Six Wheeler (GB)

Six Wheeler




 Sire Line

Byerley Turk


Six Wheeler br c 1925 (Tetrameter - Valentia Bay, by Valens). Sire Line Buzzard. Family 5-c.

Bred by Sir Charles Pulley (1864-1947) he was campaigned by H F Clayton and retired from the turf to Captain Bryan C Fairfax's Blink Bonny Stud Farm at Malton, Yorkshire, a former property of the I'Anson family and of course named after their famous Blink Bonny (b f 1854 Melbourne).

Six Wheeler in Yugoslavia
His sire Tetrameter (ch c 1917 The Tetrarch) was bred in Ireland by Lady Helen McCalmont. He won, among other races, the 1922 Stewards' Cup at Goodwood by 4 lengths, beating 29 others. Owned by Clare Vyner he covered in Yorkshire at the Gautby Stud, Thirsk. He got the Champagne Stakes winner Kingsem (ch c 1932), the Queen's Vase winner Maid Of Perth (b f 1924) and Muci (ch f 1924), the ancestress of the Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe and Gran Premio Del Jockey Club winner Molvedo (b c 1958 Ribot). He spent his final years in Denmark.

His dam, Valentia Bay (b f 1921), bred by the 6th Duke of Portland, owner of St. Simon (br c 1881 Galopin), was purchased by Sir Charles Pulley. Six Wheeler was her first foal. She also produced his half-brother Haichow (b c 1939 Hairan), who was sent to America and there won the Rolling Lawn Handicap.

His damsire, Valens
Valentia Bay's sire Valens (br c 1906 Laveno), owned by Lord Carnarvon, won the 1910 Newbury Spring Cup, but his best form was said to be a second place finish to Bayardo (b c 1906 Bay Ronald) for the St. Leger, whilst beating the 2000 Guineas and Derby winner Minoru (br c 1906 Cyllene). Six Wheeler's 4° dam, Sister To Hellena (br f 1887 Galopin), was also 2° dam of the ill-fated Minoru (br c 1906 Cyllene) who disappeared during the Russian revolution, and 3° dam of the Derby winner Grand Parade (bl c 1916 Orby).
Six Wheeler Tetrameter The Tetrarch Roi Herode
Mandola Love Wisely
Valentia Bay Valens Laveno
Device Amadis
Field Sable
Six Wheeler was imported from England to former Yugoslavia in 1940 and entered the stud the same year. It is obvious that breeders had high hopes for this stallion. A few years before, in 1934, the Dewhust Stakes winner Money Maker (b c 1924 Spearmint) was sent to Yugoslavia. He was very successful from the start of his breeding career, producing several Yugoslav Derby winners. Six Wheeler got twice the number of mares as did Money Maker.

It was bad luck for Six Wheeler that most of his stud career in Yugoslavia was during the period of World War II.

There are no exact records of his location during the war, but from his offspring of 1942-1945 it could be concluded that he spent the time in the Northern province of Serbia – Vojvodina, in the Banat region, that was under German occupation during WW II. He was located in the small village of Hajdučica, at a stud farm called Vlasina, owned by the former major of Belgrade (capital of former Yugoslavia), Mr Vlada Ilić, who was the most important owner in Yugoslavia in the late 1930s. After WW II, when a communist regime was established in former Yugoslavia, Mr Ilić was sent to jail, and all his property was confiscated, including his horses.

From the stud book records it can be seen that Six Wheeler was taken to Vukovar Stud (in the territory of today’s Croatia). The last record of him is from Vitez, the official gazette of former Yugoslav national horse racing organization (Dunavsko kolo jahača "Knez Mihailo"), from July 1947, that he was located at their farm in Margita, Banat, and that he would cover in 1948 for a stud fee of 500 dinars. There is no record of his death, but his last known foals were produced in 1948, so pehaps he died or was pensioned prior to the commencement of the 1948 season.

His most successful son in Yugoslavia was Lagunac (bl c 1947), a son of perhaps the best mare that ever raced in Belgrade, the Yugoslav triple crown winner Laguna (ch f 1938 Almaska - Gondola, by Pommern). Lagunac won Yugoslav Trial Stakes (1600 m) and Saint Leger (2800 m), and he was also was successful in several starts in Austria. Later he was sent to Germany, where he raced once and was unplaced.

