Occult Pedigree

Occult's sire, Kama (USA), did not win a race so he was lucky to have been given a chance at stud, where he has already got a Gr1 winner in Kama's Pride who won the SA Oaks. Kama (USA)'s sire, Dr Fager, a well performed stallion, comes from a family that is wholly American; his sire won the Santa Anita Derby and his dam, who was also dam of the champion sprinter Ta Wee, is descended in tail male from the well known American sire Black Toney, a much better stallion than racehorse. Kama (USA)'s maternal grandsire is the famous broodmare sire, Princequillo, imported from France, while in tail female she goes back to one of the greatest of broodmares Plucky Liege, an English bred mare who, in France, foaled Sir Galahad III, Bull Dog, Bois Rousel and Admiral Drake.

Occult's family in tail female is wholly British. There is a deal of speed in the female line but the introduction of the good stayer Tamerlane and of Aureole enabled Occult's dam, Star (Ire), to get a mile. This is a splendidly reliable family, the mares in each generation showing form both on the course and in the paddocks.

Patricia Ann won two races at four over 5 furlongs. She didn't win before because there were few chances for sprinting three-year-old fillies during the war, so they had to race against their elders. She was very fast but did not stay beyond the minimum distance, which is not surprising as she was by Gold Bridge out of a mare by Portlaw, a cross of the extremely fast blood of Orby and Friar Marcus. She bred three winners one of them being the remarkable race and broodmare Constantia by Stardust. Standing 16 hands as a two-year-old Constantia was attractive all through, with a bloodlike head, grand body, strong clean limbs and perfect balance. She won on her second outing and then, in succession, the Nimble Plate at Windsor and the National Breeders Plate at Sandown, and then the Lowther Stakes at York. She was the fastest filly of her year and was weighted at 8 stone 13 pounds in the Free Handicap. She ran twice at three being second each time. In 12 years at stud she had ten foals, nine of them winners and all of her daughters were dams of winners. The best of her progeny were Tompion, Selindra, Manolete and Constans.

Tompion, a big, good-looking colt by Precipitation appeared first as a three-year-old in handicap company to lead all the way and win over a mile and a half. He ran most consistently for three seasons winning eight and a half races including the Liverpool Spring Cup. Manolete by Matador was a very fast two-year-old rated at 121 by Timeform and 8 stone 12 pounds in the Free Handicap. He won four times. He was hobdayed and ran well in his first four outings at three being second three times. Constans by March Past was gelded and hobdayed after winning the Two Thousand Guineas Trial Stakes. He returned to racing at four and achieved the remarkable feat of winning seven races in succession over five and sic furlongs. Promoted from Handicaps, where he was weighted at 10 stone, he won the King George VI Stakes at Goodwood, retiring at six years old with a Timeform Rating of 123.

Constantia's daughter Selindra, was a nice, big filly. She was a very smart two-year-old winning three races off the reel before running second in a nursery giving the winner 23 pounds. She won three races the next season, finishing up by winning the Oak Tree Handicap at Lingfield over six furlongs. At stud she bred four winners in England, as well as others overseas. Her best was Le Cordonnier a good looking colt by Saint Crespin III; he was one of the fastest two-year-olds of his year. He won the Acomb Stakes at York, a race confined to juveniles got by stallions who had won at a mile and a half or more. He was made favourite for the Dewhurst but, sweating up in the paddock, could only run third and finished the season by a much improved display in the Observer Gold Cup in which he was second. He was rated at 124 by Timeform and earned 9 stone 7 pounds in the Free Handicap. At three he again only won one race but that was the News of the World Handicap at Goodwood over six furlongs carrying 9 stone 2 pounds and giving the second 27 pounds. Another useful one out of Selindra was Sea Holly, a deep-bodied, robust filly by Larkspur, who won as a juvenile over seven furlongs and the next season won handicaps at Ascot and Haydock.

Star (Ire)'s dam, Selina, was a very useful two-year-old who won three of her last five races at that age, all these were over five furlongs. She was also second beaten a length by Manolete, a son of Constantia (see above). At three, she proved herself a useful handicapper winning comfortably over six furlongs from a big field on her first appearance. Rather disappointingly she did not win again but was second beaten ¾ length in the Joe Coral Cup.

Star (Ire) was the first foal of her dam, Selina. After being placed twice as a juvenile, she won a maiden at Brighton and a handicap at Newbury, both over a mile. Star's first foal, Musical Comedy, was a neat, strong-quartered filly. She raced for her breeder, the Duke of Norfolk, and won two races over five furlongs, her maiden, and a handicap at Thirsk. Her next, Tiger Hill, a colt by Taj Dewan was sold to Malaysia as a two-year-old. Star (Ire) then went to France in foal to Lombard. She was imported into South Africa by Mr Artur Pfaff and was bought in foal to Kama (USA) by Mrs Janette Plumbley. Star (Ire) had had three other runners here, two of whom are winners - Scala by Whoduzzit (USA) and Shortcut by Ballygame (Ire).

 

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August 1986 SA Racehorse The Game Gold Cup
August 1986 SA Racehorse The Rothman’s July

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