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  Family C-18: Miss Millar

This family descends from Miss Millar, by imported Wanderer (1826, by Wanderer (son of Gohanna), imported into Western Australia from Great Britain in 1831 by the Henty brothers, and, lacking sufficient prospects, moved him to Tasmania, then a lively racing scene. She was out of a mare by an arabian, and her pedigree beyond that is unknown. George Duppa brought her and the mare Vesta from Tasmania to Nelson, New Zealand in 1851. Duppa was an early settler in Nelson and an enthusiastic sportsman who rode and won with his own horse, Hairtrigger, in one of Nelson's earliest races on February 1, 1843, the first anniversary of the founding of the settlement. She appears to have been sold to Robert Rowe, later a hotelier leasing the Tauherenikau Hotel and the land nearby, known as the Ferry Reserve, which became the site of the Wairarapa Jockey Club's (later Wairarapa Racing Club) first meeting in 1874.

Bred to Henry Redwood's imported stallion Sir Hercules, who stood at Nelson, the cradle of New Zealand racing, Miss Millar produced the bay filly named Miss Rowe in 1853. Redwood later bought Miss Rowe, and she raced successfully in both New Zealand and Australia, where she was taken along with Redwood's horses Strop and Io and two horses belonging to George Duppa, in 1858. Back in New Zealand in Redwood's stud, Miss Rowe produced Una (1861, by St. Aubyn), Master Rowe (1862, by Towton), Ake Ake (1863, by Towton), Roebuck (1864, by Towton), and the great race mare, Peeress (1865, by The Peer); she died in 1866. Apparently Ake Ake and Master Rowe were good winners, in addition to Peeress. Una and Peeress (see below) both continued the female line.

Una bred one foal, Golden Crown (1868, by Potentate) for R. Farmer, a founding member of the Auckland Jockey Club. After that, she produced a number of offspring bred by Alfred Buckland: Perfume (1870, by the good racehorse and sire Dainty Ariel), Ariel (1872, see below), Queen Mab (1974, by Derby), Omega (1875, by Sledmere), Prince Charlie (1877, by Papapa), Nickleby (1878, by Papapa), Carbineer (1881, by Musket), the in-bred Bangalore (1883, by Ariel), and Perfumery (1884, by Billingsgate). Of these, Perfume, Ariel and Omega were notable performers, and Queen Mab continued the female line. Una died in 1886. English-born Alfred Buckland, who arrived in Auckland in 1850 and settled at Kohuora in south Auckland, was a livestock auctioneer, first in partnership with Joseph Newman, and after 1856 on his own, establishing what became the center of agricultural commerce in the greater Auckland area at his Haymarket yard, where he held a weekly horse bazaar. His broadened activities included wool sales and sales yards in provincial towns, and a sales yard at Otahuhu, which became Auckland's fat-stock market. He invested in and owned a great deal of land in the area, raising livestock, grain and row crops, and had a fleet of ships to move livestock to Auckland; his wealth and standing in Auckland later brought him a number of directorships. He established a private racetrack on his land at Buckland's Beach, where some authorized race meetings were held, served multiple times as president of the Auckland Racing Club, and co-founded the Pakuranga Hunt Club in 1872.

Miss Rowe's family has been relatively successful, mostly in New Zealand, producing three winners of the New Zealand Oaks Stakes -- Motto (1895), Ismene (1897) and Lady Scholar (1942); Great Northern Oaks winner Sobranie (1952); Great Northern Derby winners Ariel (1872), Omega (1875), Venus Transit (1874), Fitz Hercules (1878), and Corroborree (1969), outstanding major Cup winners, such as Ariel (1872), Peeress (1865), and Vagabond (1914), and recently good horses that have placed high in the free handicap for juveniles and three year olds.

Notable Descendants

Ariel b.c. 1872
(Dainty Ariel - Una)
Ariel was bred by R. Farmer, and initially raced by Alfred Buckland, for whom he won the Auckland (Great Northern) Derby Stakes in 1875. He was then passed to James Watt, who had imported Figaro from New South Wales, the first thoroughbred brought to New Zealand, which he famously rode in an early sweepstakes at Pito-one (Petone) Beach in 1842. Watt was later the first president of the Auckland Racing Club. For Watt, Ariel, age four, won the third running of the Auckland Cup in 1876. The following year he won the Canterbury Cup, and in 1878, now owned by Gisborne sportsman A. McDonald, he won the Auckland Cup a second time. The following year, now in the ownership of Mat Edgar, an Auckland contractor, he won the Auckland Cup for a third time. Henry Redwood also owned him for a while, and for Redwood he won the Dunedin Forbury Handicap. He ran through 1880, placing second to Foul Play in the Auckland Cup that year. He was finally retired to stud, but had only minor success, with his gelded son Don one of his more noteworthy offspring, a surprise winner of the 1889 Great Northern Steeplechase, having been purchased shortly before the race by owner-trainer James Kean of Kohimarama for a very small amount of money. Ariel's sister, Perfume (1870), won the ARC Handicap in 1877. A half-brother to Ariel, Golden Crown (1868, by Potentate), won some early races and ran third in the first (unacknowledged) Auckland Cup of May 1874 for another early Auckland sportsman O.C. McGee, and another half-brother, Omega (1875, by Sledmere), owned by Buckland, won the (Great Northern) Derby Stakes in 1879.

