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  Family C-24: Sound

This family, along with that of Slyph (C - 21) and Josephine (C- 19), was readmitted to the Australian Stud Book in 1952, due to the excellence of its winners in the preceding years. It is still producing stakes winners today.

The family descends from a bay mare that was probably bred by Richard Rouse, or his neighbor, Charles Smith, both among the most important Australian thoroughbred breeders in the mid-19th century. Charles Smith owned the famous Bungarribee Stud, outside of Sydney, where many famous thoroughbreds were lodged, including the stallions Steeltrap, Rous' Emigrant, and the important mares Spaewife and Cutty Sark (Family C - 3). In 1840 Smith established Clifton Stud, near Windsor, NSW, and a number of Smith mares were purchased by and used in Rouse's Rouse Hill Stud, a 450 acre grant near Windsor. Rouse, who emigrated from Oxfordshire to Australia in 1801, began breeding thoroughbreds around 1816, and had a stable of famous runners, including Jorrocks (Family C-15), and bred many others. The Rouse property at Biraganbil, in the Bathurst district, encompassing around 4,000 acres, became the premier site of Rouse breeding with the establishment of Biraganbil Stud there, later managed by Rouse's son, George Rouse (1816-1888).

In 1836 Richard Rouse purchased the colt St. John (1834, by St. Nicholas-mare by Thunderbolt), that had just been imported. At Rouse Hill St. John had a significant influence on Australian breeding, getting a number of sire sons, including Little John II, Van Tromp, Plover, and Ravenswing, among others, and a number of influential broodmares, as well as many good runners, bred by Rouse and his neightbor Smith, and others. St. John's daughter, Lucretia, from the bay mare of unknown breeding, but probably thoroughbred, was bred by Richard's son, George Rouse, and was the dam of Beatrice, the taproot mare of this Colonial family.

Lucretia passed into the hands of Charles Baldwin, who owned Durham Court Stud at the Baldwin family's 30,000 plus acre Diniwarindi station at Manilla, where, to the cover of imported Pitsford (1847, by Epirus - Miss Horewood), she dropped Beatrice in 1862. Pitsford, a Herod-line sire, was imported from England in 1857 by Charles Tindal, owner of Ramornie Station at Copmanhurst, and his partners John and Thomas Mylne of Eatonswill Station. He had won Newmarket's Two Thousand Guineas Stakes, the Racing Stakes at Goodwood and other good races, and has run second to Voltigeur in the Epsom Derby. As a sire in Australia he was extremely influential in the mid-19th century.

In Baldwin's stud Beatrice bred Prince Charlie (1872, by Yelverton), Sound (1877, by The Drummer, imported by Baldwin in 1874), and Laverna (1879, by Wilberforce). Prince Charlie, whose, sire, Yelverton, had been imported from England by Baldwin in 1862, became a regional sire. Sound, a filly, was by The Drummer (1866, by Rataplan - My Niece), another Baldwin import from England, who got many good runners and breeding stock. Laverna was by another imported stallion, Wilberforce (1868, by Oxford - Corsica), who arrived in 1878. Laverna's branch of the family bred on for several generations.

Virtually all of the present-day family descended from Sound, who was sold to John Finnie of Drayton, Queensland, and from that time forward, the family was largely Queensland-based, although it produced many winners of important races in other states. Sound produced fourteen foals, among them some grand runners, including the gelded Megaphone (by native sire Newbold, by imp. Kelpie), a brilliant juvenile in Queensland, then sent south to win many stakes races, from 7 to 24 furlongs, including the 12 furlong AJC Spring Stakes and the 24 furlong AJC Randwick Plate; the filly Telephone (by native-born Ormond, by imp. Epigram), who won the QTC Exhibition Handicap over 8 furlongs in 1893, and her sister Harmony, winner of the QTC Sires' Produce Stakes over 7 furlongs.

It was Megaphone's sister, Microphone, born in 1893, who continued the family line through her excellent producing daughter, Microbe (by native sire Warpaint, by Chester), who, in the famous Lyndhurst Stud of J.G. McDougall at Warwick, Queensland, ensured the family's continuation. Microbe bred three stakes winners in Star Robe, winner of the QTC Sires' Produce Stakes, and her sister Molly's Robe, who won six stakes, including the 11 furlong QTC King's Plate, twice, and the gelded Vaccine, who won the AJC Breeders Plate at age two and Tattersall's NSW Tramway Handicap at age five. The family continued through Microbe's daughter Molly's Robe, another good runner and excellent producer, and her half-sister Merle's Robe (1922, by Chantemerle). Present day winners include CJC Easter Cup winner Mi Galleon (1993, by Al Khawaaneeg) and the stakes winning Royal Mask (2000) -- the latter bred at Canning Downs Stud, near Warwick, Queensland -- whose family had been developed there for many generations.

