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  Family C-25: Dudu

This family is still active, largely in New Zealand, with a number of classic and Cup winners part of its heritage, and some good recent stakes winners keeping it vital.

Dudu was a bay mare bred in 1846 in New South Wales and imported into New Zealand by John S. MacFarlane, an Auckland banker who was chairman of the inaugural committee of the Auckland Racing Club and a part-owner in the Auckland Stud Company with the Morrin brothers and others. The New Zealand stud book only notes that she was from "imported parents."

It is possible Dudu was a daughter or grandaughter of a grey mare, named Dudu, born in Great Britain in 1834, out of Fille de Joie (by Filho da Puta) and by Sultan, bred by Col. Peel, and sold to "Mr. [Henry] Kater and sent to New South Wales." Kater arrived in Sydney in 1839 on the Euphrates, a bark he had chartered, which carried livestock and about ten thoroughbreds. According to Binney, he leased Charles Smith's Bungarribee property. This grey Dudu produced one or two daughters also named Dudu, one by Cap-a-pie (1837, by The Colonel out of a sister to Cactus, imported by Kater), and one known as Young Dudu, by the native-bred Lawson's Tros (by Tros, 1836 by Priam, also imported by Kater). Kater ran into financial difficulties early in the recession of the 1840s, and, in addition to giving up the lease on Bungarribee, disposed of much of his personal property and livestock for cents on the dollar, including most of his horses, but apparently retained his imported mare Dudu, from which he bred a colt in 1845 (by Cap-a-pie). The name "Dudu" is so unique in the stud books, and the dates coincide so well, that it is tempting to link MacFarlane's imported mare with the grey imported Dudu, who had such impressive breeding and is a member of Family 8 - b.

When MacFarlane's Dudu got to New Zealand, her only foal recorded in the New Zealand Stud Book was a black filly, Blink Bonny, bred by MacFarlane, who was by Porus, a bay horse bred in New South Wales (1845, by imp. Septimus-Camilla (Family C - 10)). MacFarlane probably brought Porus over to New Zealand; he was in Auckland by 1852, and raced for MacFarlane in a maiden plate there that year. Blink Bonny bred five foals registered in the New Zealand Stud Book for Dr. Thomas Paton, another early settler in the Auckland region who had earlier held some appointed governmental positions at Port Nicholson: the gelded Merrimac (1860, by Meleager), the colt Monitor (1861, by Meleager), and the fillies Marchioness (1863, by Herald), Marcella (1864, by Potentate), and Magnolia (1866, by Potentate).

It was Marchioness that continued the family line. Her sire, the Irish-bred Herald (1852, by Ishmaelite-Henriana), was imported into Auckland in 1861 and figures in early New Zealand pedigrees. In 1868 Marchioness entered the stud of James Watt, who became the first president of the Auckland Racing Club and a racing associate of Henry Redwood's. There she bred eleven foals, her last six bred in partnership with Robert Farmer, a partner of Watt's, with whom he held joint ownership of a big sheep station in Hawke's Bay. Her gelded son Longlands (1874, see below, by CJC Welcome Stakes winner Totara) was a good runner, and her daughters Polish (1871, by Day & Martin), Memento (1872, by Dainty Ariel), Bay Duchess (1873, sister to Longlands), and Florence (1877, by CJC Derby winner Papapa) bred on.

Both the Bay Duchess and Florence branches petered out after the turn of the century; Wellington's R.C. Thompson Handicap winner Mystification (1901, by Aprement), descended from Bay Duchess, and 1906 Avondale Stakes winner Quadroon (1904, by Menschikoff) was tail-female to Florence. Memento produced Victoria (1880, by Feve), who took the 1886 Taranki Cup and later bred 1891 ARC Welcome Stakes winner Adelaide, dam of Sport Royal (see below) and of Planet (1891), who produced Invercargill Cup winner Sirius, later the dam of two good stakes winners and a daughter, Asterina (1916) that bred on. The Memento branch of the family has flourished in recent years through the long-lived mare Mercian Queen (1829); Classic horses such as Queensland Guineas winner Flying Ace (1965), and South African Guineas winner Clifton King (1995, see below) descend from Mercian Queen.

