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  Family B-20: Old Malicious Mare

This family was included in the Family Table of Racehorses because one of its members, Drumcree, won the Grand National Steeplechase. The family is still active and has produced some good steeplechasers, the most recent being the 2002 Grand National winner Red Marauder. The first known mare in the family was a daughter of Old Malicious, who produced a filly foal to the cover of Blackfoot (a grandson of Blacklock). The Blackfoot mare produced a daughter by Last of the Barons, by a son of Birdcatcher and out of a mare by Blackfoot. The Last of the Barons mare produced a filly by Irish-bred Amusement; Amusement was by Birdcatcher, making this filly in-bred to both Birdcatcher and Blackfoot.

The Amusement mare produced Witching Hour, by Midnight, a grandson of Stockwell; she won a 2/-12 mile steeplechase at Trim when age five, and at age six won over 3 miles at Armagh and placed five times. In the stud she was put to the dominant jumper sire of the last two decades of the nineteenth century, Ascetic. From him, in 1894, she bred Drumcree, who won the 1903 Grand National.

Two years later she produced a full sister to Drumcree, Pride of Mabestown (1896), who was also a chaser and ran unplaced in Drumcree's Grand National. Her daughter by St. Gris, Mabestown (1910) won several steeplechases. Another daughter, Long Lough (1912) won four steeplechases at age seven, and one at age eight, placing third twice at age nine; her son, Pride of Delvin (1915, by Dibs) won seven steeplechases. Another daughter, Midnight Hour, won a 2-1/2 mile steeplechase at age six, and the Newtownards Cup at age seven.

Mabestown's daughter, Pride of Drumrora won third prize in the 1923 Royal Dublin Show; her daughter, Drumrora V (1935), bred by Mrs. Shaw of King's Sutton, did not race due to WWII restrictions; she was purchassd just after the war by Edward Courage, director of Courage brewing, and a chasing enthusiast and trainer whose stable was at Edgcote, near Banbury. In the Courage stud Drumrora produced four winning daughters, one of which, Tiberetta, ran in the Grand National three times, placing second, third and fourth in successive years. Three of these daughters were also exceptional producers of chasers and hurdlers.

Notable Descendants

Red Marauder
Red Marauder
Tiberetta jumping Becher's Brook

Drumcree b.g. 1894
(Ascetic - Witching Hour by Midnight)
Winner of the 1903 Grand National, he also placed second in the 1901 "snowstorm" National won by Grudon. He was bred by C. Hope of Westmeath, Ireland, and ran in some races there, including a Maiden Plate at Punchestown in 1900, in which he ran third, giving weight to the field. Although purchased by Owen Williams as a hunter prospect for an English amateur rider, Charles Newtown, he ended up in Williams' ownership and was put in training with Sir Charles Nugent at Cranborne, Dorset. It was in Williams' ownership, with Nugent up, that he ran second in the 1901 National, despite having lost a plate and twisted another. He was a sturdy, reliable jumper, winning eight races in total; he was sold after the 1901 National to J.S. Morrison; he did not place in the 1902 National, and then won in 1903 by three lengths carrying 11 st.-3lb., beating a horse named Detail (second, 9 st-3) and the great, aged Manifesto (third, 12 st-3), and also his full sister, Pride of Mabestown (10 st-8, and one of the few not to fall in that race), whom Williams had since purchased from their breeder. Drumcree won eight steeplechases in all. Pride of Mabestown, who won six chases between the ages of four and nine, bred on, as noted above (see also descent chart).

Red Marauder ch.g. 1990
(Gunner B - Cover Your Money by Precipice Wood)
First of four finishers in a forty-horse field in the 2001 Grand National, run in mud due to persistent rain in the days leading up to the race. Owned and trained by Norman Mason, he won seven of his nineteen starts up to his National win, including the National Bank Chase at Ascot, and had shown an ability to run well on soft ground, and courage to overcome his somewhat frequent jumping errors. Mason, owner of an entertainment organzation, The Mason Group, frequently teams with jockey Richard Guest, who rode Red Marauder to his big win.