Notable Descendants




Katanga b.c. 1936
(The Buzzard - Biddy's Robe)
Queensland bred and owned colt, trained by leading Sydney trainer Bayly Payten, was the best weight-for-age runner of the wartime years, with 22 wins up to distances of 1-3/4 miles. He won the AJC Autumn Stakes (12 furlongs) three times in succession (1943-45), the AJC Colin Stephen Stakes twice (1942-43), the AJC Chipping Norton Stakes twice (1944-45), the Canterbury Stakes, the AJC Warwick Stakes, the AJC Plate, the AJC All-Aged Stakes, and the Rawson Stakes, among other efforts. He met and beat the grand little mare Flight three times out of eight, but appeared to take an instant dislike to her on their first meeting in the 1944 AJC Warwick Stakes (7 furlongs), when he attempted to savage her three times in the final furlong and beating her to the finish line; he subsequently went after her in several other races, including the AJC Colin Stephen Stakes, and it was reported he would "become upset" if she was anywhere near him during training. He managed to contain himself in the 1945 AJC Autumn Stakes, only to attack Payten's stable manager after the race. He retired to C.E. Barnes' Canning Downs Stud, after eight seasons racing, and got the good broodmare Dolled Up, the dam of Tails (see above) and Man About Town. His brother, Silver Buzz (1943), won the Brisbane Cup in 1950, among other races. Their sire, imported The Buzzard (1926, by Spion Kop), was a very successful stallion at Lyndhurst Stud, and led the sires' list in 1949-50.

Marauder br.g. 1932
(The Buzzard - Kanzu)
Bred at Lyndhurst Stud, as was his dam, Kanzu (1926, by Seremond), and where his sire, The Buzzard, stood. He was purchased and raced by Melbourne-based owner Wallace Mitchell, and proved to be a high class stayer of the late 1930s. He won the 1938 Auttumn Handicap (1-1/2 miles), the 2-1/4 mile Australian Cup, and the VATC Herbert Power Handicap (1-1/4 miles) , and was third in the Caulfield Cup, won by Lyndhurst-bred Buzzalong. At the end of the 1938-39 season, Maurader won the King's Cup held by the VRC that year, beating Respirator and Pageant, with the good runner Spear Chief out of the money. His half-brother, High (1930, by High Force), was a winner in Queensland, including the Elizabeth Farm Handicap of 1935.

Mollison b.g. 1925
(Seremond - Molly's Robe)
Bred at Lyndhurst Stud, Queensland, from the speedy Molly's Robe, and by the Desmond son, Brighton Stakes winner imported Seremond, that stood at Lyndhurst. Mollison was the best juvenile of his year. He was purchased privately as a yearling by E.M. Pearce, with a contingency of £100 for the first race won, which was Flemington's Maribyrnong Trial, which he won easily by two lengths in a big field. Next was the VATC Debutant Stakes, which he took by 2-1/2 lengths, conceding 10 pounds to the next runner. He then won the VRC Maribyrnong Plate, beating a very good field to which he was conceding weight, and in the spring of his juvenile year he went on to win the VRC Sires' Produce Stakes by four lengths and the Ascotvale Stakes by half a length, conceding ten pounds. At Randwick he won the AJC Sires' Produce and Champagne Stakes, and retired undefeated for the season with the most money won to that date by a juvenile. He was expected to be the big three-year-old, and he did well: he won the 7 furlong Hobartville Stakes, the Rosehill Guineas (9 furlongs) easily, but ran second to Prince Humprey in the 12 furlong AJC Derby at Sydney, his first defeat in ten races. He was fourth in the Caulfield Guineas, and showing some strain, was sent home to rest and did not run in the Victoria Derby. His other wins in 1929 were the 8 furlong AJC All Aged Stakes, the VRC C.M. Lloyd Stakes (dead-heat), and the 7 furlong VATC Caulfield Futurity. His brother, Calmond (1927, also gelded), won the VRC Bagot Handicap over 12 furlongs. His half-sister, Mary's Robe (1930, by High Force), won the 5 furlong C.E. McDougall Stakes at Queensland and bred Rayland (1944), a good juvenile in Queensland, and continued the family line through her daughter, Chez Dior, (1949, by Maytown), another McDougall Stakes winner and dam of the top juvenile, Refulgent (1957, by Dalray (see Family C - 3)), who was third in the free handicap, despite only running in Brisbane. Mollison's dam, Molly's Robe (1915, by Syce), was a very good speedster and weight-carrier in Queensland, winner of the QTC Queensland Guineas and Denman Plate (both 8 furlongs), the QTC King's Plate and the QTC Flying Stakes, both twice, and went north to win the VRC Newmarket Handicap (6 furlongs).

