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  Family 20: Daffodil's Dam

Daffodil was a chesnut mare, born in 1725, by the Bald Galloway. Owned by Charles Colyear (2nd) Earl of Portmore, she ran in the early 1730s, her most notable win probably being a 4 mile match race against Edward Coke's mare Silverlocks for 300 guineas at Newmarket in 1731; later that year a rematch was held, which she lost. The Earl was a court dandy and favorite who held a number of appointments. In addition to owning a number of racehorses himself, he was responsible for superintending the royal running horses at Newmarket. Some of his mares were lodged in the Yorkshire stud of Cuthbert Routh, and he purchased several good runners from Routh, including (Portmore's) Crab, and Skim. Many of his horses were painted by John Wootton, and quite a few bred on and are duly recorded in the GSB, therefore the absence of any information on Daffodil's dam, beyond the information that she was by Sir Thomas Gascoigne's "Foreign horse," is puzzling. Daffodil has no progeny listed in the GSB, and she herself is only listed as a supplementary note under her half-sister, (Grey) Favourite.

Sir Thomas Gascoigne's "Foreign horse" is only seen in the GSB in the pedigree (Grey) Favourite, sometimes called (Durham's) Favourite to distinguish her from other mares of that name during the period. Sir Thomas Gascoigne, 4th Baronet, had an estate at Parlington, Aberford, near Pontefract in West Riding, Yorkshire, which he inherited, along with the title, from his childless uncle. Favourite was bred in 1728 by Mr. Durham, and was by a son of the Bald Galloway. She ran in Yorkshire, and won a race at Hambleton in the 1730s. It is through her daughter, by Bolton's Little John, that the family descends.

Daffodil's Dam's Known Produce:

f. Daffodil (1725) by the Bald Galloway
f. Mare by Sir William Blackett's Arabian
f. (Grey) Favourite (1728) by son of The Bald Galloway. Dam of
   f. Mare by Bartlett's Childers
   f. Mare by (Bolton's) Little John. Dam of
     f. Mare by Cade


Family #20 Oaks Winners


1841 GHUZNEE b.f. 1838
(Pantaloon - Languish)

1880 JENNY HOWLETT ch.f. 1877
(The Palmer - Jenny Diver)

1899 MUSA b.f. 1896
(Martagon - Palmflower)

1912 MIRSKA b.f. 1909
(St. Frusquin - Musa)

Family #20 Derby Winners

Tagalie Blue Peter
Tagalie Blue Peter

1912 TAGALIE gr.f. 1909
(Cyllene - Tagale)

1939 BLUE PETER ch.c. 1936
(Fairway - Fancy Free)

1969 BLAKENEY b.c. 1966
(Hethersett - Windmill Girl)

1973 MORSTON ch.c. 1970
(Ragusa - Windmill Girl)

Family #20 St. Leger Winners

St. Patrick Blue Bonnet
St. Patrick Blue Bonnet

1812 OTTERINGTON b.c. 1809
(Golumpus - mare by Expectation)

1820 ST. PATRICK ch.c. 1917
(Walton - mare by Dick Andrews)

1842 BLUE BONNET b.f. 1839
(Touchstone - Maid of Melrose)

1901 DORICLES br.c. 1898
(Florizel II - Rosalie)

1936 BOSWELL b.c. 1933
(Bosworth - Flying Gal)

1995 CLASSIC CLICHE b.f. 1992
(Salse - Pato)

Family #20 Other Family Members

All Gong
All Gong
Image Courtesy Van Cushny,
Image Courtesy Tony Leonard
Fairy Legend
Fairy Legend
Friar Marcus
Friar Marcus
Gemma di Vergy
Gemma di Vergy
Henry of Navarre
Henry of Navarre
Image Courtesy Tony Leonard
Le Sagittaire
Le Sagittaire
Mont Blanc
Mont Blanc
Pharis II

All Gong b. g. 1994
(Kris - Bonnie Ile)
British-bred steeplechaser won three hurdle races in the U.K., then was sent to the U.S. in 1999, when he ran twice, placing third in the U.S. Championship Supreme Hurdle Stakes for novices. In 2000 he began his season with a stakes win in the Atlanta Cup, and then won the revived 2 5/8 mile Breeders' Cup Steeplechase in record time; also placed that year in the Iroquois Steeplechase and the Colonial Cup. Awarded the Eclipse Award that year for steeplechasing. His French-bred dam won over $500,000 on the flat.

Alysheba b. c. 1984
(Alydar - Bel Sheba)
World's leading money winner at the time of his retirement in 1988, U.S. Horse of the Year in 1988, and Champion 3 Year Old Colt. Game horse with ability to come back again and again in his races, he won eleven and was second eight times in twenty-six races. His top wins included the Breeders' Cup Classic, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, the Woodward Stakes (new track record), Santa Anita Handicap. Has sired 11 stakeswinners from 208 foals -- his youngsters were loaded with stamina and preferred the grass -- his best is the turf filly Alywow, 1994 Canadian Horse of the Year.