Tiberetta b.f. 1948
(Tiberius - Drumrora V by Friar Gray)
Bred, owned and trained by Edward Courage, this outstanding, tough race mare went on to become a producer of many winning foals. A beautiful jumper, she seldom touched even a twig in her races. She won eleven steeplechases, including the Becher Chase and the Grand Sefton, in more than 50 races over obstacles. Of over seventeen second places, one was in the 1958 Grand National at Aintree (won by Mr. What), and another in the Welsh Grand National; she also placed third and fourth in the Grand Nationals of 1957 and 1959. Of her offspring, seven were winners over fences, including Spanish Steps, winner of twelve chases and four hurdle races in ten seasons, including the Champion Novices at the National Hunt Meeting, Sandown's Benson and Hedges Gold Cup and the Gainsborough Chase, and Newbury's Hennessy Gold Cup; he placed third to L'Escargot in the 1970 Cheltenham Gold Cup, and third in the Grand National of 1975. Other winners included Chamoretta (3 chases and 3 point-to-points); Tamoretta (1 hurdle, 5 chases); Trajan (8 chases); Quintus (4 chases); Lictor (Topham Trophy Handicap at Liverpool); Mafia King (3 chases). Her half-sister French Colleen won point-to-points and was later sold as a hunter, but bought back by Courage for his stud, where she produced the good chaser Royal Relief. A full sister to Tiberetta, Tiberina, won four steeplechases and was an equally successful producer of winners, including Neopoltian Lou (6 hurdles, 4 chases); Lira (1 hurdle, 4 chases), San Angelo (10 chases), and Saccone (2 hurdles, 2 chases). Lira was the second dam of 2001 Grand National winner Red Marauder. Tiberetta's sire Tiberius was an Ascot Gold Cup winner.

Descent Chart

Mare (f) by Old Malicious
  Mare (f) by Blackfoot
    Mare (f) by Last of the Barons
     Mare (f) by Amusement
      Witching Hour (ch.f. 1885) by Midnight
       Drumcree (b.g. 1894) by Ascetic
       Pride Of Mabestown ((f. 1896) by Ascetic
       | Mabestown (f. 1910) by St. Gris
       |  Pride of Drumrora (f. 1920) by Fra Diavolo
       |   Drumrora V (b.f. 1935) by Friar Gray
       |    French Colleen (f. 1946) by Lobau
       |    | Certainement by Doubtless II
       |    | Royal Relief (b.g. 1964) by Flush Royal
       |    Tiberina (br.f. 1947) by Tiberius
       |    | Neapolitan Lou by Flush Royal
       |    | Lira (b.f. 1958) by Souverain
       |    |  Cover Your Money (b.f. 1974) by Precipice Wood
       |    |   Red Marauder (ch.g. 1990) by Gunner B
       |    | San Angelo by Fortina
       |    | Saccone by Flush Royal
       |    | Tikitas by Tangle
       |    Tiberetta (b.f. 1948) by Tiberius
       |    | Chamoretta (b.f. 1960) by Chamossaire
       |    | Tamoretta (b.f. 1961) by Chamossaire
       |    | Spanish Steps (b.g. 1963) by Flush Royal
       |    | Trajan (b.g. 1964) by Flush Royal
       |    | Quintus (br.g. 1966) by Quorum
       |    | Lictor (b.c. 1967) by Right Boy
       |    | Roman Meetings (b.f. 1968) by Quorum
       |    | Mafia King (b.g. 1971) by Tycoon II
       |    | Lavilla (b.f. 1973) by Tycoon II
       |    Colleen's Fancy (f. 1952) by Your Fancy
       Midnight Hour (ch.f. 1902) by General Symons
        Vida (b.f. 1915) by Book
         Prayer Book (br.c. 1927) by Kirk Alloway

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