Polish bred seven recorded foals; of these the 1884 bay filly Ladybird (by imported Feve (GB), who stood briefly in New Zealand before being sent to New South Wales, returning to New Zealand in 1879) was the thread through which her branch continued. Ladybird was bred by Dr. Edward Waddington, who received medical training in Scotland, England and Ireland before taking a post as a military surgeon in New Zealand, where he served in the Waikato. He later spent over 15 years on his freehold at Te Awamutu, retiring to Cambridge in 1892, and several years later to Morrinsville. Ladybird became a broodmare for James Livingstone, who had been a soldier and settled at Patea in the south Taranaki, which had its own racing club at the turn of the century. Ladybird bred eight foals for Livingstone, and two more for H. Kavanagh. Her foals by Muskapeer, Lottie (1889, see below) and Newtown (1896, Cornwall Handicap winner) were good runners. Lottie, Lady Cuisine (1893, by Cuirassier), and Golden Sands (1900, by Muskapeer) continued Ladybird's branch of the family. The good staying mare Beaux Art (1991, see below) and her stakes winning daughter Imaginaire (2002) descend from Lottie. Lady Cuisine's line is also still active; it includes the capital South Island bred stayer Mr. Ay Bee (1973, by Showoff), who took the Avondale Cup, the ARC King's Plate, and Dunedin Gold Cup, among other races before injuring his cannon bone, and Feilding Gold Cup winner Call Me Stumpy (1980).

Notable Descendants

Sir Dapper
Sir Dapper
Photo by Bradley Smith

Broker's Tip ch.c. 1965
(Summertime - Fatehpur Sikri)
Bred by G.R. Shirley and G.A. Thomas, he was a good New Zealand-bred miler, and won important races in Australia, including the STC Canterbury Guineas (1968), the AJC Epsom Handicap (1969) and the Doncaster Handicap, the STC Canterbury Stakes, STC Rawson Stakes, and AJC All-Aged Stakes in 1970. In the Epsom Handicap he was ridden by the well-known Queensland jockey R. "Darby" McCarthy. In the early 1980s he was sent to stud in Chile, where he got some good producing daughters, and was dam's sire of the Chilean Champion Three Year Old filly, Donna Karan.

Beaux Art b.f. 1991
(Nomrood - Ballyman's Girl)
Superior staying West Australian-based mare won nine of her 32 starts, including two second and four third placings. Her wins included the Western Australian classics, the WATC Derby and WATC Australian Oaks (both 2400 meters), the WATC Burgess Queen Stakes (1400 meters), the WATC Tattersall's Cup (2200 meters), the AJC St. Leger (2800 meters) and the MVRC J.F. Feehan Stakes (1600 meters); her placings included the Caulfield Cup and the Sydney Cup. Her daughter, Imaginaire (2002, by Fusaichi Pegasus) is this family's most recent stakes winner, trained by David Edwards. She ran second in the WATC Australian Oaks after a four week layoff, was fourth to Cat's Fun in the WATC Derby, and won the WATC St. Leger, beating older horses by 1-1/2 lengths; her record to date includes three wins and five placings in 14 starts.

Clifton King b.g. 1995
(Volksraad - Trompeur) Sold to South Africa and gelded, he was fourth in the free handicap for three year olds (Horse Chestnut was first that year), having won the South African Guineas and other races. A good sprinter/miler, he won seventeen races up to 1600 meters in a long career, including, in addition to the Guineas, the Gosford Park Centenary November Handicap (G1), the Turffontein John Skeaping Trophy Stakes (G2), and the Newmarket TC Morris Lipschitz Memorial Plate, and placed second in three other G1 races. His dam, Trompeur (1984, by English Harbour) won seven races to 2200 meters in New Zealand and in the Mapperley Stud at Matamata she also produced Trickery (1997, by Straussbrook), the dam of Clifton Prince (2001, by Volksraad, and so 3/4 brother to Clifton King), winner to date of the 2003 WRC Wellesley Stakes and the 2005 CJC Stewards' Stakes and a number of sprint races with his on-pace style of running. The second dam, Windy Filou (1966, by Le Filou) was a sprinting winner of three races, and through her unraced daughter Jenny Bee (1972, by Zamazaan) was also second dam of the staying Great Warrior (1981, by War Hawk), winner of the Ballarat Cup and ten other races, and his half-sister Quasin (1991, by Norman Pentaquad), winner of six races to 2200 meters. This branch descend from Mercian Queen, whose daughters that have bred on to the present, Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes winner Flying Queen (1949) and Windy City (1953) were both born when she was age 20 and older.