Six Wheeler also sired a Yugoslav Derby winner Kicoš (b c 1947), later a successful stallion in Yugoslavia, as well as several mares that won the Yugoslav equivalents of the Oaks – Kobra (br f 1945), Desanka (br f 1946); the Trial Stakes - Markićevanka (br f 1944), and the Dewhurst Stakes - Zagorka (b f 1947).
Race Record
In 1927, running for H F Clayton, went unplaced for the Richmond Two Year Old Plate at Catterick Bridge, won by Capt C F Elsey's Arch (b g 1925 Arch Knight). Finished 3° for the South Durham Plate at Stockton won by Mrs B C Fairfax's Ardour (gr f 1925 Prince Philip). Won the Grewelthorpe Plate at Ripon by 2 lengths, beating Ardour. Unplaced for the Swaledale Plate at Catterick Bridge, won by Sir Victor Sassoon's Fleeting Trace (b f 1925 Abbots Trace). Unplaced for the White Horse Plate at Thirsk, won by H R King's Rotherhill (ch c 1925 Flying Orb). Unplaced for the Devonshire Nursery Plate at Derby, won by Lord Glanely's Grand Vixen (b f 1925 Grand Parade). Unplaced for the Bradgate Park Nursery Handicap at Doncaster, won by H Stobart's Umslopagaas (b g 1925 Battle-Axe). Unplaced for the Topcliffe Nursery Handicap at Thirsk, won by D McLaren's Kniphofia (b g 1925 Fantômas). Unplaced for the Stanley Selling Nursery Handicap at Doncaster, won by Mrs Bendir's Lovely One (ch f 1925 Prince Galahad). Unplaced for the Blankney Nursery Plate at Lincoln, won by E Sandeman's Franborough (b f 1925 Royal Highness). Finished 2° for the Lancashire Nursery Handicap at Manchester, won by Lord Durham's Ruffler (ch c 1925 Rochester).
In 1928, he went unplaced for the Wolviston Welter Handicap Plate at Stockton, won by Sir Charles Hyde's Grey Hill (gr c 1924 Tetratema). Finished 3° for the Scurry High-Weight Handicap at Doncaster, won by Baron F de Tuyll's Roman Emperor (ch g 1924 Kwang-Su). Won the Stamford Handicap Plate (5f) at Manchester, beating S D Pickering's Alvista (b f 1925 Glanmerin). Won the Salford Borough Handicap Plate (6f) at Manchester, beating Sir Victor Sassoon's The Lawyer (br g 1925 Son-In-Law). Unplaced for the Harewood Handicap Plate at York, won by Lord Beaverbrook's Caraquette (b f 1925 Syndrian). Unplaced for the Portland Handicap Stakes at Doncaster, won by J B Joel's Tag End (gr g 1924 Tagrag). Unplaced for the Chesterfield Welter handicap Plate at Gatwick, won by Caraquette. Finished 3° for the Stapleton Handicap Plate at Pontrefact, won by S Wootton's Lonesome (b g 1924 Loch Lomond). Finished 3° for the Elvaston Plate at Nottingham, won by Mrs D Gardner's Joliment (b c 1924 Black Jester). Finished 3° for the Rothschild Plate at Manchester, won by Sol Joel's Beauharnais (b f 1924 Soranus). Won the Farewell Handicap (1m) at Manchester, beating Mrs S Whitburn's Gifted (bbl c 1922 Rich Gift).
In 1929 he went unplaced for the Quarndon Handicap Plate at Derby, won by Major J G Morris's Ellison (b g 1925 Sonning). Unplaced for the Studley Royal Handicap Plate at Ripon, won by J J Bell-Irving's Blue Funk (b c 1925 Blue Ensign). Unplaced for the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot Heath, won by Lord Michelham's Songe (b c 1924 Sundari). Won the Wokingham Stakes (6f) at Ascot Heath, beating W T Sears's Ayr Gold Cup winner Tommy Atkins (b c 1924 Spion Kop). Unplaced for the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood, won by Sol Joel's Fleeting Memory (b c 1925 Vencedor). Unplaced for the Drayton Handicap at Goodwood, won by Mrs S Whitburn's Exeter (ch c 1925 Gainsborough). Finished 3° for the Stewards' Handicap at Nottingham, won by Tag End. Won the Falmouth Handicap Plate (1m) at York, beating Lord Derby's Candlemas (br g 1924 Galloper Light). Finished 2° for the Peveril Of The Peak Plate (1m) at Derby, won by W M Cazalet's Miss Linn (ch f 1926 Gainsborough). Finished 2° for the Town Moor Handicap (7f) at Doncaster, won by Lord Dewar's Golden Chalice (ch c 1924 Abbots Trace). Unplaced for the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket, won by Lady Zia Wernher's Double Life (ch f 1926 Bachelor's Double); finishing 2° was the French Poule D'Essai Des Poulains winner Vatout (b c 1926 Prince Chimay), and 3° went to the 1928 Cambridgeshire winner Palais Royal (ch c 1925 Bruleur). Won the Grosvenor Cup (1m) at Liverpool, beating Lord Derby's Yosemite (b g 1924 Phalaris) and Lord Astor's Point Duty (br f 1926 Grand Parade).