Tails ch.c. 1965
(Dalray - Dolled Up)
A big, handsome chestnut bred and raced by C.E.B. Barnes at Canning Downs Stud on the Darling Downs, Queensland, where his sire, Dalray (Family C - 3), stood at stud. He was a popular Australian stayer that ran for four seasons, winning 23 races and almost $200,000. He won the AJC Metropolitan (2600 meters) two years in succession (1969, 1970), and almost did it again a third year, but was narrowly beaten by Oncidion, to whom he was conceding 31 pounds! His most famous race was the 2500 meter wfa Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 1972, when he and the great grey Gunsynd, running his last race, battled down Randwick's grueling stretch before a wildly excited crowd, with Tails pulling ahead to win by 3/4 of a length. He also ran third in the 1971 Melbourne Cup to Silver Knight and Igloo carrying the heaviest weight (9 st.) in the 21 horse field, and went off at 2:1 as favorite in the 1969 Cup (won by Rain Lover), running seventh in that race. His other wins included the Queensland Derby, the VATC Coongy Handicap (2000 meters), VRC Hotham Handicap, the STC Cup twice (2400 meters, 1969, 1971), the QTC Sir Winston Churchill Stakes, the BATC Doomben Cup (2200 meters), the AJC Winter Stakes, Tattersall's NSW Chelmsford Stakes (1800 meters), the STC Tancred Cup and the QTC P.J. O'Shea Stakes (2400 meters). He retired to stud at Canning Downs, and was moderately successful as a stallion. His older brother, Man About Town (1962), bred at Canning Downs, was a winner of Sydney's Winter Cup in 1966. His dam, the in-bred Dolled Up (1954), was by Katanga (see above), and out of Chez Dior, all bred at Canning Downs. Duk Duk (1983), a winner of the QTC Eagle Farm Stakes 2200 meters) and the Toowoomba Cup (2000 meters), and her stakes-winning daughter Royal Mask (2000, by Royal Academy), also bred at Canning Downs, are also descendants of Chez Dior.

Descent Chart

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

(Rouse's) Mare (b.f.-) bred in Australia
 Lucretia (f. 18-) by St. John
  Beatrice (f. 1862) by Pitsford
   Sound (f. 1877) by The Drummer
   | Megaphone (b.g. 1887) by Newbold
   | Telephone (ch.f. 1888) by Ormond
   | Microphone (b.f. 1893) by Newbold
   | | Microbe (b.f. 1903) by Warpaint
   | |  Star Robe (b.f. 1914) by Syce
   | |  Molly's Robe (b.f. 1915) by Syce
   | |  | Mollison (b.g. 1925) by Seremond
   | |  | Calmond (ch.g. 1927) by Seremond
   | |  | Mary's Robe (b.f. 1930) by High Force
   | |  | | Rayland (ch.c. 1944) by Rivoli
   | |  | | Jolly Nice (f. 1948) by Jolly Roger
   | |  | | | King's Robe (c. 1953) by Buzzard King
   | |  | | Chez Dior (b.f. 1949) by Maytown
   | |  | |  Dolled Up (f. 1954) byKatanga
   | |  | |  | Man About Town (blk/br.c. 1962) by Dalray
   | |  | |  | Lady of Fashion (f. 1964) by Dalray
   | |  | |  | Tails (ch.c. 1965) by Dalray
   | |  | |  | Indulgence (ch.f. 1971) by Latin Lover
   | |  | |  |  Lenient (br.f. 1976) by King's Robe
   | |  | |  Ton (b.f. 1956) by Dalray
   | |  | |  | April Dancer (f. 1966) by Bogan Road
   | |  | |  |  Dancing Years (f. 1971) by Novalis
   | |  | |  |  | Bacchetta (f. 1979) by Baguette
   | |  | |  |  |  Bandarilla (f. 1988) by Zephyr Zip
   | |  | |  |  |   Mi Galleon (ch.c. 1993) by Al Khawaaneeg
   | |  | |  |  Duk Duk (br.f. 1983) by Claudius
   | |  | |  |   Royal Mask (b.f. 2000) by Royal Academy
   | |  | |  Refulgent (ch.g.1957) by Dalray
   | |  | |  Dalento (br.c. 1961) by Dalray
   | |  | Robemond (c. 1931) by Seremond
   | |  | Buzzard King (c. 1932) by The Buzzard
   | |  Vaccine (blk.g. 1918) by Seremond
   | |  Merle's Robe (blk.f. 1922) by Chantemerle
   | |   Kanzu (f. 1926) by Seremond
   | |   |  High (c. 1930) by High Force
   | |   |  Marauder (br.g. 1932) by The Buzzard
   | |   Sally's Robe (b.f. 1928) by Seremond
   | |   Biddy's Robe (b.f. 1930) by Seremond
   | |    Katanga (b.c. 1936) by The Buzzard
   | |    Silver Buzz (ch.g. 1943) by The Buzzard
   | Harmony (f. 1897) by Ormond
   Laverna (f. 1879) by Wilberforce
    Special Wire (f. 1885) by The Tester
     Oddwire (f. 1900) by Autonomy
      Golden Wire (b.g. 1908) by Havoc

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