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  Family C-19: Josephine

Still active family boasting several champion runners has its roots in Australia's early bloodhorse history, was sent to New Zealand in the 1870s, and was successful there, with some branches returning to Australia. The family was not admitted to the Australian Stud Book, although listed in the appendix, for many years, but, due to successes of its many members, was finally admitted in 1952, along with Beatrice (Family C - 24) and Sylph (Family C - 21, through a list of approved mares whose branches had meritable performances.

The confirmed family line traces back to Fair Helen, by Rous' Emigrant, born around 1838 in the Veteran Hall Stud, near Prospect, of "Old Ironbark" William Lawson. Barrie speculated Fair Helen's dam was a mare named Fair Ellen, also in Lawson's stud, but the maternal pedigree is unknown beyond Fair Helen or Fair Ellen. Lawson came to Australia as an ensign in the New South Wales Corps in 1800, and gradually acquired a great deal of land at Bathurst, Mudgee, and elsewhere, and was an early racing enthusiast, importing or standing such early thoroughbred stallions as The Baron (1816), Theorem (1824), and later, (Lawson's) Emigrant (1831, by Tramp); the unnamed founding mare of the Lilla colonial family (Family C - 8) was a broodmare at Veteran Hall.

Fair Helen was bred to the native-born stallion Cossack (1846, by Sir Hercules and out of the famous mare Flora McIvor by Rous' Emigrant). Cossack had won the AJC St. Leger and other good races, and retired to Charles Reynolds' Tocal Stud near Maitland (later the famous stallion New Warrior would stand at Tocal). The resulting in-bred filly, Wando, born around 1855, was taken to Melbourne, where, bred to the successful stallion imported Boiardo (1851, by Orlando; sire of Banker, Barwon, Oriflamme, etc.) she dropped the bay filly Josephine in 1869, bred by Mrs. Joseph Council, the widow of a hotelkeeper at Box Hill.

Josephine, for whom the family is named, bred two fillies and two colts in the Bryan o'Lynn stud of Henry Phillips, located in the western district of Victoria. Phillips was a founding member and president of the Warrnambool Amateur Turf Club, where the Grand Annual Steeplechase has been held since 1872. Josephine's son Dhurringhile (1876) won steeplechases under heavy weights, and her other colt Deringa (1878) won a number of hurdle races, including the VATC Handicap Hurdle, and was third in the 1881 Grand National Hurdle. Josephine's daughter, Jointress (1875) was a dam of local winners.

Josephine's last filly, Brassolis (1877), by imported Panic (winner of the Launceston Cup in 1865, and other races, later sire of Strop, a four-time winner of this race) was sold to J. Macpherson of New Zealand, and passed through several hands during her stud career. Her daughter Vienne (1889, by The Dauphin) produced the gelded Full Cry, a winner of the 8 furlong WRC Thompson Handicap. Another daughter, La Dauphine (1886, by The Dauphin), produced Charente (1891) through which the family continued.

Charente bred three good winners in La Gloria, Crucinella, and the great stayer Nonette (see below), and three daughters -- Crucinella, Bonehur, and La Valiere -- that bred on. Recent winners in this family include the the good Australian sprinter Panorama Heights (1997) and the dual New Zealand Cup winner Sapio (1990).

Notable Descendants


Gay Ballerina
Gay Ballerina


Cimabue b.g. 1924
(Leighton - Delight)
Bred at Flaxmere Stud near Hastings, Hawke's Bay, by Wilfred G. Stead, who owned his sire, Leighton, and who bred most of his immediate relatives by other stallions he owned, Lord Quex and Feramorz. Cimabue was a top juvenile for Stead in the 1926-27 season, winning the Avondale Stakes, the CJC Welcome Stakes, the Victoria Handicap at Auckland and the Hawke's Bay Stakes. Prior to the latter race he was sold the owner-trainer H. Neagle of Greenmeadows, and in other ownership went on to win some other good sprinting stakes, including the 7 furlong CJC Great Easter Handicap (1929), the 6 furlong Wanganui J.C. Jackson Stakes (1930), and the 6 furlong CJC Steward's Handicap (1931). His dam, Delight (1917), bred and raced by Stead, also showed class as a juvenile, winning the AJC Gimcrack Stakes and the CJC Autumn Nursery Handicap (carrying 9 st.-13 lbs.), and placing second in a nursery at Flemington and at Canterbury. Delight's sister, Radiant Light (1918), was a good winner of the 12 furlong AJC Anniversary Handicap and Tattersall's Club Denman Handicap.

