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Family C-36: Rosebud
This family, mostly based in New Zealand, is still producing stakes winners, and includes excellent stayers, good sprinters, and classic winners in its line of descent. The family's taproot was a mare of now unknown pedigree, bred in New South Wales by a Mr. Imlay and imported into Nelson in 1848 or 1849. She became a broodmare owned by Constantine Dillon, an early emigrant into Nelson, where he quickly became involved in the colony's politics and cultural affairs and a member of the oligarchy that controlled Nelson. Dillon had a run west of Blenheim, known as the Delta Farm, in 1848, and a large station of 32,000 acres near Waihopai in the Wairau Valley, known as Leefield. In 1851 he was appointed Commissioner of Crown Lands at Nelson.
Dillon's mare produced a chestnut filly, named Rosebud, to the cover of Il Barbiere (1842, by Figaro). Il Barbiere was the first recorded New Zealand-bred thoroughbred racehorse, later an influential sire seen in early pedigrees, including in Family C-26, Family C - 4, and an unnumbered colonial family descending from the Canterbury Derby winner Opera. Rosebud, in the stud of an early Nelson sportsman, Mr. Cautley, produced Young Rosebud (1854, by Sir Hercules), after which she went into Thomas Redwood's (brother to Henry Redwood) stud, where she bred Otto (1857, by Sir Hercules), Cloth of Gold (1861, by Bay Middleton) and his brother, Little Hermit (1864). The gelded Otto won the Cheviot Cup at Nelson for Redwood, the first cup offered by the Nelson race organizers, and racing for Charles Redwood (another brother) won the Derby Stakes at Canterbury (later the New Zealand Derby) in 1861, among other races.
In the stud of landholder William Jones, Young Rosebud (1854) bred a daughter, Moss Rose (1858), by Bay (or Duppa's) Camden, through which the family continued. Bay Camden (1851, by Calendar) had been bred in New South Wales and imported by George Duppa into New Zealand in 1855. Moss Rose was first a broodmare in the stud of John Shand, and then became one of the mares in the Middle Park Stud Company, established in the mid-1870s at Canterbury, where the great stallion Traducer spent time at stud (the one-time leading U.S. sire Sir Modred (1877) and his brother Cheviot (1879) were bred by Middle Park Stud). Shand, a Liverpool merchant, emigrated with his family to New Zealand in 1851. He established a farm, Avon Lodge, at Riccarton, and a second farm, Rawcliffe, at Springston, and also a store in Wakefield.
Moss Rose produced eleven live foals, six in the Shand stud. Two of these were successful broodmares: Sweetbriar (1867, by imp. Antidote) and Red Rose (1870, by Traducer). Sweetbriar bred Cloth of Gold (1872, by imp. Ravensworth) winner of the 1877 Timaru Cup, and the good Canterbury-based stayer Chancellor (see below; 1874, by Traducer).
Red Rose did not race, and bred sixteen live foals before dying in 1892. She spent most of her life as Middle Park Stud Company broodmare, dropping two daughters that continued the family line: Rosalind (1876, by imp. Albany (1867, by Thormanby) and La Rose (1883, by the imported French stallion Apremont (1878, by Mortemer), who spent his career as Middle Park Stud Company stallion). A third daughter, Mountain Lily (1880, by native-bred Totara, also sire of Longlands (Family C - 25), bred Saul Solomon's brilliant weight-carrying Otago sprinter, Blazer, winner of the Electric Plate at Canterbury, the Dunedin Wingatui Stakes, and the WRC Telegraph Handicap in three successive years (1900-1902).
Rosalind was first bred at age three by Henry Redwood; in all she produced ten foals for Redwood, and seven foals for other breeders. She produced three good winners, Black Rose (1881), winner of the Canterbury Derby Stakes (New Zealand Derby) for Redwood, Roseal (1900), also a winner of the Derby, and Royal Rose (1890), winner of the CJC Jockey Club Handicap in 1894. She had several daughters that bred on, including Epilogue (1891), bred by Redwood, whose descendants included Wellington Cup winner Guest Star (1970, see below), and the good juvenile Show's Pride (1969). Another daughter, Prologue (1895), was the dam of the good South Island stayer Sinapis (1908), winner of the New Zealand Cup, the Wanganui Cup and other good races. Prologue's descendants included Gold Salute (1936, see below), who was taken to Australia to beat the best in Victoria and New South Wales in the early 1940s.
Moss Rose's daughter La Rose is the other branch through which the family descends to the present. After five generations of relative quiet, the Night Raid mare Paigle (1927) revitalized this branch with daughters Peony Rose (1934) and Lady Paigle (1941). La Rose's branch includes the long-running sturdy stayer Palisade (1957, see below) and the stakes winners descending from Group 3 winner Isla Bijou (1981), such as her long-running sprinting daughter Centisle (1990, winner of SAJC Goodwood Handicap and 5 other races) and her miler half-sister Sylvaner (1997), winner of three G2 stakes.
