Visto b c 1892 (Barcaldine - Vista, by
Sire Line Matchem.
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
(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.
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).
ch f 1906, dam of the Manchester Cup winner North
Waltham (b c 1917 Junior).
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).
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
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).
b f 1899, 2nd dam of South African Derby winner Colesberg (b
c 1917 Wilfrid).
ch f 1903, dam of the stallion Poet Laureate (ch c
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).
b f 1903, 3rd dam of Grande Premio
Derby Sul-Americano winner Tenor (ch 1937 Luminar).
ch f 1899, founder of a South American family of good
runners, including the Gran Premio Nacional winner
Ribereno (b c 1964 Sideral).