Gay Ballerina br. f. 1926
(Lord Quex - Lady Ball)
Bred at W.G. Stead's Flaxmere Stud near Hastings (NZ), she was a brilliant two-year-old, and the first juvenile ever to top the list of champion horses in New Zealand. Her path to the top began in the summer of her first season, when she debuted for Stead in Ellerslie's Midsummer Handicap, which she won, followed the next day by winning the Sylvia Handicap. She failed to place in the Wellington Stakes, after which Stead sold her to Australian H.G. Kirkpatrick. In his colors she won five of her next six starts, still in New Zealand, including the ARC Great Northern Champagne Stakes (7 furlongs), the WRC North Island Challenge Stakes (7 furlongs), and the Avondale All Aged Stakes. The next season she was shipped to Australia to race, winning the AJC Adrian Knox Stakes (8 furlongs), and Tattersall's NSW Carrington Stakes. Her Australian descendants in tail-female included Attack (1976, VATC Norman Robinson Stakes), Cabramatta Jack (1975, the Wagga Town Plate), and Sapio (see below). Her sister, La Moderne (1929), raced by Alfred Symes, was a sensation at Auckland in 1932, when she won the Queen's Plate on the first day, the King's Plate on the second day, and was second to the great filly Silver Scorn in the Great Northern Derby on the next day. In 1933 she won the New Zealand St. Leger in record time. La Moderne later bred Gay Son (1935, by Beau Pere), winner of the 1937 Wellington Wellesley Stakes and the 1939 ARC Clifford Plate; he also ran first in the 1938 New Zealand Guineas, but was demoted to third place for interference.

Magistrate b/br.g. 1971
(Stipulate - Our Jan)
Tough, sound New Zealand-bred winner of 15 races in 127 starts, he won two of his biggest races in Australia at ages nine and ten -- the Perth Cup (2 miles), twice, the first time by ten lengths and the second in the last stride, beating Allez Bijou. His other wins included the ARC Queen Elizabeth Handicap (in 1979), the Moe Cup and 2 mile Werribee Cup twice, and the Bendigo Cup at ages nine and ten; his placings including a third in the Auckland Cup, and third in the 1980 Melbourne Cup behind Hauberk and Salamander. He was bred by Ian Steffert at Park Lane Stud in Morrinsville, NZ, who also raced him. He was the best get of his high-class staying sire, Stipulate, who stood at Park Lane Stud.

Nonette ch.c. 1898
(Seaton Delaval - La Dauphine)
Champion New Zealand runner and one of the most impressive weight-carriers of any era, he raced for J.T. Ryan and was trained by Frank McManemin, later a noted handicapper. His wins included the ARC Welcome Stakes, the Avondale Stakes Cup, the ARC Great Northern Champagne Stakes (6 furlongs) the Avondale Cup, the Avondale Guineas, the Great Northern Guineas. At Auckland at age three, in four days he ran second by two lengths to St. Michael (age 4) in the Auckland Cup, conceding 10 pounds; won the Summer Cup (carrying 9 st.); won the ARC Handicap (1-1/2 miles, carrying 9 st.-4 lbs.), and on the fourth day ran second to St. Michael the Grandstand Handicap, carrying 9 st. 10 lbs. His other wins included the Wanganui Cup (14 furlongs, carrying 8 st. 11 lbs.), and the Auckland Easter Handicap (8 furlongs, carrying 9 st. 11 lbs., one of the few to carry this weight in the history of the race). As a stallion his only good runner was the Queensland winner Owen Roe. His half-sister, La Gloria (1896) won the Auckland Guineas in 1899, and his sister, La Valiere (1899) produced R.D. O' Donnell's Los Angelos (1904), a good staying winner of the Dunedin Cup (1 -1/2 miles), the Chelmsford Stakes (9 furlongs), the CJC Great Autumn Handicap (12 furlongs), and the Hawkes BayCup (12 furlongs) among other races. Another of Nonette's half-sisters, Crucinella (1904, by San Francisco) won the 1910 Wellington Cup and the Feilding Cup for W.F. McBeth.