In 1930 he went unplaced for the North Yorkshire Handicap at Stockton, won by Lord Derby's Sargasso (br c 1926 Phalaris). Finished 2° for the Kempton Park Great Jubilee Handicap (1m 2f), won by W M G Singer's Lucky Tor (ch c 1925 Lemberg), beating Sir Hugo Cunliffe-Owen's Lion Hearted (b c 1926 Sir Gallahad). Won the Great Northern Handicap Plate (1m 4f) at York, beating W M G Singer's Coster Boy (b c 1925 Son-In-Law) and A K Macomber's Sartellus (b c 1925 Sardanapale). Finished 2° for the Manchester Cup (1m 4f), won by Sir Victor Sassoon's Mint Master (b c 1925 Captain Cuttle), beating J P Arkwright's Gentlemen's Relish (bbl f 1926 He). Unplaced for the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot Heath, won by J A Dewar's The Macnab (b c 1926 Abbots Trace). Unplaced for the Chesterfield Cup at Goodwood, won by The Macnab. Won the Haydock Park Autumn Handicap (1m), beating Mrs S Hartigan's The Pen (br f 1927 Cygnus) and S R Jaggard's Sainte Basile (br g 1927 Sunstar). Unplaced for the Newcastle Autumn Handicap Plate, won by W J Peek's Autumn Tints (br c 1927 Viviani). Unplaced for the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket, won by The Pen; also among the field were J A Dewar's The Recorder (ch c 1927 Captain Cuttle), Capt J D Cohn's Vatout, Lord Glanely's Oaks winner Rose Of England (br f 1927) and HH Aga Khan's Corontion Stakes winner Qurrat-Al-Ain (bbr f 1927 Buchan). Unplaced for the Grosvenor Cup at Liverpool, won by W R Smith's Heronslea (ch c 1927 Bachelor's Double). Unplaced for the Farewell Handicap at Manchester, won by R Clifford's Rivalry (b f 1927 Chivalrous).
In 1931 he went unplaced for the Liverpool Spring Cup, won by J D Robertson's Promptitude (ch g 1924 Decision). Went unplaced for the Rosebery Stakes at Kempton Park, won by F W Wilmot's The Masher (ch c 1927 Pomme-De-Terre). Unplaced for the Thirsk Handicap Plate, won by Captain A Stanley Wilson's Counter (ch g 1926 Count Ross). Unplaced for the Manchester Cup, won by Sir Lindsay Parkinson's Redeswood (b c 1927 Hurstwood). Won the Bessborough Stakes (1m 4f) at Ascot, beating F W Horlock's Truncheon (ch g 1927 King Sol) and 22 others. Unplaced for the Old Newton Cup at Haydock Park, won by H T Creighton's Solvent (b f 1927 Soldennis). Finished 2° for the Liverpool Cup, won by W Woodward's Flange (b g 1926 Flamboyant). Finished 2° for the Grand Stand Handicap at Haydock Park, won by W H Thorpe's Scottish Fusilier (b c 1926 Royal Lancer). Unplaced for the Stockton Handicap Plate, won by W G P Kincaid Lennox's Aldessan (br f 1927 Yutoi). Unplaced for the Ebor Handicap at York, won by Sir Harold Wernher's Brown Jack (br g 1924 Jackdaw). Unplaced for the Alexandra Handicap at Doncaster, won by H E Morris's Artist's Proof (ch c 1926 Gainsborough). Won the West Riding Autumn Handicap at Pontrefact, beating J G Thompson's Pomarrel (ch c 1927 Pommern). Finished 2° for the Cesarewitch Stakes (2m 2f) at Newmarket, won by F H W Cundell's Noble Star (b c 1927 Hapsburg), beating 24 others. Finished 3° for the Durham Handicap (1m 4f) at Doncaster, won by Captain H Dixon's Bower Of Roses (br f 1926 Roseland). Unplaced for the Cambridgeshire Stakes at Newmarket, won by his owner's Disarmament (b c 1928 Beresford). Unplaced for the Liverpool Autumn Cup, won by Joseph Benson's Pommame (b g 1927 Pommern). Unplaced for the Manchester November Handicap, won by J T Downing's North Drift (br c 1927 Hainault).