Longlands ch.g. 1874
(Totara - Marchioness)
Noted middle-distance runner in his day, he won the CJC Great Autumn Handicap (12 furlongs) twice for his owner James Watt, the first president of the Auckland Racing Club, and was trained by George Cutts at Kohimarama (Auckland). Watt was, at this time, in a racing partnership with the "father of the New Zealand turf," Henry Redwood and the dominant owner of the period, George Stead of Christchurch. Watt was a successful merchant with investments in various properties around Auckland, and had long been engaged in the racing and breeding of thoroughbreds, having imported Figaro, generally acknowledged as the first thoroughbred in New Zealand and as such an early influential sire, in 1840 from Australia. Longlands was named for a sheep station Watt co-owned at Hawke's Bay. His sire, CJC Welcome Stakes winner Totara, by imported Diomedes, was bred in New Zealand by Redwood, whose training stable, Chokebore Lodge, at Christchurch, was run by George Cutt's brother Edward.

Lottie b.f. 1889
(Muskapeer - Ladybird)
The first of eight foals from her dam, she was bred by J. Livingston and raced by the prominent Auckland trainer James Kean of Kohimarama, with Fred Davis frequently her jockey. She was a versatile runner, winner in 1894 of the 16 furlong Auckland Cup -- the first mare to do so -- and the ARC 12 furlong Easter Handicap, the 8 furlong R.C. Tompson Handicap at Wellington, and other races, which caused her to be known as "bread and butter" in Kean's barn, because her winnings kept the stable functioning. Davis rode many winners for Kean, and was later a winning jockey for the Hawkes Bay owner John Ormond and then a successful trainer for T.H. Lowry. In the stud she produced eleven live foals; Miss Lottie (1898, St. Hippo) dead-heated in the ARC Prince of Wales' Handicap over 7 furlongs in 1902, and Maheno won the Great Northern Oaks. Maheno (1904, by Soult) continued this framily branch: Sir Dapper (1980, see below), Broker's Tip (1965, see below), and Beaux Arts (1991, see below), all descend from Maheno.

Sir Dapper b.c. 1980
(Vain - Sikri)
Sir Dapper was the champion Australian colt of his year and one of two Golden Slipper winners -- the other was Birthday Card -- bred by Dan Buffier, a well-known Mudgee-based breeder who had an historic family dairy farm, Bungaroo, at St. Mary's, established in the 1880s, and in 1959 established Wingarra Stud at Bylong. Buffier purchased Sikri, who had placed once at age two, as a three-year-old at Melbourne specifically because she was related to Broker's Tip (see above), "one of the best milers I've ever seen," he said. He sent her to Gunsynd and she dropped the filly Billy Jo, a winner of three races and later a useful broodmare. Then he sent Sikri to Vain, standing at nearby Widdens Stud, and she dropped Sir Dapper in 1980. The colt was slated for sale at Easter, but injured his leg, and went to an Inglis sale a month later, where he was sold to Les Bridge and Peter Horwitz for $17,000, considered low value for a Vain colt. For his owners Sir Dapper won 13 of his 18 races, and four second placings. His wins included the 1983 Golden Slipper Stakes in record time (1:10), the AJC Spring Champion Stakes, the STC Gloaming Stakes and Peter Pan Stakes, the AJC Expressway and Hobartville Stakes, and the Canterbury Stakes. His career ended when he was clipped by the mare Tempestuous in the running of the AJC All-Aged Stakes, although he still ran second in the race to Emancipation. Syndicated as a stallion, he went to Trans Media Stud at Cootamundra in 1984, and proved a useful sire; a daughter of his, Bo Dapper (1985) produced two good winners, the sprinter Brighter Scene, and Australian Champion Sprinter Testa Rossa, the latter now a stallion in France.

Sport Royal br.g. 1897
(Malvolio - Adelaide)
Bred in Australia and owned by Allan H. "Tuki" McClean, who settled at Havelock (Hawke's Bay), along the Tuki Tuki River, he won the Kalgoorlie Cup (Western Australia) twice (12 furlongs, 1901, 1902), the WATC Metropolitan Handicap, and the 13 furlong Adelaide Cup, the latter in 2:48, the fastest time in the race until superceded in 1917. His trainer was Walter Hickenbotham, famous for training the great Carbine. His sire, the native-bred Malvolio, was a winner of the Melbourne Cup, and was a fairly successful sire, several times in the top ten list. His New Zealand-bred dam, Adelaide (1889, by Nordenfeldt and out of Taranaki Cup winner Victoria) won the ARC Welcome Stakes as a juvenile before her export to Australia. Adelaide's half-sister, Planet (1891, by Castor) continued the family line in New Zealand, producing Sirius (1897), who won the Invercargill Cup, and his half-sister Asteroid (1899), a Manawatu Cup winner, later dam of Hastings and Wellesley Stakes winner Asterias (1912, by Finland) and Asterina (1916, by Merry Moment), who bred on.

