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  Family C-5: Dinah

Dinah's family emerged in the mid-nineteenth century with a succession of sensational stayers, especially two mares, Musidora and her daughter Briseis. The family was developed for over forty years, beginning with Dinah, by breeder-owner-trainer James Wilson, owner of St. Albans Stud, a famous thoroughbred nursery in the Geelong region, on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. When the family's most impressive runner, Newhaven, was shipped to England, where he won the Epsom Gold Cup (Coronation Cup) and other races, Wilson was offered £1,000 by his English owner to track down Dinah's pedigree and confirm its thoroughbred ancestry so Newhaven could be entered into the General Stud Book and attract high quality English mares. Wilson was unable to do so, and Newhaven, poorly patronized in England, returned to Australia, where he got only a few useful runners.

James Wilson purchased a colt, later named Buckley, got by the arabian (Bury's) Commissioner, that had been bred for export to India, and arrived in Victoria from Cumberland County with a herd of other horses. Wilson used Buckley as a hack, but found that he had some speed, and entered Buckley in several races, later taking him to Melbourne, where he won the Thesbian Cup, Hodges Handicap and another race, and over the course of a long career (to age 20), many matches. Wilson was finally able to secure Buckley's dam, Dinah, whose sire, imported Gratis, was known, but whose dam's identity was uncertain. At the same time Wilson purchased Dinah's filly Eleanor (1856, by The Premier) and her yearling filly by Rambler.

As a result of frustrated investigations by Wilson and later turf historians into Dinah's ancestry, it is generally believed that Dinah's dam was by Rous' Emigrant, and her grandam by Bay Camerton, both imported from Great Britain, of a type of breeding seen in many early Australian foundation pedigrees. Barrie asserted that it was "....almost certain Dinah's dam was bred near Doonside, New South Wales, where ...Charles Smith had his Bungarribee stud." Rous' Emigrant stood at Bungarribee, and Bay Camerton stood at Robert Lethbridge's nearby Fluscombe stud. Gratis, at Charles Roberts' Wallgrove Stud, was located ten miles from Bungarribee.

Whether by intent or mishap, Dinah's filly Eleanor dropped a filly named Milksop when she was 23 months old; Milksop was by Walparraman, a son of The Premier, so the foal was 2 x 2 to The Premier (a Matchem line stallion through Sorcerer). Milksop, bred to King Alfred, became the dam of Edward Twomey's Mermaid (1866), a winner of the Sydney Cup, the Randwick Handicap, and the City Handicap, in the latter two carrying heavy weights. Milksop was also third dam of Caulfield Cup winner G'Naroo (1886, by St. Albans).

At St. Albans, Dinah also bred Ebor (1858, by The Premier), unbeaten at age two, at age three winner of the Hamilton St. Leger and the Melbourne Stakes, seven races at age four, and at age six the Adelaide Cup. The next year Dinah dropped Wilson's great race mare Musidora (1859, by The Premier, see below), later the dam of three classic winners bred at St. Albans. Her daughter Briseis (1873, by Tim Whiffler) won the Melbourne Cup; Idalia, a sister to Briseis, continued the family line, which included 1973 Melbourne Cup winner Gala Supreme and recent descendants, such as the good handicapper Bourverie Mist (1988, by Pride of Place, 14 wins).

Notable Descendants





Briseis br.f. 1873
(Tim Whiffler - Musidora)
A truly sensational racemare, trained and raced by her breeder, James Wilson. As a juvenile, she did not win until her sixth start,the AJC Doncaster over a mile, carrying light weight. She then won Randwick's six-furlong Fling Handicap, and a day later, the AJC All-Aged Stakes. At age three she won three really big races -- the Victoria Derby, the Victoria Oaks, and the Melbourne Cup -- within the span of six days, a feat never matched. She won the Derby in the record time of 2:43-1/2, and in the Melbourne Cup ran down the field, under the guidance of her thirteen-year-old jockey, to win by 1-1/2 lengths. After winning the Oaks, she went on to run unplaced in five more races, only securing a second place in the VRC Mares' Produce Stakes. Retired to stud, she killed herself by rearing over backwards and fracturing her skull before her first cover. Her sister, Idalia (1874, by Tim Whiffler), dam of WATC Western Australian Derby winner St. Ives, and second dam of Newhaven (see below) sent the line forward through her daughter Tonia (1889) and Tonia's daughter, Relic, a good winner, both bred at St. Albans..