Chancellor br.c. 1874
(Traducer - Sweetbriar)
Bred by the Middle Park Stud Company, he was one of their early successes. He was purchased and trained by the long-time South Island trainer Harry Goodman, who would later train the outstanding Euroclydon to his wins in 1895 and who also schooled Sir Modred when he went to Australia. Chancellor's big wins included the CJC Metropolitan Handicap and, in 1879, the CJC Canterbury Jockey Club Handicap (16 furlongs), in which he had run second the year before to Maritana when she set a New Zealand record for two miles.
Gold Salute ch.g. 1936
(Lord Warden - Frenzied Finance)
Bred in New Zealand and taken at age three to Australia to run by his owner Alan Cooper. He had won two races prior to racing in the AJC Derby, but in that race, although he made most of the running, he was beaten two furlongs from home by Reading, High Caste, Wilson and Beau Vite, who also came over from New Zealand that year. He avoided most of the other important races leading up the Victoria Derby, but did win a mile race at Caulfield the week prior to it, and his enthusiastic owner made a large wager that he would win the "triple" -- the Cox Plate, VRC Derby and Melbourne Cup. Alas, Gold Salute ran second to Mosaic in the 1939 Cox Plate, losing in the last few strides, and never even ran in the Melbourne Cup, his ability to go a distance since the Cox Plate already in question. He went on to win a number of good sprints and mile races -- including the VRC Cantala Stakes, the VATC Toorak Handicap, the AJC The Shorts (5-1/2 furlongs), and the AJC All-Aged Stakes, in which he beat Beau Vite in an upset, and the 5 furlong AJC Challenge Stakes. He did, however, win at 11 furlongs in the QTC King's Plate in 1941.
Guest Star b.g. 1970
(Crest of the Wave - Queen's Navy)
One of the best of his generation in New Zealand at age three, in a year of good runners, Guest Star was owned and trained by Ivan Tucker. Tucker was a successful trainer based at Takanini, who also had success racing in Australia, notably with the great New Zealand-bred stayer Rising Fast (Caulfield Cup twice, Melbourne Cup). As a three-year-old Guest Star showed himself to be a good stayer, winning the New Zealand St. Leger, and beating the excellent four-year-old filly Show Gate (set course record in CJC Stewards Handicap and was unbeaten at age five) in the Ormond Memorial Gold Cup at Hastings. The next year he won the VATC Caulfield Stakes in Australia, the WRC Handicap, and the 2400 meter CJC Great Autumn Handicap, but was edged out by a nose in the 3200 meter Wellington Cup by Timon. At age five he returned to win the Wellington Cup, beating Oopik and Royal Dell. He ran for two more years, retiring in the 1978-79 season. His half-sister, Queen's Pride (by Gigantic), juvenile winner of the Waikato Lightning Handicap and placed in other good races, bred on, producing B>Show's Pride winner of four races as a juvenile and third in the New Zealand 2 Year Old Free Handicap.
The good staying handicap mare Java Siang (1995, by Desert Sun), descends from Queen's Pride.
Palisade b.g. 1957
(Ruthless - Peony Royal)
The first foal of his dam, bred and raced by A.T. Ottrey and trained by Dave "Skipper" Wilson at Mosgiel, he was a long-running, game, and versatile runner -- at age nine he was still winning Cup races for his 81 year-old trainer, and the two old fellows had many good wins in the twilight of their careers. Palisade did not start racing until age four, winning three of his first eight starts. In 1963-64 he won the Paparu Handicap and the Islington Handicap in a span of three days, the Buchanan Memorial at Motukarara, the Dunedin Cup (12 furlongs) beating the champion Great Sensation. In 1964-65 he won the Canterbury Gold Cup, and was barely beaten back into third in the New Zealand Cup (2 miles) by Alaska; he also won races at Trentham and Awapuni, and was second in the Awapuni Gold Cup to Royal Duty. The next season, 1965-66, he took the Chalmers Handicap at Wellington (16 furlongs) carrying the top weight, with Melbourne Cup winner Polo Prince fourth. He also won the CJC Metropolitan Handicap (12 furlongs), beating a strong field, includng Beauzami, the WRC Summer Handicap (12 furlongs) and the Watties Presentation Cup over 11 furlongs at Palmerston. In the remainder of his career he won the Chalmers Handicap a second time, carrying 9 st.-6 lbs, the Awapuni Gold Cup carrying 10 st. - 3 lbs. (10 furlongs), the Craven Plate at Riccarton, the Dunedin Vice Regal Handicap, Trentham's President's Handicap, and the Ormond Memorial Gold Cup at Hastings, and, at age nine, a sprint race at Wyndham carrying heavy weight, and the James Hazlett Gold Cup at Wingatui, beating his near-relative Court Belle. That season he was third to Baloo and Raidan in the Canterbury Cup, and second to Game in the Churchill Stakes, and carrying 9 st.-6 lbs. lost by a nose to the lightly-weighted Michael Molloy in the Wellington Cup, for which he had been specially prepared.
