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Sir Visto (GB)

Sir Visto

Sire Line


Sir Visto b c 1892 (Barcaldine - Vista, by Macaroni). Sire Line Matchem. Family 4-f.

Sir Visto was bred and owned by Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery (1847-1929), Lord Dalmeny and 5th Earl of Rosebery, who was elected a member of the Jockey Club in 1870 and was briefly Prime Minister. His education at Oxford was terminated when the Dean disputed the notion that undergraduates should own race horses, leaving the horse purchased in 1868 in his lordship's hands only long enough to win a plate at Newmarket. He later married Hannah, daughter and heir of Baron Meyer de Rothschild, by whom he acquired the Mentmore stud in Bedfordshire, adding to his property which included Dalmeny House in Edinburgh and the Durdans stud, near Epsom.

Sir Visto was a half-brother to the Two Thousand Guineas winner Bona Vista (ch c 1889 Bend Or), great grandsire of Phalaris (br c 1913 Polymelus) from whom most living thoroughbreds descend. He was considered somewhat plain-looking as young horse, although he was said to be thoroughly game.

From two starts as a two year old he won the Imperial Produce Stakes at Kempton. As a three year old he finished third in Kirkconnel's Two Thousand Guineas Stakes as well as in the Newmarket Stakes. He went on to win the Derby Stakes and the St Leger Stakes, although he was unplaced in the Princess of Wales's Stakes. He started five times without success in his four year old season.

In the stud he failed to produce any son to carry on the Matchem Sire Line, however, several of his daughters proved useful. Sir Visto died in July of 1914.

Sir Visto Barcaldine Solon West Australian
Birdcatcher Mare
Ballyroe Belladrum
Bon Accord
Vista Macaroni Sweetmeat
Verdure King Tom
May Bloom
Notable Offspring

Arcola (GB)
b f 9107, 2nd dam of the AJC Derby winner Homer (ch c 1932 Iliad) and 4th dam of the United Nations Handicap winner and stallion Hawaii (b c 1964 Utrillo).

Attic Salt (GB)
ch f 1906, dam of the Manchester Cup winner North Waltham (b c 1917 Junior).

Caparison (GB)
b f 1900, 2nd dam of the Cambridgeshire Stakes winner Pullover (br f 1929 Twelve Pointer), and ancestress of a great German family that produced three Deutsches Derby winners, Schwarzgold (b f 1937 Alchemist), Stuyvesant (br c 1973 Priamos) and Sturmvogel (b c 1932 Oleander). She was also the ancestress of the Derby winner Slip Anchor (b c 1982 Shirley Heights) and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Sagace (b c 1980 Luthier).

Chelys (GB)
b f 1901, dam of the stallion Chili (ch c 1908 Ayrshire), ancestress of the Derby Belge winner Beau Reve (b 1747 Liliciol), and of many good Australian winners, such as the brothers Skyline (br c 1955 Star Kingdom) and Sky High (b c 1957 Star Kingdom).

Lady Vista (GB)
ch f 1906, ancestress of the Nagroda Derby winner Dipol (ch c 1969 Antiquarian) and the Nagroda Liry winner Doriana (b f 1950 Leb w Leb). Also numbered among her descendants is the Indian Derby winner Sir Bruce (br c 1982 Everyday).

Mrs Langtry (GB)
b f 1899, 2nd dam of South African Derby winner Colesberg (b c 1917 Wilfrid).

Peloria (GB)
ch f 1903, dam of the stallion Poet Laureate (ch c 1908 Tasso).

Scammony (GB)
b f 1908, half-sister to Wrack* (b c 1909 Robert le Diable), and 2nd dam of the King Edward Gold Cup winner Jesting (b f 1930 Snob). She was also the ancestress of the Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap winner Dr Ole Nelson (ch g 1946 Cravat).

Sweet Shepherdess (GB)
b f 1903, 3rd dam of Grande Premio Derby Sul-Americano winner Tenor (ch 1937 Luminar).

Vispania (GB)
ch f 1899, founder of a South American family of good runners, including the Gran Premio Nacional winner Ribereno (b c 1964 Sideral).


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