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  Family C-33: Queen of Clubs

Glencoe, a winner of the Melbourne Cup and other good races, is the reason this family was included in the Family Tables of Racehorses; other than that, it did not last long nor produce any other recorded good performers or infuential breeding stock. Glencoe's dam, Queen of Clubs (185-, by Cossack), was owned by English-born Richard Dines, who arrived in New South Wales in the 1830s, and spent some years as a superintendent at a Macintyre River station before purchasing 640 acres from Henry Nowland at Wylie's Flats, near Singleton, on Patrick's Plains in New South Wales. There Dines built his sandstone mansion Hambledon Hill, and developed a private racecourse, where, in 1865, he held a racing carnival when the house and course were completed.

Queen of Clubs was by the colonial stallion Cossack (1846, by Sir Hercules), winner of the AJC St. Leger and several Queen's Plates and then a stallion first at Charles Reynolds' famous Tocal Stud on the Paterson River, and later at the Newbold stud of William A.B. Greaves, where he died in 1873. Cossack was a useful sire that got the good runners The Don (AJC St. Leger winner) and Talleyrand (see Family C - 10), among others. Queen of Clubs was out of the mare Queen of Hearts (18--) by imported Dover (1832, by Patron). Dover had been purchased in England for a reported £800, and imported in 1836 by Robert and Helenus Scott, brothers who settled on adjacent land grants of 2,000 acres each in 1822 in the area near Singleton in the Hunter Valley. The brothers, whose Glendon station eventually expanded to encompass over 10,000 acres, focused on breeding racehorses, and had a significant impact on bloodstock breeding in New South Wales, and beyond. Dover was an enormously popular stallion, and got many good runners, influential producing daughters, and sire sons, including the stallion Marquis (1837), the sire of Sappho (Family C - 1 ) and mares early in Family C - 6 and Family C - 8. Glendon stud was dispersed after Robert's death in 1844, with two large sales in 1847 and 1849; after this, Dover stood at Stoney Creek and Morpeth. Queen of Hearts' pedigree is not known.

Glencoe's sire, Lord of the Hills (1854, by Touchstone), was imported in 1860, and first stood at William Town's Richmond stud, possibly in the ownership of Dines, since he is credited with breeding Glencoe, who was foaled in 1864, the year before the grand race meet and completion of Hambledon Hill. He then became the principal stallion at Dines' stud, where he got a number of good winners and several successful sire sons. Glencoe's sister, Glenshee, bred Glentilt, a colt of 1880 by Rapid Bay; he got a filly, Glenetta, the dam of Loyal Blue, a Launceton Cup winner.

Notable Descendants


Glencoe ch.c. 1864
(Lord of the Hills - Queen of Clubs)
Handsome chestnut stayer bred by Richard Dines and purchased and raced by the famous owner-trainer John Tait. He had the misfortune to not only be running in the same years as some of the greatest horses on the Australian turf -- Tarragon (Family C - 29), Tim Whiffler, Fishhook, Fireworks and The Barb (Family C - 3) -- but he was in the same stable as Fireworks and The Barb, and frequently ran against them, with his owner declaring for the stablemate. Despite this, he had a very good race record, all races run in Victoria. His first big win was the inaugural running of the AJC Sires' Produce Stakes (then one mile) for juveniles, where he was raced by Dines, after which he passed into Tait's hands. His best wins included the Melbourne Cup, which he won at the age four, carrying 9 st. - 1 lbs., and beating 25 others; The Barb, who would have been very heavily weighted was not run by Tait in this race. Other good wins included the VRC Queen's Plate (24 furlongs), the AJC Australian St. Leger Stakes, the VRC All-Aged Stakes (twice, in 1868 and 1870), the AJC All-Aged Stakes, the AJC Craven Plate and the VRC Melbourne Stakes. He was not a successful sire.

Descent Chart

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

Queen of Hearts by Dover
 Queen of Clubs (f. 185- ) by Cossack
 | Glencoe (ch.c. 1864) by Lord of the Hills
 | Glenshee (f. 18--) by Lord of the Hills
 |  Glentilt (c. 1880) by Rapid Bay
 King of Hearts (c. 1869) by Lord of the Hills

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