His near-relative, Court Belle (1960, by Bellborough), schooled by the noted Gore-based trainer Rex Cochrane, was a good long-running winner of the WRC Summer Handicap, and the CJC Great Autumn Handicap twice (1966 and 1967).
Bold=winners of stakes races and important handicap and weight-for-age races
Mare (f) bred in NSW
Rosebud (ch.f. 1850) by Il Barbiere
Young Rosebud (ch.f. 1854) by Sir Hercules
| Moss Rose (ch.f. 1858) by Bay Camden
| Sweetbriar (f. 1867) by Antidote
| | Cloth of Gold (c. 1872) by Ravensworth
| | Chancellor (br.c. 1874) by Traducer
| Red Rose (ch.f. 1870) by Traducer
| Rosalind (br.f. 1876) by Albany
| | Black Rose (b.c. 1881) by Anteros
| | Queen Rose (f. 1889) by King Cole
| | | Star Rose (b.c. 1900) by Day Star
| | Royal Rose (ch.c. 1890) by King Cole
| | Epilogue (ch.f. 1891) by King Cole
| | | Melologue (br.f. 1906) by Advance
| | | Spare Moment (blk.f. 1917) by Merry Monarch
| | | | Golden Time (ch.f. 1932) by Lackham
| | | | Queen's Navy (ch.f. 1949) by Bahershah
| | | | Queen's Pride (f. 1962) by Gigantic
| | | | | Mi Gold (ch.f. 1972) by Gold Sovereign
| | | | | | De Valois (b.f. 1980) by Balmerino
| | | | | | French Prince (ch.g. 1988) by Victory Prince
| | | | | Mi Princess (blk.f. 1974) by Show Off
| | | | | Mi Tristena (dkb/br.f. 1982) by Sir Tristam
| | | | | Java Siang (b.f. 1995) by Desert Sun
| | | | Guest Star (b.g. 1970) by Crest of the Wave
| | | Redlouge (f. 1918) by All Red
| | | Royal Vanity (f. 1931) by Royal Divorce
| | | Royan (f. 1938) by Lackham
| | | Reave (f. 1943) by Arvakur
| | | Reave's Gold (f. 1957) by Golden Cloud
| | | Master Brynn (c. 1963) by Nottingham
| | Prologue (f. 1895) by Catesby
| | | Prelude (f. 1902) by Merrie England
| | | | Peronilla (br.f. 1910) by Achilles
| | | | Frenzied Finance (f. 1924) by Paper Money
| | | | | Milady (f. 1928) by Weathervane
| | | | | Gold Salute (ch.g. 1936) by Lord Warden
| | | | First Money (br.c. 1926) by Paper Money
| | | Sinapis (b.f. 1908) by St. Ambrose
| | Roseal (b/br.c. 1900) by Handsome Jack
| Mountain Lily (f. 1880) by Totara
| | Blazer (g. 1894) by St. Clair
| La Rose (f. 1883) by Apremont
| Red Ensign (f. 1884) by St. George
| Red Peony (f. 1896) by St. Clair
| Red Charm (f. 1911) by Charlemagne
| Rose Lady (f. 1918) by Rose Noble
| Paigle (f. 1927) by Night Raid
| Peony Rose (f. 1934) by Robespierre
| | Defendant (br.f. 1943) by Defaulter
| | | Barrister (blk.f. 1955) by Callander
| | | | Scale Fee (ch.f. 1971) by Charicles
| | | | Isla Bijou (ch.f. 1981) by Noble Bijou
| | | | Centisle (f. 1990) by Centaine
| | | | Ungaro (b.f. 1994) by Centaine
| | | | | Rule of Engagement (c. 2001) by Danasinga
| | | | Sylvaner (b.f. 1997) by Danasinga
| | | Court Belle (f. 1960) by Bellborough
| | Peony Royal (f. 1948) by Royal Chief
| | Palisade (b.g. 1957) by Ruthless
| | Civil Lady (f. 1958) by Alpenhorn
| | Jane Marie (f. 1966) by Kurdistan
| | | Mary Wake (f. 1976) by Noble Bijou
| | | Peebles (f. 1979) by Sovereign Eagle
| | | | Palareign (g. 1988) by Palatable
| | | Palamon (f. 1981) by Taipan
| | Goldameir (f. 1969) by Hawa
| | | Gleaming Cause (br.g. 1975) by Causeur
| | Paris Prince (g. 1972) by Causeur
| Lady Paigle (f. 1941) by Man's Pal
| Delayed (c. 1947) by Defaulter
| Bow Tie (c. 1954) by Beaumaris
Otto (br.g. 1857) by Sir Hercules