Corroboree br.g. 1969
(Sobig - Chat's Own)
Co-champion colt in the New Zealand Three Year Old Free Handicap, he was raced by C.D. Margan and for him won the Great Northern Guineas, the Great Northern Derby (its last running), and the Wellington Stakes, among other races. He later went to Australia, where he was put to hurdling.

Honor Bound br.f. 1997
(Honor Grades -Amrica)
Bred and raced by Terry and Vicki Pascoe of the Waikato, New Zealand, and tained by Terry and Scott Wenn, this good sprinter won six races and placed eight times in 20 starts, and was best at age four when she won the ARC Easter Handicap and the Highview Stud Trophy (1600 meters). Her placings included second to the great Sunline in the Waikato Draught Sprint, and the Cambridge Jockey Club Travis Stakes at Te Rapa. The venerable Te Aroha Jockey Club re-named its President's Room in her honor. She is presently a broodmare for the Pascoes. Her half-brother, Greenback (1985, by Mr.McGinty) won nine races, and was placed third on the Free Handicap for juvenile colts. His wins included the Evergreen Lodge Stakes (1200 meters), and in Australia in 1991 the 2200 meter Tattersall's Cup in Queensland and the Riverina's Murrumbidgee Turf Club's rich, $100,000, 2000 meter Wagga Gold Cup. Their dam, Amrica (1978, by Amalgam), won six races, including the WRC Wellington Stakes over 1600 meters and the Manawatu Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes (2000 meters) in 1982, and was second in the New Zealand Oaks; she bred four winners from eight foals. Amrica's unplaced dam, Fabrica, bred eight winners, including Imperial Diamond [American Soldier II], who won in New Zealand and then ran in Malaysia, where he won the Perak TC Sultan's Gold Vase and other good races. Another member of this branch of the family, descending from Florfina (1940, by Vermeer), was Great Northern Oaks winner Sobranie (1948, by Admiral's Luck).

Peeress ch.f. 1865
(The Peer - Miss Rowe)
Bred and raced by Henry Redwood, she was trained at Chokebore Lodge, Riccarton, by Edward Cutts. She was one of the best runners of the 1870s, and winner of most of her races until her career was terminated by a betting scandal. In 1869 Redwood took her and two other good runners, Manuka and Misfortune, to Australia to run, where she won the Royal Park Stakes at Flemington, beating Melbourne Cup winner Glencoe and Australian runner Saladin; at the time this race was as prestigious as the Cox Plate was to become. Back in New Zealand she won the £500 Gold Cup at Tararu (near Thames) -- the largest purse offered in New Zealand that year -- and the Canterbury Cup in 1870 (carrying 10 st. - 2 lbs.), run that year in November, rather than January. and the 1-1/2 mile CJC Handicap (New Zealand Cup) in 1871. In the 1871 Canterbury Cup, she dead-heated with Knottingley (twice winner of the CJC Handicap), and then beat him in the run-off, but ran second to him by a short length in the Christchurch Plate held four days later. After this Redwood sold her to another prominent owner, William Walters, but the sale was secret; thus, for the 1872 Canterbury Cup many bets were laid on Peeress prior to the race, but not long before the start of the race it was announced she would not run because she had been sold and the new owner, Walters, declined to race her. Walters already had the great race mare Yatterina entered in the race, and Walters announced he intended to run Peeress in the Metropolitan Handicap the second day of the meeting instead of the Cup. The book on Lurline, another good runner entered in the Cup and owned by Redwood, was already closed. The betting public erupted in outcry, and an investigation, headed by George Stead, from the Canterbury Racing Club, ensued. Although Stead found there was no intent to defraud, the CJC banned Peeress from ever racing there again, and other racing clubs followed suit. Peeress was retired to Walters' Glenora Park Stud, where she bred eight winners from eight runners, including Venus Transit (1874, by Derby or Sledmere), winner of the 1878 Great Northern Derby for Walters; Fitz Herculues (1878, by Yattendon), also a winner of the Great Northern Derby, and Marion (1881, by Maribyrnong), a winner of the 1887 Timaru Cup. Marion had some superior tail-female descendants through 1920, after which her line faded (see Vagabond, below); Venus Transit and another half-sister, Torori (1883, by Musket), still have tail-female descendants winning stakes races today.

