring Championship Handicap, the Tom Fool Stakes and the Donn Handicap, placing 4 times. Leading U.S. Sire in 1997 and 1998, and in the top 5 for Juvenile Sires in 1999. Offspring include Awesome Again, Keeper Hill, Well Chosen, Darling My Darling, Go For Wand, Dehere, Mr. Purple, Missionary, Open Mind, and many more top stakes winners.

General Assembly ch.c. 1976
(Secretariat - Exclusive Dancer)
Handsome, but inconsistent, colt was near the top of his generation at ages 2 and 3. His wins included the Saratoga Special, the Travers Stakes, and the Gotham Stakes; second to his generational rival, Spectacular Bid in a number of races, including the Champagne Stakes, the Kentucky Derby, the Marlboro Cup.

Hampton b.c. 1872
(Lord Clifden - Lady Langden)
Small and stout, he was bred in the purple, from a St. Leger winning sire, and a dam who would produce Derby winner, Sir Bevys. He won a few claiming races at 2; at 3 won the Great Metropolitan Stakes, but nothing else. He was sent to hurdling between ages 3 and 4, winning the Great Maiden Hurdle at Sandown, and at 4 won the Goodwood Stakes. Blossomed at 5, winning the Northumberland Plate, the Goodwood Cup, the Doncaster Cup, and other top races for stayers, and went on at 6 to win the Epsom Gold Cup and other good races, under top weights. Retired to stud he got Derby winner Merry Hampton (broodmare sire of Santoi and Man O' War); Bay Ronald (sire of Bayardo, Dark Ronald); Derby winner Aryshire ( sire of Robert Le Diable); Royal Hampton; Derby winner Ladas; Eothen; Perdita II, Maid Marian, and a host of other stakes winners and producers of significance still today.

La Roche b.f. 1897
(St. Simon - Miss Mildred)
Good race mare and producer, she won 4 of her 7 races at three, including the Epsom Oaks, the Yorkshire Oaks, the Newmarket Oaks and the Manchester Cup (the latter by 6 lengths). Dam of 9 winners, including Almissa (Australian Cup), unbeaten 3 year old and good French sire Cannobie, Sir Berkeley; ancestress of Djefou.

Pavot br.c. 1942
(Case Ace - Coquelicot)
Unbeaten at 2, and winner of 14 races in all to age 4, including Hopeful Stakes, Saratoga Special, Belmont Stakes, Sussex Turf Handicap, Jockey Club Gold Cup, and Belmont Gold Cup, placing second 6 times. He sired 14 stakes winners from 206 foals; his progeny included Ampola, Sistar, Merganser, Alps.

Pretender br.c. 1866
(Adventurer - Ferina)
Good-looking colt won the 2,000 Guineas and the Derby in 1869, the latter by a head from Pero Gomez, whom many believed had won it. Was unplaced in the St. Leger and the Doncaster stakes (both won by Pero Gomez); he ran at ages 4 and 5, but did not win.

Queen Mary b.f. 1843
(Gladiator - Plenipotentiary mare)
The principal ancestress in this family--who started once and injured herself in a fall, to such an extent that she never ran again--was sold cheaply by her owner/trainer after her first two foals were initial disappointments. When her first, the tiny mare Haricot (winner 17/40 starts to age 6; dam of Caller Ou), began to win at 3, Queen Mary was re-purchased (in foal to a Clydesdale), and went on to foal 18 youngsters in all, her best by Melbourne and Stockwell (refer to pop-up chart for her significant offspring).

Victoria Park b.c. 1957
(Chop Chop - Victoriana)
Good North American horse won 10 of his 19 races, ages 2 and 3, including the Remsen Stakes, Woodbine's Queen Plate, and the Leonard Richards Stakes; ran second in the Flamingo Stakes, the Preakness Stakes and the Blue Grass Stakes. Voted Canadian Horse of the Year in 1960. Leading Sire of Broodmares in the U.S. in 1977, offspring include Greek Victress, Kennedy Road, Victory Chant (dam of Giboulee), Victorian Era.

Vieux Manor b.c. 1947
(Brantome - Vielle Maison)
Good-tempered colt won the Grand Prix de Paris, the Prix Louqsor and Prix Le Justicier, running second in the St. Leger. An important sire and sire of sires, with offspring such as Val de Loir, Vincennes, Le Haar. His half-sisters from Vielle Maison--Bicoque and Vielle Demeure were dams and ancestresses of good winners in France.

Whiskaway ch.c. 1919
(Whisk Broom - Inaugural)
Plain-headed, short-backed colt stunned American race goers of the era by defeating the seemingly invincible Morvich in the Carlton Stakes of 1922 at Aqueduct. Proved it wasn't a fluke with a win of the $50,000 Latonia Special; in all 8 wins from 26 starts. Retired to stud to produce Arianna and Dolly Whisk (winner of 6/18, dam of Palestinian), among others.

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