Blue Bonnet b. f. 1839
(Touchstone - Maid of Melrose)
Called a "first-rate three year old," unveiled at the St. Leger, her public first race, which she won, being so brutalized with spurs by her jockey that he was banned from the trainer's stable forever after; her win brought her connections -- and jockey -- a lot of money in wagering. After, never the same, she ran second in the Park Hill Stakes, then failed in the rest of her races at ages 3 and 4; in her final race, a 300 sovereign match, she threw her rider and "bolted clean away," after which she was retired to the stud. Dam of some modest winners who bred on.

Blue Peter ch. c. 1936
(Fairway - Fancy Free)
Unbeaten at age 3 in his four races, won the 2,000 Guineas, the Derby, and the Eclipse Stakes. Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain in 1954, his offspring included Glen Line, dam of 2,000 Guineas winner Our Babu and of Eclipse Stakes winner King of the Tudors; Blue Gem, dam of Princely Gift; Blue Prelude, dam of the good race filly and producer Bleu Azur. He also got the injury-plagued and short-lived Blue Train, undefeated in three starts, including the Newmarket Stakes and later sire of Irish Oaks winner Five Spots; the good stayer Blueskin II who became a leading broodmare sire twice in New Zealand; Botticelli, a big winner in Italy and also of the Ascot Gold Cup, later sire in Italy; Masthead, sire of Amarco; Ocean Swell, winner of the war time Derby and St. Leger Stakes; Tiepolo, another good Italian classic winner; and many other solid racehorses.

Fairy Legend b. f. 1924
(Dark Legend - Congressiste)
Top of her year at age 2 in France, went on to win the French Oaks and the French 1,000 Guineas at age 3. Produced Feerie, who also won the French Oaks and French 1,000 Guineas and through daughter Rustom's Legend was second dam to Quimira, a good runner and producer in Argentina, and her half-brothers, Troubadour and Irmak, both of whom won the Gran Premio Nacional Argentino.

Friar Marcus b. c. 1912
(Cicero - Prim Nun)
Compact and muscular horse, top of his generation at age 2, being undefeated in 5 races, including the Middle Park Plate and Rous Memorial Stakes; at age 3 could not stay the distance in the 2,000 guineas, showed his mettle in sprints, winning the Great Eastern Railway Handicap and other short races, and continuing at age 4 to win the Chesterfield Handicap and others. Leading broodmare sire in England in 1935, he got, among others, Friar's Daughter (dam of Bahram, Dastur, Sadruddin); Feola (fair stakeswinner, dam of Knight's Daughter, Hypericum); Brown Betty (1,000 Guineas); the fast and short-lived Nun's Veil. His best son was Beresford, who won at ages 2 and 4 and later sired Portlaw.

Gemma di Vergy br. c. 1854
(Sir Hercules - Snowdrop)
Won thirteen of his eighteen races at age 2, including the Fernhill Stakes; at age 3, he won five races, including the Whittlebury Stakes and several sweeps, and placed second for the Ascot Gold Cup, beaten by Skirmisher. While he ran with and often beat top company, including Fisherman, he placed in few of the major races. Retired after four unsuccessful races at age 4. Through daughter Mirella, grandsire of Cherry Duchess, who was dam of 2,000 Guineas winner Enthusiast, and good sire; of July Cup winner Energy, grandsire of Mauvezin and Orgueilleuse; of Cherry, second dam of Oaks winner Cherimoya; and of Dorothea, second dam of German racehorse and sire Landgraf. Through grandson Chippendale, ancestor of Dinnerford, Accurate II, Willonyx.

Ghuznee b. f. 1838
(Pantaloon - Languish)
Only 14.3. hands, won her first outing--the Epsom Oaks. After that she took the Coronation Stakes in a walk over; poor management forced her retirement to the stud. Dam of Escalade, who heads her own branch of this female family and was ancestress of Ticino, Hapsburg, Repulse and Duncan Grey, among others. Also fourth dam of Jenny Diver, who was dam of three good daughters, Oaks winner Jenny Howlett (1877); Jennie Winkle (1880, third dam of Oaks winner Tagalie) and Palmflower (1874, dam of Oaks winner Musa); the latter two also established branches of the family.

Henry of Navarre b. c. 1891
(Knight of Ellerslie - Moss Rose)
Racehorse of the highest class and great courage, best known today as the horse who defeated Domino and Clifford at Morris Park in 1896, but who was the better of both of these at distances over nine furlongs. He won six of his ten races at age 2, and at age 3 won the Belmont, Travers, Spindrift, Foxhall, and Iroquois Stakes, among others, during a long campaign. At age 4 he won eight of his ten races, including the Municipal and Manhattan Handicaps at Morris Park, and the Special at Sheepshead Beay, where he first met and defeated Domino. At age 5 he won the Suburban Handicap, carrying 129 pounds, even though worn from his hard campaigns, and the aforementioned Special at Morris Park. Considered a failure at stud in his own time, still, he is seen in pedigrees today. Daughter Grave and Gay, a stakeswinner in England, was sent to stud in Germany, where she became a significant broodmare, dam of influential sire Graf Ferry, among others. Also seen in the pedigrees of unbeaten 2 year old Prince Galahad and Canadian Champion Victoria Park, both sires.