Vagabond b.g. 1914
(Martian - Gipsy Girl)
Bred by J.F. Buchanan at his Kinloch Stud, he was raced by K.S. Williams, winning the HBJC Hastings Stakes. He went on to win the Avondale Guineas, beating Rathlin and Mentmore, and then the Great Northern Guineas by a decisive five lengths at age three, but ran second to Estland in the New Zealand Derby, and third to Estland and Lord Kenilworth in the Great Northern Derby. In 1919 he surprised many by showed he could stay, winning the New Zealand Cup (2 miles), although he was barely beaten out of a placing four days later in the Canterbury Cup. In 1920 he won the ARC Handicap. His brother, Asculaphus (1912), was a winner of the SouRC Invercargill Cup. His second dam, Marion (1881, by Maribyrnong), a winner of the 1887 Timaru Cup, was a very successful broodmare in the stud of Canterbury-based George G. Stead, who dominated racing in New Zealand in the 1890s and early twentieth century and had been a partner in Henry Redwood's Chokebore Lodge, Riccarton, racing stud until he bought out Redwood's interests in the 1890s. Marion bred three good winners for Stead, all trained at Yaldhurst stables by Dick Mason. These were Strowan (1890, by Lochiel), a good juvenile winner of the CJC Champagne Stakes, the Middle Park Plate, and the DJC Marshall Memorial Stakes; and Motto (1895, by Medallion) and Ismene (1897, by Dreadnought), both winners of the CJC Oaks Stakes. Ismene later produced WRC Telegraph Handicap winner Tumut (1903, by Merriwee) for M.T. McGrath.

