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  Perdita II

Perdita II  
Bay filly, 1881.
By Hampton - Hermione by Young Melbourne
Darley Arabian Sire line:
Newminster Branch.

Family 7 - f.

Hampton Her sire, Hampton

Albert Edward, as Prince of Wales, established his stud at his country residence, Sandringham, in Norfolk. Perdita II was one of the first mares installed in the royal paddocks, purchased as a broodmare prospect at age seven for 900 guineas by the Prince's trainer, John Porter.

A highly-strung daughter of Hampton, she had been slow to show her true ability on the racecourse. She was a fixture in selling plates before she graduated to stakes company. When she made that transition, she was very successful, capturing such events as the Ayr Gold Cup, the Liverpool Cup, and the Great Cheshire Stakes, which she won twice.

In the Prince's stud, she proved to be one of the most influential broodmares in thoroughbred breeding. Her outstanding sons were the full brothers Diamond Jubilee, Persimmon, and Florizel II, all sired by St. Simon, all of whom were sent to the Newmarket trainer, Richard Marsh, who presided over the newly-built and modern Egerton House yard (1892). These three colts accounted for five classic races, plus the Ascot Gold Cup, the Eclipse Stakes (twice), the St. James Palace Stakes, the Jockey Club Cup, and the Jockey Club Stakes. All told, her progeny won over 75,000 in prize money.

Diamond Jubilee
Diamond Jubilee


Florizel II
Florizel II

DIAMOND JUBILEE (b.c. 1897) was named in honor of the 60th year of Queen Victoria's reign. The beautiful but tempermental colt won six races including the Triple Crown, placed second five times, and third once. He was later sold to Argentina where he was an outstanding success, becoming Champion Sire four times. He sired As De Espadas (b.c. 1908) who won the Gran Premio Nacional; Moloch (ch.c. 1914) who won the Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini; and Smasher (b.c. 1911) who won the Gran Premio Nacional. He died in 1923 at the age of twenty-six.

PERSIMMON (b.c. 1893) won the Derby Stakes, St. Leger Stakes, Jockey Club Stakes and Ascot Gold Cup, was Champion Sire four times, and Champion Broodmare sire four times. His offspring include the superb filly Sceptre (b.f. 1899) who won the One Thousand Guineas Stakes, Two Thousand Guineas Stakes, Oaks Stakes and the St. Leger Stakes; Keystone II (b.f. 1903) who won the Oaks Stakes; Perola (ch.f. 1906) who won the Oaks Stakes; Your Majesty (b.c. 1905) who won the St. Leger Stakes and was later a great success at stud in Argentina; and Prince Palatine (b.c. 1908) who won the Ascot Gold Cup twice and sired Rose Prince (b.c. 1919).

FLORIZEL II (br.c. 1891) won eleven races including the Goodwood Cup, Ascot Gold Vase and Jockey Club Cup. In the stud he sired Volodyovski (b/br.c. 1898) who won the Derby Stakes; Doricles (br.c. 1898) who won the St. Leger Stakes and then went to stud in France; and Vedas (b.c. 1902) who won the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes. He was among the Leading Sires seven times, and Leading Broodmare Sires twice.

Perdita II's other foals include DERLICT (Barcaldine), BARRACOUTA (b.f. 1889 x Barcaldine), FARRANT (Donovan), AZEEZA (Surefoot), Nadejda (b.f. 1899 x St. Simon) and *SANDRINGHAM (br.c. 1896 x St. Simon) who never raced and went to America. She died in 1899, after the birth of Nadejda.

--Updated by Liz Martiniak and Patricia Erigero

PERDITA II, bay filly, 1881 - Family # 7-f
b. 1872
Lord Clifden
b. 1860
b. 1848
The Slave
b. 1852
Lady Langden
br. 1865
ch. 1858
dk.b./br. 1847
Queen Mary
br. 1875
Young Melbourne
br. 1855
br. 1834
Humphrey Clinker
mare by Cervantes
mare by *Glencoe
La Belle Helene
br. 1866
St. Albans
ch. 1857
ch. 1851
Ellen Middleton

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