Descent Chart

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

Dudu (b.f. 1846)
 Blink Bonny (blk.f. 18-) by Porus
  Marchioness (b.f. 1863) by Herald
   Polish (br.f. 1871) by Day & Martin
   | Ladybird (b.f. 1884) by Feve
   |  Lottie (b.f. 1889) by Muskapeer
   |  | Maheno (b.f. 1904) by Soult
   |  |  Archeno (b.f. 1919) by Archiestown
   |  |   Marion Acre (br.f. 1930) by Acre
   |  |   | Marion Eagle (f. 1935) by Bronze Eagle
   |  |   |  Marion's Luck (f. 1948) by Admiral's Luck
   |  |   |   Otara (g. 1953) by Fair's Fair
   |  |   | Kraal (ch.f. 1937) by Vaals
   |  |   |  Lady Heather (f. 1947) by Admiral's Luck
   |  |   |  | Volterra (f. 1955) by Targui
   |  |   |  |  Coquette (f. 1972) by Copenhagen
   |  |   |  |   Longene (f. 1984) by Long Row
   |  |   |  |    Khaddad (f. 1989 by Todvega
   |  |   |  |    | Supranto (b.f. 1998) by Laranto
   |  |   |  |    Wabasso (c. 1990) by Todvega
   |  |   |  Highland Sandy (g. 1948) by Great Tradition
   |  |   |  Fatehpur Sikri (ch.f. 1951) by Fair's Fair
   |  |   |   Miss Sikri (b.f. 1963) by Summertime
   |  |   |   | Sikri (b.f. 1967) by Golden Plume
   |  |   |   |  Sir Dapper (b.c. 1980) by Vain
   |  |   |   Broker's Tip (ch.c. 1965) by Summertime
   |  |   Paxeno (f. 1935) by Bronze Eagle
   |  |   | Oleno (f. 1943) by Vaals
   |  |   |  Gentoleno (f. 1954) by Resurgent
   |  |   |   Kathryn Ann (f. 1966) by Fair's Fair
   |  |   |    Bally Kath (f. 1973) by Bally Royal
   |  |   |     Ballyman's Boy (ch.c. 1981) by Crewman
   |  |   |     Ballyman's Girl (f. 1984) by Call Report
   |  |   |      Beaux Art (b.f. 1991) by Nomrood
   |  |   |       Imaginaire (ch.f. 2002) by Fusaichi Pegasus
   |  |   Monte Cristo (b.c. 1936) by Bronze Eagle
   |  Lady Cuisine (b.f. 1893) by Cuirassier
   |  | Lady Cook (f. 1909) by Marshal Soult
   |  | | Galley Cook (f. 1926) by Prince Willonyx
   |  | |  Kitchenette (f. 1932) by Psychology
   |  | |   Miss Kitchen (f. 1942) by Ninth Duke
   |  | |    Buffet (b.f. 1955) by Alpheus
   |  | Servia (f. 1911) by Multifid
   |  | | Lady Chester (f. 1930) by Chesterfield
   |  | |  Peria Lady (f. 1936) by King Willonyx
   |  | |   Our Dink (f. 1943) by Dink
   |  | |    Our Belle (f. 1951) by Beau Repaire
   |  | |     Briar Rose (f. 1966) by Mighty Gurkha
   |  | |      Treepop (f. 1975) by Sugar Apple
   |  | |       Lightning Tree (b.f. 1991) by Blazing Keel
   |  | |        Centennial (f. 1998) by Centaine
   |  | Tapora (b.f. 1912) by Gazeley
   |  |  Scotch Mixture (br.g. 1917) by Heather Mixture
   |  |  Cynette (b.f. 1923) by Cynic
   |  |   Jean's Pride (br.f. 1939) by Lord Warden
   |  |    Sleepy Jean (blk.f. 1949) by Pictavia
   |  |    | Sleepy Countess (br.f. 1960) by Count Rendered
   |  |    |  Gold Cross (b.f. 1964) by Gold Sovereign
   |  |    |  | Mr. Ay Bee (ch.c. 1973) by Showoff
   |  |    |  Showy Countess (f. 1969) by Showoff
   |  |    |   Abe's Order (c. 1975) by Indian Order
   |  |    Dardanella (f. 1955) by Coral Bay
   |  |     Richella (f. 1971) by Rich Gift
   |  |      Call Me Stumpy (br/blk.g. 1980) by Abridge Member
   |  |      Moll o'Toff (f. 1984) by Mussorgsky