Boreas ch.g. 1891
(Sou'wester - Hippona)
This sturdy, long-running and versatile chestnut gelding won the 6 furlong CJC Steward's Handicap for his owner, F. Webb, in 1897, the 7 furlong CJC Great Easter Handicap and the 12-furlong Manawatu Cup at age eight, and the Wellington Handicap twice, in 1900 and 1901, in the latter year also winning Wellington's Thompson Handicap (8 furlongs).

Gala Supreme br.g. 1969
(Gala Crest - Smoke Fairy)
A sturdy stayer, he won seven races at distances from 1400 to 3200 meters, and a total of Au$181,300. His most impressive win was the Melbourne Cup, and he also won the VATC Herbert Power Handicap, and the STC N.E. Manion Cup, running second in the Caulfield Cup, the Sandown Cup and the Underwood Stakes, and third in the VRC Australian Cup and other stakes and cups. His dam, Smoke Fairy, was a winner of five races to 1-1/4 miles. A sister, Gala Rose, was a winner of six races including the VATC Virginia Stakes, and the MVRC Ascot Handicap.

Musidora br.f. 1859
(The Premier - Dinah)
An exceptionally good racemare, bred by James Wilson from his foundation mare, Dinah. Musidora won the inaugural running of the VRC Sires' Produce Stakes as a juvenile, and at age three her wins included the two mile Victoria Jockey Club Cup, also running second that year in the Melbourne Cup. In the stud at St. Albans, she was an excellent producer whose offspring included VRC Derby winner Miss Jessie (1868, later dam of the good Cup winner Avernus); the good staying mare Sea Spray (1870), winner of the VRC St. Leger Stakes and the SAJC St. Leger Stakes, and later dam of Capsian (1880, winner of VRC St. Leger Stakes) and Western Princess (1877, winner of VRC Essendon Stakes); the great runner Briseis (see above), and Idalia (1874), who sent the female line forward.

Newhaven ch.c. 1893
(Newminster - Oceana)
"A nailing good horse -- the best of his day in Australia," bred by W.R. Wilson. He won a number of races as a juvenile, including the VRC Maribyrnong Plate and the VRC Ascot Vale Stakes. At age three he won the VRC Derby, the VRC Champion Stakes (24 furlongs), the AJC St. Leger, the AJC Handicap Plate, and the Melbourne Cup, among other races. He was then sent to England, where he was raced by Sir William Cooper. In his first contest there, carrying 8 st.-8 lbs. he ran second in the City and Suburban (1898) to Bay Ronald, to whom he was conceding 8 pounds, and a week later he won the March Stakes at Newmarket, followed by running second to Bay Ronald in the Epsom Cup. The next season he won the City and Suburban, beating the Australian-bred Merman, among others, and the March Stakes a second time, and then triumphed in the Epsom Cup, which he won in a canter. His last race was the Goodwood Cup, finishing the last of three, beaten by Merman and King's Messenger. He was retired to stud at Heath Farm, Newmarket with a fee of £45, but attracted little business because he was not allowed entry into the General Stud Book. The next year he was moved to Sir Daniel Cooper's Warren Tower Stud at Cheveley, Newmarket at a fee of £9, and still unable to attract sufficent business, in 1905 he was shipped back to Australia, imported by the Osborne Brothers. This stellar racehorse, a winner of over £13,000, was sold at around age 20 for 20 guineas; he died in 1917, having gotten only one major stakes winner in Australia.

