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  Family C-29: Peri

Peri (1841) was bred in the stud of the Busby brothers -- Alexander and William -- who arrived in Sydney with their parents in 1824. Their father, John, worked for the government as a engineer, designing Sydney's first water system. The brothers, who initially assisted in supervising work on the system, later settled land at Cassilis in Bligh County, New South Wales, which they called Dalkeith, where they raised sheep and bred waler stock horses for India. For five years (1840-45) they owned the useful imported stallion Gratis (1829, by Middleton), and for over a decade another good stallion, Waverley (1845, by St. George) was used at Dalkeith. Other stallions at Dalkeith were imp. Cheddar (1850, by Cotherstone), seen early in the families of Adeline (Family C - 6) and Heris (Family C - 14), and his son, Rainsworth (1861); imp. Coroebus and his son, The Hesperia Colt (c. 1864), and Explorer (1869, by New Warrior).

Peri was out of a mare called Aspic, by the Satellite Arab, a horse imported from Madras aboard the Satellite in 1822, purchased as a government stallion and servicing mares in areas around Sydney, later standing in private ownership in the Hunter Valley and then at the Macarthurs' Camden Park in the Camden district of New South Wales (see Family C - 1).

Peri bred seven recorded foals, five of them by Waverley. Of these, her chestnut son Veno (1849), by Waverley, first raced by a Mr. Sculthorpe, became a famous and popular runner of the 1850s. Veno's sister Ludia (1850) was in the stud of Walter Clarke, of Bomera, and then in William Town's stud at Richmond: she bred two very good runners, Tarragon and Regno, and Tarragon later became a good stallion in Town's stud. Another sister, Annie Laurie (1854), was in the Busby stud when she produced her Melbourne Cup-winning son, Warrior. This promising family died out, with no significant winners after the mid-nineteenth century.

Notable Descendants



Tarragon b.c. 1858
(New Warrior - Ludia)
Tarragon was bred by Walter Clarke of Bomera, and purchased and raced by William Town of Richmond, Cumberland County; several years later Town bought Tarragon's dam, Ludia for his stud. Tarragon did not race until age four, when he won his maiden race, the Metrpolitan Maiden Plate at Randwick. Running until age nine, he became a winner of many cups and stakes at Randwick, Flemington, and Homebush, including the V.R.C. 24 furlong Champion Stakes, the Homebush Revival Stakes, and second to Yattendon in the first Sydney Gold Cup, and was, in effect, the champion runner of 1866. Tarragon's half-brother, Regno (1859), won both the A.J.C. Derby and St. Leger for Town. Tarragon, retired at age nine, was later a good stallion at Town's stud, getting Sydney Cup winner A.T. (1871), the great staying mare Illumination (1867), winner of the A.J.C. Spring and Autumn Stakes, both over 14 furlongs, and A.J.C. Doncaster Handicap winner Sir William. Tarragon was also dam's sire of some superior runners, including Melbourne Cup winner The Assyrian (1877, by Countryman, from Tarragon's daughter Tinfinder), who was later the sire of some good cup horses, mostly in Tasmania.

Veno ch.g. 1849
(Waverley - Peri)
The most noted racer of his time, he was bred at Coolah in New South Wales. A contemporary description said he was a "rich, golden chstnut, with a well-shaped game-looking head, rather light neck, superb shoulders, girth surprisingly large and with perfection action." He first ran and won races in Cumberland county (NSW) for a Mr. Skuthorpe, and in 1856 was purchased by G.T. Rowe, and trained by the famous John Higgerson (also trainer of Jorrocks, Family C - 15), he won thirteen of his fifteen starts in 1857 at age eight, including a famous 1,000 sovereign, 3 mile match race at Melbourne against the Victorian champion Alice Hawthorne; later that same day he beat the Geelong champion Van Tromp over the same distance in a second match! He never ran less than 1-1/2 miles. Some of his other wins included Hawkesbury's Australian Plate and All Aged Stakes, the Camden Town Plate, the Liverpool Town Plate, the A.J.C. Plate at Homebush, and the Melbourne Jockey Club's Great Metropolitan Handicap. The enormous popularity of his races against such horses as Alice Hawthorne led to the development of the Australasian Champion Stakes.

Warrior br.g. 1863
(New Warrior - Annie Laurie)
Other than the famous Tim Whiffler, Warrior was New Warrior's most successful and famous son. Bred by the Busby brothers and raced by A. Saqui, he won virtually every great distance race, including the Melbourne Cup; the V.R.C. Australian Cup (18 furlongs); The A.J.C. Randwick Plate (24 furlongs); the V.R.C. Essendon Stakes (16 furlongs), Melbourne Stakes (10 furlongs), Royal Park Stakes (16 furlongs), and the Canterbury (20 furlongs) and Town (16 furlongs) plates.

Descent Chart

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

Aspic by Satellite Arab
 Peri (b.f. 1841) by Gratis
  Veno (ch.g. 1849) by Waverley
  Ludia (b.f. 1850) by Waverley
  | Tarragon (b.c. 1858) by New Warrior
  | Regno (b.c. 1859) by Potentate
  | Factious (b.c. 1860) by Potentate
  Annie Laurie (ch.f. 1854) by Waverley
   Warrior (b.g. 1863) by New Warrior

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