Kingmambo b. c. 1990
(Mr. Prospector - Miesque)
Won five races at ages 2 and 3 in France and England, including the French 2,000 Guineas, Prix du Moulin de Longchamp, Prix Djebel and St. James's Palace Stakes. Successful sire in Kentucky, offspring include El Condor Pasa (Horse of Year in Japan), Lemon Drop Kid (Belmont, Travers, Woodward Stakes, Champion Older Horse in U.S.); Okawango (Grand Criterium); Bluemamba (Dubai 2,000 Guineas); King's Best (2,000 Guineas in England), in all 13 stakeswinners from 117 starters.

Le Sagittaire ch. c. 1892
(Le Sancy - La Dauphine)
His wins in France included the Grand Criterium, the Prix Greffulhe, Prix Lupin and Prix Morny. His best offspring included Maintenon, top French racehorse who won 13 of his 19 races; Diavolezza (French 2,000 Guineas, dam of Celerina).

Miesque b. f. 1984
(Nureyev - Pasadoble)
Bred in Kentucky, raced primarily in Europe, won twelve of her sixteen races, ages 2 to 4, never out of the money. Champion 2 year old filly in France, at age 3 won the English and French 1,000 Guineas and the Breeder's Cup Mile, setting a track record leading to status of Champion 3 year old filly in France and England and Champion Turf Mare in the U.S.; at age 4 she won again in France (Champion Older Mare) and took the Breeder's Cup Mile a second time. Twice Eclipse Award winner as Champion Turf Mare. Retired to stud in Kentucky, she produced five winning foals, including Kingmambo (see above), Miesque's Son (Grade 3 stakeswinner and top sire of juveniles in the U.S.), and East of the Moon, Champion 3 year old filly in France.

Mont Blanc w. c. 1919
(Predicateur - Beaute de Neige)
Born almost entirely white -- registered chestnut -- from colored parents, he was a fairly good racehorse, winner of the 3,000 meter Prix de l'Esperance and France's 2,000 Guineas.

Pharis II br. c. 1936
(Pharos - Carissima)
Unbeaten winner of his only races, at age 3, on the eve of war -- Prix du Jockey Club, Grand Prix de Paris, and Prix Noailles. Leading sire in France four times, he got, among others, Scratch II (Prix du Jockey Club, Doncaster St. Leger Stakes, and others, good sire of Dushka and Tarquin); Auriban (Prix du Jockey Club); Aran (Prix du Jockey Club, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, Coronation Cup, sire of Hard Sauce); the unbeaten juvenile Corejada (Irish Oaks, French 1,000 Guineas and others, dam of Arcor), and her stakes-winning sisters Albanilla and Floriana; Pardal (Jockey Club Stakes and others); Talma II (Doncaster St. Leger, Prix Berteux, and others).

Roman b. c. 1937
(Sir Galahad III - Buckup)
Best at a mile or just under, he was a good handicap horse who won eighteen of his forty races, and placed eleven times, to age 4. His wins included the Jerome Handicap, the Laurel Handicap, the Chicago Handicap. He got precocious youngsters, almost half of them winners at age 2, and was twice leading sire on the lists of two year old winners and two year old progeny earnings. Among his best were Hasty Road (Champion 2 year old and Preakness winner, also good sire); Roman Line (Breeders' Futurity, Churchill Derby Trial Stakes); Roman Zephyr (Keeneland Sales Filly Stakes, dam of solid and long-running handicapper Roman Brother and good racemare Romantic Miss); Romanita (champion 2 year old filly); Pocahontas (Schuylerville Stakes, dam of Tom Rolfe, Chieftan, Wenona).

Tantieme br. c. 1947
(Deux Pour Cent - Terka)
Powerful stayer won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe twice (ages 3 and 4); his other wins, ages 2 to 4, included the Prix de Villiers and Grand Criterium; French 2,000 Guineas, Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Prix Lupin, and second by a head in the French Derby; Coronation Cup, Prix Ganay. Leading sire in France twice, his offspring included Tanerko (Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, twice, Prix Ganay, and others, sire); Agio (German St. Leger); Brioche (Hardwicke Stakes); brothers Reliance II (Grand Prix de Paris, Prix du Jockey Club, good sire of Surama and others) and Match III (Horse of the Year in England: Prix Royal Oak, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Washington International, beating Kelso).

Ticino b. c. 1939
(Athanasius - Terra)
Top German racehorse also proved to be a sire of sires in Germany. He won 14 of his races, including the German Derby, the Grosser Preis von Berlin, and the Grosser Preis von Baden Baden. Highly influential stallion, led the sire lists in Germany 9 times in the 1950s. He got Niederlander, Neckar, Lustige, Orisini II (all winners of the Germany Derby, Neckar and Orisini II, both leading sires themselves, later siring multiple winners of that race). Also got Naxos, Lustige, and Liebeslied (dam of German Oaks and 1,000 Guineas winner Lis), all German Oaks winners; and Bella Paola, winner of the Epsom Oaks, Newmarket's 1,000 Guineas, and other races, and then dam of Beau Persan, Polly Girl and Paolina, all good winners.

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