Descent Chart

Bold=winners of stakes races and important handicap and weight-for-age races

Mare by an arabian
 Miss Millar (ch.f. 18-) by Wanderer
  Miss Rowe (b.f. 1853) by Sir Hercules
   Una (b.f. 1861) by St. Aubyn
   | Perfume (b.f. 1872) by Dainty Ariel
   | Ariel (b.c. 1872) by Dainty Ariel
   | Queen Mab (f. 1874) by Derby
   | | Fairy Queen (f. 1888) by The Dauphin
   | |   Minna (f. 1897) by Seaton Delaval
   | |    Pet (f. 1906) by Cuirassier
   | |     Mussie (f. 1924) by Day Comet
   | |      Kilcash (f. 1936) by Musketoon
   | |      | Merry Mood (f. 1944) by Brazen Bold
   | |      |  James Fox (b.g. 1953) by Brer Fox
   | |      Why Not (f. 1944) by Silver Stick
   | |       Tolka (f. 1961) by Messmate
   | Omega (ch.c. 1875) by Sledmere
   | Carabineer (b.c. 1881) by Musket
   Peeress (ch.f. 1865) by The Peer
    Venus Transit (ch.f. 1874) by Derby or Sledmere
    | Muskapeer (b.c. 1882) by Musket
    | Star (f. 1891) by Hippocampus
    | | Fetuao (f. 1906) by Sylvia Park
    | |  Arcturas (f. 1919) by Day Comet
    | |  | Acquest (f. 1936) by Oration
    | |  |  Silver Quest (f. 1950) by Calm Courage
    | |  |   Tasman Sea (g. 1959) by Rolled Gold
    | |  |   Coolfin (f. 1962) by Resurgent
    | |  |   | Corene (f. 1977) by Brigade Major
    | |  |   |  Constanza (f. 1987) by Morcon
    | |  |   |   Convincing (f. 1997) by Vice Regal
    | |  |   Juverna (f. 1968) by Henry's Choice
    | |  |    Seattle Sovereign (ch.f. 1973) by Old Soldier
    | |  |     Handsome Seattle (ch.c.1960) by Val du Fier
    | |  |     La Belle Russe (ch.f.1989) by Val du Fier
    | |  Silvia Arch (f. 1924) by Marble Arch
    | |   Marble Fox (f. 1937) by Foxbridge
    | |    Delloch (f. 1954) by Balloch
    | |     Lochfair (f. 1961) by Fair's Fair
    | |     | Lea's Pride (f. 1970) by Indian Order
    | |     |  Regal Plume (f. 1978) by Royal Plume
    | |     |   Light 'N Easy (f. 1987) by Imperial Guard
    | |     |    Light Opera (g. 1995) by Straussbrook
    | |     Lochcourt (f.1964) by Final Court
    | |      Leacourt (f. 1976) by Indian Order
    | |      | Imperial Jewel (f. 1981) by Imperial Seal
    | |      |  Kreisler's Jewel (b.g. 1997) by Kreisler
    | |      Amloch (b.f. 1980) by Amyntor
    | Vedette (b.g. 1893) by Vanguard
    Grand Duchess (f. 1876) by Traducer
    | The Baron (br.c. 1886) by Hippocampus
    Fitz Hercules (b.c. 1878) by Yattendon
    Herculaneum (c. 1880) by Yattendon
    Marion (b.f. 1881) by Maribyrnong
    | Strowan (b.c. 1890) by Lochiel
    | Motto (ch.f. 1895) by Medallion
    | Ismene (ch.f. 1897) by Dreadnought
    | | Tumut(g. 1903) by Merriwee
    | Gipsy Girl (ch.f. 1900) by Gipsy Grand
    |  Asculaphus (b.c. 1912) by Martian
    |  Vagabond (b.c. 1914) by Martian
    Torori (br.f. 1883) by Musket
     Irish Twist (c. 1890) by Ingomar
     Rau Rau (b.f. 1898) by Gipsy King
      Nicotine (f. 1904) by St. Clements
      | Kimsem (f. 1916) by Autumnus
      | | Acco (f. 1926) by Acre
      | |  Fiddledine (f. 1935) by Laughing Prince
      | |   Minefield (f. 1949) by Booby Trap
      | |   | Messene (f. 1963) by Messmate
      | |   |  Ta Pee Gold (ch.g. 1973) by Gold Sovereign
      | |   Red Iris (f. 1950)
      | |    Chatamarie (f. 1963) by Chatsworth II
      | |     Ida Marie (f. 1968) by Kurdistan
      | Silver Fern (f. 1925) by Bisogne
      |  Shetland (f. 1934) by Acre
      |   Land View (f. 1940) by Surview
      |    Thornleigh (f. 1948) by Expanse
      |     Anchor (c. 1955) by Jolly Sailor
      Coronetted (g. 1905) by Coronet
      Marsuma (f. 1907) by Lupin
      | Muria (f. 1920) by Absurd
      |  Bey Ovel (f. 1929) by Lucullus
      |  | Virginian (f. 1938) by Quinland
      |  |  Forebrace (c. 1960) by Mainbrace
      |  Du Maurier (ch.g. 1933) by Surveyor
      |  Florfina (f. 1940) by Vermeer
      |   Sobranie (ch.f. 1948) by Admiral's Luck
      |   | Jamavana (f. 1955) by Resurgent
      |   |  Folovana (f. 1969) by Follow Suit
      |   |   Sahiwal (f. 1978) by Bismark II
      |   Latakia (f. 1953) by Summertime
      |   | Gold Fidelity (f. 1964) by Intrepid
      |   |  Solo's Dream (br.c. 1974) by Silver Dream
      |   Trinciato (f. 1955) by Mainbrace
      |   | Fabrica (f. 1966) by Oakville
      |   |  Amrica (f. 1978) by Amalgam
      |   |  | Greenback(ch.c. 1985) by Mr. Mcginty
      |   |  | Honor Bound(br.f. 1997) by Honor Grades
      |   |  Aspen Annie (f. 1982) by Amalgam
      |   |   Black Annie (f. 1990) by Imperial Seal
      |   |    Madison Gray (f. 1999) by Mellifont
      |   Missoula (f. 1958) by Mainbrace
      |    Second Chance (f. 1965) by Second Earl
      |     Every Chance (f. 1973) by Ring Round the Moon
      |      Placio (f. 1978) by Bellissimo
      |       Macthemadman (g. 1988) by Open Day
      Welcome Nugget (br.c. 1911) by Signor
      Puncha (ch.f. 1913) by Signor
       Golden Song (ch.f. 1930) by Hunting Song
        Happy Bay (f. 1938)
        | Ianthe (f. 1949) by Isaac of York
        |  Otematata (br.g. 1957) by Lord Moss
        |  Piriaka (f. 1960) by Able Seaman
        |  | Pure Luck (ch.f. 1970) by Golden Plume
        |  |  Grand Living (f. 1977) by Weyand
        |  |  | Pure Lust (b.f. 1988) by Pompeii Court
        |  |  Big Appeal (ch.g. 1990) by Lanfranco
        |  Leanthe (f. 1962) by Le Filou
        |   Lynmara (f. 1970) by Lionhearted
        |   | Windsor's Pal (b.c. 1984) by Palatable
        |   Bright Filou (f. 1975) by Prince Bright
        |   | Have it Your Way (f. 1983) by Star Way
        |   |  Au Revoir (f. 1991) by Morcon
        |   El Casino (c. 1977) by Bellissimo
        Lady Scholar (b.f. 1942) by Rhodes Scholar
        | Indian Scholar (b. 1948) by Bulandshar
        Nushka (ch.c. 1949) by Hiawatha
        Tootsie (b.f. 1951) by Balloch
         Chat's Own (b.f. 1960) by Chatsworth
         | Corroboree (br.g. 1969) by Sobig
         Ansonette (f. 1967) by Copenhagen
          Anna Bijou (f. 1980) by Noble Bijou
           Kronfeld (c. 1991) by High Ice

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