Travel Boy b.c. 1956
(Marco Polo II - Mere-Ana)
A small, good three-year old colt, bred in New Zealand and purchased as a yearling for 1,750 guineas by Mrs. T.J. Smith and F.W. Green; when Green died, Mrs. Smith sold a half-interest in the colt to Sydney newspaper mogul Frank Packer just before the AJC Derby. He won the Ascot Vale Stakes and the VRC Sires' Produce Stakes. He would have been second best of his year, 1959-60, had he not run up against Martello Towers, who beat him into second in the Hobartville Stakes, the Canterbury Guineas, the Rosehill Guineas, and the AJC Derby (beaten by 3/4 length). Travel Boy then won Sydney's AJC Craven Plate, while Martello Towers went to run against Noholme in the Caulfield Guineas . Travel Boy then met Noholme in the Cox Plate (1-1/4 miles) at Moonee Valley, finishing a poor sixth to Noholme's win. Travel Boy met Martello Towers in the Victoria Derby, and won the race after Martello Towers, injured in the gate, was pulled up. Travel Boy went on to run unplaced in the Melbourne Cup, and then went to Brisbane, where he easily won the Queensland Derby (12 furlongs) over inferior colts. That was the end of his career on the turf. His dam, Mere-Ana won five races in New Zealand, and produced four winners there. Her dam, Konneta (1936) won two races and was the dam of five winners; the third dam, Sergia (1932), won the Taranaki Jubilee Cup.

Sapio br.g. 1990
(Vice Regal - Sage)
Excellent, durable stayer and weight-carrier over five seasons, he was champion stayer in New Zealand in 1997, and champion hwt. older horse (10-1/4 furlongs and up). Bred by P.J. and S.L. Kay of Otaki, he won 16 races total; one of his most impressive feats was winning the CJC Metropolitan Gold Cup, followed by the New Zealand Cup (3200 meters) in 1995. He won a second New Zealand Cup in 1998. His other wins included the CJC South Island 3 Year Old Stakes; the CJC Easter Classic Stakes, the Awapuni Gold Cup, and in 1997 the Doomben Cup and the Queensland Tattersall's Cup, and his many placings included seconds in the Brisbane Cup, the Canterbury Gold Cup, Hong Kong's Queen Elizabeth II Cup, and the WRC Trentham Stakes twice. His dam, Sage, won seven races, to 2200 meters, including the WRC Air New Zealand Handicap in 1987, and her half-sister, Sally Symonds, was the dam of the handicapper and hurdler Mr. Solo and four other winners. Sage's second dam, Tibalong, was a winner of ten races in Australia to nine furlongs.