   |  |       Somojo (g. 1991) by First Norman
   |  Golden Sands (ch.f. 1900) by Muskapeer
   |  | Glittering Sands (ch.f. 1909) by Gluten
   |  |  Shine On (b.f. 1925) by General Latour
   |  |   Marshmoon (b.f. 1941) by Chelmarsh
   |  |    Maharaj Pramukh (ch.c. 1947) by Short Hand
   |  Newtown (g. 1896) by Muskapeer
   |  Freebird (f. 1901) by Freedom
   |   Don't (f. 1911) by Bunyan
   |    Missit (f. 1925) by Marble Arch
   |    | Kena (g. 1932) by Musketoon
   |    Chastisement (f. 1932) by Musketoon
   |     Dawn City (f. 1939) by Foxbridge
   |      Misdeed (f. 1946) by Probation
   |       Misform (f. 1953) by Paper Boy
   |        Our Jill (f. 1968) by Resurgent
   |         Avon Star (f. 1976) by Avon Valley
   |          Star Harvest (dkb/br.g. 1983) by Harisand
   Memento (b.f. 1872) by Dainty Ariel
   | Victoria (ch.f. 1880) by Feve
   |  Adelaide (ch.f. 1889) by Nordenfeldt
   |  | Sport Royal (br.g. 1897) by Malvolio
   |  Planet (ch.f. 1891) by Castor
   |   Sirius (g. 1897) by Dreadnought
   |   Asteroid (b.f. 1899) by Apremont
   |    Asterias (b.c. 1912) by Finland
   |    Asterina (b.f. 1916) by Merry Moment
   |     Cetus (b.f. 1924) by Joculator
   |     | Mercian Queen (b.f. 1929) by Mercian King
   |     | | Flying Queen (br.f. 1949) by Airway
   |     | | | Flying Fancy (g. 1959) by Targui
   |     | | | Idyllic (b.f. 1961) by Rawalpindi
   |     | | | | Flying Idyll (br.f. 1973) by Silver Dream
   |     | | | |  Flying Star (f, 1982) by Star Way
   |     | | | |  | Flying Reign (f. 1988) by Mr. Illusion
   |     | | | |  Flying Beau (br.f. 1986) by Beaufort Sea
   |     | | | |  | Flying Free (f. 1995) by Heroicity
   |     | | | |  Matinee Idol (b.c. 1987)
   |     | | | Flying Ace (b.c. 1965) by Martian II
   |     | | | Flying Crest (ch.c. 1966) by Lionhearted
   |     | | | Just Margaret (br.f. 1972) by Abridge Member
   |     | | |  Iron Lady (br.f. 1980) by Moss Trooper
   |     | | |   Innisvale (b.f. 1991) by Stario
   |     | | Windy City (f. 1953) by Duccio
   |     | |  Windy Filou (br.f. 1966) by Le Filou
   |     | |   Jenny Bee (f. 1972) by Zamazaan
   |     | |   | Great Warrior (br.g. 1981) by War Hawk
   |     | |   | Quasin (f. 1991) by Norman Pentaquad
   |     | |   Trompeur (b.f. 1984) by English Harbour
   |     | |    Clifton King (b.g. 1995) by Volksraad
   |     | |    Trickery (ch.f. 1997) by Straussbrook
   |     | |     Clifton Prince (b.g. 2001) by Volksraad
   |     | Ann Venus (ch.f. 1942) by Lord Quex
   |     |  Sharvene (gr.f. 1954) by Pherozshah
   |     |   Sharbon (gr.f. 1966) by Bourbon Prince
   |     |   Alice (gr.f. 1975) by Ruling
   |     Asturisca (f. 1929) by Acre
   |      Astrite (f. 1937) by Lord Quex
   |       Opulent (f. 1943) by Legatee
   Bay Duchess (b.f. 1873) by Totara
   | Mystery (blk.f. 1881) by Javelin
   |  Mystic (b.f. 1889) by Wonderland
   |   Mystification (ch.c. 1901) by Apremont
   Longlands (ch.g. 1874) by Totara
   Florence (b.f. 1877) by Papapa
    Fiesole (f. 1886) by Ingomar
    The Slave (f. 1895) by The Workman
     Quadroon (b.f. 1904) by Menschikoff

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