Descent Chart

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

Mare by Bay Camerton
 Mare by Rous' Emigrant
   Dinah (b.f. 1844) by Gratis
    Buckley (g. 18--) by Commissioner (arabian)
    Annie (f. 1855) by Riddlesworth
    | Zillah (f. 1868) by Pacific
    |  Hippona (f. 1879) by Day Dawn
    |   Boreas (ch.g. 1891) by Sou'Wester
    | Soukar (c.1874) by Day Dawn
    Eleanor (b.f. 1856) by The Premier
    | Milksop (br.f. 185-) by Wahparriman
    | | Mermaid (f. 1866) by King Alfred
    | Rescue (br.f. 1865) by Warhawk
    |  Athena (b.f. 1876) by King of the Ring
    |   G'Naroo (ch.c. 1886) by St. Albans
    Ebor (b.c. 1858) by The Premier
    Musidora (br.f. 1859) by The Premier
     Miss Jessie (br.f. 1868) by Maribyrnong
     | Avernus (c. 1876) by King of the Ring
     Belphegor (c. 1869) by Ace of Clubs
     Sea Spray (b.f. 1870) by The Peer
     | Caspian (b.c. 1876) by King of the Ring
     | Western Princess (f. 1877) by King of the Ring
     | Savanak (c. 1886) by St. Albans
     Fairy Scene (f. 1872) by The Marquis
     Briseis (br.f. 1873) by Tim Whiffler
     Idalia (b/br.f. 1874) by Tim Whiffler
     | Oceana (br.f. 1884) by St. Albans
     | | Newhaven (ch.c. 1893) by Newminster
     | St. Ives (c. 1886) by St. Albans
     | Tonia (b.f. 1889) by Newminster
     |  Relic (b.f. 1895) by Off Colour
     |   My Sister (f. 1903) by Challenger
     |   | Pukka (g. 1918) by Burrabadeen
     |   Remain (ch.f. 1905) by Challenger
     |   | Hush Money (f. 1910) byBobadil
     |   | | Prize Money (f. 1917) by Sea Prince
     |   | | | Inducement (g. 1924) by Magpie
     |   | | Meshalim (f. 1920)by Lanius
     |   | | Kirrkie (g. 1921) by Lanius
     |   | | Sea Money (g. 1922) by Sea Prince
     |   | | Secret Present (f. 1923) by Sea Prince
     |   | |  Motive (f. 1927) by Magpie
     |   | |  Maniple (f. 1928) by Legionnaire
     |   | Perpetual (f. 1915) by Sea Prince
     |   | | Demotic (g. 193) by Burrabadeen
     |   | Queen of the Sea (ch.f. 1918) by Sea Prince
     |   | | Glen Maggie (b.f. 1932) by Magpie
     |   | |  Dream Rocks (br.f. 1943) by Golden Sovereign
     |   | |   King Boru (b.c. 1951) by Pamphilos
     |   | |   Smoke Dream (b/br.f. 1955) by Smokey Eyes
     |   | |    Smoke Fairy (b.f. 1961) by Talisman
     |   | |    | Gala Supreme (br.g. 1969) by Gala Crest
     |   | |    Aurea (ch.f. 1972) by Showdown
     |   | |     Magari (b.c. 1978) by Maybe Lad
     |   | |     Centaurea (br.f. 1981) by Century
     |   | Burramain (f. 1924) by Burrabadeen
     |   |  Mare (f. 1934) by Windbag
     |   |   Mermeran (f. 1939) by Valiant Chief
     |   Antiquary (f. 1909) by Bobadil
     |    Nereides (f. 1919) by Sea Prince
     |     Nena May (f. 1935) by Graculus
     |      Promise You (g. 1942) by Golden Promise
     |      Colletta (f. 1956) by Midway
     South Hamilton (c. 1876) by King of the Ring
     Rupert (c. 1878) by King of the Ring
     Soubrette (f. 1879) by King of the Ring

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