Descent Chart

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

Fair Helen (f.) by Rous' Emigrant
 Wano (f.) by Cossack
  Josephine (b.f. 1869) by Boiardo
   Brassolis (b.f. 1877) by Panic
    La Dauphine (br.f. 1886) by The Dauphin
    | Charente (ch.f. 1891) by Nordenfeldt
    |  La Gloria (ch.f. 1896) by St. Leger
    |  Nonette (ch.c. 1898) by Seaton Delaval
    |  La Valiere (ch.f. 1899) by Seaton Delaval
    |  | Los Angelos (ch.c. 1904) by San Francisco
    |  | Los Vegas (b.f. 1911) by Boniform
    |  |  Athens II (b.c. 1915) by Demosthenes
    |  |  Fluency (b.f. 1916) by Demosthenes
    |  |  | Friesland (br.c. 1931) by Friarsdale
    |  |  | Glossary (f. 1933) by David
    |  |  Quixotic (br.c. 1921) by Absurd
    |  |  Los Gatos (br.f. 1922) by Absurd
    |  |  | La Ballerina (f. 1930) by Verbius
    |  |  |  Phocion (b.g. 1937) by Manitoba
    |  |  Hinda Rose (f. 1924) by Leighton
    |  |  | Eastern Rose (f. 1929) by Eastern Monarch
    |  |  |  Cluster Rose (f. 1941) by Balkan Prince
    |  |  |   St. Falcon (b.c. 1946) by The Falcon
    |  |  |   Faident (f. 1959) by Precedent
    |  |  |    Empire Craze (c. 1966) by Little Empire
    |  |  Sunny Hours (ch.f. 1926) by Leighton
    |  |  | Sergia (b.f. 1932) by Lord Quex
    |  |  | Konneta (b.f. 1936) by Bulandshar
    |  |  |  Mere-Ana (br.f. 1946) by Foxbridge
    |  |  |   Travel Boy (b.c. 1956) by Marco Polo II
    |  |  |   Fantina II (f. 1958) by Marco Polo
    |  |  |    Portable (b.c. 1966) by Alcimedes
    |  |  Passion Fruit (b.c. 1930) by Lord Quex
    |  |  Passion Flower (b.f. 1931) by Lord Quex
    |  |   Beet (b.f. 1949) by Ruthless
    |  |    Oreka (b.c. 1955) by Targui
    |  |    Heavens Above (f. 1956) by Red Mars
    |  |     What (f. 1968) by Oncidium
    |  |      O'What Legs (f. 1981) by Three legs
    |  |       Priority Lass (f. 1991) by Vain
    |  |        Panorama Heights (b.c. 1997) by Scenic
    |  Bonheur (b.f. 1900) by Seaton Delaval
    |  | Sunlight (b.f. 1910) by Birkenhead
    |  | | Lady Ball (br.f. 1916) by Demosthenes
    |  | | | Gay Ballerina (br.f. 1926) by Lord Quex
    |  | | | | Belle Ballerina (f. 1934) by Rampion
    |  | | | | | My Ballerina (f. 1944) by Hall Mark
    |  | | | | |  Indian Tap (f. 1962) by Indian Empire
    |  | | | | |   Driftwood (f. 1969) by Green Park
    |  | | | | |    Gala Drift (b.f. 1974) by Galipar
    |  | | | | |    Aparapa (ch.g. 1975) by Red on Red
    |  | | | | |    Attack (ch.g. 1976) by Always There
    |  | | | | |    Driftdana (b.f. 1982) by Mandana
    |  | | | | Tibalina (f. 1943) by Titan
    |  | | | |  Rodoheja (f. 1950) by Elysium
    |  | | | |  | Girl About Town (b/br.f. 1964) by The Webb
    |  | | | |  |  Cabramatta Jack (br.g. 1975) by French Kingdom
    |  | | | |  |  Jugiong Jill (b.f. 1977) by French Kingdom
    |  | | | |  |  Murray's Lady (b.f. 1979) by Lorenzaccio
    |  | | | |  Tibalong (f. 1960) by Fountain
    |  | | | |   Sagacious Miss (f. 1967) by Sagacity
    |  | | | |    Sage (F. 1982) by Allgrit
    |  | | | |    | Sapio (br.g. 1990) by Vice Regal
    |  | | | |    Sally Symonds (f.) by Prince Bright
    |  | | | |     Mr. Solo (g.) by Americus
    |  | | | |     Sandy Symonds (f.) by Allgrit
    |  | | | |      Aide de Camp
    |  | | | La Moderne (ch.f. 1929) by Lord Quex
    |  | | | | Gay Son (br.c. 1935) by Beau Pere
    |  | | | Princess Ball (f. 1932) by Roydon
    |  | | Delight (b.f. 1917) by Demonsthenes
    |  | | | Cimabue (b.g. 1924) by Leighton
    |  | | Radiant Light (b.f. 1918) by Demonsthenes
    |  | | Frosty Morn (f. 1919) by Feramorz
    |  | | | Night Out (f. 1929) by Lord Quex
    |  | | |  Laughing Lass (f. 1933) by Laughing Prince
    |  | | |   Farola (f. 1948) by Beau Vite
    |  | | |    Our Jan (f. 1957) by Lucky Cast
    |  | | |     Magistrate (b/br.g. 1971) by Stipulate
    |  | | Spring Morn (f. 1920) by Feramorz
    |  | |  Gallant Dawn (f. 1936) by Heroic
    |  | |   Merry Dawn (f. 1946) by Merry Matthew
    |  | |    My Dawn (f. 1953) by Carey
    |  | |     Gallant Moon (f. 1969) by Moon Game
    |  | |      Titian Moon (f. 1990) by Cardinal
    |  | Client (ch.c. 1911) by Elevation
    |  | Bellina (f. 1919) by Panmure
    |  |  Cadland (b.c. 1926) by Acre
    |  |  Dakar (c. 1929) by Nigger Minstrel
    |  |  Snigger (f. 1935) by Laughing Princess
    |  |   Humour (br.f. 1948) by Broiefort
    |  |    Mission (b.g. 1962) by Golden Abbey
    |  |    Katamai (br.f. 1966) by Tsaoko
    |  |    Drollerie (f. 1968) by Laquis
    |  Crucinella (b.f. 1904) by San Francisco
    |   Canella (f. 1912) by Alawa
    |   | Vinella (f. 1924) by Warplane
    |   |  Winlu (f. 1940) by King Lu
    |   |   Lucrative (br.f. 1950) by Beaulivre
    |   |    High Gain (f, 1963) by High Rank
    |   |     Wealthy (f. 1968) by Pakistan
    |   |      Renteeno (gr.c. 1986) by Terreno
    |   Isabel (br.f. 1917) by Hallowmas
    |    Cashier (b.c. 1925) by Paper Money
    |    Ihapera (f. 1932) by Gainscourt
    Vienne (br.f. 1889) by The Dauphin
     Full Cry (b.g. 1896) by Reynard

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