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  Rufford Abbey, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, England

Photos by Martin Wilson ©Martin Wilson 2003; all rights reserved.

Cremorne's grave
The grave of 1872 Epsom Derby winner Cremorne at Rufford Abbey.

RUFFORD ABBEY, near Ollerton, in Nottinghamshire, is an English estate built on the ruins of a Cistercian abbey built in the 12th Century. The estate came into the hands of the Savile family in the 1600s, and was owned by Captain Henry Savile, when he bred the colt CREMORNE (1869 c. by Parmesan - Rigolboche by Rataplan). Savile also owned the sire PARMESAN and the dam, RIGOLBOCHE, also dam of CREMORNE's full sister, the important broodmare MABILLE (dam of EGLENTYNE and MAZURKA).

CREMORNE won the Derby Stakes of his year over Prince Charlie (who had beaten him in the 2,000 Guineas), and the Ascot Gold Cup at 4. He retired back to Rufford Abbey to stud and was a successful sire. His sons THURIO, CADOGAN, and ST. GEORGE also became good sires. A daughter, TRAVIATA, produced the broodmare RINOVATA.

CREMORNE was lazy and tended to overeat and had to be exercised regularly to avoid health problems. Savile died in 1881 and CREMORNE followed shortly thereafter in 1882 from heart failure. Although officially sold for 5,400 guineas from his breeder's estate, the buyer's name was Lumley, Savile was the illegitimate son of John Lumley-Savile.

Many thanks to Martin Wilson for the kind permission to use his photo of CREMORNE's grave. -- A.P.

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